Budapest was the favorite city of Sissi, Empress of Austria-Hungary. And no wonder, because the Pearl of the Danube, as it is known, offers visitors something wonderful. In spring it is packed with cultural festivals, but in winter it’s a winter wonderland, like something out of a Christmas movie.
The Spa City, which is full of hot springs and spas for all tastes, is also perfect for traveling with children. If little ones get bored visiting the many historic monuments (Castle, Chain Bridge, Heroes Square or Fisherman´s Bastion), here are some ideas that will certainly appeal to your children:
The Budapest Zoo, with wild animals in semi-freedom, has its own activities that include workshops, conferences and specific routes. A walk to enjoy the animals can be more than enough to satisfy their curiosity.
Városliget Park was a former royal hunting ground that today is open to the public. In addition to the large green areas, there’s also a wooden castle from the late nineteenth century that looks like something out of a fairy tale. The building is used as an agricultural museum and also has a small chapel of great beauty. As if this were not enough, within the perimeter of Városliget, is the Vidám Park, an amusement park with a roller coaster, Ferris wheel and other rides. The Széchenyi Spa is located also on the premises.
The Strandok Park is a water park that is open all year with fun activities, multiple pools and settings with little ones’ favorite heroes. It also has green areas and a spa inside.
The Railway Museum
The Railway Museum is suitable only in good weather, since it is not covered. What is surprising is that they have real, old locomotives and trains parked on the tracks. Children can learn how steam engines work and how journeys were made in the past by climbing aboard wagons. You can have a picnic there or ride the little train specially adapted for small children.
The Budapest Aquarium houses tropical species of fish, birds and reptiles. The most fun part is the transparent tunnel that is surrounded by water to give you the impression of walking along the ocean floor. Marine animals roam about freely without noticing or being stressed by the presence of small children, who greatly enjoy themselves.
A river cruise
Another option is a cruise on the Danube. Budapest, as every city built on a river, offers tours aboard riverboats. Some of these boats also offer fun programs for families. Children can learn about the history of the city while enjoying the ride, which is also usually accompanied by music.
Millenáris Park offers a variety of activities for children. Their puppet shows and clowns are very popular.
The hot springs
If your children are tired or anxious, you can also take advantage of the healing power of some of the hot springs that flow into the city at the many spas. There are programs tailored to everyone’s needs and requests.
With these ideas in mind, you´ll arrive home at your Budapest apartments with children who are relaxed, tired and satisfied from their full day full of fun in the city.