All winter we waited for warm weather, and of course, now we’re complaining about the unbearable heat. Luckily, we know some unpopulated places to chill out for awhile, from shady riverfront promenades to caverns deep below the city to a pleasant park right in the middle of downtown.
5 semi-secret spots to get cool in Budapest
Photo : Krisztián Bódis
Found on the Buda shore just a short journey upriver from downtown, Római Part is a tree-shaded promenade of laid-back open-air eateries and pubs, with people biking and strolling past at a perpetually lazy pace. The special atmosphere and fresh air here makes this an easy escape from stifling city-center living; we love hanging out on a beach chair at Fellini with a glass of cherry beer in hand, and nearby there are plenty of places to have a raspberry, lemon, or kiwi slushie. Turn your trip here into an easy excursion by taking the public ferryboat from downtown.
Providing an oasis of greenery in the Pest city center, the National Museum’s sprawling garden offers many shady spots at all times of day. Originally the idea of noted Magyar architect Mihály Pollack, the park was known as Muzi in the past, and it serves as a setting in multiple classics of Hungarian literature. While wandering beneath the leafy branches looking for a pleasant spot to sit, make sure to check out some of the intriguing statues and monuments placed around the grounds.
In a recent article, we described an adventurous journey toward the center of the Earth in Pál-völgyi Cave, but now we have another reason to visit the cave beyond discovering its natural beauty: the cooling factor. The temperature in these underground chambers remains around 10 degrees Celsius all year long, so when it’s much hotter than that above ground in Budapest, we are eager to get subterranean just 15 minutes away from Kolosy Square; check out the official website for more details.
Running along the ridge of the Buda Hills, the Children’s Railway might seem like an odd choice for a hot-day activity, but the open-air train cars, cooler elevation, and tree-shaded stops surrounded by forested parkland all have great appeal when summer sizzles. Along the way there are a few pleasant places to enjoy some cold drinks and light food, such as the panoramic parkland of Normafa, where families often gather during summer to enjoy sweeping views and rétes pastries.
Just a few steps away from the crowds around Budapest’s Chain Bridge, the Jane Haining Quay provides a few hidden places to escape the heat for awhile, including raqpart – a popular summertime party place that is also a cool destination during daytime for its breezy location, shady seating, and cold drinks. High-quality versions of slushies are poured here profusely, with alcoholic versions available. However, even just sitting on the riverbank for a few minutes to watch the lapping Danube makes the heat wave much easier to endure.