This gem of Central Europe has earned its place as a perfect winter getaway, where the air is crisp, and the cityscape shimmers in the soft glow of holiday lights.

In a now-deleted Reddit post, an online user asked for the best cities in Europe to go to in December and January, and one of the top-liked answers sang the praises of Budapest, Hungary’s capital.

The Redditor said: “One of the best winter destinations I have ever been to is Budapest. It was cold but comfortable, and the hearty food they have will really warm you up.

“Best of all are the public baths – enjoy a few hours, come out nice, warm and relaxed, then go eat something nice.”

Well-known for its majestic views, the city boasts some of Europe’s most iconic bridges, with the Chain Bridge linking the hilly Buda and flat Pest sides.

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An evening stroll across the illuminated bridges offers unparalleled views of the city’s skyline. Budapest is famed for its thermal baths, where healing waters have been enjoyed for centuries.

The grandeur of the Gellért Baths and the historic Széchenyi Baths provide a rejuvenating retreat, especially during the winter months.

Budapest’s culinary scene is a delightful fusion of traditional and contemporary flavours – from the iconic goulash to street food like langos, the city is a haven for food enthusiasts.

A classic Hungarian dessert, Dobos Torte is a layered sponge cake with chocolate buttercream and a caramelised sugar crust on top.

Hungary is famous for its Tokaji wine, a sweet wine produced in the Tokaj wine region that is often referred to as the “wine of kings” and has a rich history dating back centuries.

A stroll down Andrássy Avenue unveils a boulevard of elegance, lined with neoclassical buildings, theatres, and luxury boutiques, and boasts the Hungarian State Opera House, which stands as a cultural masterpiece.

Art enthusiasts can find solace in the Museum of Fine Arts, housing an extensive collection spanning from ancient Egypt to the Renaissance and beyond.

Budapest hosts a myriad of cultural events throughout the year, from the Budapest International Documentary Festival to the Budapest Wine Festival, ensuring there’s always something captivating on the horizon.

Tourists can also escape the urban hustle with a visit to Margaret Island, a tranquil oasis in the heart of the Danube, featuring parks, medieval ruins, and a musical fountain.