Imagine one of the most beautiful Central European cities split in half by the romantic Danube River, a city with rich history and architecture that will satisfy everyone’s taste, world-class museums filled with art treasures, unique Turkish-era steam baths, friendly locals and prestigious spas. You must have guessed by now – yes, this is Budapest, a perfect honeymoon destination for those newlywed couples who value the finer things in life.
Even though this Hungarian capital still caries some traces of its communist past, overall, Budapest managed to retain its unique romantic atmosphere. Serene yet dynamic, this metropolis charms you with its scenic settings, such as famous public gardens and walks along the river as well as invigorates with nightlife entertainment that draws youth from all over Europe.
For serious coffee lovers, Budapest is the honeymoon destination of your dreams. Some of the most famous coffee houses have been operating since the early 19th century! They welcome you and make it hard to resist the temptation to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee with unique varieties of pastry found only at particular shops. Serving as a meeting place for artists, politicians and people of culture, these coffee shops can tell you incredible stories of love and treachery, political movements and pursuits of politicians, great victories and shameful defeats – everything that happened within their walls.
While this black magic beverage is considered by many to be healing and rejuvenating, Budapest offers another benefit for your health. The city is rich in thermal (hot) springs, and lots of spas here offer you a chance to spoil yourself and your partner, receive beauty treatments and health benefits all in one spot.
Architecture is another “selling point” of the city. Your neck will hurt because of the constant looking up at the buildings and historical monuments. Furthermore, the city is rich in architecture of different styles – you can explore the remains of the ancient Roman city of Aquincum and the Gothic castle of Buda, admire excess of baroque embellishments and elegance of Art Nouveau buildings. In addition, Budapest boasts not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The banks of the Danube and the so called “Music Well” since 1987 as well as Andrássy Avenue since 2002. After your trip to Budapest, you can surely say to have obtained an informal architectural education.
Food and accommodations are by far more affordable than in other parts of Europe; however, be mindful that although Hungary joined the EU in 2004, Hungarian forint remains to be a local currency. Also remember that the best time to travel to Budapest is from May to September, when the temperatures are quite mild and the weather is pleasant.