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Boating or Skating on City Park Lake

Boating or Skating on City Park Lake

Years and years earlier City Park used to be a swampy area with no interesting sights and facilities, but nowadays it became a popular, romantic and cultural attraction in Budapest. The 1000th anniversary of Hungarian concquest was celebrated in 1896, and for this reason many buildings, art works and cultural monuments were born in the city. During this period, City Park started to develop as well. Many people like to spend their time in this unique neighbourhood to relax or refresh a little bit.

Interesting to know, that in the 1870s ice skating was considered as an improper winter sport among nobles. At first, ice skating were allowed and accepted for men only, however, as the years went by ladies could enjoy this activity too. The ice skating rink became another meeting point for young adults that time, making possible to get to know each other.

From Spring to Autumn you can enjoy boating. For this season a part of the pool is filled with used termal water coming from Széchenyi Thermal Bath. The area of the lake is more than 30 thousand square meters, it usually takes 5 days to fill up the area. During winter season you can enjoy skating on the Ice Rink in City Park. Besides outdoor skating, international ice skating competitions are held here. The ice skating rink located in Budapest is the second oldest rink in Europe.

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Discover the Cave systems under Budapest

Discover the Cave Systems under Budapest

Did you know that more than 3700 caves are recorded in Hungary? Many of them can be discovered in Budapest as well. Taking part in an exciting cave tour is a great program idea for couples, group of friends, and families.

The cave systems are 0,5-1 million-year-old and under nature conservation protection in Hungary. They are often called “Budapest’s underground flower garden”. During a guided tour you will observe the best parts of the cave along a hundreds of meters long tourist path. You will discover various shapes of mineral deposits, thermal karst formations and calcite plates. The caves are also famous for its unique dripstones and narrow corridors as well. Due to the caves high humidity and constant temperature it has a positive effect for asthma sufferers too. On of the below pictures you can see cave walls covered with thick layer of “pea stones” and “cauliflowers”. These are mainly mineral deposits and calcite plates creating a very unique shape on the cave walls.

Its worth to mention, that Hungary gives home to 5 certified thermal caves of which one of them can be found and visited in Budapest. These thermal caves own a curative power by providing an effective healing ability and beneficial microclimate. Szemlő-hegyi cave is the only thermal cave in the Hungarian capital welcoming guests for an educational and enjoyable cave tour, where visitors can not only learn about Budapest’s underground cave systems but also enjoy the curative power of this natural system.

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Spend a day in Budapest Zoo!

Spend a day in Budapest Zoo

One of our weekend activity was to spend a day in Budapest Zoo. We were little kids when we last visited the zoo, but since then it has developed and extended with many children-friendly areas. As many animal and plant species can be discovered we have summarised our best experiences including lots of pictures. 

America Tropicana

In this showroom you can discover tropical plants and animals native to America. In some parts of the building you feel like walking in tropical rainforest where you can meet with colourful birds. Different kind of exotic animals are presented as well such as the American Alligator and Green Anaconda. You can get into the Aquarium establishment through one of the side wings where species of Tropical America are introduced, like freshwater rays, electric eels and so on. As part of the establishment you can also see giant sea otters who are very cute animals swimming around in the water.

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Australia

This region has many parts to discover: by walking along the Australian Path you can meet with animals in the Australian showroom and the Australian and Wombat House as well . The Australian zone gives home to species of Kangaroos, Wombats, exotic birds as the Cassowaries and reptiles from the southern continent. Some of the Kangaroos come so near to the fence that sometimes you can easily pet them.

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The Little Rock

Despite its name the Little Rock is not so little, actually its a quite large establishment which is exciting to discover. While climbing up on the hill you may see such animals like Polar Bears, Penguins and Sea Dogs. In case you get hungry for a hamburger or thirsty for a juice you will find a Bufé and restaurant for your service within the Rock.

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Savanna

The Savanna zone introduces indigenous species from the African Savanna. Mostly you can see large mammals such as giraffe, zebra, elephant, rhinoceros and camels. If you’re lucky, you can attract some of them to the fence with some zoo biscuits. The camels especially like these kind of treats.

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Goulash, the traditional Hungarian soup

Goulash, the Traditional Hungarian Soup

Lot of people heard about the famous Hungarian Goulash soup. Every person who visits Budapest must try this delicious meal. What is the story of Goulash soup? Well, the word “Gulyas” means “Herdsman” who was the person taking care of large group of cattles. You may think that Goulash soup was easily made from the meat of beef cattle but actually it wasn’t made always that way.

The origin of Goulash soup can be traced back to the 19th century. It was a popular meal amongst poor farmers. As the farmers were very poor people and the meat costed a fortune, the soup was never really made from beef in the past. Then what exactly Goulash soup was made from? The main ingredients were Hungarian pepper, onion and lot of potato and noodles. So actually today’s Goulash soup is a modern creation of the traditional version. But to be honest, today’s Goulash soup spiced up with delicious beef is one of the most famous meals in our country. The most delicious goulash soup is made in cauldron cooked on fire. Goulash is a preferred meal at garden parties, family occasions and also a great choice for evening wine tasting events.

Goulash soup wasn’t always a popular dish among noble people. It was specifically considered as a dish for man only and wasn’t served for ladies in the past. During the years it became a famous and national meal, in fact in some areas it was the main dish of wedding meals.

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Sightseeing from Tram number 2 in Budapest

Sightseeing from Tram Number 2

Sightseeing in Budapest can be interesting also by traveling around the city with public transportation. Who said that traveling by tram can’t be fun?

Budapest’s Tram line number 2 has a scenic route in Europe and it’s a cheap way of sightseeing in Budapest. According to National Geographic, it is one of the world’s TOP 10 Trolley Rides. The tram goes by Danube river from where you can see Gellért Hill, Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Gresham Palace and even passes the Parliament. The route starts from Közvágóhíd and ends at Jászai Mari square, you can check the timetable and ticket prices on BKK website. Check out these photos and let them inspire you to take a wonderful sightseeing journey in Budapest!

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Afternoon Program Ideas

Afternoon Program Ideas

If you are traveling to Budapest,  you may wonder what kind of  afternoon activities would be interesting for you. We have collected some good ideas which might help you to complete your itinerary to Budapest.

Boat trip on Danube river

Let yourself be amazed by Budapest famous sights on a boat trip on the Danube river. Not only you will observe the panoramic view of the city, but you can also take photos of Buda Castle, the House of Parliament and the stunning bridges as well. As part of Budapest’s Public Transportation (BKK), river-crossing boat lines are operating from May to December. With this service, passengers are offered to take a scenic ride on the Danube river for an affordable price. In addition to this, there are several daytime cruises and private boat trips available.

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Discover Margaret Island

Margaret Island is the most favourite green area 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. Have a romantic walk along the beautiful meadows, discover medieval church ruins and the Japanese garden, or just simply enjoy nature while having some ice-cream.

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Have a ride on Budapest Eye

Budapest Eye is a giant wheel located in Elisabeth square in the city center of Budapest and it is recognized as Europe’s largest mobile Ferris wheel. A ride on Budapest Eye will let you see a fantastic view over the city. Great pictures can be taken from up the wheel of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, Buda Castle and Budapest’s city centre.

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