Budapest has won the best European destination 2019 title, the tourism organisation European Best Destination (EBD) told Mayor István Tarlós in a letter on Tuesday.
More than half million travellers voted for their favourite European destinations between January 15 and February 5, and Budapest won first place.
No other previous winner received as many votes from abroad as Budapest, with 77 percent of supporting votes submitted from other countries, mostly the UK, the US, Germany, France, Austria and Italy, the statement said.
Budapest alone received more votes than Paris, Athens, London, Florence and Geneva combined, it added.
1. Budapest, Hungary
2. Braga, Portugal
3. Monte Isola, Italy
4. Metz, France
5. Poznan, Poland
6. Málaga, Spain
7. Geneva, Switzerland
8. Cavtat, Croatia
9. Bratislava, Slovakia
10. Sainte-Maxime, France
11. Dinant, Belgium
12. Athens, Greece
13. Kotor, Montenegro
14. Riga, Latvia
15. Florence, Italy
Here is how europeanbestdestinations.com praises Budapest:
Thousands of you from all over the world have voted for Budapest as the best European destination 2019. The capital of Hungary is number one on your travel bucket list.
The city 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 pearl of the Danube is not only the best European destination, it 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, Stockholm’s gentle way of life.
Join Budapest lovers and book your flight, accommodation and best tours in Budapest such as a Danube Cruise, a visit to the Buda Castle or an alternative Budapest walking tour of both Buda and Pest and enjoy your stay in the best destination in Europe! A word of advice: your Instagram account is at risk of blowing up if you share all the photos you will be taking!