15 Experiences Not To Miss In September While In Budapest

September events Budapest 2020

There are still many live concerts to enjoy in September in Budapest, despite of the COVID situation.  The city is about to host short film- and wine festivals and offer many new dining experiences. Market lovers: an independent label fair and The market day will both take place this month.

September events Budapest 2020 - music concerts, festivals, dining experiences, Independent Label Fair and more.

Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra create Caribbean atmosphere by playing pulsating ska, smoky reggae, domestic folk flavours, and drifting Balkan themes. This bomb-proof mixture works in all conditions, in summer, on the waterfront, and with a cold drink; they make you feel ecstasy. They are festival favourites, and you can listen to the ten-member band now in Kobuci Garden.

When: Monday, 07. September 2020
Where: Kobuci Kert, III. Óbuda, Fő tér 1., Zichy-kastély udvar
Cost: 3,000 HUF
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The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble concludes this year's short but meaningful summer program series of the Castle Garden with a concert entitled The Folk Music of the Carpathian Basin in the Name of Togetherness. The show will feature the diverse, always captivating, unique music of Transylvania, Transcarpathia, the Highlands and the South.

When: Wednesday, 09. September 2020
Where: Castle Garden, 1013 Budapest, Ybl Miklós tér 2-6.
Cost: From 2,000 HUF
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Uniquely versatile Hungarian singer and songwriter, Veronika Harcsa's current project is an acoustic duo with guitar player Bálint Gyémánt. Visitors to the concert can witness a unique encounter between contemporary jazz and improvisational pop music. Why don't you read my recent interview with Veronika to learn more about her?

When: Wednesday, 09. September 2020
Where: Kobuci Kert, III. Óbuda, Fő tér 1., Zichy-kastély udvar
Cost: 2,000 HUF
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A little beyond the Roman Coast, the BP BARbq, which has been operating in Akácfa Street, has opened a new location at Pünkösdfürdő (Pentecostal Bath). The BP BARbq Terrace is a sizable terrace, with a slightly more comprehensive selection than downtown, and really in a much more attractive setting. For a larger company, it is worth ordering a large bowl with at least one piece of meat from the entire supply. It is an ideal destination for a short bike ride.

When: open now
Where: Kossuth Lajos Üdülőpart 115 Budapest, 1039

The 8th Fresh Meat, the Budapest International Short Film Festival will be held in Toldi from 10 to 16 September. There will be films specifically for children and the elderly, with a focus on horror and LGBT, both at home and abroad, and even SZFE exam films that are currently struggling to survive. Because the movies are short, there are a lot of them. Find the complete list of short films here.

When: 10-16 September 2020
Where: Toldi Art Cinema, 1054 Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 36-38.
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The Independent Label Fair, which takes place on Saturday, 12 September, is the largest annual event of Hungarian underground record labels, where small publishers from various genres come together to present the current exciting Hungarian publications together. This year, more than 40 domestic and cross-border publishers will sell in Gólya, covering dozens of musical styles. This year's ILF is exceptional in that the situation caused by the coronavirus has worn out small publishers as well, so in addition to browsing new music, the fair aims to present small labels more thoroughly.

When: Saturday, 12 September 2020
Where: Gólya Presszó, 1089 Budapest, Orczy út 46-48
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In Nagymező Street, in an almost depressingly spacious room, there is a new restaurant, Lokum, operated by the Turks. Lokum might be the first place in Budapest where you can comfortably spread out around tables packed with small bowls to eat well. They serve breakfasts throughout the day. On the menu, there are tapas-sized salty and sweet dishes, stum tahini, but it is also worth choosing at least one of the salty cheeses. Two people can eat seven or eight bowls, so make sure you have enough time.

When: open now
Where: 1066 Budapest, Zichy jénő utca 30.

Dunapark Café, one of the longest-serving restaurants in all of Budapest, now has a great kitchen. Dunapark has been known for its representative appearance and guests so far, so it is a novelty that with the help of chef Gábor Mogyorósi, you can finally have a good meal here. The kitchen of the renewed Dunapark offers simple Hungarian and bistro classics, not even expensive compared to the surroundings, but at a very high level.

When: open now
Where: 1137 Budapest, Pozsonyi út 38.

There is a special edition of the Budapest Wine Festival this year due to COVID; a smaller-size yet high-quality event between 10-13 September at the Hunyadi Courtyard of the Royal Palace.

When: 10-13 September 2020
Where: Buda Castle, 1014 Hunyadi Courtyard
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The Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery will once again hold Museum+ evenings offering exclusive museum experiences. The traditional event in September will feature popular guided tours, creative workshops, live music throughout the evening, and contemporary dance. Featured artist in September: Raffaello.

When: Thursday, 10 September 2020
Where: Museum Of Fine Arts, 1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 41.
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Qui on Arany János Street opened on the site of an Indian restaurant, partly reusing its decoration. The menu includes some Vietnamese and more Thai dishes, from bun cha to various curries. There are several dishes, such as a soup called kuay tiew tom yum or a unique form of xoi Chien sen made from sticky rice and minced pork. Trendy place, reservation recommended.

When: open now
Where: Arany János utca 13 Budapest, 1051

On Sunday the 13th, Elizabeth Square will once again host the Market Day, where a bunch of well-known Budapest markets will come together from WAMP to Pancson to Gozsdu, and you will be able to get pretty much everything. Design, vintage, antique, retro, unique clothes, accessories, jewellery, natural cosmetics, zero waste products, gastronomic specialities, the most delicate Hungarian vegetables and fruits, cheese, meat, honey, syrups and all kinds of backyard products from domestic primary producers.

When: Sunday, 13 September 2020
Where: Elizabeth Square, 1052 Budapest
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Not one night, not only an exhibition but also a fair: whoever counts in contemporary Hungarian jewellery, participates. You can attend opening events and impressive performances on weekdays, and visit nearly 30 venues on Saturday, 19 September, during the extended Night of Jewelry Budapest.

When: 14-20 September 2020
Where: at various locations
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Csík Band turns the remarkable heritage, Hungarian folk music, into contemporary art and living urban folklore. They can play almost all musical dialects of historical Hungary; folk music that is one of the most colourful and diverse of its kind in Europe. And theirs has successfully integrated rock music, preserving the authentic values of traditional tunes. 

When: Wednesday, 16. September 2020
Where: Kobuci Kert, III. Óbuda, Fő tér 1., Zichy-kastély udvar
Cost: 4,000 HUF
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Brains, a concert band playing electronic music returns to the A38 Ship with a kicking double gig. Their music features several styles from drum & bass to hip hop, dancehall to rock, and ragga to folk. They have collaborated several times with international performers on both their records and concerts: their returning guest is Sian Evans, Kosheen singer, but they have also made joint tracks with Dynamite MC (ex-Roni Size), Topcat and Tenor Fly.

When: Thursday-Friday, 24-25. September 2020
Where: A38 Ship, 1117Budapest, Petőfi híd, Budai hídfő
Cost: From 4,490 HUF
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17 Fantastic Music, Food and Cultural Experiences To Enjoy In August In Budapest

Budapest events August 2020

Many great live music acts are coming up in August in Budapest, even if these cannot accept more than 500 visitors. The reason for this is the latest COVID-related government decree, which means no show above 500 guests to be held. But concerts listed in this post will all take place. Budapest will also have cool exhibitions and dining experiences to offer in August, make sure you make the most out of it!

Budapest events August 2020 - live concerts, exhibitions, food experiences, Budapest baths and more.

Zugliget Chairlift operates again every day from 01 August 2020 exception of maintenance days, which are Mondays on even weeks. The cable car starts in the forest, and then it passes over private gardens. There is a fantastic view of Hármashatárhegy, the peaks of Pilis Hill, as well as Buda and Pest.

When: From 01 August 2020
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Techno party in the Danube Bend. Q3A, Nova Gravity, Mankind, Louie Triton, Muga (two).

When: Saturday, 01 August 2020
Where: Nomád Bár, Nagymaros, 2626
Cost: From 5.00 EUR
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Hungarian singer and actress Péterfy Bori leads this band, which combines edgy indie rock with elements of pop, electronic, chanson, and even reggae. She is something on stage; expect glamour and unusual grit.

When: Saturday, 08 August 2020
Where: Barba Negra, Neumann János utca 2., 1117 Budapest
Cost: From 3,500 HUF
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Open again until 30 August 2020, unauthorised and illegal Banksy Exhibition is undoubtedly a must-see these days in Budapest.

When: Until 30 August 2020
Where: Kazinczy utca 21, 1075 Budapest
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Cimbaliband's music mixes the Eastern European feel with folk music and the modern musical styles favoured by audiences. They present musical delicacies with the use of an extraordinary instrument, the cymbalom, fusing jazz, Latin music, and Balkan rhythms. As a result, you can experience what they call the original Eastern European cymbalom rock 'n' roll!

When: Saturday, 08 August 2020
Where: Fonó Budai Zeneház, Sztregova utca 3., 1116 Budapest
Cost: Free
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Budapest is world-famous for its baths, with good reason. Compare them with the help of our post and find out which one(s) to go-to for the perfect Budapest bath experience. You can find up to date COVID-related information about the spas, too.

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King of Hungarian blues, also known as Captain Bill or only Bill, Gyula Bill Deák is a living legend in Hungary. In 1984 he performed with Chuck Berry at the Budapest Sports Arena, who reportedly said: 'he's the blackest white singer I've ever heard'. He lost his left leg when he was eleven and walking up the stage with a crutch has given him a distinguished appearance ever since.

When: Sunday, 09 August 2020
Where: Barba Negra Track, Neumann János utca 2., 1117 Budapest
Cost: From 3,500 HUF
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Kunsthalle Budapest is presenting a family history exhibition spanning four generations. Explore a selection from the works of Gyula Sándy Sr. painter, Gyula Sándy Jr. architect, Tamás Konok Sr. war photographer, and Tamás Konok, painter, a great-grandson, grandson and son. There are romantic mountain landscapes and people, Transylvanian folk architecture, Hungarian Art Nouveau, Evangelical churches, and geometric abstracts on display.

When: Now open
Where: Kunsthalle, Dózsa György út 37, 1146 Budapest
Cost: From 600 HUF
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A vast garden area has opened at the corner of Thököly út and Stefánia as Szaletly Garden. Its kitchen is a modernised monarchical one with Austro-Hungarian classics reworked and refined. There is goulash soup, fish soup, stews on the menu, but from top domestic ingredients, in extraordinary quality. Chef Bernát tries to revive the Stefánia corner with great meat dishes, thick beef necks, Mangalica chops, but with sophisticated sauces and kitchen technology. And it might be the first place on the Pest side worth eating fish soup.

When: Now open
Where: Szaletly Garden, Stefánia út 93, 1146 Budapest
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The captivating music of the current formation of Canarro is all about traditional gipsy jazz, manouche swing. Their speciality is the combination of Django Reinhardt's deservedly popular style and traditional Hungarian jazz. Enjoy the swing and fusion of the 20s and 30s in an exciting musical journey, through dynamic, improvisational and uplifting melodies.

When: Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Where: Fonó Budai Zeneház, Sztregova utca ., 1116 Budapest
Cost: Free
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There is a new cooperative market in Tompa utca on the Pest side for local artisan producers, hosted by Paletta restaurant. Every Wednesday night, starting from 5 pm, there is a Mediterranean gourmet fair on the streets with food and refreshments and music. Customers can have conversations with stallholders while sampling the products and even get a few drinks or bites with them. Buy homemade bread, sausages, pasta, jam, fruit juice, cheese, truffles and more.

When: Every Wednesday from 5 pm
Where: Tompa utca, 1094 Budapest

Ivan & The Parazol, the young rock and roll band, has been reviving rock music of the sixties ensuring it will never go out of style. They've got an energic frontman, and play their live acts with pure power. Band members met at a private music school in Budapest back in 2010, and have released four albums since.

When: Thursday, 13 August 2020
Where: Kobuci Kert, Fő tér 1, 1033 Budapest
Cost: 3,000 HUF
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The name Besh o droM in Lovari, a subgroup of the Romani people means "Drive the way!" that is, "Get started". The doyen of Hungarian world music combines Balkan and Hungarian melodies, mixes very different styles and plays music whose atmosphere is only worth experiencing. They play on many occasions with world-famous performers, such as Oscar Peterson, Al Di Meola, Keith Jarrett, Marcus Miller.

When: Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Where: Kobuci Kert, Fő tér 1, 1033 Budapest
Cost: From 2,000 HUF
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Palya Bea is one of the defining figures of the Hungarian music scene, an acclaimed songwriter, singer, performer and trainer. Her native musical language is Hungarian folk, but her art has been influenced by Gypsy, Bulgarian, Sephardic, Indian and African music as well. She is also comfortable in the world of contemporary songwriter spheres including Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Aretha Franklin. During the concerts, Bea soon captivates her audience with her beautiful voice and exceptional energy.

When: Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Where: Kobuci Kert, Fő tér 1, 1033 Budapest
Cost: From 2,500 HUF
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T9 - The First Bastion is an archaeological excavation site in the Buda Castle District, operating now as an exhibition place and a community space. Its history is known to the general public for the liberation of the writer Mihály Táncsics in 1848. Probably an early royal residence built by King Béla IV. was also located here. Later, the building complex became the property of the United States in 1948 as war reparations and became the residence of soldiers.

When: Now open
Where: Táncsics utca 9, 1014 Budapest
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Colorstar, growing out of the Budapest-based party scene of the 1990s, offers psychedelic dance music for space travel. Good news that the band's founding guitarist Péter Szalay will return to the stage too, after a long break.

When: Saturday, 29 August 2020
Where: Kobuci Kert, Fő tér 1, 1033 Budapest
Cost: From 2,000 HUF
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DiVino Wine Bar has built a small outdoor space in Városmajor, at the end of Maros utca, using the nowadays popular pop-up bar technique. They call it To The Monkey - The Secret Garden of Buda and are offering programs with food and drink and music.

When: Now open
Where: Majomhoz - Buda Titkos Kertje, Maros utca, 1122 Budapest

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Which Budapest Bath To Choose? The Ultimate Guide On Spas

Budapest is world-famous for its baths, with good reason. This post lists almost all of them, to compare and find out which one(s) to go-to for the perfect Budapest bath experience. You can find up to date COVID-related information about the spas, too.

Things To Do After The Lockdown

Budapest news and events 22-28 June 2020

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Re-openings

  • All farmer's markets are now operational. On the Pest side, the Pancs and the Zugló bread community, in Buda the Czakó, the MOM Organic Market, and the Római are open. There is a new competitor on the Buda side, Pasarét Bistro has also launched its market.
  • Guided tours at the Opera are on-again at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm daily, including a short concert.
  • The National Museum has reopened. You can view the exhibitions from 10 am to 6 pm by buying tickets online.
  • Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center reopens on Tuesday, 23 June. Learn about available exhibitions on their webpage.
  • Puskin, Toldi, Tabán, Kino Cafe, and Corvin art-cinemas will open on Thursday and will be screening without restrictions from now on.
  • From now on, you can visit not only the outdoor showrooms but also the animal houses at Budapest Zoo. The Palm House, Aquarium, Crocodile House, Australian House, Vombathouse, Australian Trail Indoor Showroom, Xantus House, Waterfront House, India House, Poisonous House, Savannah House, Anthropoid House will be open, and the Magic Mountain inside the Great Rock.
  • Opus Jazz Club will reopen as a concert venue from 2 July. On Thursday, the Subtones band, led by trumpet player Gábor Subicz, will be the first to perform after the opening, presenting their new album, Octopus.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts welcomes visitors back again in the regular opening hours. In addition to the permanent ones, a new temporary exhibition opens titled The age of Durer – 15th- and 16th-century German drawings from the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts. However, the Romanesque Hall is temporarily closed due to technical reasons.

New Openings

  • On Wednesday, the KULTIK Terrace opened its doors on the roof of Corvin Plaza. They are screening premiere films every night from 9 pm. You can watch movies in English there, with Hungarian subtitles.
  • Enjoy live concerts from the safety of your car by Müpa's Drive-in Concert Cinema. Open 1-25 July.
  • A photo exhibition about American actress Marilyn Monroe and French fashion designer Coco Chanel opened on Friday at Mai Manó House. The photos are the work of American photographer Douglas Kirkland.

Trains to Balaton

MÁV-Start Zrt. have introduced their summer train schedule. Trains will run more frequently to Lake Balaton from now on. The company introduced two new ticket types: Balaton 24 and Balaton 72, which will provide unlimited travel in the vicinity of Lake Balaton for 24 and 72 hours from the date of purchase.

 

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Budapest Now Open – Weekly News

Budapest news and events 15-21 June 2020

Learn about virtual events, music, arts, and news in Budapest this week. If you haven't already, sign up for our newsletter to get Budapest updates!


COVID

Great news: Budapest is finally open! From Monday, family events can take place in Budapest after funerals and weddings - the number of participants must not exceed 200, and social distance must be kept. Starting from Monday, libraries will also be open. And back to the old days: you can board buses and trolleys using the front door only.

Getting around

Starting from Monday, BKK will be replacing tracks of tram 4 and 6 between the Buda end of the Petőfi bridge and Frigyes Karinthy út. Works will last from 11 June to 5 August. During this period, the trams will take passengers only to the end of the Petőfi Bridge. Tram replacement buses will operate between the Buda end of the Petőfi Bridge and Móricz Zsigmond körtér.

Just do it

Why don't you relax and play some sports in Újbuda? The brand new Independence Park has opened - a multifunctional space offering street workout equipment, deck chairs, and a rest area with benches.

On the Pest side, there is another Park project coming up. Several sports fields, a two-kilometer running track, a dog adventure park, and a special off-road playground will be available for use by the end of the summer in Városliget (City Park). These will include skateboard-, BMX-, and scooter tracks, and climbing walls.

Exhibitions

Two exhibitions are coming up soon. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Várfok Gallery continues its program with a large-scale group exhibition called Extraordinary Artworks in Extraordinary Times. This features outstanding art pieces such as Françoise Gilot's self-portrait, Pénelopé, a gem of Endre Rozsda's kaleidoscopic period, the radiant Tidal Factors by László Mulasics and, one of his final works, Interferences III.

The Transport Museum is having a display on Ferihegy (now Liszt Ferenc) International Airport, built 70 years ago, via an online exhibition with many photos.

Music

On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, Müpa will offer a taste of the composer's oeuvre with video material. In the twenty-part series, you can listen to and watch the composer's significant works in five-minute episodes with the help of concert recordings selected from the archives of the institution.

And finally, live music! On Thursday, 18 June, the Budapest Jazz Club will reopen, with having The Szakcsi Lakatos Róbert Trio as the first formation to perform after the lockdown. Check out the venue's website for more upcoming acts!

Graveyard App

Discover the Fiumei Road Graveyard with a new application! You can explore one of the most significant cemeteries in Budapest now through the app for Android smartphones, called FiumeiGuide. With the help of it, you can find the tombs of many great politicians of the nation, such as Lajos Batthyány, Ferenc Deák, and Lajos Kossuth, as well as the tombs of famous people, like Endre Ady, Mihály Munkácsy, or Attila József.

Drive-in cinema

Watch great movies at the PANAM drive-in cinema, which has just opened at the top of Árkád Budapest! They are screening old films mainly, and you can book tickets online via their website.

Beach

It is time to go to the beach! Isn't it? Budapest's seaside is now open on Lupa-Beach.

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Buda Hills For Kids: The Ultimate Guide

Buda Hills for kids: The unique playground near Budapest

Take the family out for the perfect day trip to Buda Hills, and enjoy the many great things this excursion has to offer. Start with riding the Cog-wheel Railway, then change to the Children's Railway on the top of Széchenyi-hegy. Get off at János Hill to go for a ride on the Chairlift and continue your journey to the end of the Children's Railway line at Hűvösvölgy. Kids will love the experience and will go straight to bed once at home, guaranteed.

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1. Cog-wheel Railway

The Cog-wheel Railway (Fogaskerekű), officially tram no. 60, dates from 1874 and is one of the oldest means of transport in Budapest. First, it was steam-powered and got electrified later. There are spectacular views to enjoy as the train climbs into the Buda hills. It begins its journey at Városmajor and reaches Széchenyi-hegy, the upper terminus in half an hour. The difference in height is 327 metres between the two termini.

Where is the Cog-wheel Railway station located?

To start your journey from the valley, you can approach Városmajor station from Széll Kálmán tér by bus 22, 22A, 155 or 222 or by tram 56, 59, 61. The upper terminus Széchenyi-hegy is less than 200 meters from the Children's Railway station of the same name.

Spectacular views of Buda Hills

For the best views, sit on the right-hand side facing away from the direction of travel. You can see Szent János Kórház, one of the oldest in the city, when arriving at the first stop. As the train climbs, the modern buildings of the Kútvölgyi Hospital, once an exclusive clinic for Communist Party members, will appear.

The line passes through the villas of Diós árok and Svábhegy, a hill whose name comes from the Swabian settlers who came to Hungary after the Ottomans had left. Construction of the railway brought summer villas soon, many of them belonging to writers and artists.

Hikers use the cog railway a lot and many residents of the area, too. It is also very popular with cyclists because they allow them to transport bicycles. Therefore, it runs throughout the year, from early morning to late evening, being operated by BKK, whose tariff is valid on the trains.

Cogwheel Railway Budapest
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Things to do in Buda Hills near the Cog-wheel Railway

Getting to Széchenyi-hegy mountain station, you can easily reach the Children's Railway station on foot, and Normafa is also within a short walk distance. There is a hiking trail to get to the Chairlift, and there are many great cycling paths around, too.

Cog-wheel Railway Timetable

Check the timetable on their webpage.

Cogwheel Railway map Budapest

2. Children's Railway

The Children’s Railway (Gyermekvasút) begins near the last stop on the cog-wheel train line. The trains run on an eleven-kilometre narrow-gauge track built between 1948 and 1950 and make an enchanting trip through the woods for over 10 km with an average journey time of 40 minutes. It is run by children (except for driving), naturally with adult helpers for some of the tasks.

Getting to Children's Railway station

To start your journey from the valley, you can approach Hűvösvölgy station by tram 56, 56A, 59B, 61, or by bus 64, 64A, 164, 257, 264, 963, 964, 29, 57, 63, 157, 157A, 956. The upper terminus Széchenyi-hegy is less than 200 meters from the Cog-wheel Railway Station of the same name. There is limited or no parking around the Childen's Railway stations. The only exception to this is Hűvösvölgy station, which has several P+R car parks nearby.

One of the best things to do for kids in Budapest

Celebrating its 70th birthday in 2018, the Children’s Railway is always popular with newer and newer generations of children. For most kids, it’s magnificent to admire the small trains, stations, and little workers. Kids are more than impressed when a slightly older child handles their ticket. The stations of the Children's Railway are all perfect starting points for a longer or shorter trip to Buda. There are both open-sided and closed carriages in operation, and occasionally there is a steam locomotive.

The trains, stations, and ticket offices are entirely staffed by children between the ages of ten and 14. The children still wear traditional blue uniforms and red peaked caps and enthusiastically salute the trains in and out of the stations. They also make the loudspeaker announcements and pass up and down the carriages announcing stations and checking tickets. Participation is conditional on getting good marks at school and securing the permission of the headteacher. There are training courses and an exam to pass before the young guards and station masters are permitted to start working.

On platform one at Hűvösvölgy station, an interactive exhibition presents the history of the railway at the Children’s Railway Museum and Souvenir Shop.

Childrens Railway Budapest
Image: Wikimedia Commons

The world's largest child-operated railway

They used to call it the Pioneers’ Railway, after the Communist equivalent of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, whose Youth Camp was at Csillebérc. The railway was ceremonially opened by Ernő Gerő, hardline early Communist, former KGB agent, and, at the time, Hungarian Minister of Transport. The rail has been operated by children ever since, linking the hiking trails of Buda Hills.

Attractions in Buda Hills for kids near the Children's Railway

There are many attractions in the vicinity of Children's Railway, such as Erzsébet Lookout Tower, Normafa, Chairlift, Cogwheel, and many playgrounds.

Children's Railway Timetable

From June 13, 2020, the Children's Railway will run again after the lockdown. Check the timetable on their webpage.

Children's Railway map Budapest

3. Chairlift (Zugliget Libegő)

The Chairlift (Libegő) runs eight metres above the hillside from the valley called Zugliget to the highest peak in the city, the look-out tower on János-hegy. There is a 262-metre difference in elevation between the two termini and it takes twelve minutes to make the journey. The Chairlift is a popular means of transportation in the Buda hills, offering amazing forest views and panorama of Budapest. The two-seat, open chairs cover the 1,040-meter ropeway distance in fifteen minutes.

How to get to the Chairlift?

The valley station of the Chairlift is in Zugliget, at the terminus of bus 291. Bus 291 leaves from Nyugati Railway Station. Its mountain station is on the Hármaskút roof, which connects János Hill with Normafa. You can get to Normafa by bus 21, 21A from Széll Kálmán tér. A pleasant 30-minute forest trip from Normafa leads to the upper station of the Libegő. The Children's Railway is within a short forest walk from János Hill and Virágvölgy station.

Probably the best thing to do in Buda Hills for kids

Many of Budapest's transport vehicles have an amazing impact on children, but nothing can compete with the Chairlift. Although adults are more interested in the beautiful view, children tend not to care about that at all. For them, the experience of gliding is captivating, and some complementary activities are far more interesting, like shouting and waving to oncoming passengers. There is a chair at the lower terminus in Zugliget, where you can practice to get in and out the Chairlift before you travel. If only one child under the age of ten sits next to you, you can take a sledge on board with you in winter.

Spectacular views over Budapest from the Chairlift

The cable car starts in the forest, and then it passes over private gardens. There is an amazing view of Hármashatárhegy, the peaks of Pilis Hill, as well as Buda and Pest. When approaching the lower terminus, you can see the Zugliget Valley with houses in the green.

Buda Hills for kids Chairlift
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Reconstructing the Chairlift by 2022

The current reception buildings of the Libegő are outdated both functionally and technically, and the two-seater chairlift can no longer meet the expectations. They will renovate the Libegő with twenty-first-century technology; with a four-seater lift suitable for transporting bicycles and skis including a rain cover, and a modern lighting system. Hikers will be able to take possession of the new Chairlift in 2022.

Things to do in Buda Hills for kids near the Chairlift

There is a smaller playground at the upper terminus, and you can enjoy countless child-friendly excursions in-between János Hill and Normafa.

Chairlift timetable

The chairlift operates all year round except in strong winds and heavy rain. At the moment, because of the COVID situation, it runs only on weekends. Check the timetable on their webpage.

Chairlift map Budapest

4. Normafa

One of the most famous excursion places in Budapest, Normafa, was named after a tree. The ancient old beech tree fell in 1927 due to a lightning strike after surviving storms for many centuries. This Svábhegy area is a popular destination for hikers, tourists, and those wishing to relax and unwind since the 17th century. Two ski jumps were established in the 1920s here: small and large ski jumps, hosting domestic championships, and international jumping competitions.

Things to do at Normafa

There are two playgrounds for children near Normafa Park: one at the upper station of the Chairlift, and another called Anna's meadow playground near Normafa Children's Railway station. There is a great cult of sports here; skiing, cross-country skiing, running, hiking, cycling, dog walking and Nordic walking attract countless people of all ages.

5. More attractions in Buda Hills for kids

The highest point in Budapest, János-hegy (527m), is near the Children's Railway stop of the same name. You can reach it on foot by the path above Béka-tó (Frog Pond), a natural clay-bedded pool that is home to frogs and dragonflies. A stepped path leads to the top of János-Hill, where you can climb the neo-Romanesque lookout tower, Erzsébet-kilátó (Elizabeth Lookout), which offers excellent views. Close to the lower station of the Chairlift, is the recently restored station building of the old Lóvasút (horse-drawn tram). There is a small local history display on its past.

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