5 parks in downtown Budapest that definitely welcome dogs


  • Dezse Balázs

28/09/2016 10.47am

Downtown Budapest is not the most suitable spot for our favorite canine friends to roam around carefree, as the busy traffic of the concrete jungle often stands in the way of leash-free fun, even though we know that dogs are not destined to live their lives tied up, missing out on the chance to get enough exercise. We decided to take a tour around the busiest bits of Budapest to find out where it is worthwhile to pop in for some fun with your pooch when there is not enough time for a extended outdoor adventure into the open spaces outside of the city center.

Photo: Balkányi László - We Love Budapest

Szent István park


1137 Budapest, Szent István park

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One of Budapest’s most beloved panoramic recreation areas, Szent István Park, is found in District XIII near Jászai Mari Square; it gained this honorable title because it lies on the Danube Bank, providing a picturesque view over Margaret Island and to the Buda Hills. However, while the park itself is unfortunately a no-go zone for dog owners, as it is strictly prohibited to take animals into the historic park created in 1928, the edge closer to the Danube is entirely dedicated to our four-legged friends. We can safely say that this is one of the most suitable spots in Budapest for doggies to play, because of its agility equipment, spacious areas, the lengthy running track suitable for sprinting, and because it is always kept neat and clean, thanks to the neighborhood's responsible dog owners and the local municipality. It is important to always carefully close the gate after yourself without letting any dogs out, as the roads around here are very busy.

Address: Budapest 1137, Szent István park

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Erzsébet tér


1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér

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The dog run at Erzsébet Square is one of the most popular places among proud dog owners in Budapest, and this fenced-in space made it on our list mostly because of its good reputation. Due to its central location, the area is always filled with life, and the evenings tend to turn into spontaneous parties for pooches, when their beer-sipping owners gather around here at the same time. One disadvantage of this park is the lack of facilities here, but to make up for that, the park is spacious, and generally clean... but you still might want to watch where you step.

Address: Budapest 1051, Erzsébet tér

Photo: Balkányi László - We Love Budapest

Olimpia park


1055 Budapest, Olimpia park

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Since its renovation in 2014, Olimpia Park, lying between Kossuth Square and Jászai Mari Square, has become one of the most high-standard recreational hubs among nearby residents. Fortunately, during the renovation works they installed a truly modern dog playground on the northern side of the park, which is always kept clean and well-maintained, and thanks to the lockable gate latches, safety is also guaranteed. The only drawback is that the park is not open around the clock, but according to the sign on the gate, it closes at “sunset”.

Address: Budapest 1055, Olimpia Park

Photo: Hartyányi Norbert - We Love Budapest

Honvéd Square



Another atmospheric dog hangout hides amid the densely populated apartment blocks of Honvéd Square, not too far from Kossuth Square and the Parliament. It is a perfect alternative for when we don’t feel like going down all the way to the Danube bank. A dog walker told us that there are always quite a few people gathering here in the evenings, so she personally prefers to take her doggie to the Pest side of Árpád Bridge, but that might be a bit too far for most of us. This playground is owned and maintained by the Municipality of District V, and as it is considered to be a part of the park, smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited inside. Here, the disadvantage is that it is not big enough for running around, but in return, it is well-equipped with exciting facilities.

Address: Budapest 1055, Honvéd tér

Photo: Hartyányi Norbert - We Love Budapest

Klauzál Square



In case of those emergencies when our best furry friend feels an urge to go running, we don’t have to travel too far from the edge of the party quarter. At Klauzál Square, amid the concrete jungle of Pest’s District VII, we find a shaded and spacious playground that is a true green oasis for dogs. There are no toys here, but numerous tree trunks lie around that – as we saw – keep the dogs really curious and occupied. A dog owner we met here told us that during the past few years a nice community was formed here by the neighborhood’s dog owners, which makes this playground very friendly and appealing.

Address: Budapest 1072, Klauzál tér

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