Feel like exploring the great outdoors? No problem. This guide will help you in finding the best outdoor activities for you.
I had a tough time choosing just 5 of the top outdoor activities! There are so many more but these should get you started…
No. 1 – Heroes’ Square
As you walk up to the entrance of City Park it’s hard not to miss the impressive structure that is Heroes’ Square.
This historic Square is significant to the history of Hungary playing host to statues of several important Hungarian leaders.
Travel Tip: If you don’t want to walk up to hero’s square then jump on the metro to Hősök tere where the Square will be waiting for you directly opposite.
No. 2 – Gellerts Hill, and the Citadel
In the morning head up the steep steps and slopes of Gellerts Hill for incredible views over Budapest and a close up view of the Liberty Statue.
During the uphill climb there are benches scattered throughout so that you can chill out whenever you need to.
One you get to the top real the benefits with a stroll around the fort to admire the view.
Travel Tip: Toilets are situated directly in front of the walk-up entrance but you will need to pay to go.
No. 3 – The Danube River Promenade
We unintentionally found ourselves walking across the Danube river multiple times to admire the views on foot rather than from the tram.
Head for the Pest side of the river and admire the statues and memorials by the waters edge.
Keep walking and you will encounter the Parliamentary building in its full glory. If looking at it from the outside isn’t enough then get online and book onto a tour.
Travel Tip: Short on time? Jump on the tram to get from one side of the river to the other.
No. 4 – City Park & Vajdahunyad Castle
If the weather is nice take a stroll through City park and discover Vajdahunyad Castle and it’s fairy tale style grounds.
If you are a lover of architecture, moats, and selfie-worthy statues then the castle grounds are easy to spend an hour or so milling around in.
The park itself is large, family, dog, an bike friendly. If you want to cover all areas of the park then bring a picnic and allow a couple of hours to chill and enjoy the fresh air to its fullest.
Travel Tip: In low season the moat may be empty!
No. 5 – Buda Castle & Fisherman’s Bastion
One of our favourite activities whilst in Budapest was strolling around Buda Castle.
Whilst there’s lots to do inside the buildings within the castle we much preferred walking in between the main attractions.
Don’t underestimate the size of this giant castle. We spent a whole 3 hours here one day and even popped back for a further 2 hours on our last day.
Travel Tip: Fisherman’s Bastion is just behind Matthias Church. It’s easy to miss so keep an eye out!
Not our style… But you might enjoy
This was on our backup list if we ran out of things to do. Unfortunately we missed this attraction but we did hear good things about it. I’m summary (As told by our hostel) ” basically they just took all the old communist statues that no one wanted to look at any more and dumped them in a park”.
The Music Fountain
The music fountain is (as told by the hostel people) “Yea its a cool colourful fountain that lights up at night. Don’t go there in the day because it’s boring.” Take this advice as you see fit.