Budapest might not be blessed with parks. However Margitsziget and Városliget are so huge that you almost feel like you’re in a forest in the middle of the city. Great for bikers though stray cars drive through quite frequently…
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 (in the summer), 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, 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 Hungarian territories. 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 a wonderful ice rink in the winter.
Once you set out further east the park becomes greener and wilder. But never too wild to leave you with no refreshment in sight. Well at least until recently… Because this area will be changed once the government’s controversial plan to turn it into a museum quarter takes off (in 2018?). As a result the Fine Art museum and Pecsa have already closed.