There are so many things to do with teenagers in Budapest. Budapest is the capital of Hungary and located on either side of the Danube River. In times gone by it was actually two cities Buda and Pest. Today the Hungarian Capital has something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some top suggestions for cool things to do in Budapest with teenagers from teenagers.
Take a segway tour in Budapest
We’ve taken Segway tours in other locations but our Segway tour to Gellert Hill in Budapest was a fantastic experience. Shrouded in trees, we reached Gellert Hill by first driving our Segway on a bridge with amazing views across the Danube and then uphill through tree-lined residential streets.
We were so happy not to have had to walk that hill! At the top, we were able to wander the Citadella, view statues and even take a break to try our hands at shooting a bow and arrow! Your teenagers in Budapest will love the Segway, it has to be one of the most fun things to do in Budapest with kids.
Visit the Circus in Budapest
The Budapest National Circus is not your toddler-type of experience. While younger kids would enjoy it as well, the Budapest National Circus is truly aimed at all ages not dissimilar to the performances of Cirque du Soleil.
The circus has a permanent structure located in Budapest City Park at the end of Andrassy Ut. Filled with flying acrobats and swinging trapeze specialists the circus made it on each of my teen’s list of favourite activities in Budapest.
Visit the Szechenyi Baths
Budapest has many thermal baths but we narrowed it down to the Szechenyi Baths which are also located in Budapest City Park. Our teens spent most of their time in the mid-temperature pool, avoiding the hottest pool and the lap pool.
This pool had a circular whirlpool and many jets which everyone really enjoyed. This was an experience like no other we’ve had is a top Budapest kid attraction
Visit a Ruin Bar
Ruin Bars are definitely a unique experience in Budapest and your teen will love to visit. That said, we don’t recommend visiting at night when they operate as very busy drinking scenes. Instead, check them out during the day. We visited Szimpla Kert located on Kazinczy U.
The inside is so eclectic that our teens spent at least an hour wandering around looking at all the unique and colourful items inside including a full-sized car made of cardboard (which apparently was driven at one time!)
Szimpla Kert farmers market is on Sundays. Grab some breakfast and explore. The market displays many local farmers with all items ranging from sausage to soup to vegetables. Upstairs Szimpla Kert holds a buffet breakfast made with items from the market. The food is delicious and it was such a unique place for breakfast. Visiting the Szimpla market is one of the most unique things to do in Budapest with kids of any age.
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Visit Fisherman’s Bastion
If your teens are like ours, they will definitely want to add to their Instagram feed while on vacation. Visiting the Fisherman Bastion is one of the top things to do in Budapest with teenagers. It is absolutely the best place in Budapest for teens to get Instagram pics and selfies of incredible architecture along with one of the best views of Budapest’s stunning Parliament building. If you time things right, they’ll also be able to climb to the top of the tower at Matthias Church!
Walk along the Chain Bridge
Ok, so a visit to Chain Bridge may not make it on everyone’s list and most may not think of it as one of the top Budapest activities with kids but our teens loved it. The bridge is large and dynamic but it has a walking path on each side. At night, it is lit up in beautiful white lights that reflect on the Danube below.
At the time that we visited, a popular singer had climbed to the top of the Chain Bridge and our teens regular tried to figure out how he made it to the very top.
There was also a video of some kind being made on our last night with a gentleman doing acrobatics on the exterior of the bridge. I have a feeling that this bridge would be one of the most fun places in Budapest to visit with teens as it seems to have regular fun things that would attract teens so if you’re visiting, make a point to check it out!
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Budapest is filled with a history that is unique to any other place we’ve visited. Because it was our first time in a former Communist country, our teens had a lot of questions about Communism and the treatment of Budapest’s Jewish population during World War II.
A short history lesson with your teens before you arrive may help and to understand more. The best option is a private tour guide in Budapest to bring you through the Jewish Quarter. You don’t need to do that though as Budapest is filled with sights that simply tell a story.
The Shoes on the Danube is a memorial to the Jewish people shot at the edge of the Danube river. Gunshot marks remain on the buildings around Parliament. The Liberty Memorial is fascinating.
The memorial is truly unique as it originated as a government memorial to those Hungarians lost during the Holocaust but residents of Hungary have placed a counter-memorial in front of it.
Residents have placed candles, photos and written histories to the effect that the government of Hungary must take some responsibility for the treatment of Hungarians during the Holocaust. While this is one of the free things to do in Budapest it would have to be one of the most important sites in Budapest to see,
Take a Boat Cruise
We try and take a boat cruise where ever we visit in Europe and Budapest was no different. That said, our three teens absolutely ranked this as one of their favourite activities in Budapest.
We chose a cruise that was departing at dusk. We were able to view the Chain Bridge, Hungarian Parliament building, and Castle Hill which are all of the Budapest top attractions lit up in all their night-time glory. The views were absolutely stunning from our amazing Budapest boat cruise!
On the outskirts of the city lies the Memento Park. Memento Park or Statue Park Budapest contains 42 statues from the Communist era of 1945 through to the fall of Communism in Europe in 1989.
The majority of the Communist statues and Budapest monuments were immediately removed from the places they had stood all around the city and are now the basis for the current collection of statues in the park.
On June 29, 1993, which was the second anniversary of the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Hungarian territory, The Memento Park celebrated a grand opening as a public outdoor museum. What a great way to protect the past for future generations and a cool thing for teenagers to experience in Budapest
Visit Central Market in Budapest
Central Market Hall is an amazing historic building designed by Gutov Eiffel of the Eiffel Tower fame. The three-floor Gothic designed market is full of stall selling, Meat, cheeses, pickles, spices ( make sure you take home some paprika ), souvenirs a food court and more. The Market place is a great place for a stroll, taking in the sounds and smells of the city. Just be careful when buying anything, there have been reports of tourists being ripped off in the food court.
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Budapest hop on hop off bus
The Budapest hop on hop off bus is one of the best ways to get around to all the sights and al the Budapest top attractions in the city. The hop on hop off Budapest bus has over 2 stops across land and water. It is easier than navigating public transport and is designed to stop where tourists want to go. Some of the major stops include
- St Stephans Basilica
- Hero Square
- The Citadel
The Budapest hop on hop off bus should be considered for a day seeing all the sights Budapest has to offer especially if you are short on time when travelling with your teens.
Shopping in Budapest
Teenagers love shopping let’s face it. Weather it be souvenir shops or shopping malls. Shopping in Budapest has a little something for everyone, from the casual shopper to serious fashionista.
Speaking of fashion, in Budapest you should head to Paloma. Paloma was once a downtown shopping centre in an arcaded courtyard in the V District, Paloma is a design emporium that brings together around 50 local brands and designs for you to find in the one place. Take a back an original piece from Budapest to show off.
If you are looking for a tradition western shopping mall experience in Budapest look no further than WestEnd City Center. This is a huge mall located in the center of Budapest. It has multiple famous local and international brands with over 400 stores on three levels.
Eat Hungarian Food!
Budapest is a city that specializes in hearty food, sweet treats and savoury snacks. You will find this everywhere from 5-star restaurants to street vendors. Here are 7 great foods in Budapest teenagers and parents should try
Langos – deep-fried doughy flatbread that’s eaten warm topped with sour cream, garlic butter and grated cheese.
Chimney Cake – sugary dough wrapped around cone-shaped spits that are brushed with butter and roasted over charcoal
Stuffed cabbage – The Hungarian specialty features cooked cabbage leaves stuffed with ground pork and beef, rice, tomatoes, and sauerkraut.
Goulash – authentic gulyás is actually a thin broth made from chunks of beef cooked with onions, paprika, tomatoes, and pepper
Drummer Cake – It’s made up of between 5 and 7 delicate sponge layers, each spread with chocolate buttercream and topped with a thick layer of caramelized sugar. The sides of the cake are usually coated in some type of ground nuts like hazelnuts, walnuts, or almonds
Hungarian Sausage – Kolbász is the catch-all term for Hungarian sausage and there are many different varieties on offer that are served cooked, boiled, cured or smoked
Cold Fruit Soup – Gyümölcsleves is typically served as a cold entree or a light summer dish. The most popular version of this delicacy is meggyleves, made from sour cherries, sour cream, and a little sugar.
Bike Riding in Budapest
Budapest bike riding is a popular family activity when travelling with teenagers. Bike riding allows you to experience your location either in town or out in the surrounding areas. You will find bike tours are the best way to go if you want to get an up-close and personal experience of the city.
You will either have a guide to point out all the important attractions or a map to follow. The bike tours will take you on a Budapest family vacation 2 wheeled adventure. Alternatively, you can find locations that hire bikes and let you explore on your own.
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Budapest Escape Rooms
For those new to Escape Rooms, this is a quick run down.
An escape room, also known as an ‘escape game’, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.
Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Budapest with teenagers.
You will find some of the best Budapest Escape rooms located at
Escape Room Budapest Address: Budapest, Zichy Jenő u. 39, 1066 Hungary
Locked Room Budapest Address: Budapest, Székely Mihály u. 4, 1061 Hungary
E-Exit Escape Game Budapest Address: Budapest, Nyár u. 27, 1072 Hungary
Cinema’s in Budapest
The cinema is a good one to have up your sleeve for a rainy day in Budapest. Today you will find around 120 screens showing the latest and greatest films from all around the world. Some will be in native languages, subtitled and dubbed for all people.
You will find multiplex, Imax and 4dx cinemas in Budapest for your viewing enjoyment.
Most of the time the following abbreviations are used in movie schedules. This will help you find a Budapest cinema showing a movie that suits you.
- mb. / dub – dubbed
- f / fel.– with (Hungarian) subtitles
- orig – original language without subtitles
- ensub – English subtitles
- angol – English
If you want to look online for film screening times we suggest you use Pesti EST. Pesti EST (Budapest Evening): online and print in Hungarian. The website has an option to search for English screenings: Click here
10 pin bowling in Budapest
Nothing like a good bit of family competition to get everyone going. 10 pin bowling in Budapest is a great family activity for all. You will find bowling alleys all over the city for your family to have some fun at. Bowling can make Budapest for young travellers fun.
Sugar Bowling and Pub – located in the Sugar Shopping Centre Budapest, Örs vezér tere 24, 1148 Hungary. Bowling, billiards, food and birthdays await at this family-friendly establishment.
Mammut Bowling Club – has two different locations around the city. You will find bowling and food available on site. You can get special packages which include bowling and a buffet dinner.
Going to the Gym in Budapest with teenagers
Fitness is very important to a lot of teenagers these days. Working out is a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Just because one is travelling it does not mean you need to stop working out.
In Budapest, you can go to a number of Gyms that sell passes ranging from a day to a week and a month. Day passes start at 16 euros a day while a week pass costs 45 euros. You can find a list of Gyms in Busapest at the Trainaway fit website
Where to stay in Budapest with teenagers
Budapest is filled with many places to stay ranging from hostels to five-star hotels. If you are looking for the best place to stay in Budapest with family we can recommend apartments operated by Entre Amis Budapest.
The owners have several different sized apartments in Budapest. We chose an amazing apartment located next to the Opera House. You can choose an apartment where your teens will get their own rooms. Free wi-fi, cooking and cleaning facilities are available in some apartments.
Budapest accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes from hostel, apartment and hotels to fit most budgets. Find below a map that offers you plenty of accommodation in Budapest options. Here you will find the best place to stay in Budapest for sightseeing with your family.
A one-way ticket is only valid for an interrupted ride, so if you want to change metro lines, you should buy a “transfer ticket” before doing so. You validate your tickets as you enter trains, trams and buses
Any ATM should allow you to withdraw Forint. Head to a bank if you are looking to exchange currency.
Never and I mean never hail a cab from the curb, use an official taxi app for Budapest to ensure you are not being ripped off.
How to get to Budapest
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, formerly known as Budapest Ferihegy International Airport services the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. The airport is located 16 kilometers (9.9 mi) southeast of the centre of Budapest
You can catch a train from the airport. The closest to Terminal 2 of the airport is the Ferihegy train station, which runs to and from the Western Railway Station. The station and Terminal 2 are connected by bus 200E during the daytime hours and by night the 900-night bus.
You can also catch a bus from the airport in Budapest to Deák Ferenc tér M or book an airport transfer to your destination.
International trains arrive daily from all over Europe. Budapest Keleti railway station is the main international and inter-city railway terminal in Budapest. You can check train ticket prices to and from Budapest here.
Driving is also an option, Budapest is connected by Vienna and Bratislava by a major highway in the north-west and to Timisoara in Romania in the south-east.
There are 3 major bus stops in Budapest. Budapest Nepliget, Kelenfold and Mexikoi Ut. Flix bus reaches 218 destinations directly from Budapest. You can book your Flix bus tickets here
Weather in Budapest
Summer sees warm to hot days with plenty of hours of sunlight in Budapest. June sees an average temperature of 19 ºC, with an average minimum of 14 ºC and a maximum of 24 ºC. July and August each see an average temperature of 21 ºC. Winter can be brutal in Budapest.
December in Budapest sees average daily temperatures of 1 ºC, a minimum of – 2 ºC and an average maximum of 3 ºC. The New Year in January sees the coldest temperatures, with an average of – 2 ºC. In years gone by January has seen Budapest reach bone-chilling lows of -23 ºC! The month of February sees an average minimum of – 2 ºC and an average maximum of 4 ºC.
The shoulder months see fewer tourists in Budapest and mild to cool weather in Budapest
Money in Hungary
Hungary and Budapest’s official currency is the Hungarian Forint (Ft, HUF). The Forint is made up of the following banknotes: 500 Ft, 1,000 Ft, 2,000 Ft, 5,000 Ft, 10,000 Ft and 20,000 Ft. It also includes the following coins: 5 Ft, 10 Ft, 20 Ft, 50 Ft and 100 Ft.
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