In the past 10 years, Hungary has become one of the most popular Eastern European destinations for both European and overseas vacationing.
The capital city of Budapest is no doubt the most popular destination within the country and is considered to be one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. If you are planning on vacationing in Hungary but you have concerns about attractions for your children, there’s no need to worry because there are three attractions that you will want to take your children to. Chances are, you’ll enjoy them as much as the kids do.
1. Children’s Railway
Oftentimes referred to as the “greatest child toy in the world”, the Children’s Railway in Budapest is an amazing attraction in that it is operated entirely (except for the train engineer) by children. From selling tickets to inspecting the train so that it is in peak operating order, children between the ages of 10 and 14 have devoted their time and efforts two to three days every month for the past several years. Under the supervision of adults, they learn how to operate all the signals and switches that are responsible for controlling the commercial services and the traffic of the railway. It is an 11 kilometer trip and adults are not only encouraged to respect these children for what they have done, but also to behave themselves while on the trip.
2. Vidámpark Amusement Park
The next stop on the tour of children’s attractions is Vidámpark Amusement Park, the most popular roller coaster park in all of Hungary. The 302-acre amusement park is located near the city center along the perimeter of the Vidam Park (City Park). The three most popular attractions are:
- the Hullámvasút roller coaster built in 1922 – a classic wooden roller coaster (not many of those left in the world)
- the Merry-Go-Round built in 1906
- the Cave Railway built in 1912
These three attractions are not only popular, but the people of Budapest consider them, because of their history, to be historical monuments.
3. Budapest Botanical Gardens and Zoo
Finally, take in the Budapest Botanical Gardens and Zoo. “A zoo is a garden of life.We can only protect what we know” has been the slogan of the zoo for decades now. It originally opened in 1866 and has been one of the main attractions of the Budapest community. Along with the Botanical Gardens, this is truly a day’s outing that you won’t want to miss while visiting this beautiful European capital.
Photo of Budapest roller coaster originally posted by andjohan