Sep 05, 2017 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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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.
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.
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!