Let Bogi be your guide!
Bogi is our 1,5 year old daughter, born in Budapest - so she knows the city and the programs for kids quite well.
We have shown her already several hidden beauties of the town and we always try to make her a good and enjoyable weekend with full shedule.
We tried to make an itinerary for 3 days which is first of all for families with little kids. In the program we mention those places of the town which are worth of visiting as sights of Budapest but also your baby can have some fun.
Bogi infront of the Millenium memorial on Heroes' square
After having your breakfast at your accommodation you can start your day.
For the first day we would recommend you to go to the City Park (M1 to "Hosok tere"), which is the biggest green area of the town, but while taking an excellent walk you can also visit several "must sees" of Budapest. The Park offers entertainment of all kinds and for all generations: Funfair, Zoo, Grand Circus, museums, a spa, skating rinks make your day pleasant there. You will find here also the biggest and most famouse square of Budapest, an absolutely must see with the History of the Hungarians: Heroes' square
The square shows you the outstanding personalities of the Hungarian History starting from the conquest of the Hun tribes till the end of the 19th century. On both sides of the huge place you can see magnificent buildings , 2 museums: Museum of fine arts and the Palace of Arts. All these monuments and buildings were erected to the 1000-year anniversary of the Hungarian conquest.
After having the "obligatory" sightseeing you can head towards the Park which is loacated behind the square. Cross the nice bridge over the small artificial lake and go to see the Caste Vajdahunyad opposite the Szechenyi Bath.
Bogi with Anonymus in the inner court of the Castle
Crossing the green area behind the lake you will find the favourite place of family outings: the "Zoo RING" where next to the famouse Gundel restaurant you can visit one of the eldest and nicest Zoos of Europe, you can go to a 2 hour performace to the Grand Circus or just have some fun in the Amusement Park. Choose any of these options your child will have an unforgettable 2 hour during this day.
ZOO: it isa historical monument too, it recalls the atmosphere of the years around the beginning of the 20th century. One of the eldest zoos in the world, it is home to 500 species of animals and 4000 types of plants.
Open daily from 9-19 (1 May-31 AUG), 9-17 (1 Sept-30April) Prices: adult:1400, children(2-14):950 HUF, www.zoobudapest.hu
Prices around 2000HUF. The show is really enjoyable. We were a bit afraid that Bogi won't like that and wants to leave after the first minutes as usuall but she really enjoyed the program with artists in the air, made elephants and horses, clowns and with the music played by the orchestra above us. It takes 2 hours but with a break in the middle to buy some refreshments.
Funfair Amusement Park: Ferris wheel, roller coaster, shooting gallery, merry-go-round, dodgem carsd and many other things. A bit old services but you can try it. Open in June, July August 10-20, September, October: 11-18
After visisting the City Park's sights and having fun on the lake or in the Zoo, the Circus you can have a good lunch at GUNDEL restaurant which said to be the most expensive and the most elegant restaurant of Budapest but (at least on the weekend) they have a Sunday brunch for 3000 HUF/person. It's just a tip, you can go around the park and find some other dining facility too. Robinson restaurant above the lake is also recommandable.
Puppet Theaters (Bábszínház)
Kids from around the world love Hungarian puppet theater. The shows are all in Hungarian, but with such standard fare as Cinderella, Peter and the Wolf, and Snow White, no one has trouble following the plot. The audience is an important part of the show: For instance, Hungarian children shriek "Rossz farkas!" ("Bad wolf!") at every appearance of the villain in Peter and the Wolf.
Budapest has two puppet theaters, with the season running from
September to mid-June.
The Budapest Puppet Theater (Budapesti Bábszínház) is at VI. Andrássy út 69. Tel. +36 (1)321-5200; the nearest metro station is Oktogon (Yellow line).
The Kolibri Puppet Theater (Kolibri Bábszínház) is at VI. Jókai tér 10. Tel. +36 (1) 353-4633; Jókai tér is halfway between the Oktogon and Opera stations of the Yellow metro line. Shows start at various times throughout
the day (days vary, so call in advance) with the first show usually at 10am and the last at 5pm, and tickets are available all day at the box offices.
The Palace of Wonders (Csodák Palotája)
Opened in 1997 and sponsored in part by the Soros Foundation, Csodák Palotája is an interactive science center featuring dozens of fun, educational exhibits, including laser displays, optical puzzles and mazes -- one large room. This place is best for kids over 3 years old.
Address: Bp. II. Fény utca 20-22, Building D, Millenáris Park
Tel: +36 (1) 350 6131, +36 (1) 336 4044
Open Tue - Fri: 9 am - 6 pm Sat: 10 am - 9 pm Sun: 10 am - 7 pm
Closed on Monday.
Transportation: Metro 2 (red), Moszkva tér station, or trams 6 & 4 (Széna tér)
Museum of Natural Sciences (Természettudományi Múzeum)
Using the natural history of the Carpathian Basin, the exhibits here trace human development from the earliest times to the emergence of civilized society. The museum features a large "discovery room" on the first floor, in
which all the exhibits are interactive. Participation is both educational and fun.
The museum is nicely situated next to Orczy Kert (Orczy Garden), a large park featuring over 100 different species of trees and a small lake. Until after World War II, the park belonged to the Hungarian Military School, which now houses the museum.
Address: VIII. Ludovika tér 2
Open: Wed-Mon 10am-6pm, closing 1 hr. earlier in winter
Transportation: Metro 3, Nagyvárad tér (Blue line)