Hungary is a beautiful destination in Eastern Europe, often overlooked by tourists despite its impressive attractions. Once the dominion of the ancient Magyars, Hungary is a modern country with much to offer for outdoor enthusiasts. The capital city of Budapest is a very walkable city with a number of interesting places to visit, and the national parks in the Hungarian mountains and countryside are worth checking out as well.
Budapest Bike Tour
The City Sights Bike Tour in Budapest is a great way to sightsee in the Hungarian capital. While the city is highly walkable if you have a few hours to devote to one district, cycling tours are an enjoyable way to see more of the city in less time. Bike to Heroes Square and the City Park in Pest. Head to downtown Pest and pass by the famous Parliament Building. Cross the Danube Rive via the massive Chain Bridge and enter Buda's Castle District. English-speaking tour guides will explain the history behind buildings such as the Royal Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Book a tour in advance by phone.
City Sights Bike Tour in Budapest Hungary
Gellert Hill, Buda
The single best view of Budapest is at the summit of Gellert Hill. It takes around half an hour to hike from the base of the hill up the trail to the Citadella, an imposing fort and monument built in 1848. There are many different observation areas here to look out over the districts of Buda and Pest. Watching the sunset here is particularly enjoyable. Stop at the Gellert Baths on your way down. Natural hot-springs flow into an elegant building with Turkish-baths where you can soak and relax.
There are 9 national parks in Hungary. The mountain ranges to the north of Budapest are scenic destinations for mountain climbing. The Matra Mountains are home to Kekeseto, the highest peak in Hungary. The summit is over 3,300 feet in altitude. There are also easier trails to hike or bike near Lake Balaton to the southwest of Budapest. Visitors will find Roman and Celtic ruins in the vicinity. Birdwatching is also possible in Hortobagy National Park. This reserve is located in the Great Plains to the east of Budapest. Keep an eye out for storks, herons, eagles and other birds in their natural habitat. Wild cats, boar and otters are also commonly spotted in this park. Motor vehicles are not allowed here, so you will have to take a walking tour to see the animals.
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