Budapest, the Perfect Destination for a Couple’s City Break

Hungarian Parliament Building

If you’ve read this blog before, you know I’m a big fan of romantic getaways, especially short ones, like a day or a weekend away with your partner. City breaks are my favorite kind of getaway when I only have time for a short trip, and of the European cities I’ve visited, I think Budapest is unfairly overlooked. All you need is an evening walk along the Danube to see the Hungarian Parliament Building to know how romantic this European capital truly is. Even if all you have is a day, find inspiration in a one-day guide to Budapest and start planning your trip.

When to Travel to Budapest

Budapest by night

Image via Flickr by Kamil Porembiński

I might be biased because I’ve only visited Hungary in the summer, but that’s the best season to plan your city break. Think late summer, mid-August up to early September, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Top Romantic Attractions for Couples

Hungarian Parliament Building

Image via Flickr by Jorge Franganillo

If you’re traveling on a budget, then think romantic walks. The city center is built along the Danube River, and the views are breathtaking. The river, which separates Buda from Pest, is best viewed in the evening when it’s all lit up.

Take the Liberty Bridge to the Citadel, explore Gellert Square, and don’t forget the Parliament Building. Walk along the Danube Promenade and enjoy the Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Gellert Monument, or the Statue of Liberty. Another must-see is the Funicular Railway on top of Castle Hill. Most of these spots in the Hungarian capital are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so if your budget allows, they are well worth an in-depth visit.

The bridges along the river are stunning, so make sure you see at least a few. I’d add Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge, and Elisabeth Bridge to your list. While walking along Chain Bridge, you can stop and declare your love with a love lock. Alternatively, you can track down one of the city’s love tree in Elisabeth Square.

For a sunset treat, try the dinner cruises down the Danube. If you want to add some thrills, then I recommend the sunset air cruise. You’ll fly over the city in time for the sunset and see Budapest as the lights turn on. The cruise takes about 25 minutes. It isn’t cheap, but it’s definitely romantic.

Thermal baths are all the rage in Budapest. Couples will enjoy sharing a tour of the thermal baths and spas, especially as some of these offer couple’s massages in private rooms.

If you do travel in the late summer, make sure you’re in Budapest on August 20, when the city celebrates the birthday of the Magyar State with fireworks on the Danube. If you miss this event, you’ll find dozens of indie concerts and festivals to enjoy every year. Top it all off with a romantic dinner that’s as luxurious as your budget allows, and your unforgettable city break in Budapest will be complete.


Budapest is perfect for romantic getaways for couples. I hope my recommendations have inspired you to give this city a try.

8 Comment to “Budapest, the Perfect Destination for a Couple’s City Break”

  1. Victoria says:

    We traveled to Budapest as a couple and it was great! We visited in March and although it was a little chilly, it wasn’t bad at all and still very enjoyable!

  2. Mimi & Mitch says:

    It is indeed supperrrrrr romantic! I am so sad I have been to Budapest without my better half Mitch 🙁 Walking around the parliament building is romantic already!

  3. sherianne says:

    I haven’t been yet but have heard so many good things about Budapest, really need to get it on my calendar!

  4. I wish I lived close enough to visit Budapest for the weekend! What a dream that would be. I visited a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with this city. I cannot wait to go back!

  5. Another place on my bucketlist I just have to visit! Budapest looks amazing! Maybe a romantic getaway with the other half is in order after reading this haha! Nice write up!

  6. I just love Budapest for a quick city break. I would like to get back with my husband to place a lock on the Chain Bridge, and the thermal baths are divine. They leave your skin so smooth and fresh looking!

  7. I’ve been to Budapest before but it was on a whim, when I decided to do a day trip there from Vienna. I regretted my decision because I should have stayed there longer! Totally in love with the city, esp. with its architecture, and I agree that Budapest can indeed be a perfect destination for couples, or for anyone, for that matter.

  8. I would love to get a couple of days to just wander around and take the sites of Budapest. Thanks for this quick guide.

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