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.