Budapest, a city brimming with delights, becomes even more enchanting with the arrival of the first hints of spring! As the warm weather graces us, the Budapest air draws out many from their winter nooks. It’s time to discover the outdoors, now that spring has showed it’s first rays of sunshine. We have collected five hidden Budapest parks, where you can enjoy the fresh spring breeze in the heart of the city.
1. Zugló Japanese Garden
Transport yourself to the Far East within Budapest’s Zugló Japanese Garden. Legend has it that even Japanese royalty, Prince Takamacu and his wife, once visited this serene haven. With Asian eateries cropping up across the city, there’s no better way to indulge than by savouring tasty bites amidst this picturesque setting, so you too can feel like Eastern royalty. The park offers an especially lovely view in the spring, when the flowers are in bloom. In any case, the fresh air in the heart of the city summons a truly inspiring atmosphere. Located at 1 Kövér Lajos St.
2. Szenes Hanna Park
Tucked away in the heart of Budapest lies Szenes Hanna Park, a 10-minute stroll from Oktogon in the central 7th district. Surrounded by historic landmarks and architectural marvels, this hidden gem at the intersection of Rózsa Street and Jósika Street holds a fascinating tale. Named after Hungarian poet Hanna Szenes, renowned for her great courage during World War II as a parachutist in the British army, this park stands as a testament to her bravery, writes magyarorszagom.hu. A statue and quote within the park honour her legacy, offering a tranquil setting for an afternoon immersed in poetry.
3. Károlyi Garden
Nestled discreetly amidst the urban sprawl, the Károlyi Garden is every city-dwellers favourite place to be, when the concrete jungle heats up. The garden provides great shelter from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Spending a quiet afternoon here can revitalise the soul and replenish inner peace. The park has plenty of benches and a lovely fountain as well as a book vending machine. Families coming to enjoy their time at Károlyi Garden can drop their children off at the exceptionally well-equipped onsite playground. Those who are looking for some extra energy can get their daily fill at the cosy coffee shop at the entrance of the garden.
4. Garden of Philosophers
Perched on the iconic slopes of Gellért Hill, just beneath the Citadel, lies the secluded Garden of Philosophers. A hidden gem amidst the city, this serene spot offers a panoramic vista free from the crowds. Ideal for contemplation and admiring the cityscape, the garden boasts the striking ‘Meeting of Buda and Pest’ statue, known as the Kilátókő statue. It’s a haven for those seeking a nature retreat without straying far from urban comforts.
5. Gül Baba’s Tomb
Prepare to be breathless, both from the awe-inspiring view and the climb up the lengthy staircase to Gül Baba’s Tomb. Yet, the ascent rewards with unparalleled vistas over the city centre. A relic of Hungary’s Turkish occupation, the tomb pays homage to the eponymous Turkish warrior, adorned with fragrant roses – fittingly, as ‘Gül Baba’ translates to ‘Father Rose’. Despite recent renovations, the tomb remains adorned with roses, offering a poignant scene against one of the city’s finest panoramas.
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