GLXY Travel Guide - Exploring the LGBT Scene in Budapest

20 May, 2018
In this article you can find out why and when to visit Hungary and Budapest, how friendly is this city for LGBT persons, where to go for gay-friendly dinner options, bars, clubs and other venues, what are the most important LGBT events of the year not to be missed; how to meet locals; and other interesting and important practical details.

About Hungary and Budapest

Hungary is one of the most fascinating states in Europe because of its rich cultural offer, incredible historical heritage and numerous sights interesting to tourists. The tourist season lasts from April to October, peaked in July and August, and in 2002 it was the 13th most visited tourist destination in the world. In the country there is a moderate climate and the interestingness of the Hungarian climate is a very small amount of precipitation. Hungary also has 1300 thermal springs that are very attractive and attractive.

Budapest, the capital of Hungary and the main political, industrial, commercial and transport center of the country. It became a unique city in 1873 by joining of Budim and the Old Budim on the right bank of the Danube River with Pest on the left (east) coast.
Hungary's capital city, Budapest, is known as the "Pearl of the Danube", and abounds in historic buildings, bridges, landscaped gardens and beautifully landscaped parks. It includes sights such as the old town / fort of Bedim, several museums, with the Hungarian National Gallery, the church of St. Matthias, the Parliament Building and the City Park.
The city has many museums, three opera houses, and hundreds of thermal baths. The Buddha fortress, the Danube dams and the whole of Andrássy Avenue are recognized and are on the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage.

Hungary is a country with an extremely rich legacy of folk customs. Folklore culture is not only preserved in museums - tradition lives and is transmitted to many small villages across the country. This culture is primarily maintained in local communities, but also many of today's urban citizens of cities do things that at first glance can surprise you!
The specialty of Budapest is a rich nightlife that is particularly delighted by tourists, such as numerous clubs for jazz and blues lovers, as well as clubs on the Danube itself. There is also an entire island dedicated to the fun, Hajogyari Sziget, with numerous disco clubs primarily intended for tourists. Food and beverage prices are 10 to 30 percent lower than in the rest of Europe.

LGBT situation

In 2000, the Constitutional Court ruled that the constitutional ban on discrimination "on the basis of another property" also covers sexual orientation. The Act on Prohibition of Discrimination in Public Health was adopted in 1997. The Equal Treatment and Promotion of Equal Opportunities Act of 2003 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in the areas of employment, education, health and transport of goods and services.
Unregistered cohabitation has been recognized since 1996. This law referred to all couples living together in an economic or emotional-sexual relationship, including equal couples. No official registration of these couples was required. The law gave some privileges and rights to couples living together, but these rights and privileges did not automatically apply, but the couples had to apply to local administrations in each individual case.
Settling is possible only through the testament, and the widow's pension is only available for couples who live for over 10 years together. In December 2007, the parliament adopted a law on registered partnerships proposed by the ruling coalition MSZP-SZDSZ. The law came into force on July 1st, 2009. In Hungary, it is possible to adopt children by individuals, but the same couples can not get together, neither of the partners can adopt the child of the other partner.

Since the communist regime has collapsed, the commercial offer for gay visitors has increased, though there are many lesser features and elements of organized gay community than in other European countries.

In spite of all the first gay youth group was founded, and the Gay Pride Day has been held in Budapest every year since 1997. Regarding the laws regulating gay behavior, the situation is as follows: the lowest limit for entering homosexual relationships is 18 years for heterosexual persons this limit is 14 years, and for this law many gay organizations have sought justice by Hungarian courts.

Hungary was the host country for the election of Mr Gay Europe in 2007 and was chosen to host the Euro games sports competition in 2012. Budapest Pride, the parade of the proud LGBT people, was the first such event in the former communist block countries. Although not attracting a large number of people as is the case with some other pride paradises in Europe, it has a relatively large number of participants and students.

LGBT practical information

When they find themselves in Hungary for the first time, gay visitors will be surprised by the practice of open and intense search of partners by gay bars or street, which is quite acceptable here. If during the flight two hours before or after sunset you go to the Eržebet square, located in the center of Budapest, and walk a few hundred meters to the Danube to the Coral between the Marriott Hotel and the bridge, you will find yourself in a large public and open scene circling in search of partner. At one end of the Corsica there are plenty of benches and seating areas, and be sure that many of the people are gay.

In addition to numerous cafes and clubs, Budapest is famous for its Turkish baths and spa centers, the former mini bathing suites. It is interesting to note that bathing on the Danube is not popular at all in the local population, the Danube is considered to be polluted, and in addition to the large number of open and closed swimming pools, this choice is logical. Budapest picks up some of the best Turkish baths in the world. Not only do they possess original Ottoman architecture, which consists of beautiful octagonal pools, dome and window stained glass, but also offers unique experience and enjoyment. The ticket price is around 8 euros. King's bath is one of the most famous historical Turkish monuments. It began in 1570 and is still on the list of buildings that are legally protected and represent the early Ottoman culture of swimming in its greatest glamour.

LGBT organizations in Budapest are:

Hungarian LGBT Alliance is constituted out of a couple organizetions:
Atlasz Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Sport Association
Háttér Society
Labrisz Lesbian Association
Patent Association
Szimpozion LGBT Youth Association
Rainbow Mission Foundation
Rainbow Families Foundation
Budapest Pride

LGBT places/bars/sauna/clubs/cruising areas:

Amstel River Café – Hungarian kitchen! - Address: Budapest V. district, Párizsi str. 6
Club 93 – Another reastaurant, with range of Italian and Hungarian meals -Address: Budapest VIII. district, Vas str. 2
Alterego Café – If you were thinking of grabing a coffee. - Address: Budapest V. district, Erzsébet square 1
Magnum Sauna - Address: Csepreghy street 2 (corner Maria street), district VIII
Habroló Bar / Funny Carrot - 2 LGBT places across each other. -Address: Szép utca 1., district V.
Mystery Bar - Address: Nagysándor József utca 3., district V
AlterEgo Bar & Lounge - One of the most famous club to hit! - Address: Dessewffy utca 33, district VI.