If you are traveling to Budapest, you may wonder what kind of afternoon programmes would be interesting for you.
Well, I have some good ideas.
Boat trip on Danube river
A boat ride on Danube river will let you see the most famous sights of Budapest. You will be amazed by the panoramic view of the city. I took part in boat trips a few times after work, well I should say it was relaxing and refreshing. I definitely recommend to include this program into your itinerary.
The best part is that you don’t need to book ticket in advance because you can use BKK ‘s boat service. BKK is Budapest’s main public transport system. The ticket price is around 2 EUR/person for one way and the ride takes about 1-1,5 hours. You can take D11 or D12 river boat which departs from Kopaszi gát or from Rómaifürdő on Buda part. The boat has several stops between the departure points, so if you feel like to hop-on somewhere else in the city, that will be no problem.
Walk along on Margit Island
The Margit Island is the most favourite green Island in Budapest. Many people come here to spend their afternoon in this magical place to relax, enjoy nature and have some fun. Years ago it was called Fairy Island, Dream Island and Pearl of Danube. It’s located between Árpád and Margit bridge. Spending some time on Margit Island is perfect for lovely couples, families, friends and so on.
Few weeks ago I spent one afternoon with my husband on Margit Island, below you’ll find a short list with a few things I recommend to see.
As you walk along Margit Island you will notice a little zoo on your way, closer to Pest side near the river. The zoo symbolize that Margit Island was a wildlife park years ago. There are so many cute animals and you can pet them too, especially the ponies. You can see deer, ponies, bunnies and native birds of Hungary. The zoo can be visited every day of the year with no entrance fee.
Dominican Church Ruins
In the Middle Ages this monastery was the most important building in Margit Island. It was founded by IV. Béla Hungarian King. He built the monastery for her daughter Margit.
Noble families sent their daughters here and some of them became nuns, like Margit. Nowadays you’ll find the ruins of the monastery only.
Its like a mini oasis in the middle of Margit Island. Imagine you are walking among different kinds of exotic plants and hundred year old trees, or just watching a waterfall from a romantic spot.
Japanese garden is located on the north end of Margit Island closer to Árpád bridge. Japanese garden is famous for its small ponds and water lilies. In sunny weather you may even see turtles sunbathing. On one of the ponds there is a statue of “Budapest’s Mermaid” who has been sitting there for more than 60 years.
Ride on Budapest Eye
Year after year I always went by Budapest Eye and never took a ride on it, well shame on me. Therefore, one day I decided to visit the giant wheel, so I told my husband Daniel: “lets go out this afternoon and have some fun”! Budapest Eye is a giant wheel located in Elisabeth square and it is considered as Europe’s largest mobile Ferris wheel. A ride on Budapest Eye will let you see a fantastic view over the city. You can take great pictures from up here. We made a few photos from above, you will see them below. One ride takes about 10 minutes and ticket price is around 9 EUR/person. After a sightseeing from the giant wheel we had a drink at Fröccsterasz which is right next to Budapest Eye. Spice up your afternoon with a cold fröccs!
I hope these tips have gave you some ideas on how to spend your afternoon in Budapest. I am definitely sure you’ll have a great time!
See you soon!