Hungary’s capital Budapest offers an enriching blend of UNESCO World Heritage sites, thermal baths, and of course the iconic ruin bars. On top of this, gay Budapest is beginning to make a name for itself within the community, thanks to a thriving gay scene which is revealing itself more confidently and proudly throughout the city.
Although still not quite as open as the capital cities of Western Europe, gay Budapest has made leaps and bounds in terms of LGBTQ rights since the 1990s. Being gay is now completely legally and socially acceptable, and in 2007, the Hungarian Parliament passed a law to allow gay and lesbian people to live with one another in a registered relationship.
Since 1997, gay Budapest has also hosted a colorful annual pride, with plenty of punters taking to the streets for a day of pride-related festivities. While gay Budapest is yet to have a designated gay district, there are several gay bars in the city that will make you feel right at home.
Despite this favorable trend in gay Budapest, many locals still hold conservative, traditional views meaning public displays of affection are not always advised. Nevertheless a charming culture, stunning architecture, and a growing LGBTQ scene make gay Budapest a worthwhile place to visit for your next gaycation.