( CNN) Budapest usually comes as a sweet surprise to travelers, who don’t quite know what expect before visiting this city of 1.7 million.

In many styles it’s still in transition.

It has stimulated so much progress over the past two and a half decades since the fall of the Iron curtain, yet everywhere there are unmistakable signs that still better things are yet to come. The din of major building and restoration projects is ever-present.

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