Budapest’s Best Parks and Squares!
As the weather gets warm and winter fades away into a distant memory of cold and darkness, Budapest seems to wake up and transform itself into a busier, louder, friendlier, and more exciting city. Leaves start appearing on trees, flowers begin to bloom, and people, locals and visitors alike, begin spending more and more time outdoors, enjoying all the beauty that Budapest has to offer.
One of the most notable features of Budapest when the weather is warm is the way in which people positively flock to parks, squares, and other public spaces to relax and have a picnic, a drink, or just a quick chat with friends and family. While there are dozens of such spaces throughout the Hungarian capital, here are just a few of Budapest’s very best parks and squares!
Situated side-by-side in the very heart of the Pest side of the city, Deák and Elizabeth squares (known by many Budapest residents as simply “Deák”) are one of the city’s most popular spots for young people to meet up, relax, and simply sit and spend time together amid grass, trees, and fountains. In addition, the usually packed square is located within walking distance from the capital’s party district and many of its best ruin pubs and bars, making it an ideal location to meet up before heading out for a night on the town.
It is also centrally located in terms of virtually all of Budapest’s biggest sightseeing attractions as well, since from here it is only a short walk or tram ride to St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square, the City Park, Liberty Square, the Parliament, and numerous other important landmarks.
If you’re looking for a spot to sit, relax and have picnic or a few drinks with friends that’s within a short distance of some of the city center’s best hotels (including Fraser Residence Aparthotel Budapest), look no further than the Nehru Part. Named after Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, the Nehru Part (or Coast) takes up a pleasant stretch of the Danube riverfront between the Liberty and Petőfi Bridges on the Pest side of the city. As such, it commands a stunning view of both bridges, the Danube, the beautiful buildings of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and, of course, Gellért Hill and the Liberty Statue situated atop it.
In addition, the recently renovated park features comfortable seating, playground equipment, and facilities for playing soccer or basketball, making it a perfect afternoon destination for young and old.
If you hope on the 4 or 6 trams, which are located just a few blocks from Fraser Residence, you will quickly find yourself on Margaret Island, a slice of green in the middle of the Danube that is arguably Budapest’s most scenic and relaxing park. With huge stretches of park, woods, flower gardens, fountains, running paths, ruined medieval churches, and even Japanese gardens, Margaret Island truly has something for everyone. In addition, if you somehow ever grow tired of the relaxing atmosphere and beautiful scenery of the park, you can head over to the Palatinus Baths for incredible pools and some of the most exciting water slides you’ve ever encountered.
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