Having four seasons was a privilege we haven’t realized for a long time. It was just natural and we haven’t really thought about it. As kids we just enjoyed playing hide-and-seek in the park in spring, swimming in the lakes in summer, collecting colorful leaves and chestnut in autumn and ice-skating and building a snowman in winter. But the real magic of spring, summer, autumn and winter was something we started appreciating enough only when we started travelling to faraway places with completely different climates.
Then we realized not just that having eternal summer is an unbelievably good thing. But also the fact that every season has its own magic – and living in a place where you can experience all of them is a special gift. Our special gift. And each year we are so looking forward to the autumn part of this gift!
When to visit to see the autumn colors in Hungary?
September is usually too early, because our seasonal forests are still green. November is usually too late, because all the trees lost their leaves by then. Depending on the current weather conditions each year, the ideal time can shift a couple of weeks, but usually October is your best chance to see the prettiest autumn colors.
And if you’re lucky, you’ll have quite some clear and sunny days to enjoy them properly.
Where to see autumn colors in Budapest?
Walk up to the top of Gellert Hill under the golden trees for our favorite city panorama. It won’t disappoint any time of the year, anyway.
From Gellert Hill head to the Buda Castle District.
Then walk along the bank of the Danube to Margaret Island. This small island is probably the most beautiful and peaceful city park in Budapest – a favorite of locals to enjoy the outdoors in every season.
Take a walk in Városliget (the City Park) in the Pest side.
If you’d like to do some hiking in the colorful seasonal forests, Buda Hills offer countless trails.
Hike from Normafa to Elizabeth Lookout. Or conquer 495 meters high Hármashatárhegy and enjoy the view from Guckler Károly Lookout. Or hike from Csillebérc to Farkas-hegy.
At the end of the day, treat yourself with a hot chocolate. Because that’s your reward for doing anything outside in the cold months. 🙂
Do you have autumn in your country?
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