Budapest’s City Park has a long history. Once a hunting reserve, the area eventually becoming the park it is today as the city spread eastward from the river. The park prides itself on being the oldest public park in Europe and has many notable attractions throughout over 300 acres (120 ha).
In addition to walking and jogging paths among the trees and open fields, the park also features:
- The Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, with over 1,000 animals
- The Municipal Circus, a permanent building for shows with acrobats, gymnasts and animals
- The Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool, the largest spa in the city
- Vajdahunyad Castle, a fascinating structure featuring several archetictural styles from Hungarian history
- Petőfi Csarnok, a former concert hall now used for flea markets on Saturdays
The official entrance to City Park is Heroe’s Square, a dramatic open plaza honoring major historical figures in Hungarian history. The square is flanked by the Hungary Transportation Museum and the Museum of Art (both currently closed for renovation).