Budapest Among Europe's Best Cities for Antique Lovers


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Budapest, Hungary, is the tenth-best city for antique lovers in Europe, scoring 7.02 out of 10 in the antique index compiled by

Hungary's capital city scores highly for the quality of its antique stores (4.4/5), ranking 42% higher on average than the nearby city of Maribor, Slovenia (3.09/5). Budapest is also home to over double the number of antique stores per 100,000 people (1.01) than Bucharest, Romania (0.26).

Copenhagen, Denmark is the best city for antique lovers, with an overall antique index score of 8.66 out of 10. The Danish capital is home to the sixth-highest-rated antique stores in Europe, with more than 1 (1.2) antique stores per 100,000 people. It also boasts the eighth-highest number of antique stores per capita out of all 51 cities analyzed. In comparison, Copenhagen has over double the number of antique stores than neighboring city, Gothenburg, Sweden (0.55). The city scores highly for the quality of its antique stores (4.63/5), ranking 11% higher on average than neighboring capital, Berlin, Germany (4.17/5).

The capital city of Latvia, Riga, is the second-best city for antique lovers in Europe, scoring 8.56 out of 10 in the antique index. With the country's growing interest in sustainable shopping practices(2), Riga has the highest-rated antique stores of all the top 10 countries analyzed (4.81/5). The capital scores 31% higher for its antique stores than neighboring city Tallinn, Estonia (3.65/5) which ranks 30th in the overall results. Antique lovers are spoiled for choice in the capital, as Riga is home to 0.94 stores per 1000,00 people. This is 77% more stores per capita than Kaunas, Lithuania (0.53).

Jessica Willock, home insurance expert at, comments, "When searching for bargains in Europe's best spots, there is the potential to find high-value items for a fraction of the cost. Despite their discounted price, it's important to consider the true value of any purchases made in markets, antique stores or outlets. This is to ensure that you have the appropriate cover on your contents insurance policy to protect your valuables."

"Typical policies for antique items vary from accidental loss, damage, and theft to depreciation in value cover. With this protection, If an item in your collection gets damaged and can't be repaired, or it's possible to repair but it results in a loss of value, the insurer should pay out. If you do need to make a home insurance claim, it's important that you fully understand the type of cover you have."


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