With its historic palaces, magnificent sights and expansive riverside views, Budapest is an ideal location for a special occasion for two. The capital is filled with opportunities to inspire amour, from climbing Fisherman’s Bastion for incredible cityscape views, to candlelit dinners on the River Danube.
Explore Buda Castle District
Follow in the footsteps of Hungary’s kings and queens at the Buda Castle District. Explore the quaint cobblestone streets to uncover historic landmarks such as The Royal Palace, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. There are also a number of interesting museums, such as The Castle Museum, and charming cafés and restaurants for a leisurely breakfast or lunch. Reach the hilltop attraction by taking the Castle Hill Funicular from the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge or, if you’re feeling energetic, by climbing the Király lépcső “Royal Steps”.
Take in the view at Fisherman’s Bastion
Originally built to commemorate the fishermen who protected the city, Fisherman’s Bastion is not only a striking structure but also one of Budapest’s most impressive lookout points. After marvelling at the seven medieval turrets (representing seven Hungarian tribes), climb to the top level for unbelievable panoramic vistas. For added romance, visit at sunset and watch the light fade over the city below.
Soak in the thermal baths
After a busy day of sightseeing, why not indulge in some pampering at one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths? 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 in the city with nearly 20 indoor and outdoor pools to enjoy.
Enjoy a River Danube cruise
One of the most romantic things to do in Budapest is a boat trip on the River Danube as it passes right through the middle of the city. Boats sail past almost all of the capital’s historical and cultural highlights, offering a fresh perspective of the towering Castle Hill, the imposing Parliament building and the striking bridges. Corinthia Hotel Budapest offers an exclusive on-board dining and sightseeing experience during which couples can enjoy a romantic meal by candlelight as they take in the sights from the water.
Go for a sunset walk
With its fairytale castles and riverside views, Budapest at sunset is something to be savoured. Before heading off to one of the city’s many excellent restaurants for an evening meal, take the time for a leisurely sunset stroll. Walk along the river as the sun starts to go down or walk up Gellért Hill and pick a spot near the Statue of Liberty for the best sunset views.
And then there’s 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. There are five Michelin-star restaurants and two Bib Gourmand eateries serving authentic Hungarian cuisine and international flavours. Visit the glamorous Onyx restaurant to enjoy Hungarian dishes with a modern twist under the light of sparkling chandeliers. Or head to Costes (the first Budapest restaurant to receive a Michelin star) for innovative, modern cuisine in immaculate settings.
Article by Corinthia Hotels, home of The Budapest Times and its sister publication Budapester Zeitung