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Budapest, often described as “little Paris in the middle of Europe”, is one of Europe’s most magical destinations. Why? It is the perfect combination of an old renaissance-style charm and a modern, vibrant culture. In Budapest, travelers will discover something wonderful at every turn. The capital has two sides, Buda and Pest, which are connected by the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and represent different lifestyles of the city.
This Hungarian city is the home of many attractions that draw in tourists from all over the world, such as the largest thermal water systems in the world, the first underground railroad system in Europe, the various local markets and the largest synagogue in Europe – making it a wonderful destination for all types of travelers. Whether you’re a history-buff, food enthusiast or a party-goer, here are the top five reasons why you should book a flight to Budapest right now.
1. Thermal Baths
For those looking to kick back and relax while traveling, Budapest is your place. This is because of the many famous thermal baths that offer guests a unique spa experience, ultimately making travel a lot less stressful and a lot more care-free. Located in City Park, the Széchenyi Baths boasts 18 pools, 15 of which are spring-fed thermal pools. The world-famous and most photographed spa in Hungary, Gellért Baths, offers pools are rich in calcium, magnesium, hydrogen-carbonate, sulfate and sodium, with a significant content of fluoride ions – making it the ultimate healing haven for travelers.
2. Nightlife Scene
This city is home to the most unique party scene, mostly because of the “ruin pubs.” Budapest’s seventh district, which was once a flourishing Jewish community before World War II, has now become one of the most lively best bar-hopping neighborhoods. Among abandoned buildings, ruin pubs were created and soon became the go-to spot for live music, beer taps, swank decor and light food. Aside from these pubs, Budapest has a huge variety of nightlife options from dance clubs, local bars, festivals to casinos.
3. Hipster Hotels
Budapest’s accommodation options range for every type of traveler, but it’s becoming more popular for its hipster-style hotels with inspiring interiors, stylish rooftop bars, restaurants and creative designs. Aria Hotel Budapest is a luxury boutique hotel with an exquisite design inspired by music, with four wings, each dedicated to one of four major musical genres: classical, opera, contemporary, and jazz. Another favorite located in the heart of historic downtown Budapest, Bohem Art Hotel is the newest design hotel in the city that offers unique accommodation in a chic, artistic setting.
Aria Hotel Budapest
4. Mix of Old and Modern
The unique blend of old and new is a characteristic that makes Budapest very social to locals and visitors alike. Very much like Prague, the city boasts old architecture on one side and a modern city with a bustling lifestyle on the other – the best of both worlds.
5. It's Affordable
Budapest remains one of the most affordable and budget-friendly cities within Europe. Travelers can easily find very low entrance fees to thermal baths, museums, the opera and other main attractions. Also, there are many cheap hostels, boutique hotels and a huge selections of apartments for rent on sites like airbnb.