Making snow angels, building igloos and snowmen, going sledging with friends and family – these are all activities we love and have come to associate with winter. For some people, it’s their favorite season as it precedes the arrival of what is probably the world’s most popular holiday – Christmas. For others, it’s one of the most miserable times of the year, frozen pipes, astronomical heating bills, layers and layers of clothing. Whatever your disposition is towards winter, one thing is for certain. Spring is coming. As we enter into the month of March, the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. It’s the perfect in between of the freezing chills of winter and the blistering sweltering heat of summer. It is the season of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth.
Although spring only really starts in April, you can see little signs of it now in Budapest, the flora and fauna slowly come back to life, the snow starts melting and as soon as it becomes warm and sunny, the entire city shakes off its winter slumber and comes alive. Spring is also the best time to get good deals on plane tickets and accommodation in Budapest before the summer prices kick in . In addition you will also also find fewer crowds, making it one of the best times to visit the Hungarian capital. Here are the top five things to do in Budapest this spring!
Exploring the treasure box
As the days become warmer, it’s more pleasant to walk around the sights in Budapest. Some attractions and look-out towers open after the winter while others extend their opening hours. Boat cruises invade the Danube, open-topped buses pack the roads, all different alternatives of seeing the Hungarian capital. The most important places to visit are the Heroes’ Square with the Castle of Vajdahunyad and the City Park, the Chain Bridge, the Buda Castle, the Liberty Bridge, the Parliament of Hungary, the great Synagogue, and the Citadel with the Statue of Liberty and the best view to the whole city.
No excuse! Leave your smart phone / tablet / laptop in your room and go get some sun! Budapest has many excellent bicycle roads and as well as Margaret Island with its luscious and wide fields. Downtown Budapest is abundant with rent-a-bike companies and Margaret Island and the City Park have large fields where you throw frisbees, have a bit of a kick-about or just simply sit and enjoy the embracing caress of the sun. Margaret Island also boasts a 5.3 km rekortan (polyurethane material) running track.
On a sunny spring day the hiking enthusiasts can take a trip up to the Buda Hills, the folklore-fans – the beautiful town of Szendendre, amateur historians – the Palace of Gödöllő or the Castle of Visegrad and those who adore picturesque landscape can just simply relax in the Danube Bend. More outdoor activities in Budapest here!
There is no spring in Budapest without the Budapest Spring Festival. The 17-day-long series of events offers many top quality concerts, dance and theatre programmes featuring world-famous performers, exhibitions and special thematic days. Click here for more information! As weather gets better, a lot of open air places organise outdoor events. For example the Open Air Theatre on Margaret Island, or the Castle of Vajdahunyad in City Park and the Buda Castle. There are open air museums to, best to visit during spring, the historical museum at Citadel on Gellért Hill, the Memento Statue Park and the Hungarian Railway Museum.
What most Hungarians love most about spring is that nature comes alive and finally we can sit outside on a nice terrace, a park café or a ruin pub’s garden. Squares become crowded with city breakers and locals hanging around with friends. The botanic garden of ELTE University offers a peaceful walk through many fantastic flowers and trees. Don’t miss out the cherry blossom days! Margaret Island itself is worth visiting but once you are there, take a look at the Japanese Garden, considered the most romantic place in Budapest during spring. Budapest Zoo is also a very popular attraction, with lovely gardens, a palm house and of course all kinds of animals from all over the world.
The compulsory spa
Stiff bones from the long winter? If that’s you, we have just the thing for you. A visit to one of Budapest’s historic bathes. Soak for hours in the healing water in beautiful buildings that are several hundred years old. Now that is something you wouldn’t want to miss out on. The historic spas (Gellért, Lukács, Széchenyi, Király, Rudas, Rác, Császár) are opened all year long, but some outdoor services are only available during late spring. There are also other excellent thermal baths, modern day spas and indoor aqua parks, such as Aquaworld all over Budapest. Learn more about the spas of Budapest here!
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