Love is in the air, or is it Spring come early? Either way, with Budapest being named one of the world’s most romantic cities, right around the corner from Valentine’s Day, you’re probably looking for some ideas of what you can do to make it special for your loved one.
Known in Hungarian as Bálint Nap, it’s celebrated in pretty much the same was as everywhere else – with flowers and romantic gestures – so here’s some things you could try.
Wine and dine in Budapest
It’s official, Budapest trendy wine bars and some of best eateries in the world, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking somewhere for drinks and dinner. Just be sure to book ahead, as seats at most of the top places will be in hot demand. And if you’re a real wine connoisseur you could also try a wine tasting tour.
Do something together
You can let your imagination run wild with this one. Go ice skating at City Park, learn to make chocolate together, take a cooking class, drive around the city in a Trabant, ride on world’s largest children’s railway, or even be really corny and do bowling and movie.
Visit the baths
Budapest is famous for its bath spas and Valentine’s day is a great time for a soak with a loved one. Széchenyi and Gellért are considered the nicest, but being the most popular they’ll also be the busiest, and it’s worth checking out Rudas or Király bath if you want a quieter atmosphere. At all of them, you can book a massage and other spa treatments.
And if you want to enjoy things a little more decadently with your partner, the 13th of February will see the return of the infamous Sparty bath parties.
Enjoy the Danube
The banks of the Danube hold spectacular sights that can be enjoyed by day and at night. The simplest way to enjoy them in would be to go for a walk. If you’ve got all day then we recommend starting by Liberty Bridge and walking all the way down the Pest side and back up the Buda, taking in Chain Bridge, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Parliament Buda Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion and then walk down through the newly renovated Castle Bazaar along the way.
When crossing Margit Bridge, you could even stop off at Margit Island for a picnic and a stroll around the rather charming Japanese garden margit there, and if you want bonus points, time your walk right and end it with a trip up to the Liberty Statue for a nice view of the sunset.
Single on Valentine’s Day? Go party!