Grand Budapest for Families - 3 days

Budai Vár
Budapest
Greater Budapest
How long it takes?
3 days
Best vehicle choice for this plan:
bus
car
public transport
This region is famous for:
Castles, Forts, Palaces
Culture and monuments
Natural values
Greater Budapest
Families
Day 1

Grassalkovich Palace in Gödöllő

If you want to spend a truly active day with the family, don’t stop until you reach the 18th-century Grassalkovich Palace, where you’ll experience an unparalleled adventure. Hungary's largest Baroque palace, with its romantic park, holds plenty of surprises. Within the imposing walls of the building, the permanent exhibitions let you recall the significant events of Hungarian history. In this splendid environment, it is not difficult to imagine the legendary beauty Sissi, that is Queen Elisabeth, who fled from her mother-in-law and broken marriage from the Viennese court to Grassalkovich Palace in Gödöllő, which she received as a coronation gift. The past comes to life in the halls, as if we were seeing the queen in front of us, as the chambermaids comb her ankle-length hair, or as she jumps onto horseback in the riding hall, or walks in the palace park dotted with eye-catching lemon, orange and laurel trees. Be sure to visit the Baroque stone theatre with a backstage, considered rare and unique in Europe and which still serves as a venue for high-quality theatrical performances. If you’d like to travel back in time, visit the exhibition that tells the history of the palace in the 20th century, but also don’t miss the Horthy Bunker, which served as a bomb shelter for the governor’s family during WWII, 10 metres underground. In recent years, the palace has also functioned as a real family-friendly space, with constant children's activities and educational museum programmes for the little ones. Separate audio guides for girls and boys provide personalised entertainment. The museum also offers a real specialty for the little ones. A storybook written by Ildikó Faludi and Márton Reményi entitled The Diary of Elemér Herceg Egérváry was published in 2010, with illustrations by an artist from Eger, Tamás Ferencz, bringing the characters to life.

Hungarian equestrian traditions come to life in the Lázár Equestrian Park

Just 10 km from Gödöllő, in the picturesque Domony Valley, Vilmos Lázár, seven-time Hungarian pair-driving world champion, has created a real equestrian paradise. The Lázár Equestrian Park is a popular event venue, but it is also open to individual visitors if you want to get to know the Hungarian equestrian traditions of the past in a little more detail, ride on the sunny hillside, or taste the delicious Hungarian dishes from the cauldron and the beehive oven.

Day 2

Hetedhét Toy Museum in the Heimer House

Cross the Danube and don't stop until you get to Székesfehérvár. Nostalgia will no doubt captivate you at the exhibition of the Hetedhét Toy Museum in the Heimer House, with objects dating back several decades. The exhibition is an excellent opportunity to tell children about your own childhood, but also to take a look at the Moskovszky collection. You might even come across some toy tableware made from stag-beetle antlers. You can also admire the drawings and famous fairy-tale illustrations of graphic artist László Réber on display.

Sóstó Visitor Centre

After the detour to the museum, head for some fresh air. The brand new Sóstó Visitor Centre offers educational programmes, games and guided tours. The 218-hectare nature reserve has walking paths, educational trails, an interactive birdwatching area and a children’s playground to keep everyone entertained. You could even have a picnic here, as it’s an ideal setting with clean air and lush nature. You won’t go hungry if you didn’t pack any food either: snacks and refreshments are available at the on-site kiosk.

Lake Velence

To end the day, hop into a car or board a train and visit the shores of Lake Velence, the third largest lake in the country. The lake and its surroundings are a real sporting paradise – rent a bike and ride around the lake. Thanks to the 33 kilometres of well-built cycle paths, the tour will also be a great experience with children. If you’re seeking a more tranquil conclusion to your trip, you can explore the lake and the surrounding towns by boat from the renovated harbour.

Day 3

Emese Park

On the third day of your tour, we invite you to the adventurous events and activities on offer in Ráckeve and Szigethalom, near Budapest. We hope you are well rested, since you have a really eventful day ahead! After breakfast, your first stop should be Szigethalom, for a glimpse into the daily lives of Hungarians of 1,000 years ago. In Emese Park, in the area of the former barracks, the organisers and operators of the park have created a settlement from the time of Saint Stephen. Of course, the houses wouldn’t be all that interesting if they were empty, so Emese Park’s team don authentic clothes from the period every day to bring history to life. You can get acquainted with Hungarian handicraft traditions and tasks relating to animal husbandry and plant production, but the men of the museum village will also show you how armed combat was practised. You can also go horseback riding and even try archery. Once you’ve seen everything, head to Ráckeve. Take a look at the landscape from the town hall tower, the Fire Tower Lookout. In clear weather, you can spot the hills of Buda from the 40-metre tower, but the eagle-eyed can even see all the way to the Velence hills. Hungary’s only Gothic, Serbian Orthodox church stands in Ráckeve – visit this stone-walled building between the houses as the next stop on your journey.

Ráckeve-Danube, the only boat mill in the country

Did you know that at one point, in addition to mills on land, there were also water mills operating on the Danube? On the banks of the Ráckeve-Danube, the only boat mill in the country works exactly like the classic undershot watermills, with the difference that this structure is on water. Long ago, the location of the boat mill could be changed according to where the water flow was better. Since 2010, more and more families have been visiting this unusual shipyard, where a very entertaining museum has been set up. Children can grind the wheat themselves to experience the difference between the individual wheat groats and flours, while the flour ground here can even be purchased.