Budapest Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Budapest Family-friendly activities

Budapest: Floating Bus Tour by Land and Water

1. Budapest: Floating Bus Tour by Land and Water

Explore Budapest by land and water without the need to change vehicles on this floating bus tour. See the best sights of the city from a comfortable bus seat, first along its busy streets, and then from the water of the Danube. Roar with joy as your bus takes a dive in the Danube, the iconic river of Budapest. Admire the views of the elegant city while being gently rocked on the rippling waves. After the watery adventure, get ready to soak in the sights from the deck of a luxury coach. Climb back onto the river shore and find yourself once again in the hustle and bustle of the busy metropolis. Instead of choosing between touring the Hungarian capital on 4 wheels or marveling at the imperial buildings from the deck of a pleasure boat, enjoy the best of both worlds.

Budapest: Adventure Caving Tour with Guide

2. Budapest: Adventure Caving Tour with Guide

Experience the natural splendors of the Danube-Ipoly National Park, and climb and crawl your way through Hungary’s longest cave system on a half-day caving expedition. No prior experience of caving is needed to get the most out of this adventure. Famous for its hot springs, Budapest is visited by many people who want to experience the thermal baths. But only a few know that the hot water rushing up from deep underground created something even more extraordinary. In the limestone mountains under Budapest, the heated water formed a huge cave system that is thought to be more than 200 kilometers long. The longest cave of Budapest is the 32 kilometers long Pál-völgyi-Mátyás-hegyi cave system in the Duna-Ipoly National Park. It’s a multi-level labyrinth system where most of the chambers lie under the residential districts of Budapest. The scheduled cave tours are guided by qualified caving guides. During the adventure, you will climb on walls and crawl through narrow passages. Marvel at the natural parts of the cave under the supervision of a professional caving guide (all guides are qualified members of the Hungarian Caving Association). Enjoy the perfect activity for groups, families, or solo travelers looking to make some new friends. Bond through an interactive adventure, where cooperation can definitely make your way easier.

Budapest: Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

3. Budapest: Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

Discover how to prepare Kürtőskalács, a traditional Hungarian chimney cake, at a workshop in Budapest. Prepare one of Hungary's favorite foods which are made from sweet dough, formed into strips, and then are wrapped around a cone and rolled in sugar. After a short introduction, be guided through the entire process of preparing an authentic chimney cake. Start by making the sweet dough from scratch. Receive tips and tricks which help with the baking process. See how the sugar stuck on the cake caramelises and forms a shiny, crispy golden crust. Once the baking process is finished, cover the cake with different flavors, such as ground walnut, powdered cinnamon, chocolate sauce, or similar.  At the end of the workshop try your delicious creation, and receive a certificate of completion with your name as a memento of your experience.

Budapest Highlights: 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

4. Budapest Highlights: 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

Discover Budapest’s best-known attractions all in one tour, and speed around the city with ease as you explore it via Segway. Meet your guide at a time that works best for you tat a time tailored to fit your schedule, before getting acquainted with your Segway. Once you feel comfortable, you can set off and explore the city. You’ll discover the UNESCO-listed Chain Bridge, glide up to the Budapest Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, Buda Hill and the downtown of Pest. Your guide will introduce you to the most interesting stories and history about Budapest, with even Budapest experts standing to learn a lot from this tour. Ideal for travelers seeking a quick and fun overview of the city, the tour includes full training, equipment, and photos.

Budapest: Underground Cave Walking Tour

5. Budapest: Underground Cave Walking Tour

Venture away from the city’s beaten path to the Szemlő-hegyi and Pál-völgyi caves. Follow guides from the Hungarian Caving Association and get access to some parts of the caves that most tourists can’t enter.  Go 500 meters into the two caves, which feature an unusual up-welling of warm, mineral-rich water. Learn why the Szemlő-hegyi Cave is referred to as the underground flower garden of Budapest and see its unique rock formations. Explore the interactive exhibition and educational trail.  Continue to the Pál-völgyi Cave and marvel at Hungary's longest cave system, around 32 kilometers. Find stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations, and glittering calcite crystals.  Experience the famous Theater Hall, renowned as an echo chamber with impressive acoustics. Finish your tour with a peek at the quarry from one of the caves' many hidden exits.

Budapest: Sightseeing Danube River Cruise Ticket

6. Budapest: Sightseeing Danube River Cruise Ticket

Your sightseeing cruise begins at Dock no.6 Mahart Terminal, where you’ll board the boat for the hour-long cruise. An audio guide is available onboard, in both English and German. There is one stopover during the cruise, and you can get off to see the sights of the city, taking your time, your ticket is valid for 1 hour. You’ll pass by the imposing building of the Parliament as you cruise along the Danube River, and you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Margaret Island as well. See the attractions of Castle District, including the Royal Castle, the Matthias Church, and the Fisherman’s Bastion. On Gellért Hill you’ll see the Liberty Monument and the Citadel. The tour continues in a southerly direction, and you’ll have views of the bridges of Budapest, the National Theater, and the Palace of Arts. On the return cruise, you’ll see the universities of Budapest and the Central Market Hall, before the tour ends back at Vigadó Square, in the city center.

Budapest: Guided City Sights Tour by E-Scooter

7. Budapest: Guided City Sights Tour by E-Scooter

Enjoy the sights of Budapest in four different ways. See the Parliament or Buda Castle, take a grand tour of the city, or get a new perspective on Budapest with a sunset and night tour. Check out the Parliament buildings in the historic heart of the city on the Parliament Tour. Take in panoramic views of Buda and snap some wonderful photos. Explore the charming Castle District around enormous Buda Castle on the Buda Castle tour. See Mathias Church, enjoy the beautiful Fisherman's Bastion, and discover the historical atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the Grand City Tour to see both Buda Castle and the Parliament in one day, or go with the sunset and nighttime option to see beautiful Budapest at sunset from its two highest points at the castle and citadel.

Budapest Walking Tour with a Professional Local Guide

8. Budapest Walking Tour with a Professional Local Guide

Explore the amazing monuments of the city center on a lovely walking tour of Budapest that's the perfect introduction to Hungary's capital for visitors who do not have enough time, money or energy for a longer sightseeing venture. Start at 10:00 from the central tourist information office and get an overview of Budapest’s fractured history - from the Medieval royal residence to the rapid urban growth of the 19th century, the Nazi and Communist dictatorships, and the recent democratic change. See sights of religious faith as the tour moves from Elizabeth Square to the monumental St. Stephen’s Basilica, and finally to the Gothic splendor of Matthias Church. Walk at a comfortable pace (around 1.5 kilometers / 1 mile), and use the public transport to get across the river.

Budapest: Buda Castle District Exploration Game

9. Budapest: Buda Castle District Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around the Buda Castle district, the old side of Budapest, while playing an exciting mobile-based quest with your friends and family. Solve clues and discover the fascinating history of the castle and the beautiful attractions that surround it. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you back in time to learn about the 150-year Turkish occupation of Buda while visiting the old castle walls. Unlock the secret stories of the places you visit as you solve the problem and guess the answers. See Budapest’s oldest Turkish bath, the tomb of an Islamic saint, and many more hidden places. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Budapest: Castle Hill History & Mystery Discovery Game

10. Budapest: Castle Hill History & Mystery Discovery Game

Have a 2-hour interactive discovery experience across Budapest. Solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser, each taking you from one hidden location to the next. You’ll unlock local recommendations and fun facts, as well as the history of the city. Discover spots in Budapest that most locals don’t even know. You’ll see popular sights from a different angle (literally!) and explore the streets of one of the most charming neighborhoods in the city, Castle Hill. This place is way more than just a tourist location—discover local cafés and galleries, find curious statues, and wander through hidden passages. Discover Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Buda Castle, and get picturesque views of the Danube, the Parliament, and more. This game was created by two locals, Dora and Adam, who love puzzles, games, and any kind of brain-teaser. This game is suitable for friends, couples, families with kids, and team-building exercises. Enjoy being together while exploring the city, be creative, and use your imagination to uncover the city’s secrets.

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What people are saying about Budapest

The best way to explore the city if you are short on time.Fortunately I was the only one on the tour and it was like a private tour.Lots of time spent at different locations and the guide even took photos of me.Definitely recommend this. Just be careful with the scooter handling though it can get a bit tricky.

Amazing experience ! Youssef was our guide for this activity, he was nice and patient with us. I’ve been in Budapest for more than a month and this tour still managed to teach me many things, along with my family, which was really great ! Thank you for this nice experience

Very pleasant experience. Lily was a great host and teacher, we made some delicious chimney cakes and it was great fun

The workshop was lovely. I went with my mum, we both really enjoyed our time there.:)

it was a wonderful walking tour! highly recommended!