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The Danube River cuts through the middle of this historic city, separating the ancient settlements of Buda and Pest. Linked together by a series of bridges, these two distinctive halves now form a cohesive whole, each retaining its own particular character. Budapest is particularly well-suited to family holidays, with numerous child-friendly attractions, plenty to explore and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. The majority of Budapest hotels are on the Pest side of the river, but there are also hidden gems waiting to be discovered in Buda.

Things to see in Budapest



One of the best ways to travel in Budapest is on the water. A boat ride along the Danube River will enchant children and adults alike. Stop off at the car-free Margaret Island for an afternoon of family adventures. There’s plenty for kids to explore here, including numerous outdoor swimming pools, a petting zoo and accessible medieval ruins to help fire their imaginations. Back on the mainland, head straight to City Park for a range of activities to keep the whole family entertained. The park features a boating lake which becomes an ice skating rink in the winter months and the fantasy Vaidahunyad Castle—designed to represent every architectural style in the history of Hungary. Nearby, the Circus offers a variety of shows including artistic performances, clowns and animal-based displays at reasonable prices. The neighboring Budapest Zoo is also a delight. One of the oldest zoos in the world, it is now dedicated to protecting some of the most endangered species on the planet.

Family-friendly hotels in Budapest



Budapest hotel rates are very reasonable, but as with everywhere they vary depending on the type of accommodation you require. Many family-friendly hotels in Budapest, particularly those at the higher end of the scale, offer swimming pools, childcare options and reduced or no charge for children under 12. The little details that make family vacations easier, such as cots and quieter rooms are often available on request so it’s worth checking with the kid-friendly hotel in Budapest in advance. Those who fancy a little bit of independence and good quality accommodation at reasonable prices might want to consider renting a self-catering apartment for their family vacation in Budapest.

Where to stay in Budapest



In the heart of the city, within walking distance of City Park, Belvaros puts Budapest right on your doorstep. This central district has some great family-friendly hotels and is a good option for those looking to explore the city. The up-and-coming Elizabeth Town District provides an affordable alternative, with a number of holiday apartments available for rent. The area around riverbank offers both luxurious and affordable options, within walking distance of the major sights of both Buda and Pest. For easy access to the historic Castle District, staying near the Chain Bridge is an absolute must.

How to get to Budapest



Budapest is well connected to the rest of Europe, with regular short-haul flights from Berlin and Prague. Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is the largest in the country and has good local connections across Europe as well as to long-haul destinations in Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Canada. If you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, the train station also has good international connections. The Austrian capital Vienna, for example, is just a 3 hour train ride away. Coaches are an option if you’re travelling on a shoestring budget, with direct services from cities across Europe.

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