Budapest is the most populous city in Hungary and one of the largest cities in the European Union, grasping the two sides of the waterway Danube. Budapest has notable innovation capabilities as a technology and start-up hub, many start-ups are headquartered. Budapest is the highest ranked Central and Eastern European city on Innovation Cities. Budapest is among the most visited cities in the world, the city welcoming more than 4.4 million international visitors each year. Also known as "Little Paris of Middle Europe", Budapest is famous for the monuments reflecting its own 1,000-year-old culture. The Hungarian capital has two sides, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube, representing two different characters of the city.