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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.

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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