Budapest may not be one of the first cities that spring to mind when deciding on a city break with kids, but it actually has more than many European cities. With many beautiful parks and outdoor activities, child friendly museums and indoor and outdoor pools, it has everything for an exciting, fun packed family holiday.
City Park (Városliget) is the largest park in Budapest and offers everything a child could wish for. It is home to Budapest Zoo, the Municipal Circus and the amusement park with it’s huge ferris wheel. The beautiful lake provides boating in the summer and ice skating in the winter. There are also playgrounds, wooden castles and slides to keep them entertained. Millenáris is another large park with a huge children’s playground and pond. It has an exhibition hall holding puppet shows, handicraft workshops and theatre performances for kids. A visit to Kopaszi-gát is a must, especially in summer where you can enjoy a picnic on the sandy beach. There are also children’s playgrounds, an indoor play area and plenty of child friendly restaurants.
In summer, outdoor baths are a favourite with both younger and older visitors. Dagály baths have a wave pool and children’s pool. Paskál and Római baths also offer pools for children. For year round fun in the water, Aquaworld Budapest offers 17 pools, including a swimming pool, a wave pool and a surf pool, and 11 slides. In the summer you can enjoy outdoor facilities on the fully landscaped beach. Margaret Island is a must and The Palatinus water park is a popular place in the summer, especially on the weekends. The 11 outdoor pools, including two for children, are in a stunning setting.
If its something more educational that you are looking for, Budapest has some fun and interesting museums for children. The Palace of Miracles is an interactive museum teaching children various scientific principles in a fun and playful way. The Hungarian Railway museum is also big hit with kids and they can ride on the vintage rail car. Another great attraction is the Tropicarium which combines the tropical rainforest with exotic birds, aligators, monkeys and snakes with the deep sea world with colourful fish and sharks. Children will love the tropical storm which breaks out every quarter of an hour, with thunder, lightning and rain.
For a break from the city, the Children’s railway which is run by children (with adult supervision) is a fun way to explore the Buda Hills. All seven stops on the route are popular for recreation. These include Csillebérc, where the Challengeland zip-line can be found, Normafa, with its beautiful scenery and János Hill, the highest peak in Budapest. For the adults, there is a museum on site (at Hüvösvölgy station) displaying relics from the Communist/Pioneer era.