Joe and I went to Budapest for the first time in September of this year and absolutely loved it. All I really knew about it was that it was an awesome place to go in your 20s and that it is known as the "Paris of the east." I didn't have many expectations. If you've been to Prague, you know how great the exchange rate is for Americans. Budapest is the same. You can live like a king or queen for nearly pennies compared to what you'd pay for the same trip in London, Paris, Stockholm, etc. which are much more expensive. Check out my list of recommendations of what to do and where to go at the very end of the article.
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