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question- visiting Budapest first time for senior

HI, I will be visiting Budapest with a senior- is Budapest a city that has lots of hills etc. We visited Prague and had no problems- just wondering if it is a good place for a senior to visit for those in 80s Thanks

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We were in both Prague and Budapest. We were only in Budapest for 2 days, but I do not remember it being more hilly. City is just more spread out

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329 posts

The Buda side is very hilly but the Pest side is not at all hilly and most attractions are on the Pest side. The main attractions on the Buda side are Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion and they are side by side and you can take a city bus from the Pest side that drops you off in front of the church so no hills. The best spot to see the Hungarian Parliament Building is from a spot on the Buda side called Parlamenti nézőpont (google maps) and you can take the tram to it and no hills to reach it.

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7075 posts

The only hilly part I remember is going up to the castle district on the Buda side of the river, however there are trams that will take you up there. In fact trams (and metro) will take you just about anywhere you don't want to walk to. It's a very easy city to get around and basically flat, especially the Pest side where most of the attractions are.

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14 posts

The Pest side of the river is pretty flat, but the Buda side is hilly. However, using public transportation, you can get to the main tourist sites on the Buda side without excessive uphill walking.

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18775 posts

The Buda Castle District is on a hill. The District its self is relatively flat. There are a number of easy ways up there without having to walk or climb. Pest is dead flat.

Your issue might be getting on the metro as all but a few stops have no elevator and there are a lot of stairs. The trams have relatively high strps getting on. But living here I see a lot of help and patience with the few obstacles there are.

Actually a very relevant place for older folks.

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4338 posts

Pest is easy walking and public transportation is great. Some metro stops have stairs and no elevators or escalators, though. Trams and busses are not difficult, if you need to avoid stairs.

I have yet to spend time walking up or down the hills on the Buda side - I generally just catch a tram or bus to the top and have only stopped mid-way a few times (for not very touristy destinations).

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If when the time comes you need help planning a stay with good consideration for the senior's comfort and abilities feel free to contact me.