Gay Guide

Hungary
Pink Star Rating

8

Capital

Budapest

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Debrecen, Miskolc, Szeged, Pecs

Scene and Culture

Hungary has always been one of the more liberal East European countries. The gay scene in Budapest is vibrant and the city makes an excellent destination for gay and lesbian visitors. Since 1997 there has been a gay pride day held each year in the summer. Budapest is also famous for its baths so check these out on your visit

Gay Age of Consent

14

Lesbian Age of Consent

14

Straight Age of Consent

14

Legal Notes

The age of consent for gays and lesbians (14) was equalised in 2004. In 1996 Hungary's Constitutional Court struck down a law barring homosexuals from common-law marriage and remitted the legislation back to parliament for amendment or for new law to be introduced. The current position is that lesbians and gays can enter into domestic partnerships but very few rights attach to such arrangements. The government is looking into Partnership legislation similar to the UK perhaps to be introduced in 2007.

Population

10.13 million

Currency

Forint Ft

Climate

The best time of year to visit Hungary is in the summer months from May to September. You can avoid the crowds by coming in the Autumn

Hungary has a continental climate with considerable differences between summer and winter conditions, and rapid transitions from one season to the other. Spring and early summer are the wettest seasons with rainfall often occurring in heavy downpours. Winters are cold with snow cover lasting for long periods of around 30 to 40 days while the Danube River is also frozen over for long periods. Average annual precipitation is 640 mm while average annual temperature ranges in Budapest are from -4c to 1c in January to 16c to 28c in July.

Budapest