The Scene: “The first thing I noticed about Budapest was the architecture. I was very surprised by it, in a good way,” Darbon says. His trip began with a boat ride on the Danube River (the longest in the European Union), which provided him with a unique view of the House of Parliament. “If you can take that trip at sunset, it’s just beautiful,” says Darbon.
Other standout moments included strolling around Old Town, home to Budapest’s ancient buildings and historical sites, and touring Fisherman’s Bastion, a 19th-century structure known for its lookout towers. “It’s sort of Gothic-inspired–definitely a must-see,” Darbon says.