Budapest, capital and largest city of Hungary, central Hungary, lies on both banks of the Danube River. About half of Hungary's industrial output comes from Budapest and its suburbs; major products include machinery, chemicals, and iron and steel. One of the capitals of the AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN MONARCHY, the city was formed in 1873 by the union of Buda and Óbuda, on the right bank of the Danube, with Pest, on the left bank. The area may have been settled in the Neolithic era. Under Roman rule from the 1st cent. A.D., the cities were destroyed by the Mongols in 1241. Buda became the capital of Hungary in 1361 and fell to the Turks in 1541. From 1686 to 1918 the cities were under HAPSBURG rule; after World War I Budapest became the capital of independent Hungary. During World War II Budapest was occupied (1944-45) by the Germans and was largely destroyed during a 14-week siege by Soviet troops. In 1956 it was the center of an unsuccessful uprising against the Communist government.
The Hungarian Houses of Parliament on the bank of the Danube, which flows through the city along a stretch of 28 kilometres.  Designed by Imre Steindl after a public competition to build a new home for Hungary 1st Parliament, work began in 1884 and finished in 1902.
Széchenyi Lanchíd (Chain Bridge).  The first permanent structure to cross the Danube and link the twin cities of Buda and Pest.  The lion statues at either end of the bridge (designed by János Marschalkó in 1850) are symbolic of the joining of the two halves of the city, the lions' paws clamped into the banks and holding the linking bridge in place.  Marschalkó, according to legend, prided himself on the realism of the lions, until a little boy pointed out they had no tongues. The artist was so upset he drowned himself in the river.
Step-by-step to Fishermen's Bastion in Castle Hill, which provides a great panoramic view of Pest and the imposing Parliament building, across the river, and of St. Matthias Church standing behind it. The Statue of St. Stephen on horseback is close by.
What is it that makes two people feel attracted to each other?  This is the fairytale of hrun & chinchilla.  ;-)