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Romantic Guide to Budapest

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It's easy to see why Budapest, which often plays Paris' doppelganger in the movies, is one of Europe's most romantic cities. A stroll along the historic Danube bank at sunset, before getting lost in the narrow cobbled streets on Castle Hill, makes the perfect backdrop to any love story.

Good for
  • Couples
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

9 Places

5 City Tips

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9 Places

Fisherman's Bastion

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites

Szechenyi Baths and Pool

Historic Sites, Thermal Spas

Vintage Garden

Restaurants

Varosliget

Other Outdoor Activities

New York Cafe

Restaurants

Gellert Hill and Statue

Historic Sites

Rudas Baths

Spas

Gerloczy Kavehaz Cafe and Restaurant

Restaurants

Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)

Architectural Buildings, Operas

Jennifer W's City Tips

  • It's customary to tip around 10%. When you're paying your bill, tell the waiter or waitress how much you want to pay altogether instead of leaving the tip on the table.
  • Budapest has excellent public transport connections, including the iconic yellow tram, but it's also a beautiful city to walk around — just make sure you look up!
  • If the weather is good, you can rent a bike from the numerous luminous green BuBi Bike stands.
  • In the summer, take a romantic trip down the Danube on one of the BKK ferries for the price of a metro ticket!
  • If you're eating out, avoid the restaurants around Vaci Street. These are often overpriced and touristy, so you'd really be missing out on much better places.
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    Fisherman's Bastion
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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    Jennifer W Says:

    Crowning Budapest's iconic Castle Hill with winding steps and neo-Gothic arches, and intertwined with white fairytale turrets, Fisherman's Bastion (Halaszbastya) is one of my favorite lookout points in the whole city. Nothing beats the view of the Danube, the Houses of Parliament, and the city of Pest — it doesn't get much more romantic than this.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you escape the crowds by taking one of the staircases descending into the park area below.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 477 things to do in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful at night 20/10/2017
    • Nice views but requires a ticket to climb 20/10/2017
    • Fisherman's Bastion
    Address:
    Szentharomsag ter
    Budapest 1014
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 458 3000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Szechenyi Baths and Pool
    Historic Sites, Thermal Spas
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    Jennifer W Says:

    Budapest is a city full of thermal spas ranging from authentic Turkish baths to art nouveau spas, making it hard to choose which one to visit. If you have to pick one on a romantic getaway, I would suggest a dip in the iconic fin de siècle masterpiece that is the Szechenyi Baths. Cuddle up in the Champagne-bubble waters in one of the outdoor pools overlooked by the canary yellow neoclassical colonnades or warm up with a game of chess in the hot steaming waters at the other end of the complex.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The outdoor pools of the Szechenyi are co-ed, so remember to bring swimwear with you!
    • If you're looking to get wild and party into the night, then check out the Sparty nights. The pool is transformed into a club with colorful lights, DJs and poolside bars.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 124 Spas & Wellness in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just go with the hot baths flow 20/10/2017
    • Dirty but a must 20/10/2017
    • Szechenyi Baths and Pool
    Address:
    Allatkerti korut 9-11.
    Budapest 1146
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 363 3210
    Price range:
    US$17 - US$17
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 22:00
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    Vintage Garden
    Restaurants (Italian, French, Hungarian, European, Central European)
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    Jennifer W Says:

    From the outside this might look like a quirky design shop, but this Provence-inspired restaurant tucked away in the busy heart of District VII is the ideal spot for a romantic lunch or dinner. The restaurant offers a nouveau take on French dishes fused with Hungarian flavors and cooked with the freshest local ingredients. If you want a quiet, intimate night with candlelight shining through the bars of a vintage birdcage, this is the place. The shabby-chic feel of the restaurant also makes it the perfect precursor to a visit to Budapest's nearby ruin bars (pubs housed in formally abandoned buildings, a popular concept in this city)!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Make sure you book a table in advance. Ever since the restaurant opened in 2014, it's been wildly popular.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #233 of 2 726 restaurants in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place for a quiet breakfast 20/10/2017
    • Very Nice place and very good food 19/10/2017
    • Vintage Garden
    Address:
    Dob utca 21
    Budapest 1074
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 30 790 6619
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Varosliget
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Jennifer W Says:

    At the top of Andrassy Avenue, just off Heroes Square, City Park (Varosliget) is the green lung of the city and home to the famous Szechenyi Baths, the Zoo and Vajdahunyad Castle. In the summer it makes for a perfect spot to picnic or grab a lángos (deep fried flatbread) on the go. In the winter, head down to the ice rink and skate under the romantic Transylvanian-style castle lit up at night.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take care with your belongings in the park, it's rife with pickpockets. It's also best to keep to the main landmarks, especially at night.
    • Take the historic Millennium Underground to Heroes Square (Hösök Tere) or Szechenyi Baths. This underground is a UNESCO site in itself — it's the second oldest metro in Europe!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 109 Outdoor Activities in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful park 11/10/2017
    • Fabulous early tea in heroes square 06/10/2017
    • Varosliget
    Address:
    Heroes' Square
    Budapest
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 30 869 1426
    Other:
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    New York Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian)
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    Jennifer W Says:

    The New York Cafe might not be Budapest's cheapest or best dining venue, but it's worth stopping in for a luxury coffee just for the place. With curved marble columns, frescoes and walls gilded with goldleaf, this former literary hangout is truly beautiful.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • While there is no enforced dress code, you might want to dress up a little before stepping into the cafe.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #178 of 2 726 restaurants in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious breakfast buffet 20/10/2017
    • Bad Food & Poor Service 20/10/2017
    • New York Cafe
    Address:
    Erzsebet koerut 9-11
    Boscolo Budapest
    Budapest 1073
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 886 6167
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Gellert Hill and Statue
    Historic Sites
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    Jennifer W Says:

    For an amazing view across Budapest, make a beeline to Gellert Hill. If you're after a scenic hike, start at the steps by the waterfall and wind your way up, but make sure you stop and take in the views on the way. When you make it up to the top to the Citadel, you've officially reached the highest, and, according to some, the best view over the city center. Make sure you check out the peaceful Philosopher's Garden while you're up there.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you don't fancy a hike, you can always take bus number 27 from Moricz Zsigmond Circus (Körtér).
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 477 things to do in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely. 20/10/2017
    • Best view of the city... 20/10/2017
    • Gellert Hill and Statue
    Address:
    Buda, District 1
    next to Citadella
    Budapest
    Hungary
    Other:
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    Rudas Baths
    Spas
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    Jennifer W Says:

    While the Szechenyi is the most famous bath in Budapest, the Rudas is one of the oldest, dating back to the 16th century Ottoman occupation. This beautiful Turkish bath is the perfect place to soak, and while it's only co-ed on the weekends, on Friday and Saturday nights you can also come for late night bathing. Plus, don't miss the gorgeous spa complex and rooftop jacuzzi!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Turkish part of the baths is men only on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Tuesdays are women only; weekends and late nights are co-ed.
    • While single sex bathing (only in the historic Turkish section) is nude, co-ed requires the use of swimwear. The new Wellness Spa and swimming pool are co-ed all week round.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 124 Spas & Wellness in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden Gem 20/10/2017
    • Lovely spa, quieter and more relaxing than others in Budapest 19/10/2017
    • Rudas Baths
    Address:
    Dobrentei ter 9
    Budapest 1013
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 375 8373
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    06:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    06:00 - 04:00
    Other:
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    Gerloczy Kavehaz Cafe and Restaurant
    Restaurants (French, Cafe, European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian)
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    Jennifer W Says:

    Set in a quiet plaza that could be found somewhere in the backstreets of Paris, the Gerloczy Cafe is the ideal place for a romantic date. Start the day with a continental breakfast with fresh croissants or excellent homemade bread, or join later for lunch or dinner. Indulge in oysters or some bistro classics if you fancy something special.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you'd like to sit outside on the terrace, call ahead and book a table.
    • Try the inexpensive three-course lunch menu on weekdays!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #192 of 2 726 restaurants in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best value meal of our trip 20/10/2017
    • A gem in Budapest 19/10/2017
    • Gerloczy Kavehaz Cafe and Restaurant
    Address:
    Gerloczy utca 1.
    Gerloczy Rooms de Lux
    Budapest 1052
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 501 4000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)
    Architectural Buildings, Operas
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    Jennifer W Says:

    No romantic trip to the city is complete without taking in a show at the Hungarian State Opera, one of Budapest's most beautiful buildings both inside and out. Dress up for the night and walk under the chandeliers and vaulted ceilings to one of the gilded boxes, and enjoy the performance. Make sure you take your glass of champagne out onto the terrace during the interval for views over Andrassy Avenue.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You can buy tickets online or at the box office inside the opera house.
    • If you can't make a show, then be sure to pay a visit to the Hungarian State Opera on one of the guided tours that are run throughout the day.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 477 things to do in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow 17/10/2017
    • A classic Opera House 17/10/2017
    • Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)
    Address:
    Andrassy ut 22
    Budapest 1061
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 331 2550
    Other:
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