— One of my friends from overseas thinks that the architecture of Hungary is like a mixture of German and Chinese architecture... Fresh off the plane, my first impression of Budapest was that it felt very neo-Gothic with postcard vistas. The city feels incredibly old, but simultaneously is thriving, young, and alive. As a foreigner, I was struck by the number of transitions that Budapest has experienced, which can still be seen recorded in the architecture. I am thinking of, pre-WWII versus post-WWII. Vastly different periods can be found side by side throughout the center of the city. So architecture is truly a key to the complex history of Hungary. On the edges of Pest, the city transitions into a more gritty industrial landscape. With all of its complexities, charged atmosphere and intense facades, Budapest is strikingly beautiful; it captured my imagination and I was struck with the beauty of it.