Not just a safe city but children-friendly too, Budapest has plenty of diversions in store for families travelling with children of any age.
Set up in a generous 1,000 sq m right in the heart of the city in Király utca, in the Central Passage building, MiniPolisz allows children and parents to have an interactive and creative time. Children have the opportunity here to try themselves out in adult situations, such as role-playing in supermarket, beauty or hospital settings.
City Park is a family haven, not just because it has a beautiful park and the romantic Vajdahunyad castle, straight out of an adventure fantasy, but because it has a boating lake that turns into an ice rink in winter, plus the Budapest Zoo and the Grand Circus! The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden is especially curious as it is right in the middle of the city, within easy reach from your hotel. It has some 1,000 species and even more plants. The Circus has a long-standing tradition in Budapest, and it remains the only stone building housing a circus in Central Europe. If you like to frolic, the whole family will enjoy the waters at Széchenyi Baths, which has several outdoor and plenty of indoor pools. The outdoor pools are so warm that they stay open even in winter. Splash in the steam – such fun!
Our Insiders' Tip:
Buda's Hills and Buda's Best Strudel
I love outdoor activities, which makes Budapest a very special city because of the hilly Buda side. One of my favourite destinations is Normafa, which is very popular with the locals and where my family and friends will go for a hiking excursion. It offers an awesome panorama of the Buda Hills and there are several paths available in the forest to walk along. There’s more! I sometimes insist on going on the Children's Railway, just for the fun of it. It is a small train which operates on the outskirts of Buda, between Hűvösvölgy and Széchenyi Hill. This 11 km (6.8 miles) long line is operated by children aged from 10 to 14 (except for the locomotives, which are driven by adult professionals). The trains call at various sites of interest to tourists. Every time my family goes to Normafa, our special treat is the strudel bar there (Normafa Rétes Büfé), which has been offering its mouth-watering fresh strudels based on authentic traditional recipes, for over 35 years.
Roland Holzer - Executive Chef
Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden
I loved going to the zoo when I was a child, and still do I now that I am an adult. It’s true family fun and a full day’s outing. It is a magical place. You enter such a different world as you see animals from the different continents. We eat ice cream, feed the animals and wander around. We just enjoy the day as if we’re on a day trip. The children adore the friendliness of the cute species as well as the thrill and fear of seeing the scary animals. The zoo’s newest feature is the Cave of Magic, with a 3D film and exhibitions. The original zoo was built in 1866, and as such, it is the oldest one in Hungary. Curiously for a zoo, you’ll have a field day exploring the landmarks made by famous Hungarian architects. The elephant house is decorated with Indian and African features and coloured Zsolnay porcelain – you’ll find these glazed tiles on many a building in Budapest (and actually in our hotel’s Living Room). The zoo is located next door to Gundel, arguably the most famous high-end Hungarian restaurant.
Dóra Sajó - Marketing Executive
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