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6 Don’t-Miss Romantic Things To Do in Budapest

Published: February 13th, 2020

Budapest must be one of the most romantic cities in the world with its sweeping, beautiful romantic views over the night lit river embankment flagged by UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Buda Castle and the Hungarian Parliament.

If you’re looking for romantic things to do in Budapest, it’s a fun city to date in – candlelit cruises, thermal bath, Michelin-star dinners, romantic walks along the Danube River.

Romantic Walks in Budapest

Danube it’s the second longest river in Europe. It’s definitely what makes Budapest special. It is best to start walking from the Pest side of Budapest: starting at the Hungarian Parliament along the Danube River you’ll pass the famous monument called Shoes on the Danube, then head through the iconic 1800s stone suspension bridge, Chain Bridge, to arrive on the Buda side. From the Buda Castle and on top of the Castle Hill, you will get a splendid view of the city. And if your feet hurt after a long walk, take tram 2 that runs along the Danube to continue enjoying the restless beauty of this old city.

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Enjoy a romantic dinner

If you’re looking for a unique place to celebrate a special occasion, or perhaps even to ‘pop the question’, Budapest has plenty of options. Definitely one of the best romantic restaurants in Budapest is Könyvbár (Book bar). Besides their regular a la carte, they prepare a food homage to a great book every week.

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Discover the most romantic sights

While spending your sweet couple-time together, don’t forget to explore the city as travelers with genuine interest in the city’s history, art, and culture. Include on your list the most famous attractions in Budapest: the Hungarian Parliament, the Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Buda Castle on top of the Castle Hill, the Citadel, the Liberty Statue, and the Gellert Hill. These places are the best for getting panoramic views and adoring the romantic well-preserved architecture of the city.

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Enjoy a thermal bath together

Another great treat for the perfect getaway holiday in Budapest is to go to several thermal baths and spas. Known as the City of Spas since 1934, Budapest has more thermal and medicinal water springs than any other of the capital cities in Europe. Take a dip in the hot waters of Király Bath, the oldest bathhouse in the city; the ancient Ottoman-style Veli Bej Bath; the riverside Rudas Bath; or the grand Széchenyi Bath, the largest baths in the city with nearly 20 indoor and outdoor pools to enjoy.

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Take a boat tour on the Danube River

While there are many romantic restaurants beside the Danube River where you can dine out whilst getting a stunning view of Budapest. You can take your better half for a romantic river dinner cruise in Budapest, the best of which is the a la carte dinner cruise on Budapest Legenda boat (often booked up for full house days or even weeks in advance).

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Discover hidden romantic destinations together

Enjoy a glass of aromatic wine amid ornate settings surrounded by Renaissance-style artworks at Lotz Hall, a classic café inside Budapest’s elegant Alexandra Bookstore on Andrássy Avenue, where the sophisticated artworks of German-Hungarian painter Károly Lotz evoke Greek mythological themes.

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Should you need any assistance with reservations, transportation, or would like additional recommendations, do not hesitate to ask our concierge teams at Aria Hotel Budapest for assistance!

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