Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Traveling to Budapest with Kids

When we travel we usually try to check our little list of things to see or do. It looks a bit like this;

  • go to a super market
  • travel by public transportation (tram, train, bus, metro) preferable all
  • see one or two museums
  • taste typical foods
  • go to the post office (this one is just mine but I always visit a post office wherever I go)
  • learn to at least say hello, thank you and please in the local language
  • send postcards (also me, and I always do this)
  • visit a park and church (temple, mosque, depends on the city)
  • look for street art (most of us are now into this)
This is what we aim for, but sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. We don't really stress out about things we need to see and do, and we are definitely not planners. Go with the flow, as I like to say, because the truth is that the weather, a strike or the flu can alter almost anything! Here is a look inside our days and activities.

We did everything we wanted to and more since we even got an extra day (I actually thought we were supposed to leave on saturday, we even went to the airport and all, only to find that it was the next day).

When I asked my older son what he thought of Budapest this is what he had to say; "This city is very strange, some parts are really beautiful and in others it looks like it is falling apart." He actually loved it, he was amazed by it all. The little one just wanted to set up camp in any of the baths.

They loved the funicular to Castle District and the chance to practice archery and crossbow.

We went to 2 baths, the Gellert and Szechenyi (both are incredibly beautiful, quite expensive I may add) but my son thought the Gellert was better because it had a pool with waves and if I had to pick between the two, I would also pick Gellert).

The museums we chose to explore were the Vasarely Museum, and the Museum of Applied Arts (my son loved, LOVED the Vasarely one, but I would really recommend both).

My son and husband went to see the Terror House, and I chose to go to the Post Office Museum instead, (one of the highlights of my trip, and it deserves a post by itself). He was curious to see this terror place and in the end I think he chose to forget about it.

Budapest is a very walkable city, and also very easy to explore by public transportation (very cheap, reliable and clean, incredibly clean). People were very helpful, and every place we went to eat, had papers, pencil and markers for the children, which is more that I can say for many places here in Amsterdam.
I would definitely recommend this city with kids, and also for a quick getaway without them!

WOW! I think this is the most I've ever written for this blog.
I let you go now.
Any cities that you might want to recommend so that I can add them to my list???


P.S: If you want to see our trip from last year it is here and here.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! I was indeed an amazing place!

  2. Cool, the Vasarely museum looks amazing. There is one in Aix en Provence too (which has a true retro feeling to it). Your son looks like such a grown up with his arms on the back. Wow! I'm totally agree with you on the "go with the flow" kind of city trips, although I usually do have a few places on my wishlist. These baths seem wonderful too!

    1. I've never been to the one in Aix, I bet is wonderful. My older one really enjoyed that museum. For sure there are certain things that I would like to see, and try to do it, but from experience it is always wonderful to see other things that just pop up, or that weren't on the list!


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