3 days in Budapest with kids

We are living abroad for the year so we are traveling at a much slower pace than your average traveler.   We spent 13 days in Budapest with 3 kids. Ages 1, 4, and 6. Budapest is a very kid friendly city. The city is divided by the Danube river. With Buda on one side of the river and Pest on the other bank. The people are nice. Public transportation is easy to use and isn’t a hassle to navigate a stroller with. There are a lot of food options in the city. From french fries and pizza to several vegan restaurants. So if you have a picky eater fear not!  If I were to condense our trip into three days with kids this is what  we would do.

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Day 1

Go to the Parliament building. It is beautiful to see and there is an impressive infinity fountain the kids loved to play in. Parliament is right on the Danube so I recommend taking a stroll along the river. There is a very touching Shoe Memorial honoring victims lost in WWII close by Parliament.  For a small break and snack I would head over to the Cat Cafe. It sounds weird but the kids talked about the experience for days! It is basically a cafe full of all kinds of cats. They lounge on your table and hang out by your feet napping. The kids could have spent all day there. I personally felt like we all needed showers after. Next I would end the day with a ride on the ferris wheel called the Eye. It is relaxing and a great view of the city. If you have older kids I would recommend going to the pinball museum! It was impressive. They had vintage pinball machines with nothing more than metal spikes and wooden balls along with the glitzy pinball machines we know today.

Day 2

Walk across the Chain Bridge to the Buda Castle. We took the funicular up to the castle. It was fun for the kids even if it was a little pricey for such a short ride. There is enough space in the tram carts for strollers. You can also walk or take a bus up to the castle. The castle is fun to explore and offers a great view of the city. While up there do the Labyrinth at Buda Castle. Once you walk down the stairs to the entrance the labyrinth is stroller friendly. The kids got really into the fact that Dracula was imprisoned there. At times they were a little spooked by all the dark corridors and passages but they ended up talking about the experience for days.

Day 3

Budapest is known for it’s Bath Houses. We decided to try out the experience. We went to Szechenyi Bath. Tickets are pricey and if you have any germ phobias I would not recommend it! Babies are not allowed. Only kids who are old enough to be potty trained can go so Wren was out for the experience. For the boys it was like a giant swim park. They have 3 outdoor pools. One with a whirl pool in it. Inside there are hot and cold pools that the boys enjoyed trying out. I sat in the sauna while they ran around trying out all the pools. The Baths are right next to City Park, the Zoo, a Circus, and an amusement park. We opted for the City Park. It is the biggest park in the city and the first public park in the world. We spent time walking the park and playing on the playgrounds. In the park is a stunning castle that is worth visiting called Vajdahunyad castle. It is beautiful to tour and the castle is  surrounded by a lake that we sat by afterwards to rest.

There you have it! Hope you have a fabulous time on your own adventure there!

9 Comments
  • Laurie Szentirmai
    Posted at 12:45h, 09 September Reply

    Great info. Wow, when you have not had the opportunity to travel much you do not realize what is out there and that there are some amazing things to see around the world. In Tuscany I went to a hot spring “Saturnia” it was amazing. Again if you are a germaphobe not a good place.

    • Laurie Szentirmai
      Posted at 12:49h, 09 September Reply

      Sorry the town is Saturnia the hot spring is a waterfall with natural baths at an old mill near the town. The town is beautiful and very quaint.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 12:52h, 09 September Reply

      This sounds like a wonderful hidden gem! Thanks for sharing, these are the little things I love to learn about

  • Vanessa Valley
    Posted at 13:27h, 09 September Reply

    This is very helpful! I love hearing about more off the beaten path things especially since you are going to more places that many people don’t consider to be part of the general tourism countries (Europe and the Carribean type of places to which everyone goes.
    If you go to Australia there are many beautiful off the normal track places to see!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 14:09h, 09 September Reply

      we decided from the beginning to visit places that are a little out of the ordinary. We would love to hear some tips for Australia. We were there 3 years ago and we aren’t sure if we will go this year or not

      • Vanessa Valley
        Posted at 00:46h, 12 September Reply

        Well personally, I would recommend Tasmania, But that’s because I enjoy going where they are less people on occasion. One third of Tasmania is a state or national park, and there is a forest that has the second tallest trees in the world, second only to the Californian redwoods. I also loved the Port Stephens area about 2.5 hours north of Sydney, Australia. They have calm beaches for the little ones, big waves for the big ones, dozens of beaches both white and brown, some public and some more remote. The water is clear and there are so many water activities to do (surfing, paddleboarding, parasailing) . Also, Birubi Beach nearby in Anna bay has a large area of sand dunes with sandboarding, short camel rides and a huge very flat beach (with a yummy cafe).
        Blue lake in south australia is a vibrantly blue lake within a couple of hours west of the end of the great ocean road. Also nearby that is a garden grown inside a sinkhole, called Umpherston Sinkhole. It doesn’t require a long visit it but its so peaceful and joyful that its one of the more memorable things I saw.
        And Australia is beautiful, but if you must choose between Australia and New Zealand, choose New Zealand, and visit the south island. The scenic cross country train, fjords, the glaciers, Mt. Cook, and the Remarkable Mountains are the most diverse and beautiful places I’ve seen so far.
        If you want to know do let me know! I hope you’ll have time to get to that area. Safe travels!

        • Kenzie Tillotson
          Posted at 06:40h, 12 September Reply

          This excellent! Thank you so much for sending me these tips! New Zealand is a for sure stop for us, so I’m saving your suggestions!

          • Vanessa Valley
            Posted at 10:55h, 12 September

            Okay great! I’m so glad. It’s gorgeous there. I will forget to check this blog so if you ever want more names or details of New Zealand my instagram is @borntoexplorevv and you can message me on there. Thanks for replying and have a great day!

  • Allie Highberg
    Posted at 20:32h, 09 September Reply

    I absolutely loved Budapest when I explored last year! Of all the cities I toured it was hands down my favorite!

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