For a newlywed couple looking to spend their honeymoon in a tasteful, charming and love-filled city, the capital of Hungary, Budapest, is one of the best choices. Also the largest city of Hungary, Budapest is a reminiscent of the old Europe, especially the way it used to be in the medieval period. The city’s architectural grandeur speaks of the glorious history of the country. As it is speckled with some of the most outstanding historical as well as urban landscapes of world, a few places have even been listed as the world heritage sites by UNESCO.
So, if you and your partner get awed by the ancient art, beautiful architecture and rich history of a place, then let us give you a few reasons to visit Budapest for your honeymoon.
#1. The Hungarian Parliament
Located on the bank of Danube, the Hungarian Parliament is one of the oldest legislative buildings of Europe and a noted tourist destination of Budapest. Built in the beautiful neo-Gothic style, everything from the façade to the interior of this building is truly magnificent. In addition, you will also get to see the coronation symbols of the country- King Stephen’s (the founder of the kingdom of Hungary) crown, the sceptre, the orb and the Renaissance sword.
#2. Buda Castle
A UNESCO world heritage site, the Buda Castle is a big tourist attraction in the city. Once it used to house the royalty of the country, and today it is home for the best art and cultural evidence of Hungary. Under this roof you can explore the Széchenyi National Library, The Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery. The various courtyards of Buda Castle host various festivals, such as wine festival, beer festival, renaissance and medieval festival, chocolate festival, Easter festival, etc. So, it will be a double treat for you if you visit this castle during any of these festivals.
#3. Heroes’ Square
Listed among the UNESCO world heritage sites, the Heroes’ Square is one of the most-visited places in Budapest. It was built in 1896 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the conquest of Magyar in Hungary. Located in front of the City Park, there are three main sites that would draw your attention- the Hall of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Millennium Monument.
#4. Vajdahunyad Castle
Once you are in Budapest with your partner, a visit to one of the most romantic castles of the city is a must. The castle depicts a perfect blend of some of the finest architectural styles of Europe from the medieval period to the 18th century such as Romanesque, Gothic Renaissance and Baroque architecture. In addition, the mesmerising paintings on the walls, beautiful carvings on the pillars, huge crystal chandeliers and many more artistic elements like these, will just leave you amazed. And, if you visit Budapest during winters, you will also be able to enjoy ice skating around this romantic location, as the lake around this castle gets frozen at that time.
#5. Fisherman’s Bastion
The neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic style building, Fisherman’s Bastion, is located on the bank of Danube. In fact, this 140 metre-long building is the best place to get a panoramic view of the Danube River and the Buda Castle. The bastion is named after the fishermen who protected this part of the city during the Middle Ages. It has seven towers, each of which symbolises the leaders of the seven Hungarian tribes that conquered the nation in 896.
#6. Szechenyi Bath
Well, it is not just the architecture of Budapest that will make your honeymoon memorable, but the rich spa heritage of the city will also impress you completely. In fact, it has earned the title of the ‘City of Spas’ since 1934. As Budapest is home to 118 springs, you can enjoy a relieving and refreshing bath at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath. It is one of the largest spa complexes in Europe and is counted among the largest medicinal baths in the world. So, after you get tired of roaming around in the city, this is one place where you and your partner can regain the energy.
#7. Museum of Applied Arts
Established in 1872, this museum was designed by two of the iconic architects of Hungary, Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos. The interior as well as the exterior is made of beautiful ceramic tiles from world famous Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture, in Pecs, Hungary. The museum houses some amazing specimens of artisanship in the form of Ottoman carpets, Tiffany glass and Baroque gold art pieces, among others.
Honeymoon in Budapest promises to be a unique trip as you experience life as it was in the medieval ages. Even though there have been certain changes, but the romantic appeal of the art and culture of the city can still leave you spellbound.