Accessible opportunities in Budapest

As the next Transnational Project Meeting of the M.O.T.H.E.R. project in Budapest is approaching, this is a good time to introduce some of the results in another Erasmus+ project of ours.

Budapest is a great place both for living and a great travel destination. Recently through the Urban Learning Erasmus+ project I had an opportunity to better discover the city I live in, from different perspectives. The Urban learning project focuses on different learning and relaxing opportunities in different cities with a special focus on seniors, people with disabilities and disadvantaged groups in general. For this reason we explored Budapest from a different point of view. When looking for these options we considered different accessibility factors, for example money, which can be a huge barrier for some people. Not all of them are free, but we aimed at finding inexpensive programs, and opportunities, some also offer discounts. COVID-19 considerably altered the situation, with the regulations not all of them work all the time, but I thought they are interesting opportunities worth sharing.

This article can serve as a travel guide if you are traveling to Hungary, or maybe you live here, and (like me) you didn’t know about them before, or just ideas for good practices in general.

The fist category is opportunities for sport and movement. There are a lot of opportunities in Budapest for sport, way more than I could mention here. But there is a great website, free sport parks, that shows all the places in Hungary where there are free sport opportunities.

I would also like to mention opportunities for blind people. But these can also be interesting for those of us who can see. This probably exists in other cities too, but in Budapest there are certain ‘3D maps’ of famous sights for blind people. For example small statues or reliefs of buildings, usually accompanied by a description written in braille. This helps blind people to enjoy things that others can see, but they are also really interesting to touch even I we can see the original building.

Besides these ‘3D Maps’ you can find a lot of different kinds of art in Budapest. One of my favourites are the miniature statues made by Mihály Kolodko, which can be seen in different parts of the city, often portraying characters from Hungarian children’s tales, or well-known Hungarians. You can find an article about them here.

There are also multiple learning opportunities, parks, libraries, education centers, and other places to spend time in. There are many touristic attractions that you can visit. Hopefully these gave you some ideas for good practices for free and accessible opportunities.

Written by: Lili Perényi-Harka (Ecocenter Team)

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