Hidden Parks and Gardens of Budapest
Even though sometimes Budapest seems to be a concrete jungle (a very nice one by the way), there are plenty of places to enjoy nature in this urban environment. And you don’t even have to go far! This city is full of hidden magical parks with winding paths around colorful flower gardens and benches to relax on under centuries old trees. Here you have some ideas (6+1 to be more exact) on where to find the oasis you need in Budapest.
Károlyi kert (Karolyi garden)
The oldest and probably the most beautiful and well-kept public garden in Budapest. It used to be the Károlyi family’s private garden until 1932. Since then it is open to the public from dawn till sunset. It is a very popular place amongst students as there are quite a few universities nearby. No dogs and no alcohol is allowed though.
This place is a bit off the beaten track, on the way there you may want to change your mind, but once you arrive, you will be amazed by the contrast. Here you can also find the Hungarian Museum of Natural Sciences, sports facilities, adventure park, a pretty lake and pretty green fields and flower gardens of course.
The country’s first botanical garden, a place of special cultural importance thanks to a Hungarian author’s classic. The property belongs to the ELTE university and you have to buy an entrance ticket here. In return you can relax under 150-year old ferns, observing orchids, different kinds of cacti or exotic plants in the palm house.
Once you are on the Buda side of the river, it is easier to find a peaceful green corner. But some places have definitely more charm than others. Visit Városmajor and you will understand why the locals love this huge public park so much. Enjoy the fresh air, take a stroll with Beethoven and in the summer time make sure not to miss the open air theatre.
Filozófusok kertje (Garden of Philosophy)
If you decide to climb Gellért Hill, do not miss this hidden place with nice views on the north of the hill. Right above the water reservoir lays a beautiful park where Jesus meets Buddha “for better mutual understanding” and Buda and Pest fall in love. The statues are meant to symbolize different times, cultures and religions from all over the world.
Feneketlen-tó (Bottomless lake)
It is an artificial lake from 1877 and of course it has a bottom. It is popular among locals, and you can hardly find any tourists here. A perfect romantic, peaceful getaway to feed the ducks.
Well, the island itself is not so hidden, but the Japanese garden on the north is! And it is definitely worth a visit!