Romantic Guide to Budapest: Best Things to do in Budapest for Couples
What’s the first thing on your mind when you think about the romantic city? I bet it’s the famous place in Europe like Paris, Vienna, Prague, London or Rome. These capitals are charming without a doubt, however they get really crowded, especially during a summer. I mean, isn’t taking a photo with your lover in front of the Eiffel Tower too cliché? If you are looking for less touristy place in Europe, check out this Budapest romantic guide.
The largest city in Hungary is located only 6 hours driving from our hometown. We’ve visited most of the European capitals and more than 40 countries in the world and we’ve never expected that Budapest is THIS beautiful. Sometimes we need to travel to the far places to discover that something amazing is just around the corner.
Budapest turned out to be one of the most beautiful cities we have ever been to. Located by the Danube river, it is a perfect gateway for lovers in Europe.
Budapest romantic guide: Best places to visit
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Picnic on the Margitsziget (Margaret Island)
Margaret Island, located on the Danube river, is the hidden gem of Budapest. According to the locals, it’s the most romantic place in the city. The island is peaceful and tranquil. It’s great to go all year round. If you are visiting Budapest in the winter, picnic may be difficult to organise. However, walking around the island is just as romantic.
The easiest way to get to the Margitsziget is by public transport.
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Afternoon tea at New York Palace Cafe
Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11, 1073 Hungary
Even though New York Palace Cafe is almost always crowded, it’s still worth to go there. It’s located in the old, historical building and has one of the most beautiful interiors we have seen in Budapest.
If you are not keen on waiting in lines and prefer more quiet places, go to Hauer cukrászda és kávéház that is just few steps away. It’s an old-fashioned cafe with delicious desserts and climatic atmosphere.
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Romantic walk by the Danube River
Danube it’s the second longest river in Europe. It’s definitely what makes Budapest special. In the past the river divided the city into half: Buda was built on the hills of the western side and Pest on the flat opposite bank.
In the summer, when you get tired of walking, you can stop by and lie down on a grass in the shadow. There is nothing more relaxing and romantic than watching the river flow.
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Trying Hungarian specialities
There are so many awesome restaurants in Budapest that it’s hard to recommend just one.
Here are some worth visiting: La Bodeguita del Medio (Cuban restaurant with beautiful garden and live music), restaurants at Balna Terasz (whale-shaped building), Kopaszi Dam and Romai Part (Fellini restaurant).
When it comes to the food you should definitely try langos – a fried dough traditionally served with sour cream and cheese. It’s very filling and caloric, so you can share one langos with your date.
Another famous Hungarian food are goulash (meat soup), halaszle (fisherman’s soup), kürtőskalács (chimney cake- delicious!), retes (Hungarian strudel) and lecso (vegetable stew).
Last but not least- wine! At the end of the day, that’s what Hungary is famous from.
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Szentendre is considered as the most Mediterranean place in Hungary. We felt in love with this cute town! Located only 20 kilometers from Budapest, it’s famous from the handicrafts, beautiful monuments and interesting museums.
When we were there it was really hot, so instead of visiting all the tourist attractions, we just laid down by the Danube river and relaxed. It was really romantic.
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Watch the sunrise or sunset from the top of Gellert Hill
It’s one of the Budapest date ideas that you can have completely for free. There is no entrance fee to the Gellert Hill, so you can just climb up there with your date early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Watching the sunset or sunrise from there is a really romantic experience.
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Wander around the castle hill
Even though the castle hill is the most popular place in Budapest, it’s still worth visiting. Fisherman’s Bastion is absolutely stunning. If you want to make this date special, take a photo session on the hill!
You can either take photos of your lover or just use selfie stick to take photos of two of you.
TIP: You can either climb up the hill, use the public transport or drive there by a car. If you choose the last option, the first 30 minutes of parking is for free. Then you need to pay 520Ft for additional 30 minutes. If you want to stay at the hill for more than 1 hour, you will pay the fine.
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Have a drink at the sky bar
Hands down, sky bars are one of the best places to visit in every city. It’s no different in the capital of Hungary.
The best one is St. Andrea Sky Bar that has a beautiful view over Budapest.
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Try famous Szamos cakes
Budapest, Váci u. 1, 1052 Hungary
According to the locals, Szamos cafe serves the best cakes in Budapest. The Szamos family founded their company in 1935, so it’s a place with a long tradition.
The cafe is located opposite the Budapest Parliament, so you will get there easily. If you want to impress your date, go to the Chocolate Museum, situated on the first floor of the Szamos Cukraszda.
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Budapest, Nagytétényi 37-43, 1222, Hungary
Walking the 12-meter-long tunnel, surrounded by the sharks and exotic fish may be really exciting!
If you want to impress your date, visit Tropicarium in Budapest. It’s not the top tourist attraction in the city, that’s why it won’t be that crowded. Before heading there, check out their feeding schedule. You may be able to see how the wild animals eat!
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Feel like a child at Gyermekvasut (Children’s Railway)
Did you know that there is a place in Budapest where you can take a ride by a train run by children? It’s something unique on a global scale and it will definitely make your lover feel special.
You may be surprised that in the modern world, children are still working. Well, it’s not that weird when you take a look into a history. It’s what is left from the (Hungarian) communist system where children were educated in the spirit of collectivist work. The children working there nowadays do not feel used but proud. You need to be a good student to be able to work at the Railway. It’s all under the supervision of adults of course.
More about the Children’s Railway here.
Where to stay?
There are many great places to stay in Budapest. We’ve been in the city with our baby girl, so we chose the apartment at Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest.
It was perfectly equipped, spacious and centrally located. We could easily walk to all the important tourist attractions. The hotel is very romantic, it has lovely garden in the courtyard (photo below). It’s very rare to find such a green oasis in the heart of the big city.
When we got tired of walking around, we moved to the hotel on the outskirts of the city- Aquaworld Resort Budapest. It has one of the best water parks we have ever been to. We had so much fun in there!
It’s definitely a perfect place to relax and unwind. They have a half board option, there are also restaurants inside the aquapark, so you don’t even need to leave the hotel to get anything you want.
How to get around?
Budapest is a big city, so the easiest and the cheapest way to get around is by using the public transport.
You can also travel by car but be ready to pay high parking fees (coins only!) and waste time in the traffic jam.
See also: 3 days Budapest itinerary
Disclosure: We want to thank Aquaworld Resort Budapest and Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest for complimentary stays. All opinions presented in this post are honest and our own.