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“There’s always Budapest.” It’s a common phrase in our house. When talking about where to go on vacation, inevitably one of us will say, “There’s always Budapest, Hungary.” In the last few years, we’ve been here more often than any other European destination. The “Paris of the East” is frequently used to describe the capital city for good reason: it is stately, historic, and breathtakingly beautiful.

There’s a good reason for our love of this country: Hungary is happening. It’s the new travel capital of Central Europe. Budapest is a metropolis full of culture, incredible hot springs spa complexes, amazing gastronomy, wines from the Tokaji, and tons and tons of history. There’s no more perfect place to be in the moment, eat some Mangalica pork, and dip into the warm hot spring waters. If you haven’t been here lately, you’re missing out. Here are our favorite things to do in Hungary.

Five of the Most Affordable Cities to Visit in Europe Now

There are so many affordable cities to visit in Europe that have lots to offer. Budapest, Riga, Tirana, Vilnius, and Krakow are some of our favorite wallet-friendly options.

When most people think of affordable travel destinations, they think of Asia or certain parts of Central and South America. Europe doesn’t usually make the cut. But the dollar is particularly strong right now, and there are so many cheap places to visit in Europe that have lots to offer.

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Dipping Into the Budapest Thermal Baths

The Szechenyi Spa - one of over a dozen thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary and the largest spa complex in the world.

The capital of Hungary is The City of Spas. The Budapest thermal baths have been loved by locals and visitors for over two thousand years. There are more hot springs in Budapest than any other city in the world. During our recent trip, we connected with locals and took a dip into the city’s magnificent

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Stuff Yourself on a Budapest Food Tour

Lunch at Belvárosi-Disznótoros on a Budapest food tour.

Budapest isn’t exactly a mecca for gourmet foodies – and we can’t understand why. Hungarian cuisine doesn’t have the international appeal among gourmands as other cuisines, but it is delicious! The absolute highlight of our trip to Eastern Europe was a Budapest food tour.

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Visiting Budapest is a Feast for the Senses

Seeing The Hungarian Parliament Building while visiting Budapest.

The Paris of the East. That’s what they call Budapest, Hungary. We’ve had many friends visit and all have raved about this city. At times, this city has an identity crisis. Budapest’s rich architectural and cultural traditions stand in stark contrast to the bleak austerity under communism. We found ourselves overwhelmed by the sights and

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