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Budapest named Europe’s best travel destination

Chain bridge on Danube river in Budapest city. Hungary. Urban landscape panorama with old buildings and domes of opera

Budapest has been named as the best destination in Europe by travel website European Best Destinations (EBD).

The website claims that city’s setting is stunning, with a rich architectural and historical heritage. It offers an unmatched combination of culture, blooming gastronomy and the advantages of thermal waters and world heritage sights. The website also states that the city known as the Pearl of the Danube is not only the best European destination, but is also one of the most beautiful and safest cities in the world. Budapest offers the elegance of Paris, the architectural heritage of Vienna, the charm of Porto, and Stockholm’s gentle way of life.

The Hungarian capital received a total of 62,128 votes in the website’s poll, and was the only city to gain huge international support, with 77 per cent of votes coming from outside Hungary, mainly from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Austria and Italy.

“Should you be reelected in the autumn, further developments and projects will be possible for Budapest to attract even more investors and visitors to Europe’s most beautiful city,” said Maximilien Lejeune, head of EBD, in a letter to Budapest’s Mayor István Tarlós.

Budapest made its debut in the 2018 edition of the awards and immediately won eighth place ahead of Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, Vienna, Barcelona and London. Wroclaw was last year’s overall winner.