When you’re in a bustling city it’s important to reconnect with nature again and ‘stop and smell the roses’, or whatever other flowers are in bloom! Budapest has several parks, gardens, and grassy hill areas for you to enjoy, whether you want to walk your dog, jog, let the kids run around, or relax with friends.
Here are the spots that made our list:
City Park Városliget – This beautiful city park is vast and has trees, water, and ‘chill zones’ where you can relax for a while no matter what season you visit – Lay on the grass in the Summer or enjoy ice skating in the winter. With a metro station in the center, it’s easy to access and the picturesque fairytale Vajdahunyad castle with lake simply shouldn’t be missed.
Bikás Park – If you’re a bit of a fitness freak looking for a place to run (or jog), kick/throw a ball around, practice your inline skating, or spend some family time this is the park for you. It has kids playgrounds, sports fields including a basketball court, and a range of outdoor fitness equipment.
The ELTE Botanical Gardens – Take a stroll through the old trees and greenhouses as you admire the Art Nouveau decor at this park with beautiful blooming botanical gardens. The park/garden is a popular venue for a variety of concerts and events so it’s worth researching what’s on before you pay a visit!
Museum Garden (Múzeumkert) – The National Museum’s park is a great place to relax and is particularly beautiful during the Fall days as the leaves change color but should also be visited during Spring/Summer nights as you might be lucky enough to see a rabbit or two hopping around – Don’t be startled!
Address: Budapest Múzeum krt. 14-16. 1088
Szent István Park – Walk along the gravel paths and stop to smell the roses (literally!) whether just for a few moments or a few hours. There’s a children’s play area, a cafe, fountain, and grass to lay down on if you want to top up your tan or stop for a picnic.
Bókay Garden – This park is made for fun! You’ll find group activities, a swimming pool, kids playground and an adventure park. Tennis, football, skiing and snowboarding can all be enjoyed here.
Address: Szélmalom u. 33. 1181
Orczy Garden – Such a beautiful spot, this natural, rather wild, park with ducks is perfect for walking and running whilst soaking up the beauty of nature with lots of trails to choose from. Kids will be happy to find a kid’s play area but dog owners should note that dogs are not allowed.
Address: Budapest Orczy kert
Japanese Garden – This small but serene garden is a gem of a place with an artificial lake in the center, inspired by Japanese gardens. You can feed the fish and the birds, seed/pellets are available from dispensers at each corner of the lake and you might also see some turtles.
Address: Budapest, Hajós Alfréd stny., 1138 Hungary
Margaret Island – This park has a petting zoo, athletic park, bathhouse, bikes to rent, and bars and food trucks. With boats ferrying passengers to/from either side of the city it’s a great place to stop to relax for a while whether you’re with family or friends.
Address: Budapest Margitsziget 1138
Hunyadi tér – This local neighborhood park, with free wifi, contains a farmers market, a kids area, a fitness corner, and occasionally has live music performances. Sit on a bench by the fountain and enjoy people watching.
Filozófusok kertje – Enjoy the views of Budapest from this quiet and peaceful park which contains a lot of interesting statues with a good grass area for picnics and sunbathing, if visiting in the Summer.
Address: Budapest Filozófusok sétaútja 1016
Városháza Park – A pleasant place to spend a morning, afternoon, or early evening whether relaxing or keeping fit. Play a game of basketball, enjoy an event at the City Hall, or taste the local produce with the market stalls.
Feneketlen-tó – Featuring a bottomless lake, running track, open-air gym, a kids playground, and plenty of benches this park is a cool place to hang out with locals. Read a book, feed the ducks, or go for a run.
Address: Budapest Kosztolányi Dezső tér (Villányi út) 1118
WestEnd Rooftop Park – When you get tired of shopping, head to the WestEnd Mall rooftop for the Millennium gardens. Take a seat and enjoy the trees and flowers with stunning animal topiary bushes. There’s a kids playground and a variety of events taking place in the Summer months.
Millenary Park – A wide range of events and festivals take place in pretty surroundings at this park where you can enjoy a walk during the daytime. Dogs aren’t allowed but there’s a small kids playground at the back of the park.
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