Budapest With Kids: Best Activities, Hotels & Restaurants
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Budapest is a truly special destination for families with young children like ours, offering a wealth of activities and experiences that are sure to delight both parents and toddlers alike. From its picturesque parks and playgrounds to its engaging museums and interactive exhibits, traveling to Budapest with kids is a fun and family-friendly affair. With its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, Budapest is a city that makes it easy for families to explore and discover together, creating lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come. Whether you're strolling along the banks of the Danube, taking in the views from the top of Castle Hill, or simply enjoying a family meal in one of the city's many restaurants, Budapest is a destination that truly offers something for everyone - and my toddler loved it!
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Where to stay in Budapest, Hungary
Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest - The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Palatial hotel with polished rooms and a Parisian-style cafe in the heart of Budapest.
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Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest
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Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
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Things to do in Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is a wonderful destination for families, offering a wealth of fun and educational experiences for children and adults alike. From interactive exhibitions to outdoor adventures, this beautiful city has something to suit every taste and interest. Here is a guide to some of the best family-friendly attractions to check out when exploring Budapest with kids.
Minipolisz: Minipolisz, also known as the MiniCity, is a fun and interactive exhibit designed specifically for children. This miniature city allows children to explore the workings of a city and its various professions, including firefighting, healthcare, and transportation. With hands-on exhibits and interactive displays, Minipolisz is the perfect place for families to learn and play together.
GELLÉRTHEGYI playground: Easily one of the best things to do with kids in Budapest, Gellért Hill Playground (located on Gellért Hill) is a popular park for families and children. The playground features a variety of play structures and equipment, including swings, slides and climbing frames, making it the perfect place for children to burn off some energy. Visitors can also admire the breathtaking views of the city from the hill, making it a great place to enjoy a picnic or just relax.
Margaret Island: Margaret Island is a beautiful island located in the Danube River, just a short distance from the city center. This park-like island is a popular destination for families and offers a variety of activities, including playgrounds, walking trails, and a water park. Visitors can also enjoy a relaxing picnic or take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the island, making it the perfect place for families to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
City Park Ice Rink: City Park Ice Rink, located in City Park, is one of the largest outdoor ice rinks in Europe and is a popular attraction for families during the winter months. Visitors can enjoy a fun and festive atmosphere while skating on the rink, surrounded by the beautiful cityscape. Children can take part in ice-skating lessons, making it a great place to improve their skills and have fun.
Pinball Museum: The Pinball Museum, located in the city center, is a unique and interactive museum that is perfect for families. Visitors can explore the history of pinball machines, play on classic and modern machines, and learn about the mechanics and design of these fascinating machines. With a fun and playful atmosphere, the Pinball Museum is the perfect place for families to enjoy a different kind of cultural experience.
Hungarian Natural History Museum: This interactive museum is a great way to introduce kids to the world of science and nature. With a wide range of exhibits, including interactive displays and hands-on activities, the museum is a fun and educational experience for the whole family.
Buda Castle: This historic castle, perched atop a hill overlooking the city, offers stunning views and a fascinating glimpse into Hungary's past. Kids will love exploring the castle's winding staircases and secret passages, as well as the Hungarian National Gallery, which features a collection of masterpieces from Hungary's greatest artists.
Labyrinth of Buda Castle: This interactive museum is a fun and educational experience for kids, offering a series of puzzles and challenges that are designed to stimulate the mind and spark creativity. With a range of themes and difficulty levels, the Labyrinth is a great activity for families with children of all ages.
Városliget Park: This sprawling park is a popular spot for families and offers a range of outdoor activities and attractions, including a children's playground, boating lake, and miniature railway. Kids will also love visiting the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, which is located within the park.
Budapest Zoo: The Budapest Zoo, located in City Park, is one of the oldest zoos in Europe and is a popular attraction for families. With over 1,000 animals, including exotic species from all over the world, the Zoo is a great place for children to learn about wildlife and conservation. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of educational activities and shows, making it a fun and educational experience for the whole family.
Children's Railway: This miniature railway is a fun and unique experience for kids, offering a scenic ride through the hills surrounding Budapest. With trains operated by children, the railway is a great way to introduce kids to the world of trains and transportation.
Kid-Friendly Day Trips from Budapest
For a fun excursion your kids are sure to love, consider taking a day trip to Lake Balaton. A visit to Lake Balaton is a must-do for families looking for a fun and relaxing vacation in Hungary, offering a range of activities and attractions for all ages, from swimming and boating to exploring local markets and hiking in the surrounding hills.
A note from Simona
Budapest is a wonderful destination for families, offering a wealth of fun and educational experiences for all ages. From interactive exhibitions to outdoor adventures, this beautiful city is sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors of all ages. So, pack your bags and head to Budapest with your family to explore all it has to offer and don't forget to reach out so I can arrange the best accommodation for you!
Places to eat & drink in Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is a food lover's paradise, offering a wide variety of cuisines to suit every taste and budget. From traditional Hungarian dishes to international cuisine, this beautiful city has something to offer for families with diverse dining preferences. Here are five of the best restaurants for families in Budapest and what meal to choose from each one.
Bors Gasztrobar: The menu features a variety of dishes, including goulash, beef stew, and roasted meats, all made with locally sourced ingredients. For families, the restaurant offers a children's menu with smaller portions and simpler dishes. To experience traditional Hungarian cuisine, families should try the hearty goulash soup, a staple of Hungarian cooking made with beef, paprika, and vegetables.
Nostalgic Étterem: A charming restaurant that serves traditional Hungarian dishes in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The menu features a variety of dishes, including stews, roasted meats, and traditional Hungarian sweets. Try the savory pork stew, a delicious dish made with tender pork, vegetables, and a rich, flavorful sauce.
Kistücsök Étterem: A family-friendly restaurant that serves traditional Hungarian and international cuisine. The menu features a variety of dishes, including grilled meats, pasta, and seafood, all made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. To experience the best of Hungarian cuisine, families should try the chimney cake, a sweet and crispy pastry made with dough and flavored with cinnamon and sugar.
Balthazar Étterem: A stylish and contemporary restaurant that serves traditional Hungarian cuisine with a modern twist. The menu features a variety of dishes, including goulash, grilled meats and hearty stews, all made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Budapest is a city that offers a wealth of dining options for families, with something to suit every taste and budget. From traditional Hungarian cuisine to international dishes, this beautiful city is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. So, gather your family and head to one of these five fantastic restaurants to experience the best of Hungarian cuisine.
Need to Know
Make sure you get familiar with the Hungarian currency before you go. My first time there everything seemed so expensive because of the Forint, until I learned the conversion rate and realized how affordable most things are!
For more kid-friendly Budapest travel tips, check out my complimentary guide: Best Things to Do in Budapest: A 4-Day Itinerary.
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