Are you planning to spend a romantic weekend in Budapest? Discover the different programs and activities available for a successful weekend in the Hungarian capital!

Budapest, called the Pearl of the Danube, has many options for a successful romantic weekend: culture, sightseeing, gastronomy, thermal baths, cruises on the Danube, etc. We have drawn up a list of 10 programs to choose from which will enable you enjoy a beautiful weekend in Budapest!

1Visit of the old town in Buda – weekend in Budapest

budapest in 2 days

Plan two hours to visit Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion with a breathtaking view of Pest and the Hungarian Parliament.

Further information is in our article “Budapest Must-see sights” on this link and recommendation for “Visiting Budapest in 2 days” on this link.

2Have a drink on a “rooftop” in Budapest

After visiting the imposing St. Stephen’s Basilica in the city center of Pest, enjoy a drink on the rooftop of the Aria Hotel, at the High Note Skybar. It is just 200 meters away. It is an ideal place to take a break with views of the roofs of Pest and St Stephen’s Basilica!
Address: Budapest, Hercegprímás u 5, 1051. – plan
Further information is in our article “The best Budapest rooftops” on this link.

3Cruises on the Danube – weekend in Budapest

budapest cruise tour sightseeing

What is more spectacular than a Budapest cruise on the Danube ? Discover Budapest on a cruise (duration 45mn-1h), available day and night. From a unique angle, you will see many sites such as the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, Matthias Church, the Citadel and many majestic bridges of Budapest.

For information Budapest cruises and tickets – click here

Luxury cruise in Budapest on private boat

Do you want to celebrate an event?
You can discover Budapest on a Venetian-style limousine boat for an unforgettable experience. It is a private 50-minute tour on the Danube, day and night. The luxury boat can accommodate up to 10 people. The slow navigation allows plenty of time to admire monuments. Of course, you can ask for a high speed if you feel the need for an adrenaline rush!

For luxury cruise and booking information – click here

4Relax in the thermal baths: Széchenyi Baths

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The tradition of thermal baths is a must in Budapest and a unique experience!
The biggest are the Szechenyi baths in Pest whose Baroque architecture, outdoor and indoor baths, sauna and steam rooms will fill you of energy and joy.
For further information in our article “Budapest’s best baths” on this link.

Prepare your visit and avoid the long queues
(especially during school holidays, weekends and end-of-year holidays)
with a skip-the-line tickets for Széchenyi baths in Budapest:

For information Széchenyi baths and ticket skip-the-line tickets – click here

BEERSPA Session at the Széchenyi baths
Beer spa Széchenyi baths

Discover the BeerSpa: Relax for 45 minutes in 36 degree thermal water enriched with malt, hops and yeast. At the same time, you can drink as many pints of beer as you like thanks to the taps on the side of the vats! (High quality craft beer with 4% alcohol). You can also enjoy an entrance to the Széchenyi bath complex before or after your BeerSpa for as long as you like:

Information Beer Spa + entrance to Széchenyi baths,  Tickets – click here

Address: Széchenyi BathsÁllatkerti krt. 9-11, XIVth arrondissement, Pest – map.
Open hours: from 06:00 to 22:00 every day (indoor thermal baths open from 06:00 to 19:00). The baths are open all year.

Gellért Baths – weekend in Budapest

Gellért baths

A true institution of the Hungarian capital, the Gellért baths will seduce lovers of architecture and Art Nouveau. These baths, opened in 1918 on the Buda side, are a pleasure for the senses and the eyes!

Reserve now:
Information and ticket for Gellért bath – click here

Address: Gellért baths, Kelenhegyi út 4, 11th district, Buda – map.
Open hours: from 06:00 to 20:00 every day.

5Budapest Parliament

Budapest Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament is one of Budapest’s iconic landmarks: inaugurated in the early twentieth century, it has been the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary since 1902. With 18 000 m2, it is one of the largest parliaments in Europe and the Neo-Gothic facade is inspired by the parliament of London, the Palace of Westminster. The Parliament of Budapest is open every day and visitors will be able to access the main staircase, the central hall in the hexadecagon, the stained glass windows of Miksa Róth and also the crown of King St. Stephen, the first King of Hungary.

Budapest Parliament 45-Minute Guided Tour ticket – click here

Address: Hungarian Parliament, Kossuth Lajos ter 1-3, 5th district, Pest – plan – website – tickets. Open hours: every day from 8 am to 6 pm (at 4 pm from November to March).
Detailed informations in our article ‘How to visit the Parliament of Budapest’ on this link.

6Discover a museum or exhibition in Budapest

exhibitions in Budapest

Budapest is a capital with many museums and lively exhibitions throughout the year. Discover the main venues of Budapest on this link as well as our selection of exhibitions on this link.

7Enjoy a concert in Budapest

budapest concert

Budapest loves Music! Opera, ballet and concert quality classics are offered in many prestigious sites such as Matthias Church, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Academy of Music, the Palace of Arts, the National Opera, and many more.
Information on concerts and shows in Budapest is found on this link as well as in our ‘Calendar’ section with a selection of cultural events per month on this link.

8Restaurants in Budapest

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Want to book a good table in Budapest? The capital offers a wide variety of restaurants: Michelin-starred, Hungarian, international gastronomy, street food, etc. There is something for everyone! Discover our favorite restaurants in “Our selection of Budapest Restaurants” on this link.

9Diner Cruise on the Danube – weekend in Budapest

cruise on budapest on Danube

In the evening departing at 19.45 is the wonderful two and a half hour cruise on the Danube accompanied by a four-course dinner and the musical performance of local Hungarian artists!

For information and booking a dinner Cruise – click here

10Go out at night – discover the Ruins bars

Best ruin bars of Budapest

If you want to discover the nightlife of Budapest, you must go to the city center to the famous ruins bars of Budapest! Installed in the interior courtyards of abandoned buildings, sometimes on several floors, the picturesque Ruin Bars offer a unique atmosphere. They are all located in the same district (VIIth arrondissement). You can discover them one after the other (free entry). Check out our article on “The Best Budapest Ruin Bars” on this link.

We hope these recommendations will help you organize a perfect weekend in Budapest!

You can enrich your program with ideas in our article, “Budapest Must-see sights”on this link and our recommendations for “Visiting Budapest in 2 days” on this link.