Budapest's largest park, City Park (or Varosliget) hosts an amazing array of attractions. Vajdahunyad Castle, George Washington memorial (from 1906), Vidam Amusement Park, the Municipal Zoo, Botanical Gardens, the Municipal Circus, the Transportation Museum, Aviation Museum, the Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and swimming pool, and City Park Pond which is used for ice skating in the winter.
After taking a tour of St. Stephens Basilica, we headed west on the yellow metro line to Heroes' Square (specifically, the castle in Varosliget Park). The most spectacular square in the city, it's surrounded by the Palace of Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts and in the center contains the 36 meter high column (the Millenium memorial on top of which is a statue of the Archangel Gabriel holding the Hungarian Holy Crown). Between the pillars of the colonnade are figures of the "greats" from Hungarian history and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is positioned in front of the monument. The park itself is huge and contains castles, greenery, walk ways and many other things to keep you busy throughout the day. It's a nice place to go to relax and get away from the "buzz" of the city.
Andrassy ut ends in a flourish at Heroes Square, a collection of monuments that pompously celebrate some of Hungary's famous sons.
The square is a huge space flanked by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Arts (I didn't go to either).
Heroes Square is the end of Andrassy ut, but it is the entryway to the City Park, a huge open space (kind of like New York's Central Park) where you can walk barefoot through the grass, jog on quiet trails or rent a boat.
There is an enormous Baroque complex called the Szechenyi Baths, a zoo and the Castle of Vajdahunyad (a reproduction of a Transylvanian castle that was constructed for the Millenary Exhibition).
The main park of Budapest is located at the northern end of Andrassy utca, just after Heroe’s square. It lacks the charme of other city parks around the world. A reason might be its rather small size, another the lake which has been remodelled a couple of times. Now, it consists of a dry side which is used as a sports area and some parts with standing, stinky water.
Is a landscape public park in Central Budapest. Városliget was among the first public parks in the world open to the whole public the area used to be a meadow and popular hunting area for noblemen. It was turned into a city park at the beginning of the 19th century
It is a must see for families with kids: Amusement Park, Zoo, Grand Circus, take your time and explore this green park
After visiting Heroes’ Square and Museum of Fine Arts we crossed the bridge and visited City Park (also known as Varosliget). Once the place where the kings were going for hunting now a peaceful park where locals take their kids to the Budapest Zoo (Állatkert) or to Fun Park (Vidámpark). The park was created in 1896 and was part of the millenium celebration along the Heroes’ Square.
At the grounds of the park you can also visit visit the famous Széchenyi thermal baths (Széchenyi-gyógyfürdő) or stroll around this picturesque park that was designed at the end of 19th century in british style and includes a castle too! (not a real one but will give you some nice photo shots)
We didn’t visit the Zoo but we spent one morning at Szechenyi Baths (see other tip) and then walked to the Vajdahunyad castle that was built in 1904 and houses several different buildings (each one in different architectural style). There you can visit the agricultural museum or church of Jak with an impressive façade (pic 3) or just relax near the lake that surrounds the castle grounds. During the summer months you can rent a row boat while during the summer you can ice skate on the frozen lake!
There are several interesting statues, sculptures and monuments/memorials all over the park (including the 8m high Timewheel) but the most popular is the Statue of the Anonymous Author (pic 4) that was erected in 1903 by Miklos Ligeti. The anonymous author was a monk back in 12th century that supposed to be the writer of the first history book for Hungarians (Gesta Hungarorum)
This centrally located park was created in 1896 for the Millenium from an area of swampy ground previously a royal hunting enclave. Today, its relatively small 1.2 km acreage contains multiple attractions including an artificial lake which is a winter skating rink, thermal baths, a zoo, an amusement park, and scattered museums as well as the remarkable Vajdahunyad castle ( see below ). The main entrance from Heroes Square includes a bridge over the lake. On a warm afternoon we strolled along the lake, nodding to people we met, and enjoying a subdued relaxed moment. Small kiosks sold balloons and refreshments along the main walkway.
Budapest's city park is a lot larger than I expected it to be and contains a multitude of attractions from a castle to a theme park. There is a nice lake which you can hire boats to peddle on upon which stands Vajdahunyad castle. Further back in the park you will find a theme park and the famous Szechenyi baths. Check out the relevant tips for more info on specific areas.
Located in city park near the castle is this dominant monument dedicated to an anonymous person who chronicled the early years of the Magyars.
I think touching his golden pen will bring luck or similar as a lot of people in a Spanish tour group near me were doing that.
The city park offers lots of outdoor activity and entertainment. Ice skating (in winter), Szecehnyi baths, the indoor ski at Petofi Csarnok, sports fields and zoo/circus/botanical garderns.
Also, the flea market held at Petofi Csarnok. Here you can buy items such as Nazi memorabilia, pre-war (all or some of them) currency, even passports and coupon books. Also great for toy collectors is the good variety of retro toys.
Quite some schlepp from the river on the Pest side, along Andrássy út, is the City Park (Városliget). It's not just a green oasis in the middle of the city - with its museums, baths, lake, funfair etc, Városliget is to Budapest what Central Park is to New York. With activities ongoing morning, noon and night, it's a focal point to the city. As well as open spaces, playing fields, picnic areas etc, the park is home to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Palace of Art, Vajdahunyad Castle (now the Agricultural Museum), the City Zoo, the Széchyeni Baths, the Municipal Grand Circus and Vidám Park funfair. The lake freezes over in the winter to provide a natural ice rink.
The site was the venue for the 1000th anniversary celebrations of 1896 and made into a park immediately after - hence the building of many of the buldings. Vajdahunyad Castle, modelled on a Transylvanian Fortress, was built to house the Military Exhibition at the Great Fair. The little church opposite the castle, Ják Chapel, is based on the 13th century Abbey church in Ják in Transdanubia.
Metro station at H?sök tere (Heroes Sq) will get you there.
If you arrive to Budapest from November to March you must skate! The ice-rink is in the Városliget (city garden) at the Vajdahunyad vár (Castle Vajdahunyad). (The ice rink is a lake during summer where you can rent boats...so romantic!). Ice-rink is open-air. Music. Sometimes there are parties on the ice! Weekends fees are two times more! You can rent skate.
The largest park on the Pest side, covering exactly one square kilometre (0.4 sq.m). The area was once part of the sand and grass-covered Field of Rákos, where in former days the Diets and the national markets were held; at the beginning of the last century it was converted into a park. By the turn of the century it had already become a place of entertainment popular with all layers of society: members of the aristocracy drove out here in their carriages and exercised their horses; the middle-classes came here for a day out; and here the workers organised their meetings and their May Day demonstrations.
City Park: Located behind Hero's Square, there are some of the famous baths located inside the grounds. The park itself is a little run down, dirty, etc. But it's still pretty nice to walk around the ponds and grass. There's a zoo bordering one side of the park as well (for the kiddies).
If you go to City Park or Heroes Square, don't make the mistake I made of getting off the M1 at the Kodaly Korund stop. There are about six other metro stops that'll drop you off closer to the Square than this stop. I had to walk the whole way though, and this is what the road looked like.