Why It's Worth It

A vibrant capital, Budapest is a study in contrasts. Andrássy Avenue and the Fifth District ooze Hapsburg-era grandeur, where Art Nouveau buildings rest on leafy boulevards just beyond the Danube. Ten minutes away, the Seventh’s brash swagger attracts everyone from backpackers to cruisers in search of ruin pubs and street food. Offering a wealth of UNESCO-listed sites, four Michelin-starred restaurants, and gorgeous thermal baths, Budapest is sophisticated, surprising, and far more than its constituent parts. —Katie Matthews

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