Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe, Budapest features enchanting medieval and Art Nouveau buildings, an elaborate Opera House, romantic restaurants with live gypsy music performances, chic bars and atmospheric cafés serving almost-too-gorgeous-to-eat pastries.
Dubbed the Paris of the East, Budapest has the classic charms you'd expect – cobbled alleys, old-world street-lamps and winding waterways – plus thriving arts and nightlife scenes. An unforgettable experience here? Soak your troubles away in the thermal Széchenyi Baths, surrounded by the canary-coloured exterior of a Neo-baroque palace.
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