What to do with Children in Tow
One of the great things about Budapest is that it has an abundance of playgrounds, theme parks and roller-skating parks. One of the best theme parks is Varosliget (City Park) which has an abundance of activities to entertain children: playgrounds, the city zoo, a circus and a fairground. The Szechenyi Baths are well-liked by the older children, especially the whirlpool, and there is also rowing in the summer and ice-skating in the winter (Nov-Mar, Mon-Fri 9am to 1pm and 4-8pm, Sat and Sun 10am-2pm, 4-8pm, depending on weather). Another highlight is the caves underneath the city which are good fun as long as your child isn’t scared of the dark. There are two notable cave formations here such as the ones under the Varhegy, Buda Castle Labyrinth (Budavari Labirintus, daily 9:30am-7:30pm, 1500Ft;) and the Szemlolgyi Caves at Pusztaszeri ut 35 (tours hourly Mon & Wed-Sun 10am-4pm; 1250Ft) which have stunning formations.
Some of the best museums in the city are the Hospital in the Rock (Sziklakorhaz, Tues-Sun 10am-7pm) which have gory waxwork and spooky Cold War bunkers that would interest children. The Hungarian Open Air Museum (late March-Oct Tues-Sun 9am-5pm; Nov to mid-Dec Sat & Sun 10am-3pm;) is also quite interesting as it has children’s programmes every weekend with a playground and lots of folk craft and dancing displays. The Transport Museum at Varosliget (+361 273 3840, Oct–April 10am–4pm Sat–Sun 10am–5pm, May–Sep 10am–5pm Sat–Sun 10am–6pm) is a must as it introduces a lot of the transport themed entertainment in Budapest. There are vehicles, trains, ships and trams of every size and a model train set that runs every hour until 5pm. Given its close proximity to Varosliget, you could turn the experience into a full day out for the children.