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Kid-friendly attractions in Budapest

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

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

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Venere Travel Blog writer anita choudhary

Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

10 responses to “Kid-friendly attractions in Budapest”

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  1. johnsmith says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    That’s a very interesting topic! I have always been fascinated by big trips overland. Like yourself I have done the Europe tour going through quite a few countries and for the last 7 years, living in the Middle East has provided me with even more opportunities to take the car
    and explore the unbeaten paths of Oman or UAE.My biggest wish is that one week i want to spend with my family members in London .

  2. peterson says:
    July 24th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

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  3. Mark says:
    July 29th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Hi Anita choudhary, this is mark i visited Disney land with my kids.I spent whole day with my kids after some months.So after reading your blog i am planing to take trip to Hungary for this Christmas Holidays

  4. smith says:
    August 4th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    good travel blog for kids for their week ends

  5. john says:
    August 7th, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Hi Anita the article is wonderful and you made perfect travel tips for a family who planing to travel with their kids

  6. Rena says:
    August 26th, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Great Post by “Anita choudhary” really great idea you knows very well how to make happy your family and how make smile on your kids face.

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  8. peterson says:
    September 2nd, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    The blog is so impersive for a family who travel with their kids

  9. Katie says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Budapest is wonderfull!I was one year ago with my family in this great city. There are a lot of sights,kindly people,very good restaurants,where you can eat traditional hungarian dishes.We found the perfect apartement at Hotels Budapest Hungary

  10. tcsan34 says:
    February 18th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Vidámpark is located along the perimeter of the Városliget (not some Vidam Park). Please correct the post.


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