Why we love the City Park
The enormous public park is home to many of Budapest’s most famous attractions, including Hősök tere (Heroes’ Square), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other attractions located in the park include Vajdahunyad Castle, one of the world’s largest ice-skating rinks (winter only), the Budapest Zoo and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath.
There’s so much here. The zoo is a reason to love it, and the castle and paths, too. But perhaps best of all is that the Városliget has a playground that seems to lend itself to communal play. Here more than most parks, our boys always seem to find a new friend with whom to run.
The famed Andrássy Avenue, which WeLoveBudapest.com describes as the Hungarian Champs-Élysées, dead-ends at Hősök tere, at the city edge of City Park. On a clear day, you can look up Andrássy from the downtown core and see the regal, copper-green statues of the square rising into the sky. From Hősök tere, the park spreads out to the north, east and south. The zoo, baths and circus are to the north, the ice rink and castle are straight ahead, and the largest playgrounds and green spaces are to the south.
Massive changes are underway in the park; by 2021 the park will feature a new museum of ethnography, a completely revamped transportation museum, newly landscaped spaces and a number of other changes.
There’s so much available in the City Park ― from open green space for the dogs to art museums for the adults to playgrounds for the kids ― that the park truly is for everyone.