Top 3 Hidden Parks in Downtown Budapest

  • 12 Feb 2024 12:16 PM
Top 3 Hidden Parks in Downtown Budapest
As we finally see light at the end of the tunnel, or rather, the first rays of spring announcing its arrival, we want to share with you some hidden parks in Budapest where you can comfortably enjoy the sunshine throughout spring and summer!

Zugló Japanese Garden

Address: 1149 Budapest, Kövér Lajos utca 1.

The Zugló Japanese Garden transports you to another continent with its charming appearance and unique plants. As exotic as this place is, surprisingly few people are familiar with it, although it's truly worth taking a stroll here in spring.

Admire the plants, bask in the sunlight, and breathe in the fresh air purified by the plants. Legend has it that even the Japanese Prince Takamatsu and his wife visited here. We can't verify that, but what we do know is that the atmosphere in this 3000-square-metre park truly evokes the Far East.

Szenes Hanna Park

Address: 1077 Budapest, Jósika u. 22

This hidden Budapest park is, in our opinion, both charming and unique. Located in the 7th district, it's just a 10-minute walk from Oktogon. During your stroll, you’ll discover unique buildings, arches, windows, doors, and be able to admire the scenery in different lights.

Szenes Hanna Park is tucked away at the intersection of Rózsa utca and Jósika utca. Despite its small size, it's quite special. It is named after Hanna Szenes, a Hungarian poet who, at the age of 23, became a remarkable figure in history as a World War II British paratrooper. A statue by Mihály Kolodko and a stone plaque commemorate her.

Károlyi Garden

Address: 1053 Budapest, Károlyi kert 25

Károlyi Garden is one of my favourite parks in central Budapest, which always provides a refreshing escape; it is literally a small green oasis in the centre of the city. I used to go to the Museum Garden for my spring doses of vitamin D while wandering around the city centre, but since I discovered the Károlyi Garden, this has become my go-to spot.

It's a bit hidden, but it has a fountain, plenty of benches, a playground, a book exchange point, and even a Pocket Book vending machine. There's also a great café at the entrance. Bonus tip: The Petőfi Literary Museum is not far away!

Proofread by:
Marion Merrick
Language editor and author: Now You See It, Now You Don’t  / Surprising Expats / Budapest Retro

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