Budapest Gay Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Budapest

|  24 July 2021
Budapest Gay Pride 2021: Pride march on Saturday, 24 July, following the month-long Budapest Pride Festival.
|  20 August 2021
Szent István ünnepe – St. Stephan's Day: national holiday of Hungary, commemorating the foundation of the Hungarian state and named after the first king of Hungary. Festivities and activities all day long, culminating in the impressive fireworks over the Danube river at 21:00.
|  31 December 2021
New Year's Eve in Budapest: with lots of concerts, races, parties, cruises and the fireworks along the Danube river.

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. ****, from 100 €
New modern hotel close to the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. The rooftop lounge bar, the fitness centre and some of the rooms have a fantastic view of the Danube river, the Parliament Building and many other sights of Budapest.
@ Clark Ádám tér 1
Budapest 1013

About Budapest and its gay life

The Hungarian capital Budapest, picturesquely situated on the Danube river and with a diverse architectural and cultural heritage of its centuries-old history, is one of the twenty most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Budapest's cityscape is marked by influences from many parts and eras of Europe: from Ottoman-era Turkey and Habsburg-era Vienna to industrial-era English engineering and post-communist Berlin's 'ruin chic'.

Among the many sights of Budapest are, for example, the Buda Castle Palace and the Parliament Building, Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and the Andrássy boulevard, the third oldest subway line in the world and, last but not least, the now trendy so-called 'ruin pubs'.

A special attraction for residents and tourists in Budapest are also the numerous thermal baths in historical architecture. Already the ancient Romans and later especially the Turks used the thermal springs, which are so numerous here because of the city's location on a tectonic fault.

Our ideas about queer life in Budapest today are shaped primarily by the rise of right-wing nationalist and far-right parties in Hungary since the late 1990s. Viktor Orbán and his openly homophobic and anti-liberal national-conservative party Fidesz have ruled the country since 2010, and populists and anti-queer elites from all over Europe are now streaming in and out here.

A closer look, however, reveals a somewhat more differentiated picture. Homosexual acts were decriminalized in Hungary as early as 1961, several years earlier than in many Western countries. In the 1980s, Budapest was a mecca for gay travelers from the GDR and other countries in East and West. The Budapest Gay Pride has been held annually since 1997. In 2012, Budapest hosted the EuroGames, the major European sports event of the LGBTQ community. Approval ratings among the Hungarian population for registered partnerships and same-sex marriage have risen significantly in recent years – despite the anti-queer propaganda from the government and right-wing parties. As Hungary's capital with a population of over 1.7 million, Budapest has a relatively small but active gay scene, which today ranges from bars and saunas to queer Pop parties and progressive Techno events.