Actually two cities astraddle the famous Danube, Budapest is a perfect place for a cheap weekend celebration.
I went in November so it was quite blustery, but the sky was still the deep, bright blue of autumn (when it wasn’t raining). The city is split into two sides, Buda being the “prettier” side, and Pest being more practical, but also more fun.
The Great Market Hall is great for buying hot or sweet red pepper. Or at the least just admire it drying. Also gawk at beautiful handicrafts and maybe get lucky enough to see a master in action.
A walk along the river offers views of much of the city including the parliament building, the Liberty Statue and Citadella, and Buda Castle. You can take in the views from the top of the hill where the statue and Citadel rest, or from one of the many bridges. Or both if you’re feeling up to it.
And since it was November, I got a little early taste of one of my favorite European traditions: the Christmas Market.
Also, I know everyone loves the baths in Budapest, but I just cannot stand being wet. Especially in public.