City Park Area Leisure Walk, Budapest (Self Guided)

When in Budapest, do not fail to make it to the famous baths. The thermal springs, besides providing a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, are also claimed to have curative powers for muscular ailments. With the locals, it is a favorite way to socialize and a hot soak in the waters is often combined with a relaxing massage afterwards. The baths are open from 6am to 7pm every day. Besides the baths, the city has a multitude of parks that are great for a leisurely stroll.
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City Park Area Leisure Walk Map

Guide Name: City Park Area Leisure Walk
Guide Location: Hungary » Budapest (See other walking tours in Budapest)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: kane
Andrassy Avenue

1) Andrassy Avenue

Constructed in the 2nd half of the 19th century this avenue is the Cultural boulevard of the city. The Avenue is part of the World Heritage. Showing incredible architecture homogeneity due to the fact that it was build for a short period of time nowadays here can be seen many of the cultural sights of the city–the State Opera, House of Terror, Old Palace of Art, Heroes square. With length of 2.3 kilometers the Andrassy Avenue offers an unforgettable walk trough Budapest for every visitor.
Heroes' Square

2) Heroes' Square (must see)

Heroes' Square is arguably one of the most popular tourist destinations in Budapest. It is also one of the most visited sites, located in front of City Park, on Andrassy Avenue.

The monument was built in 1896 as a commemoration to the 1000th anniversary of the arrival of the people of Hungary to the Carpathian Basin. By design, it consists of two semi-circles, which have the symbols for war and peace, knowledge and glory, and work and welfare affixed. The whole place is decorated with the statues of famous kings, governors, and celebrated characters from Hungarian history. At the foot of each statue is a little relief that depicts the most pinnacle moment in the life of that person.

One of the most beautiful pieces of art here stands in the middle of the square. It is a 36-meter high statue of the Archangel Gabriel, which is a symbol of the Roman Catholic people who live there. The equestrian statues located at the feet of the statue represent the seven chieftains of the Hungarian tribes, the most notable being Arpad. His descendants started the Hungarian royal line.

There are many other details of the square that depict many significant moments in Hungarian history. They also represent the many political and ideological issues that have shaped this people for over a thousand years.

Why You Should Visit:
Wide and spacious; easy to visit via the metro, bus, or trolley bus; numerous photo opportunities: from the column to the statues of all Hungarian rulers, starting with St. Stephen.

You can easily combine your visit with a stroll to Vajdahunyad Castle, the peaceful park across the road and Széchenyi bath building.
Museum of Fine Arts

3) Museum of Fine Arts

The museum is housed in a building worth visiting for itself. Here you can choose between six different departments: "Old Painter Gallery", "Egyptian", "Graphics collection", "Antique", "Old sculpture gallery", "Modern collection" presenting all periods of development of the European Art. With the 2nd largest Egyptian art collection in Europe, and the works of Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Velázquez and El Greco this Museum of Fine arts is one of the finest in Europe.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Zoo

4) The Zoo

The Budapest Zoo is the oldest in Hungary and one of the oldest in the world and nowadays hosts 5000 animals from 733 different species. The lions, rhinos, giraffes, elephants, polar bears, sea lions are attracting over 1 million people yearly of any age. Here can be seen both local and exotic mammals, birds and "water inhabitants"
Szechenyi Baths and Spa

5) Szechenyi Baths and Spa (must see)

The biggest thermal bath in Budapest, Szechenyi Baths is one of the largest spas in Europe as well. There is a vast open-air section with 3 pools – one hot (40°), one cold and one for fun. The Spa is well known not only for its size and different facilities but also for its interior and decorations, made by some of the best Hungarian artists. The neo-Gothic style Baths are located in the City Park, some 15 minutes away from the Zoo.

Why You Should Visit:
The most over the top and one of the funniest/busiest bathhouses you're likely to visit.
Great experience for tourists who have never done baths.

You may choose from a range of different massage options and facial/cosmetics services.
There is even (for an extra fee) a beer spa where you soak in beer ingredients while pouring yourself unlimited beer from the tap next to you!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am-10pm
City Park

6) City Park

The City Park of Budapest is the biggest in the city and offers something for all ages and kinds of interest – for both young and old, singles or married couples with kids. In the park took the main event for celebrating the Millennium Anniversary in 1896. Here are located the Millennium Monument, the Palace of Arts and the museum of fine arts, the Budapest Circus, botanical garden, many sports grounds, meadows, playgrounds. The City Park is the ideal place to enjoy some of your free time.
Durer Kert

7) Durer Kert

Located in the former ELTE University Faculty of Arts building, Dürer Kert is a great ruin pub with an impressive garden area decked out with videos displays. An assortment of games is available for guests to play, including foosball, ping pong, darts, and more. Live music acts from a variety of sounds play at Dürer Kert throughout the year, including indie, electro, hardcore, death disco, and more. Outside in the garden, tables with umbrellas create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere where guests are made up of both tourists and locals alike. With no dress code, this casual ruin pub sees a diverse crowd of customers.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 5 pm - 5 am

Walking Tours in Budapest, Hungary

Create Your Own Walk in Budapest

Create Your Own Walk in Budapest

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Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Walking Tour on Andrassy Utca

Walking Tour on Andrassy Utca

Andrassy Avenue, recognized as a World Heritage site in 2002, is a fine boulevard in the city that dates back to 1870. The entire stretch is lined with cafés, restaurants, luxury shops and cultural institutions. The long, wide road that connects Downtown and City Park is lined with trees and renovated villas and palaces. At the City Park end is the Heroes Square where the most important national...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Nightlife Tour

Nightlife Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Ruin Pubs Tour

Ruin Pubs Tour

A truly unique attraction to the city of Budapest, ruin pubs are thriving modern establishments that are located inside old abandoned buildings. The antiquity inherent in their architecture adds a certain character to these pubs. Inside the spots found on the Budapest Ruin Pubs Tour guests are treated to an assortment of entertainment opportunities, including hot DJ sets, live musical acts, film...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Buda Orientation Walk

Buda Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Pest Orientation Walk

Pest Orientation Walk

Separated from its western neighbor Buda by the magnificent river Danube, the eastern part of Bupadest, formally known as Pest, takes up almost two thirds of the Hungarian capital. Unlike hilly Buda, Pest is predominantly a flat plain with a pretty buzzing and bourgeois setting. It houses some truly magnificent architectural sights, including the Hungarian Parliament itself. In part, this is...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Budapest for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Budapest has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money getting around Budapest and visiting the city's multiple highlights, you may want to resort to the Budapest Card.

Among other conveniences, this card allows its bearer to explore Budapest's top attractions, tours, and restaurants either completely free or with great discounts. The card provides 24-, 48-, 72-, 96- or 120-hour passes to these locations, plus free ride on public transportation, thus putting Budapest at your fingertips!

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few Budapest hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Carat Boutique Hotel, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Budapest, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Budapest typically costs somewhere between US$20+ and US$90+ per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus or cruise boat to enjoy sightseeing of Budapest in comfort from either land or water, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able to get on and off at any of the stops along the four interconnecting bus routes (your ticket is valid for all four) or the Danube riverbanks as often as you like.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour of Budapest – this usually lasts up to 2 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the Hungarian capital. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have by walking.

- Pedal your way around Budapest on a 3-hour bike tour visiting the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Acquaint yourself up-close with the wonders of Budapest on a 3-hour walking tour of the UNESCO-listed and other heritage sites of the Hungarian capital, plus many more unexpected gems of this magical city.

- Awaken your taste buds to the highlights of Hungarian gastronomy on a 4-hour guided gourmet food tour of Budapest to sample some of the tastiest treats of the famously hearty Hungarian cuisine the city has to offer. Apart from feasting on its gastronomic treasures, with each bite you will also learn about the culinary culture of Budapest.

- Explore the centuries-long fascinating and complicated history of the Hungarian Jews. Take a guided Jewish heritage walk in Budapest to visit the historic Jewish quarters, memorials and synagogues of the city, home to one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Budapest, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like the Etyek wine region, the Danube Bend, or Pecs. For as little as circa US$80+ to US$140 per person you will get a chance to savor some of Hungary’s delicious wines and learn some tricks of the local winemaking trade, visit the beautiful cities along the Danube Bend, travel to the old Hungarian capital Esztergom, get a chance to enjoy Mediterranean atmosphere amid the land-locked country, see the remnants of Turkish presence in Hungary, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up straight from your hotel in Budapest and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned minibus or private vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.