Ryanair Stories: Date Night Budapest

It’s your anniversary, your husband’s birthday, the celebration of her new job, or just any other reason to say I love you.  What do you do? Sure, you can book the standard night out but what if you could step it up a notch….tell him how much he means to you or tell her that she really is that special!

My husband and I have set out to explore Europe’s most exciting cities and hidden treasures to give you a tried and tested Date Night itinerary that will blow your loved one out of the water.

 

Date Night:  Budapest

Let me start by saying that if you haven’t been to Budapest. Stop reading.  Open another browser and book your tickets NOW! This city is truly spectacular…it’s friendly, it’s affordable, and it’s undeniably romantic.

 

hungarian parliament

Views of the Hungarian Parliament

 

Named the Paris of the East, Budapest is the perfect city to explore with someone you love.  The city literally screams extravagance from every corner. From the jaw-dropping views over the night-lit river embankment to UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Buda Castle and the Hungarian Parliament, to sitting on top of Gellert Hill or standing under the roofs by the balcony of the picturesque Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest was made for lovers. Come for the weekend and you’ll never want to leave again.

 

Where to stay

 

The city is full of affordable luxury.  Many of the world’s top hotel brands are located here but for a fraction of the price you would normally find in other European cities….Ahem, did someone mention Paris?

 

the corinthia

Corinthia Hotel

 

One of our favourites, however, was the Corinthia Hotel.  This iconic 19th century building very much mirrors the city in grandeur and its striking elegance hits you from the moment you arrive.  The hotel, one of the largest in Budapest caters to each guest with the personalised attention you’d usually find in a much smaller boutique hotel. If the city wasn’t so inviting, you might find it hard to venture out. The spa (a perfect end after long sight-seeing trips) and Michelin-rated restaurant (which hosts one of the best Sunday brunches…EVER) are well worth sticking around for.

 

Kempinski collage

Kempinski

 

For those who want to be located in the heart of it all, look no further than the Kempinski Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Pest, just a few blocks away from the Danube River. If you can tear yourself away from your fantastic room, all beautifully decorated with lithographs by Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz, you are literally steps away from the city’s major shopping artery.  Something I kept reminding my better half…you know, in case he got the sudden urge to buy me a present!  Fun and relaxed, this hotel and its down-to-earth bistro Es Bisztro makes for the perfect base in a city with so much to offer.

 

 

Where to eat

 

Fun and tasty options are plentiful and there’s no end to the number of trendy places to eat in Pest.  Go to the Jewish District and you’ll find an assortment of Manhattan- style restaurants, wine bars and cosy cafes.

 

Tanti Restaurant

 

For your date night, stoke the fires of passion by indulging in a nine course Michelin-starred tasting menu at Tanti.  Tanti, meaning auntie in Hungarian, combines traditional and modern techniques providing an elaborate yet familiar taste.  From the comfortable space to the warm service, Tanti might be one of Budapest’s best-kept secrets.  Located on the Buda side, Tanti gives you a great excuse to take a trip to the more residential half of the city.

 

chain bridge

 

On the way back, be sure to take in the views of Pest by walking back over the Chain Bridge – the sights are equally as fantastic on both sides.

 

 

What to do

 

Budapest has a tremendously rich natural spring water reservoir, right under the city. Called the City of Baths, you can soak up the goodness at one of the city’s ten bath houses.  We suggest: Szechenyi Thermal Bath, Gellert Bath or Rudas Bath.

 

opera budapest

(Photo credits: Attila Juhász)

 

Next, exchange your bathing suit for your ball gown and treat yourself to the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest.  This spectacular building would have been well worth seeing in its own right, even without experiencing the spectacular performance of Carmen, one of my all-time favourite operas, conducted by István Dénes. Simply incredible.

 

 

 

Karyn Gorman and Olav Adami

Karyn Gorman and Olav Adami

As international journalists, Karyn Gorman and Olav Adami have travelled to over a hundred countries. They live between Spain and Belgium with their four children. Karyn is a children’s book author with seven published titles.

3 Comments

  • Sheila Sullivan

    Karyn as usual your blog is great. Very informative and makes me want to pack up and go!

    1st April 2017 at 2:57 am
  • Scherry Jackson

    Ok! I’m ready! What an exciting presentation on Budapest !! This is full of great informTion without giving too much too long! Sounds like a wonderful place to visit!

    2nd April 2017 at 10:36 pm
  • Gerry

    you are right in both instances. But if they really want to pay the bill, let them do it. (I allow guests to treat me once if th82;#ey17&re staying with me, or to pick up every other tab if we go out multiple times… if they pay, I do the tip.)

    9th May 2017 at 8:28 am

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