Budapest is a good destination to travel with children at any time of the year. The city of the Danube conquers tourists of all ages . If yours is a traveling family, be sure to read this article about the 10 essential visits you have to do on your trip to Budapest with children.
In just one space you can visit the most visited places and buildings in Budapest and throughout the country at a scale of 1:100. This miniature world is made up of 14 cities, 600 buildings, 5,000 figurines, and about 1,300 meters of railway tracks. In addition to seeing some of the city’s biggest family attractions, kids can play and interact with the miniatures in the arcades.
2. The children’s train
The so-called children’s train departs from the Szechenyi-hegy station. Take an 11 km drive through the hills of Budapest, passing through the forests of the Danube-Ipoly National Park. The fascinating thing about this train is not only its journey, but that it is the children themselves who are in control of the convoy: they sell the tickets, carry out the inspections and even make the announcements over the loudspeaker. The only function intended for adults is the driving and safety of the train.
3. Go from Buda to Pest
The Chain Bridge links the two parts of the city. An interesting family walk from Szechenyi Square (Pest) to Clark Adam Square (Buddha). It is an ideal place to contemplate the city and the Parliament.
4. Buda Castle and Labyrinth
The fortifications are one of the favorite visits of children. If you add to that the fact that there is an underground labyrinth in the Buda Castle , surely the plan becomes one of its essentials. In addition, we recommend that you access the castle through the Chain Bridge and that you visit the Observatory , which can be accessed through a walk of about 20 minutes along the castle walls, or by funicular.
5. St. Stephen’s Basilica
It is the largest religious building in Hungary. They say that it can catch up to 8,500 people. Next to the Parliament, it is one of the highest points in Budapest . During the visit you will be able to ascend to the right tower of the basilica from where there are impressive views. The ascent can be done both by stairs and by elevator.
6. Cruise on the Danube
We cannot go through Budapest with children without taking a cruise on the Danube River, one of the most important in the old continent. Navigating the river offers beautiful views of the city and a moment of relaxation for families. An interesting plan is to take the cruise at sunset, when the city lights up.
7. Margaret Island
Without leaving the Danube River, you can find this small island (one of those in its course) converted into one of the most popular natural environments, ideal for a trip to Budapest with children. It is a green area where children can enjoy the outdoors and see, for free, the small zoo it houses. Another plan that you can do on the island is to visit the ruins of the convent of Santa Margarita.
8. Varosliget Park
If you are looking for a recreation area in the city, you cannot miss the Városliget park. A space that houses the Great Budapest Circus , opened in 1891, and the city’s zoo . In addition, you can visit two attractions of the park that were in this area: the roller coaster and the merry-go-round from 1906.
9. A bath in the Széchenyi spa
If you want to relax during your visit to Budapest with children, we suggest you visit the Széchenyi spa, one of the main medicinal thermal complexes in Europe . Added to its impressive architecture are twenty-one swimming pools where, apart from thermal water, you will also find bubble baths and hydromassage. A different afternoon to spend with family.
If you want to enjoy the water, another option is Aquaworld, the water park in Budapest, one of the largest inland in Europe . It is located 10 km from the center and offers free transport from the city. It has instructors to swim with babies, classes to learn diving, surfing and a club for children. They also have towel and bathrobe rentals.