Neo-Gothic splendor on the Danube

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  • Budapest


The Grand Dame on the Danube, Budapest has an ancient history. The Romans settled here almost 2,000 years ago and starting enjoying one of the city’s best known natural resources, its hot spa waters. Today there are so many of them to choose from, from Turkish-era ones, Art Nouveau and of course more modern establishments. Once soaked your body in the warm waters, there is plenty more to enjoy, for instance Budapest’s superb architectures - Baroque, Neoclassical, Eclectic and Art Nouveau. The river separates the cities of Buda with its towering castle and Pest - you can cross between the two sides on some pretty spectacular and romantic bridges.

Since the fall of Communism, Hungary has seen a marked improvement in the treatment of LGBT people and is today one of the most tolerant countries of the former Eastern Bloc. However the current conservative government has had a rather negative stance on gay rights, for instance constitutionally restricting marriage to opposite sex couples only. Though not comparable (notably because of the lack of adoption and surrogacy rights), cohabitation between same-sex people is recognised and protected since 2009. The gay scene is smaller than in other European cities, but it’s quite young, varied and is scattered all around town.

Gaytway Guide to Budapest

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    • The Danube and its Bridges
    • The city is divided by the majestic and sleepy river Danube, which separates hilly Buda from flat Pest. One of the most spectacular bridges crossing the river is the famous Chain Bridge. The bridge was built upon the request of Count István Széchenyi by designer William Tierney Clark and engineer Adam Clark between 1839 and 1849. Along the river is the imposing neo-Gothic Parliament building, boasting 691 rooms, erected between 1885 and 1904.

    • Buda Castle & the Castle District
    • Buda Castle and the whole of the Castle District are among the most well-known and frequently visited tourist attractions of Budapest. The Royal Palace, where many battles and wars took place from the 13th century, is a symbol for Hungarians. In this district visitors will also find a lot of lovely cafes and restaurants, as well as museums and other historical buildings.

    • A Spa City
    • Budapest residents have enjoyed the benefits of natural hot springs since Roman times. Every day 70 million litres of hot medicinal water at a temperature of around 21˚C rushes to the surface from the 118 natural springs dotted around the city. All of the city’s seven thermal baths are open all year round. You can even taste the medicinal water from several drinking wells in Budapest – though it does not taste very nice (but it’s good for you, allegedly!).

    • Architecture Gems
    • Budapest is home to some amazing architectural gems. In particular, there are some spectacular Art Nouveau buildings, like the ones along the World Heritage listed Andrássy Avenue. Some of the thermal baths also sport Art Nouveau features, while others feature more oriental or Turkish themes. Walk around the city centre and see for yourself! Another landmark is the New York Café, which welcomes customers since 1894 with frescoes & gilded chandeliers, for coffee, cake & Hungarian cuisine.
  • Habrolo

    A small cafe/bar, with a mostly local crowd. Karaoke nights.
  • Alter Ego Club

    One of the best known and most popular gay nightclub for the last 9 years.

    Capella Cafe

    A very interesting space on three levels, with two dance areas and three bars. Mostly mixed crowd. Drag shows & karaoke.

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