6 Very Easy Nature Trails For Kids In Budapest, Hungary

Kids belong outdoors. Ever since our baby boy learned to crawl, we spent hours with him outside each day we could, usually on playgrounds and in parks. But did you know there are lots of easy educational trails and nature trails in Budapest that are perfect for small kids? Honestly, I didn’t.

We often took Tomi on hiking trips on the weekends, and it was usually his daddy who carried him when he got tired. But I was lucky to spend the first years of my son’s life full-time with him at home, and as he got more experience in walking (and enthusiastically walked several kilometres on his own!), I started to look for trails that the two of us, mummy and toddler, could do together on weekdays when daddy’s not there to help carry him.

Lake Naplás, Budapest, Hungary

I was looking for nature trails that are located in Budapest, close to where we live, but don’t have the feeling of being in a big city. I found some great ones, and not even only on the Buda side. The Buda Hills are obvious to take a look at, they offer lots of easy forest trails. But there are trails on the Pest side, as well, lakes and marshes.

The six trails that I’m showing you in this post are only a few kilometres long and very easy, with minimal altitude difference. They were all tested and found delightful by 1.5-2 years old Tomi and his mummy. 🙂

Kis-Sváb-hegy Educational Trail, District XII.

Kis-Sváb-hegy Educational Trail,

This is one of the easiest and shortest ones in the Buda Hills, offering a pleasant forest walk with some distant Budapest views.

Being 258 meters high, Kis-sváb-hegy is a small hill and especially attractive in April when trees are in bloom. The educational trail has 8 information boards about the history, local flora and fauna on the way. There’s a large grassy field at the top, ideal for a picnic – or just for running around.

Kis-Sváb-hegy Educational Trail,

Essentials
Trailhead & parking: parking lot at the end of Kissvábhegyi út
Length: 1.3 km (about 30 mins) loop
Check out the trail map here!

Farkas-hegy, District XII. & Budaörs

Farkas-hegy, Budapest, Hungary

A nice and easy trail with scenic views in the Buda Hills that we’ve done several times since Tomi was born. Farkas-hegy treats with a lovely view of the hills of Budaörs, especially in the fall when the landscape turns red and golden. Elevation change is minimal, and the path is wide and straightforward, as safe for kids as it can be in a hilly area.

You can make it a 6 kilometres loop if you include the cliffs of Sorrento. This route takes you back to the parking lot through a bright, pretty pine forest with Mediterranean vibes and the exciting rock formations of Sorrento. Just watch out for your kids, because this part of the trail gets a bit steep sometimes.

Essentials
Trailhead & parking: parking lot at the end of Konkoly Thege Miklós út (in Csillebérc, District XII.)
Length: 2.2 km (about 40 mins) one-way
Check out the trail map here!

Guckler Károly viewing tower, Hármashatár-hegy, District II.

Guckler Károly viewing tower, Budapest, Hungary

An iconic hill of Buda is Hármashatár-hegy, and its newest viewing tower is accessible on an education trail, both named after Károly Guckler. The starting point is Fenyőgyöngye Restaurant which is at the meeting point of Szépvölgyi and Hármashatárhegyi út. Bus stop for line 65 is also there.

There’s about 200 metres of altitude gain on the trail. It’s wide, well-established and quite busy on any nice day in every season. You can find benches and some viewing platforms on the way, and the viewing tower at the end has distant views over Budapest and the surrounding area. This is one hike that everyone who lives in Budapest does at one point. 🙂

Essentials
Trailhead & parking: Fenyőgyöngye étterem, Szépvölgyi út; you can park on the street
Length: 2.4 km (about 1 hour) one-way
Check out the trail map here!

Merzse Marsh Educational Trail, District XVII.

Merzse Marsh, Budapest, Hungary

District XVII. is a suburban district of Pest, not particularly famous for anything. But wait! It’s home to the most untouched water habitat inside Budapest: Merzse Marsh. An education trail with 15 information boards gives you insight into the history and importance of this protected habitat, the last remaining marsh in the city.

To access the loop trail, I had to drive the last few kilometres from Rákoskert train station on a dirt road. Don’t let this discourage you, it’s a flat dirt road and is in a good condition in dry weather. The trail itself is also flat all the way. (Khm, we are in Pest, after all. Buda is the one with hills.) The highlight is definitely the viewing tower which is the only point along the loop that offers a view of the water. Otherwise you walk in the floodplain forest and along the reeds.

Merzse Marsh, Budapest, Hungary

Essentials
Trailhead & parking: at the end of the dirt road after Rákoskert train station
Length: 2.7 (about 1 hour) loop
Check out the trail map here!

Lake Naplás, District XVI.

Lake Naplás, Budapest, Hungary

The largest lake of Budapest, Lake Naplás is actually a flood control reservoir. But it’s also a popular place for recreation among locals – mainly for fishing, hiking and biking. The surrounding moorland and forest is home to rare flora and fauna, including ducks and swans which might not be rare, but little Tomi found them exciting.

The loop trail around the lake is almost completely flat, half of it can even be done with a stroller. It’s also an educational trail with information boards, and there are lots of benches and sunbeds on the way. If you want to hike more, there are easy forest trails south of the lake.

Essentials
Trailhead & parking: on Naplás út, right by the lakeshore
Length: 2 km (about 30 mins) loop
Check out the trail map here!

Kis-Duna Educational Trail & Kolonics Görgy promenade, District XXI.

Kis-Duna Educational Trail, Budapest, Hungary

This is a walk that I’ve done countless times, because it was only a 10 minutes drive from our home, and it’s the most beautiful place where you can walk along the River Danube in Budapest. I know, there’s no Parliament views. But there are ducks, swans and other birds. Nature and silence.

While Parliament views are definitely nice, there’s hardly any place in the city center where you can be closer to the river than cars. Here you can. Kis-Duna Educational Trail that continues as Kolonics György promenade runs on the shore of Ráckevei-Duna and is actually located on an island in the river.

District XXI. (also called Csepel) is not a touristy area in Budapest. Being a working-class borough with several factories in the communist era, people still tend to think it’s an ugly district, even though it has lots of pretty areas. One is Kolonics György promenade with its new walkway, playgrounds and open-air fitness parks. It’s also one of the best places for kayaking on the Danube in Budapest. An educational trail with five information boards was also established.

Kis-Duna Educational Trail, Budapest, Hungary

The promenade is about 5 kilometres long, but there are several parking lots that give access to different sections of it, so you can choose to walk a shorter part of it (and maybe include a playground) if you’re with a small kid. I walked here often under the colorful trees in the fall with the newborn Tomi tied to my chest, then under blooming trees with the little crawler tied to my back in the carrier in spring, then with the little toddler who couldn’t ever get bored of throwing pebbles into the water. It’s a happy place.

Essentials
Trailhead & parking: several free dirt parking lots along Kolonics György promenade
Length: 5.2 km (about 2 hours) one-way
Check out the trail map here!

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By Beata Urmos

Bea is the co-founder of Our Wanders. She’s the writer and the trip organizer, and she’d love to help you plan your own amazing trips! She likes hiking, good novels and chocolate, as well. Her motto is: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” (John A. Shedd)

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