Big 7 Travel has compiled the official list of Europe’s 50 Most Instagrammable Places, ranking Hungary 4th. Budapest beat out a plethora of amazing countries and cities possessing breath-taking coastlines, historical monuments, cocktail bars and colorful street art.
The order of Big 7 Travel’s list is decided based on Instagram data, hashtags, the votes of travel experts and the opinions of some 1.5 million readers. Budapest precedes places like London, Paris and Rome and has finished fourth behind the Scottish Highlands, Iceland, Dubrovnik and Croatia. The website describes the Hungarian capital with the following:
The capital city of Hungary, Budapest is a fairytale city in Eastern Europe. The city itself is separated by the 19th-century Chain Bridge that connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest – hence the name Budapest!
The website also reveals the seven best spots to visit in each destination for an amazing Instagram photo. In Budapest, it recommends Széchenyi Thermal Baths, Fishermen’s Bastion, New York Café, the rooftop terrace of Aria Hotel with a view of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Vintage Garden Restaurant and the Jewish Quarter with its colorful street art.
According to the website, Instagram still plays a great role in influencing travelers’ destination choices: 67% of people surveyed by Big 7 Media said they chose to visit a new place after seeing it on Instagram, and 61% of people booked a specific hotel after seeing it on their feed. While printed guidebooks still have their place, more and more tourists (33% of the audience surveyed) are getting their travel recommendations solely from Instagram.
Below you can find some of our favorite Instagram photos of the beautiful capital, which make it clear that Budapest’s fourth-place spot is well-deserved.
featured photo: Hegyi Benjamin (@hebenj) Instagram