Budapest's residential streets are truly enchanting. Walk down the streets and pass majestic buildings faced with intricate architecture from centuries past next to buildings in disrepair speckled with bullet holes and graffiti. You will find a quaint surprise when opening the door to peak inside the courtyard of a building. Most of the apartment buildings have an open-air courtyard in the center (imagine a building shaped like a square donut) where flower gardens and fruit trees flourish, house pets lay in pickled the sun, and jars of vegetables line the window ledges. Imagine residents sitting on common balconies gossiping and watching the children play in the yard. The main entrance doors to many apartment buildings are left unlocked during the daytime hours so feel free to experience their daily culture.