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Budapest City Park (Varosliget)

Városliget is the largest of Budapest’s public parks, a vast expanse of 302 acres (1.2 km²) of public space with its main entrance at the monumental UNESCO-listed Heroes’ Square (Hosok Tér). It was originally an area of rural swamp but was mentioned as the royal hunting grounds as far back as the 13th century.

By 1751 the swamp had been drained and more trees planted in an English-style landscaping that became Hungary’s first public park. One hundred years later, the park became the focus of the Millennium celebrations, with museums, lakes, zoos and follies being built for 1896. Around the same time elegant Andrássy Avenue was constructed, which leads from the city center Erzsébet Square to Heroes’ Square.

Today the park is an idyllic spot for a summer picnic under the shade of gigantic sycamore trees or around the lake. Városliget is a one-stop destination for kids: Budapest Zoo, a permanent circus, the transport museum and Budapest Amusement Park provide a day’s worth of entertainment. The agricultural museum in Vajdahunyad Castle and a brace of art museums are also found within the park’s boundaries as well as the gorgeous neo-Baroque Széchenyi thermal baths. There’s a flea market here on Sunday morning and visitors don’t even have to leave the park to eat; there’s a choice of decent restaurants, including Budapest’s famous (and expensive) gourmet choice, Gundel.

Practical Info

Most of the museums are closed on Monday. Entrance to the park is free but there are admission charges for the museums and Széchenyi baths, all discounted with the Budapest Card. Metro Line 1 to Heroes’ Square, Millennium or Széchenyi Fürdő.

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Budapest Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 211 Reviews

With a half day to discover Budapest, the Grand City Sightseeing Tour makes the perfect introduction for the first time visitor. With hotel pickup included ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.52

Private Entrance to Széchenyi Spa in Budapest with Optional Massage

4 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

Purchase your ticket ahead of time and skip the main entrance line at Széchenyi Spa, Budapest’s largest public bath. Enjoy 18 indoor and outdoor pools – ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Flexible

From USD $21.93

Budapest City Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 282 Reviews

Get your bearings and see the sights on a 3-hour small-group walking tour of Budapest. Escorted by an expert English-speaking guide, you'll see all the ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.07

Private Walking Tour: Budapest City Highlights

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Experience Budapest from a local’s perspective on this private walking tour of the city’s main sights and off-the-beaten-path locales. With your expert local ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.26

Budapest Sightseeing Tour with Parliament House Visit

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Combine a comprehensive tour of Budapest sightseeing with a fascinating guided tour of the city's spectacular Parliament House, Hungary's largest building. ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.64

Budapest Tour with Optional Danube River Cruise

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See the best of Budapest with a knowledgeable guide on this 4-hour city tour. Begin at the centrally located Heroes’ Square (Hosök tere) and see the ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration:

  • Tour only: 4 hours
  • Tour with cruise: 5 hours

From USD $40.10

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