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

  • Budapest

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

Dining Out

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.

Entertainment

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.

Attractions

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.

Children's Highlights

Thermal Baths & Pools

Meet the Animals

Museums & Art Galleries

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'.

Outdoor Activities

Castles & Caves

Planning

  • 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.