As a gay destination, Budapest is still growing. There is a small but high-quality selection of gay bars, clubs, parties, saunas, and hotels which cater to an ever-growing population of LGBT locals and visitors. Budapest Pride happens every summer, combining a large street parade with various events throughout the city.
Budapest has become one of the trendiest destinations in Eastern Europe, and it’s easy to see why. Among many other draws, Hungary’s capital has a stunning setting on the banks of the Danube, beautiful and unique architecture, and one of the coolest bar scenes in the world.
Gay Budapest may not have the dizzying variety of options that you can find in cities like London and Berlin, but it also doesn’t have the same prices. As one of the cheapest destinations in Europe, Budapest guarantees that no night out will be cut short by a lack of funds.
Hungary is relatively legally progressive in terms of gay rights, with discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation being illegal. However, both gay marriage and same-sex adoption are not yet legal.
Socially, the country can be less tolerant at times. Right-wing groups have long clashed with LGBT activists, which has included violent protests during Budapest Pride. Up until 2017, this had led the parade to be mostly closed to the public for several years.
Gay visitors to Budapest should avoid public displays of affection. You are unlikely to be harassed or discriminated against during your time in the city, but it is best to remain cautious just in case.
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