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Visit the Szemlohegyi Cave

There’s no better way for your family to embrace Budapest than visiting the Szemlohegyi Cave, located just a few minutes by car from the castle district. Head underground to discover amazing natural formations and feel transported to another time. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the caves for almost an hour as your family explores this national treasure. The kids will love it! From minerals to crystals, stalactites to stalagmites, the cavern offers up a treasure trove of memories for the whole family to take home after your adventure.


Explore Margaret Island

A great option for relaxing with your family is Margaret Island, one of Budapest’s most beautiful parks.  The grounds are filled with exotic gardens, monuments, and statues; even hotels that offer thermal baths from the natural springs. You can easily spend an hour or two walking through the park’s expansive grounds. This is also the home of Palatinus Beach, one of the largest “beach” complexes in Budapest and home to several outdoor pools. There are a total of 11 pools here, including two for kids. People like to get around on the island via electric cars (like golf carts). These can be prearranged for you to guarantee availability, if you like.


Make Strudel at Gundel Restaurant

Invite your family to learn the secrets of great strudel with a private class at the famed Gundel Restaurant in Budapest. The Gundel name stands as one of the most famed in modern Hungarian gastronomy and hospitality. Discover genuine Hungarian food at a celebrated restaurant that has served Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Madonna, and many more famed personalities. Strudel, a layered pastry filled with sweets, is a delicacy traced back to the Habsberg Empire of the 18th century that your whole family can enjoy! Image courtesy of gundel.hu © 2014. All rights reserved.


Spend a Day at Lake Balaton

Enjoy one of the locals’ favorite vacation spots with a day on the water at Lake Balaton in Budapest. A perfect family destination, the freshwater lake known as ‘the Hungarian Sea” offers up sailing, fishing, and other water sports to visitors and locals alike. Families can also enjoy visiting the countryside and hills of the surrounding region, exploring the wineries on the north coast of the lake, and visits to shore towns of Siófok, Tihany, Badacsony, Keszthely, and Hévíz. Some are home to concerts, museums, and world-famous baths.



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