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Budapest, Tabán, Hungary
The Rácz Hotel and Thermal Spahas its own hot spring, which supplies the extensive spa. The complex includes a 16th-century Turkish bath with a domed roof, saunas, steam rooms, and five pools. The oldest parts of the spa have no electricity, so...
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Budapest, Bródy Sándor u. 10, 1088 Hungary
Founded in 2009 in what was previously an artists’ residence, Brody House is a bohemian boutique hotel that was named after Hungarian author Sándor Bródy. Each of the 11 air-conditioned rooms here features an eclectic mix of...
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Budapest, Ráday u. 4, 1092 Hungary
While Paul Feig was working on his 2015 film Spy, he lived in Budapest—where the film is based—for six months. During that time, he enjoyed some of the city's best restaurants. “One of my favorites was Costes, which serves modern Hungarian food...
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Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 5, 1051 Hungary
It's hard to say what's more appealing about the ultraluxurious Four Seasons Gresham Palace, an imposing art nouveau hotel on the banks of the Danube. It could be the fantastic location, right on the Pest side of the city's iconic Chain Bridge, or...
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Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9, 1073 Hungary
A glass-roofed atrium welcomes guests to a majestic hotel in the heart of the city. The common areas are decked out in marble and brocade, and chandeliers and bronze sculptures grace the 185 rooms. The historic New York Cafe, opened in 1894 and...
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Budapest, Vörösmarty tér 7-8, 1051 Hungary
One of Budapest’s best known and most ornately decorated coffeehouses—as well as one of Europe’s oldest—Café Gerbeaud has been satisfying the city’s sweets cravings since it opened in 1858. The decor in the...
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Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 43-49, 1073 Hungary
Bock bistro is a dinning experience to be had. The staff is beyond friendly, food amazing and over 250+ bottles of wine and over 60 by the glass. You cannot go wrong.
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Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11, 1073 Hungary
The New York Café was reputed to be ‘the most beautiful cafe in the world’ at one point and well worth a visit. The interior is incredibly opulent with gorgeous crystal chandeliers and magnificent frescos.
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At the the north end of Vaci Utca in Budapest is a wonderful outdoor area filled with shops, local food stands and live music. On a nice afternoon you could spend hours sampling all the local delicacies and enjoying some domestic beer. It by far...
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Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary
The Great Market Hall in Budapest should be any visitors first stop in order to get acquainted to the people, goods and grub of Hungary. The market is one of those strange places that caters to both locals and tourists alike without losing its...
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Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary
An edgy crowd gathers at Szimpla Kert, a wacky ruin pub in the old Jewish Quarter. On entering, you’ll be overwhelmed by the maze of rooms, where you might find recycled computer monitors, towering piles of books, hookah pipes, or live...
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Some of the most famous and well loved classical melodies in unique Hungarian style. Hungarian symphonic orchestra's use a cimbalom player instead of a pianist. This is a traditional Hungarian folk instrument, but it is an integral part of...
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Budapest, Andrássy út 22, 1061 Hungary
Budapest, Hungary is brimming with art, culture and a touch of decadence. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Hungarian State Opera House on the luxurious Andrássy Way. If you don't have the time or money to take in a concert in this...
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Budapest, Király u. 13, 1075 Hungary
It's a challenge to really nail down the type of place that Printa actually is: coffee shop? Design store? Creativity cultivator? General all-around cool place to be? I chose the latter after sitting in the shop for a while, enjoying the...
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Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014 Hungary
This stunning 18th-century Baroque palace, a World Heritage Site perched on Castle Hill, evokes images of Hungarian kings and the mighty Hapsburg empire. Accessible via funicular or a steep walk, the castle's gardens, squares, and lavish interiors...
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Budapest, Csengery u. 57, 1063 Hungary
Director Pail Feig took long walks around Budapest when he wasn't working on his 2015 movie, Spy. He'd start at his hotel, move to Castle Hill, and then pass through the popular shopping avenue. This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
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Budapest, Hősök tere, 1146 Hungary
One of Budapest's most history-laden spots, the enormous Heroes' Square is framed by art museums near the City Park. But the main focal point here is Millennium Memorial, a tall column and colonnade structure completed in 1900 that commemorates...
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Budapest, Balatoni út - Szabadkai utca sarok, 1223 Hungary
Statues of Communist ideologues once dotted every city behind the Iron Curtain, but in the world's rush to forget the Cold War, such monuments are hard to find these days. Not in Budapest—once East and West came together in the early 1990s,...
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Budapest, Nagytétényi út 48-50, 1222 Hungary

We were also lucky enough to go during the Bor Fesztival which is an annualwine festival that showcases all of the local wines and the tasting took place in a castle...I love europe!

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Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
If you happen to be meandering through Budapest, and have the urge to do a little sightseeing, St. Stephen's Basilica is definitely a sight to see. The structure is named in honor of Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Apparently, his right hand...
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Budapest, Széchenyi Lánchíd, 1051 Hungary
Nothing's more romantic than strolling across a bridge with a beloved, but this bridge means more than just amor—Széchenyi Chain Bridge was the first structure across the Danube in Hungary, built in the mid-1800s and, as a suspension...
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Budapest, Baross tér, Hungary
If you're an avid train traveler, you must visit this railway terminal in Budapest, Hungary. It's one of the main international and intercity terminal which was built around 1881. This image highlights the allegorical statues that are part of the...
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Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4, 1118 Hungary
Throughout Budapest are a whopping 123 therapeutic hot springs, but these, in the stately, slightly dusty Hotel Gellért (built in 1918) might be the most famous. The communal bath in the center of the hotel spa is for everyone, but the most...
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Innsbrucker Str. 13 D, 82481 Mittenwald, Germany
Some friends had been hiking in Austria in May and had to cut the trip short because of an unexpected blizzard. After all day hiking in the snow and not prepared for it, we came to a hut that was open to guests run by a woman named Helga. Helga...
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Tržiště 9, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia
At the Aria Hotel, you’ll find a floor dedicated to opera, another to classical music, and others to jazz and contemporary. The hotel’s music director, Ivana Stehlikova, can advise you on cultural events in the city. Thehotel is located near the...
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Jánský vršek 3, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia
Last visit I managed to secure a great rate at the Design Hotel Sax. Located at the bottom of the winding and atmospheric alleyways below Prague Castle and a stones throw from Charles Bridge, the Sax is where you want to be yet still feels...
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Veleslavínova 1098/2a, 110 00 Praha 1 - Staré Město-Staré Město, Czechia
It was six o’clock on New Year’s Day when we were unceremoniously shoo-ed out of our taxi at the far end of the Mánesuv Most — with 3 pieces of luggage, 2 carry-ons, a stroller and one sleeping child. “You’ll...
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Jakubská 649/8, 110 00 Prague, Czech republic, Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague,, 11000 Praha, Czechia
The Buddha Bar Hotel in Prague is the first location where the famous restaurant / nightclub branched into boutique luxury hotels. For this discerning photographer, lighting is very important to me and this hotel’s design did not disappoint. The...
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Nebovidská 459/1, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia
Vaulted ceilings and arched hallways retain the medieval character of the 14th-century monastery that originally stood here in the Mala Strana district. The hotel also houses Essensia restaurant. Doubles from $350, Nebovidska 459/1, Mala Strana,...
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Václavské nám., Nové Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia
Traveling to Prague was a dream come true for me. Needing a location close to the political action of November 17 (the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution), I booked the Glass Penthouse. A modern, top floor apartment with rooftop decks and...
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Betlémské nám. 255/4, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
If you are looking for a quiet place to relax away from the thick crowds of central Prague, try Bethlehem Square. A 5-minute walk from Old Town Square, it is a quiet, calm refuge hidden away from the tourists. Named after Bethlehem Chapel...
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Staroměstské nám. 1/4, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia
Old Town Square, founded in the 12th century, is the center of Prague. In the middle of it all, the Old Town Hall (which also houses the famous Astronomical Clock), built in 1338, still provides the best  360-degree views of the city. For a...
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
A rainy morning did not dampen the view of Old Dubrovnik, Croatia, as I traveled to the mountainside town of Polijica. Although many of the city's buildings are centuries old, the bright orange roofs were replaced following the Croatian War of...
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Ul. Pera Čingrije 7, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
We were in awe when we looked off our balcony at Hotel Bellevue in Dubrovnik, Croatia...and saw this! The clean, clear waters of the Adriatic and Miramar Bay are mesmerizing and just the right temperature to cool you off after a day of...
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21000, Split, Croatia
If there was one city that reflects how many times Croatia has been invaded, conquered, pillaged and annexed, it would be Split. Spalato (as the Italians called it when it was theirs) was built on resilience. With the ruins of Roman Emperor...
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Ul. Don. Pavla 1, 20260, Korčula, Croatia
The Relais & Châteaux property, a former 18th-century bishop’s palace in Korčula’s Old Town, has been meticulously restored into an all-apartment luxury hotel. Each of the five suites is decorated along a...
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Crijevićeva ul. 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Climb the grand baroque staircase and pass the Jesuit church, cross Gundulić Square, and follow the COLD DRINKS WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VIEW signs. Then, yes, walk through the walls. Buža translates to “a hole-in-the-wall,” and a...
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At Pile Gate, the Old Town’s main entrance, descend the staircase to a landing near the small fountain (formerly only for Jews) to experience a moment of serenity, looking at this quiet bay bracketed by the mighty fortresses of Lovrijenac and...
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One of Dubrovnik’s oldest fortresses stands atop a 100-foot rock, guarding the western land entrance to the Old Town, and vigilantly turned toward Venice, Dubrovnik’s traditional rival. As you enter the Old Town through the Pile Gate,...
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Dubrovnik’s star turn as King’s Landing in HBO’s Game of Thrones brought a new immediacy to the city’s historic sites. The infamous Season 5 “Walk of Shame” scene took place on the Jesuit Staircase that descends from Gundulic Square to St....
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Narodni trg 5, 23000, Zadar, Croatia
Zadar's People's Square (Narodni trg) is a large piazza that has been the heart of the city's public life since the Renaissance. The 16th-century City Guard building with its 19th-century clock tower is a great starting place if you want to...
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Ul. Zadarskog Mira 1358. 1358, 23000, Zadar, Croatia
The oldest Gothic church in Dalmatia dates back to 1359—and its monastery is even older. Built around 1221, it was home to a Franciscan school and a precursor of the University of Zadar. Although the interior of the church is relatively unadorned,...
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Vukovarska ul. 26B, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
It’s natural to lose yourself in Dubrovnik’s fortified Old City, a charming maze of marble streets and terracotta-roofed buildings. UNESCO has recognized it as a World Heritage site, and HBO chose Dubrovnik as the stand-in for Kings Landing in hit...
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Ul. Vinka Sagrestana 3, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Jewel of the Adriatic is indeed a picture-perfect city. Dubrovnik, with its whitewashed walls, melt-between-the-toes sand, and boats bobbing on a crystal harbor, is a camera magnet. The UNESCO-protected city was shelled indiscriminately during...