Under the historic walls of the Castle District, close to Bécsi kapu, is one of Budapest’s most hidden parks, Európa Liget. It was opened on Budapest’s centenary as a city in 1972 and its trees were then planted by European city leaders themselves, each choosing a tree that represents their country – but that could also tolerate the Hungarian climate. The park was neglected for a long time, but the district council renovated it in 2017, making it a pleasant, recreational park with benches and shaded trails in a quiet and idyllic part of the city. A small outdoor gym and football court were also added, much to the delight of local schoolchildren.

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