Cycling around the city
If you want to ride your bicycle in Budapest there are a lot of bicycle lanes around the city and a lot of the people use them , both locals and tourists.
There are traffic lights for bicycles so they can pass busy streets.
There are places where you can rent bicycles for a few hours.
Equipment: Bicycle of course and don't forget helmet and water.
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Swimming pools on the Margareth island
If you are not into thermal water and medicinal Spa`s, (only in summertime) you can select the normal outdoor swimming pools. Budapest has really plenty of them. The most famous ones can be found on the Margareth island. On my photos you see images about the Palatinus pool, but also the Dagály nearby is worth a visit/swimming.
You can reach this swimming pool easily: just take the Bus number 26 at the nyugati Railway station and get off the homonimous stop. Of course you can go there by foot following the line of this bus on the island.
Note: currently in the northern part of Budapest is beeing constructed the biggest swimming pool & aquapark in Central Europe. It will be really impressive. As soon as it will be finished I add a tip about it.
Equipment: Well, just bring the usual ones: swimming trunks, towels, sun cream and a little money for the ice cream, beer, hot dog...whatever-that`s just enough:)
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Biking in Budapest is still not the easiest in the world, but slowly and surely its getting better.
Critical Mass participants are fighting for the recognition of biking in the city and for more bike roads.
Here, we have actually reached the critical mass, since last April there were 50000 bikers participating! It was amazing! :)
If you happen to be around, join one of the CM City tours (there is usually one in April and one in September).
Equipment: Bike and maybe a funny costume :)
Open air Ice skating
In winter, when attractions park is not working, as amusement starts to work big old openair skating rink. At day time and evenings there all time lots of people, even when it was +5 and was raining, people still were having fun there. Its very beutiful in the evenings, when lightings start to work and light up a castle in the nearby.
Equipment: You can rent skates there, but, as I know, you will need to leave your ID to guarantee you will gave them back...
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Bikers guide to Budapest
Budapest might not be the ideal city for bikers, but it certenly is worth to use one to see a lot more of the city.
Especially in summer, bikes can prove very useful. The transportation is very good, but with that you miss a lot of details. And since Budapest is a big city, walking is a good choice but not for all the destinations...:)
There are bikeroads in Budapest, but not everywhere...but you have to be really carful even on this sort of roads, because car drivers often "forget to think" about bikers...
Lots of nightspots are easily accesble with bikes as well, so this might also be a good choice for party people :)
And if you are here and need a bike-partner, just drop me a note! :)
Equipment: Rent a bike here if you don't have yours with you.
Bike rental options:
Address : 11th district, Hegyalja út 23.
Tel : (+36-1) 201 1796 Email :email@example.com
Website : www.charleshotel.hu
Open daily :00:00-24:00
Address : Locations at 5th district, Ferenciek tere and near Nyugati Train Station.
Tel : (+36-30) 922 3113
Yellow Zebra Bikes
Address : 5th district, Sütõ u. 2. (next to main Tourinform office at Deák Sq.)
Tel : (+36-1) 266 8777
Website : www.yellowzebrabikes.com
Open daily :09:00-20:00
There's a ski slope in Budapest!!!
WoW, actually that's a sight one would never expect in the middle of Budapest.
A skier with skies on his shoulder in the middle of one of the most busiest streets in Budapest.
Equipment: Skiing gear for sure.
Well you can also just take a patch of plastic handbag and slide down the hill. Though I have no idea where it ends.
- Skiing and Boarding
Between two big cities, Buda and Pest, there flows a river, called the Donau. And this river holds a little island. Everyone can visit that island by taking the bridge from either Buda or Pest. There are almost no building whatsoever, only trees and plants and slippy roads you can walk on. Many Hungarians play soccer on that island, or freesby, or they bike in these nice decorated for-two-or-more-people bicicles. On top of this all, you can also practise you're kisstechniques with your love. Really! Almost everywhere you look, people are kissing or hugging, even when the whether is still quite cold!
So, the first thing you do when you visit Budapest is...? Go to Love Island.
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Patsy wanted something to wear out dancing so somehow we ended up at the mall in Budapest. Who would have thunk it? ;) Much to our surprise they featured an indoor ice skating rink in the middle of the mall. It was hot out and we were in the mood to cool off and be a little silly so we decided to go for a skate. Rentals are available adjacent to the rink, and although the rink was on the small side I think the four of us were the only people on the ice. It's a great way to escape the heat and have a little fun.
DO BEWARE: Although they provivde lockers and give you a key my camera was stolen out of our so don't keep anything of value in there.
Equipment: Skate rentals are available at the rink.
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ATSA Fitness Center
Fitness and Aerobic(Fat burning, Dance, Boxing, Capoeira, Women, Step, Funky, Hip hop, Streching)
Nursery service 16.30-21.00 (free)
Sauna (free if you paid the entrance fee)
Equipment: Bring comfortable sport clothes and sport shoes, towel, shower gel, hair equipment (if your hair is long) and dont forget the sock neither!
Bikini and flipflops, if you want to use the sauna. Aroma oils can be used.
Running in Budapest Parks
You can have a mornign jog in these parks and sidewalks:
Duna Korzo (Pest side)
Margaret Island is the best among of these because there is a running-rubber rug applicated on the Island, especially for runners and joggers.
Equipment: In the winter cold it is important to keep your limbs warm: wear gloves and hat.
Gellert Thermal Bath
On my 2004 trip my friends and me visited the famous Gellert Themal Bath for some relaxation. As an extra we allowed us a 15 min massage. The interieur of the Art Nouveau building creates a historic nice atmosphere, but the staff is kind of grumpy.
The bath consists of several indoor and outdoor pools, rooms for massage, a steam sauna and some other rooms. The pools have various temperatures up to 38 C. The admission is relatively expensive. Depending on your needs, prices vary between 2200 and 2700 HUF, but when staying less than 4 hours you get a refund.
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Running - Here is your chance
Budapest is great for running! The Margaret Island (an island on the Danube between the Margaret and the Arpad Bridges) is one of the most popular running scenes (with a partly soft surface covered running road of around 4,5 km or 3 miles).
Besides that Budapest hosts lots of running events, running days, Maratons, etc.
Ask for current events, there is one like every week in the season! You might be able to find some info on the Budapest Portal as well.
Equipment: shorts, t-shirt, shoes...that will do :)
Football in Budapest!!!
Once, in the middle of the 20 century the Hungarian football was the best in the world with legendary players with Puskas in the head who lead the national team twice to world cup final. It was the Hungarian football most glorious time.
Today the football in the country is not in the highest level as it used to be and the teams struggle a lot with the big, rich teams from western europe. But even after all trhis its worth to go and see a game in the Hungaria league because the stadiums are great and the atmosphere is electrical.
OIn the summer of 2003 i went to a football game of my admired team from Israel - Macabi Tel Aviv against the slovakian team Zilina (the game was held in Budapest because of the bad security situation in Israel). the game was held in the stadium of Ujpest, a prety famous Hungarian team and i was really suprised from what i saw because i expected a small and old stadium but it was a new one, organized, neatand it even had a full roof. The game was fascinating, unfotunetley my team lost the game but it was an experince that i will never forget.
The stadium also has a small kiosk so if you want a snack its not a problam to get it.
go to the Palvolgyi Cave and book for a climbing tour. tour guides can show you verious places within the caves and you can choose from several paths (from more challanging to less)
"wild" tours can only be booked in advance by groups
Equipment: equipment will be provided by the tour guide - helmet and overall
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Hungaries richest but not too well supported team , thanks to a Jewish background. They attempt to play football on Saturdays kick offs at 4 p.m. Cost about 1000 forints and there's a bar at the very top corner of the main stand. Freindly crowd by Hungarian football standards.
Equipment: Its always freezing there so bring a hat.