Travel with Children
Hungary is a good destination for travellers with children. The little ‘uns receive discounts on public transport and entry to museums and attractions, with some museums specifically geared towards kids. Many thermal parks across the country have slides, wave pools and designated kiddie pools, and some restaurants offer children's menus.
Best Regions for Kids
Children's attractions galore, from museums to thermal parks, but the costs can add up.
- Danube Bend & Western Transdanubia
Boat cruises up the Danube are reliable family-pleasers.
- Great Plain
Colourful traditional costumes and the chance to meet farm animals are popular with small children.
- Lake Balaton & Southern Transdanubia
The shallow waters of Lake Balaton and plentiful cycle lanes are great for active families.
- Northern Hungary
Hiking in the Bükk Hills and splashing in water parks is fun for outdoorsy kids.
Hungary For Kids
Some restaurants – particularly in Budapest – offer children's menus. Those that don't are usually happy to provide half-portions of adult dishes for kids.
Budapest has the lion's share of children's entertainment. This ranges from puppet theatres that transcend language barriers to folk music and dance evenings in which kids can participate if they want to.
Parks & Playgrounds
There is no shortage of green spaces in Hungary, and playgrounds are common in Hungarian towns. Budapest reigns supreme on this front, with City Park due to feature a brand-new amusement park by 2019, excellent playgrounds on Margaret Island, on Óbuda (Hajógyári) Island and in Szent István Park, and smaller playgrounds dotted about the city.
Hungary's attractions for kids are many and varied. These range from the cerebral (museums, hands-on learning) to outdoorsy (thermal baths and water parks, unusual forms of transport, parks). Then there are historic ruins, caves, cellars and centuries-old castles to explore, and animal farms where kids can get up close and personal with Hungary's celebrated livestock.
Thermal Baths & Pools
- Aquaworld, Budapest One of Europe's largest water parks, with a dozen slides and a wave pool.
- Atlantika Waterpark, Vásárosnamény Popular water park with 10 pools and 10 waterslides.
- Gellért Baths, Budapest Gorgeous indoor pools and a wave machine in the outdoor pool.
- Adventure Spa & Waterslide Park, Kecskemét Huge water park with pools and slides.
- Széchenyi Baths, Budapest There's a fun whirlpool in one of several outdoor pools.
- Napfényfürdő Aquapolis, Szeged Enormous water park with plenty of indoor and outdoor pools.
Meet the Animals
- Lipizzaner Stud Farm, Szilvásvárad Horse rides for older kids, coach rides for little ones and horse parades for everyone.
- Máta Stud Farm, Hortobágy Riding a horse-drawn wagon across the prairie, spotting sheep and grey cattle on the way.
- Budapest Zoo Hungary's most exotic collection of the furred and feathered kind.
- Hortobágy Wild Animal Park 'Safari bus' rides to see wolves, wild horses, jackals and other wild beasts.
- Puszta Animal Park, Hortobágy The place to meet the animals of the puszta: grey cattle, the curly-haired mangalica pig and the racka sheep.
- Cowboy Show, Kiskunság National Park Watch csikósok (cowboys) race each other bareback, while their horses perform all sorts of tricks.
Museums & Art Galleries
- Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest Children's programme that lets them create their own works of art.
- Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest A Dinosaur Garden, lots of hands-on activities and interactive exhibits on Hungary's natural world.
- Aquincum Museum, Budapest Interactive exhibits in the basement, including virtual gladiator fights.
- Victor Vasarely Museum, Pécs Eye-bending masterpieces from Hungary's premier purveyer of op art.
- Model Railway Museum, Keszthely Stunning model railway sets, with Austrian mountains, tunnels, snowy forests and minute train stations.
- Palóc Doll Museum, Hollókő Dozens of porcelain dolls in traditional costumes from all over the country.
- Toy Museum, Keszthely An incredible collection of dolls, trains, toy cars, teddy bears and play sets through the ages.
- Toy Museum & Workshop, Kecskemét Spooky 19th- and 20th-century dolls, board games and wooden trains.
Rainy Day Fun
Magic Tower, Eger Eighteenth-century astronomical equipment, a camera obscura and a planetarium for young star-gazers.
Tropicarium, Budapest Vast aquarium with Hungarian fish species and a non-Hungarian shark tunnel.
Palóc Play House, Hollókő Traditional crafts and games in an old farmhouse with attached playground.
Palace of Wonders, Budapest 'Smart' toys, puzzles, and lots of interactive elements, such as the 'wind tunnel'.
- Narrow-gauge Train, Hortobágy Take the train across pond bridges in the national park.
- Children's Railway, Budapest Ride the rails through the Buda Hills on a train operated by children.
- Boat Cruise, Szeged See the old town of Szeged from the river.
- Sail & Surf, Tihany Have a go at standup paddleboarding on the calm waters of Lake Balaton.
- River Ride, Budapest Explore Budapest by road and river on this amphibious bus.
- Eco Bike, Balatonfüred Trekking and electric bikes make for easy and fun exploration of the Tihany peninsula.
- River Boat Tours, Tokaj Go for an hour-long spin on the Tisza and Bodrog.
- Mahart PassNave, Budapest Boat tours to towns along the Danube.
Castles & Caves
- City under the City, Eger An entertaining guided tour of the former bishop's cellars.
- Buda Castle Labyrinth, Budapest Get lost in the dry ice fog of this creepy underground world.
- Minaret, Eger Winding steps followed by great views of the city.
- Eger Castle Check out the armour, uniforms and models in this 13th-century castle.
- Hollókő Castle Weaponry, a medieval banquet and great views await at this pentagonal keep.
- Pálvölgy Cave, Budapest Spectacular stalactites and stalagmites await brave cave explorers.
- Babysitting An ever-growing number of hotels in Budapest offer babysitting services, but try to book at least six hours beforehand.
- Car hire Most car-hire firms have children’s safety seats for hire at a nominal cost; book them in advance.
- Hotels and restaurants High chairs and cots (cribs) are standard equipment in many restaurants and hotels, but numbers can be limited; request them when booking.
- Travel seasons In July and August, many Hungarian families 'staycation', particularly around Lake Balaton. This is the liveliest (and most expensive) time to visit, so book well ahead. Late spring, early summer and September are perhaps the nicest times of year to visit, weather-wise, with the added bonus of no crowds.