It cannot be denied that soaking up sweet sunshine is best amid the sounds of crashing waves, chirping seagulls, and playful paddlers... but here in the Magyar metropolis – where the closest seaside is far away – we usually feel lucky just to enjoy some slivers of sunshine that reach our balcony, or to visit a local swimming pool, or, for the truly fortunate, to go lay out in the garden. However, if you’re not too shy about showing some skin, there are plenty of places around town where you can take a blanket and tune out the world while bronzing at the varied waterfront sites of Budapest.
There are some absolutely necessary things to take with you for bronzing in Budapest: most importantly, sunscreen, as it is just a misbelief that you can only get burnt by the seaside. Don’t forget to take a blanket and/or a towel; don’t occupy the few benches of these parks, just find a nice spot on the grass. Furthermore, not everyone likes to see a bronzing body, and some of these spots are frequented by families, so always take a good look around and decide how much clothing is appropriate to take off at your chosen spot. And don’t forget to take enough water, a good book, and crossword puzzles!
Szent István park
Szent István Park is Újlipótváros’s biggest and most beloved park; it is truly popular among families, and many people regularly come here for strolling, skating, baby walking, running, and, of course, sunbathing. Due to the closeness of the Danube, the air is never stifling, and after enough sunbathing, Babka is a short walk away for a cool lemonade, while entices us with frosty confections.
One of the most forgotten parks of District VIII awaits sunbathers and everyone on their way to the five minutes away from the Nagyvárad tér metro station. Orczy Garden is a great choice, because if you’re tired of lying around, you can always take a trip around the lake to see the birds and turtles living in harmony near the water. It is worthwhile to choose Orczy Garden when you want to get away from the buzz of Budapest.
Omszki Lake is found at Budakalász, just north of the Buda border near Road 11. It is mostly famous for its wakeboard center, and even though it is illegal to swim in the lake, the residents of Budapest simply couldn’t care less. Even if you wouldn’t like to tame the waves on a board, you can find a nice spot on the pleasant lakeside, and watch the tricks (and attempts at tricks) of passing wakeboarders.