I don’t know exactly what makes this place one of my ultimate romantic sites in Budapest. Maybe it’s the long staircases bordered by the ancient horse chestnut trees which lead to the Kiscelli Múzeum. Or the giant iron dragon which guards the gate. It could be the little English garden with the ancient Roman sarcophagi, baroque sculptures and modern statues. Or, of course, the building itself, an 18th-century-monastery which was later turned into the castle and showroom of the wealthy Viennese furniture manufacturer, Max Schmidt.
Next to all of this, Kiscelli Múzeum provides a rich segment of Hungarian art and culture. You can discover the life in old Budapest through such collections, like the antiquities of the capital and the old trade signs exhibition. But it has also a great collection of paintings from the 19th and 20th century.
If you ask me, the most interesting part of the building is the old chapel. Damaged in WWII, later half-restored and simply covered, it has become a grandiose place for contemporary exhibitions with its basic unpainted brick walls, performances, concerts and sometimes even techno parties.
The museum also offers themed guided tours in English.