Budapest might not be blessed with parks. However Margitsziget and Városliget are so huge that you almost feel like you’re in a forest right in the middle of the city. Great for bikers though stray cars driving through quite frequently are a gentle reminder you’re not in a totally CO2 free zone…
Városliget begins just behind Heroes’ square on one side and ends a bit before Keleti train station.
It’s a pretty diverse and unique park with great architecture: on the left you have a little lake suitable for canoes and small boats, and then starts a whole turn-of-the-century avenue. Gundel restaurant comes first (but you can skip that…), the Budapest zoo follows with its unique art nouveau architecture, then comes Budapest circus, the fun fair, and splendid Szechényi spa.
On the right side, this Transylvanian-Carpathian style castle you see is a funky combination of several architectural jewels from all parts of former Hungary. It contains the museum of agriculture (whose collection needs to be dusted off a bit!) and it’s surrounded by the other part of the lake, that becomes an ice rink in the winter.
Once you set further East the park becomes greener and wilder. But never too wild to leave you with no lemonade or beer in sight! This is why you have places like Kertem (check the Kertem article). Or even Pecsa which is a decent concert hall. On Sunday there is also a pleasant flea market there.
Városliget (City park) | Art & culture, Bars, Relaxing, Snacks | Free
24 hours daily