After a long, cold winter, Budapest bursts back to life in spring; trees bloom in parks and promenades, cruise boats ply the river, and visitor attractions reopen their doors. Airfares and hotel prices are still reasonable and restaurants quiet, while temperatures are at a pleasant 61°F (16°C).
Aspiring tourists with children may be surprised to discover that Hungary’s capital city offers affordable and varied opportunities for travelers with kids to entertain. The price is right and the activities are likely to amuse grownups as well as their children. See below for a sampling of the many events and institutions available in Budapest that are geared toward the young.
Easily the equal of other European subterranean wonders (in Paris, Moscow, London, etc.), the labyrinth system beneath Castle Hill in Budapest originated as calcareous tufa caves resulting from hot water springs more than 350,000 years ago. Since that time, the complex (the natural properties of which have been considerably improved by man over the years) has served many purposes, and today exists as one of the most curious and rewarding tourist attractions in Budapest.
Budapest is justly famous for its thermal baths. What better way to revitalize after a hard day’s sightseeing than in the bubbling waters of one of the city’s famous thermals baths? In all there are seven spa complexes, most open for mixed and single sex bathing, saunas, and spa treatments daily, and all renowned for the healing properties of their hot spring water. Towels, robes, slippers, and soap are available in most spas – just remember that in baths where mixed bathing is permitted, bathing costumes are obligatory.
Sprawled across the River Danube, the two halves of Budapest look fetching in winter under a coating of snow, but temperatures drop well below freezing so wrap up warm. But there is plenty to do and accommodation prices slide down in Hungary after New Year.