Spring has finally arrived, and the good weather offers many opportunities for weekend outdoor activities in Budapest. From a leisurely stroll on the blooming Margaret Island to wine tasting in historic settings, you can pick from numerous programmes to soak up a bit of sunshine and enjoy the balmy temperatures.
Margaret Island is a popular hangout among both locals and tourists who want to experience a touch of nature in the heart of Budapest. It is not only an ideal spot for relaxation but also a place for fun and adventure. Take a walk or a ride on a regular bicycle or a family-size pedal carriage and discover the beautiful island. Remains of St. Margaret’s Dominican monastery, the Hundred-year-old Water Tower, a Japanese Garden, a wildlife park, a musical fountain and many more impressive landmarks await you on Margaret Island.
Although it is worth visiting the Buda Castle any season, in spring, the scenery from the castle is even more stunning. The nice weather allows tourists to stroll around the cobblestone streets and discover the Matthias Church, the newly built Royal Stables and Riding Hall and the cozy neighbourhood of the castle. In addition, on 15 March, various fun performances, exhibitions, music, dance and literature festivals, historical walks, free family programmes, a weapons show and mounted hussars fill the venues of the renewed Budavári Palace Quarter on the Hungarian national holiday.
Why use public transport when you can explore Budapest from the Danube? Hop on a boat and admire the city’s architectural treasures from the boat. Moreover, some boats even offer a dinner menu or cocktails while you are on the cruise. For example, you can choose the 1-hour sightseeing cruise with a welcome drink. During this tour, you can see famous sights such as the Margaret Bridge, Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle, Vigadó Concert Hall and Gellért Hill.
The Törley Sparkling Wine Manufacture offers English-speaking guided tours for those interested in the history of the famous Hungarian wine. The 1.5-hour programme consists of a visit to the museum and the cellar while introducing 3 technologies of sparkling wine production, including tasting. You can sip on the most delicious local styles while enjoying the sunshine in the park of the visitor centre.
Location: 5-7 Anna Sreet, XXII. district, Budapest