Ruinpub is the exact translation of its Hungarian name. Ruinpubs are key to the nightlife of Budapest. Not only are they very popular among the local youth, they are also becoming a tourist must see. They are normally opened in derelict or abandoned tenement houses and factory buildings or at empty lots with old furniture from community centers, old apartments, or even city dumps. The mish mash of furniture and decor lend a hippy retro feel to these watering holes, hence the name ruin pub.
Across the Danube on the Pest side of Budapest is where most of the population live and work. It is also where the most notable landmark of Hungary, the Hungarian Parliament, is located. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and the highest building in Budapest. There are guided tours of the building but get quickly filled during peak season, so book ahead if you plan to see the inside of the Parliament.
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and has often been nicknamed Paris of the East. It is the combination of the hilly Buda and the flat Pest across from each other along the Danube River, which together with Obuda, were united into a single city in 1873. Buda and Pest are linked by a suspension bridge, the Chain Bridge.