Springtime in Budapest
Exploring the treasure box!
As the days are getting warmer, it's becoming more pleasant to walk all day long from sight to sight in Budapest. Some attractions and look-out towers open after the winter while others extend their opening hours. Boat cruises invade the Danube, open-topped buses the roads, to lure you on a sightseeing tour. The most important places to visit are the Heroes' Square with the Castle of Vajdahunyad and the City Park, the Chain Bridge, the Buda Castle, the Liberty Bridge, the Parliament of Hungary, the great Synagogue, and the Citadel with the Statue of Liberty and the best view to the whole city. Read more about the highlights of Budapest here!
No excuse! Leave your smart phone / tablet / laptop in your room and swing into the saddle! Budapest has so many excellent bicycle roads and there's Margaret Island as cherry on top. The downtown is abundant with rent-a-bikes and biking-maps, but Margaret Island and the City Park also have large fields to move your limbs, throw frisbees and play some soccer.
There're plenty of sports complexes, where you can run or do some workout, and Margaret Island also boasts with a 5.3 km rekortan running track. So why not take a free run in beautiful ambience?
On a sunny spring day the lovers of easy hiking can take a trip up to the Buda Hills, the folklore-fans visit the beautiful town of Szendendre, amateur historians see the Palace of Gödöllő or the Castle of Visegrad and those who adore picturesque landscape relax in the Danube Bend. More outdoor activities in Budapest here!
There is no spring in Budapest without the Budapest Spring Festival. The 17-day-long series of events offers many top quality concert, dance and theatre programmes featuring world-famous performers, exhibitions and special thematic days. Click here for more information!
As weather gets better, a lot of open air places organise outdoor events, for example the Open Air Theatre on Margaret Island, or the Castle of Vajdahunyad in City Park and the Buda Castle. There are open air museums to, best to visit during spring, the historical museum at Citadel on Gellért Hill, the Memento Statue Park and the Hungarian Railway Museum.
What we most love about spring is that parks go blooming and finally we can sit outside on a nice terrace, a park café or a ruin pub's garden. Squares become crowded by city breakers and locals hanging around with friends. The botanic garden of ELTE University offers a peaceful walk through many fantastic flowers and trees. Don't miss out the cherry blossom days! Margaret Island itself worth it visiting but once you are there, take a look at the Japanese Garden, the most romantic place in Budapest during spring.
Budapest Zoo is also a very popular attraction, with lovely gardens, palm house and of course a wide range of animals from all over the world. As spring arrives, animals come outside too, to enjoy some sunshine.
The compulsory spa!
Pleasantly tired by the end of the day? If you are,, the perfect program for you will be a visit to one of Budapest's historic bathes. Soaking for hours in the healing water in several hundred years old beautiful buildings is really something you shouldn't miss out. The historic spas (Gellért, Lukács, Széchenyi, Király, Rudas, Rác, Császár) are open all year long, but some outdoor services are only available late spring. Beside these there are other excellent thermal bathes, modern day spas and indoor aqua parks, such as Aquaworld. Learn more about the spas of Budapest here!
Hint: visit budapestwinter.com and take our fantastic offer! Book 2 or 3 nights and get 1 free, including free historic spa entry & sightseeing discount. Why not spice up your Easter Break this way?
After an abundant bath, dive into the fabulous world of Hungarian gastronomy. Pick one of the best Hungarian restaurants and taste the dishes and desserts of Hungary to make your experience a whole. Here's our little restaurant guide!
See also visitbudapest.travel's 13 reasons why visit Budapest in 2013! Click here!