Budapest Walking Tour: A Fun Day Activity For Kids

Get lost in Budapest is a game suitable for kids of the age of six or above. It is designed as a city tour game with some riddles and some interesting facts about the city of Budapest. Playing a game is a great way to explore the city and its most famous sites.

 

There are 10 sites located not far from one another, marked with the numbers from 1 to 10. Use a map to locate the sites and solve the riddle when you reach each site. Take your time to explore the beautiful city of Budapest and let the game be your tour guide for the day.

 

1. VAJDAHUNYAD CASTLE

What is located inside the castle today?

 

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Photo by Bruno Girin on Foter.com

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Vajdahunyad Castle is a castle located in the City Park of Budapest. It was built in 1896 as part of the celebration of the 1,000 years of Hungary. The castle was designed to feature copies of several landmark buildings from different parts of the Kingdom of Hungary. As the castle contains parts of buildings from various time periods, it displays different architectural styles. Originally, it was made from cardboard and wood, but it became so popular that it was later rebuilt from stone and brick.

 

2. HEROES’ SQUARE

How many horse statues can you find on the square?

 

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Heroes’ Square is one of the major squares in Budapest, known for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important Hungarian national leaders, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At the center of Heroes’ Square stands the Millennium Monument. At the top of 36 meters high monument stands Archangel Gabriel. Legend says that he offered Stephen the crown of Hungary in a dream. Around the base of the monument are a number of statues honoring the seven chiefs of the Hungarian tribes.

 

3. STEPHEN’S BASILICA

What is engraved in the stone over the entrance to the church?

 

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Photo by Jorge Lascar on Foter.com

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The site of today’s basilica was a theater in the 18th century. The theater was also a place where animal fights were hosted. In the late 1810s, the believers decided to build a church at this place. The church was first temporary, later they rebuilt it and the church got its present look. St. Stephen’s Basilica was named in honor of Stephen, the first King of Hungary (c 975–1038). Today, it is the third largest church building in Hungary.

 

4. LIBERTY SQUARE

How many buildings are located around the square?

 

By Nettadi, from Wikimedia Commons

By Nettadi, from Wikimedia Commons

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There are no skyscrapers or high-rise buildings in the city of Budapest. Although the city is rich with incredibly diverse architecture, two historic buildings have the honor of being the ‘tallest building.’ Both of them are exactly 96 meters high. The number 896 is the symbolical number for the city and signifies the year that Hungarian Magyars first settled in the region. The first building is the Hungarian Parliament and the second one St. Stephen’s Basilica. An ordinance was passed forbidding any other building from being built higher.

 

5. PARLIAMENT BUILDING

How many stairs lead to the main gate of the building?

 

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Photo by Francisco Antunes on Foter.com

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Before starting to build the Parliament building, an international competition was held for the best building plan. Construction from the winning plan started in 1885 and completed in 1904. The architect of the building went blind before its completion and he never saw how his plan looks in real life after the building was completed. Hungarian Parliament Building is currently the largest building in Hungary and the tallest building in Budapest.

 

6. DANUBE PROMENADE

How many pairs of shoes are there on the riverbank?

 

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The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial on the east bank of the Danube River to honor the people who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross soldiers in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes and were shot at the edge of the water. The monument represents their shoes left behind on the bank.

 

7.  CHAIN BRIDGE

What color are the trams in Budapest?

 

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The word ‘Budapest’ came from the combined city of Buda and Pest, each located on one side of the river. The two cities were united in the year 1873. The name ‘Buda’ comes from the name of its founder Buda, brother of the Hunnic ruler Attila. The name ‘Pest’ comes from the word “Pession”, a fortress during the Roman time. The Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary, connecting Buda and Pest. It was opened in 1849.

 

8. BUDA CASTLE

Take a photo with the eagle in front of the castle.

 

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Beneath the Buda Castle, there is a labyrinth cave complex. The system of corridors was discovered in 1880. The caves were naturally formed but later overbuilt and used as a cellar in the medieval times. During the World War II, the caves became a bomb shelter for thousands of people, and a secret military installation during the Cold War. Today, tourists can freely visit the caves as a museum which displays Budapest’s rich history.

 

9. FISHERMAN’S BASTION

How many towers are there in Fisherman’s Bastion?

 

Srđan Mijatov, via Wikimedia Commons

Srđan Mijatov, via Wikimedia Commons

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The Fisherman’s Bastion is a terrace situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902. Each tower represents one of the Magyar tribes that lived in the Carpathian Basin in 895. The Buda side castle wall was protected by the fishermen, this is the reason why it was called fishermen’s Bastion. There is an amazing panoramic view of the city from the towers and the terrace.

 

10. MATTHIAS CHURCH

How many different colors can you see on the roof of the church?

 

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The Matthias Church also known by the name the Church of Our Lady has an exceptionally long history and is the second best-known church of Budapest after St. Stephen’s Basilica. It was built in 1015, shortly after the country’s conversion to the Christian faith. For many years the incoming Hungarian kings were crowned in the church.

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