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 :firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Formula 1 race - Hungaroring
Formula one, the "Racing circus" comes to Hungary every year in August.
The racetrack was built in 1986, and on the 10th of August that year the 1st ever Formula One race in a (now post-) communist country was held, which means that next year we are going to host the 20th F1 race!
The racetrack is in Mogyoród, a little city near Budapest, it will take you only about half an hour to get there if you are lucky. But after the race it usually takes more time to get back to the center...
There is usually a free bus service from Budapest for all having their tickets to the race, and the F1 has every year a contracted taxi company with a flat price from all points of Budapest to the racetrack's entarnce.
Equipment: Sunglasses, water and that's about it! :)
Iceskating in the City Park
The building of the Iceskating rink in the City Hall is worth a visit itself, even if you don't want to skate.
The first real building was built in 1875 according to the plans of Odon Lechner, and since 1887 the iceskating part has artificial cooling so it can work even during not so cold days as well. The building which can be seen now was built in 1893 (the old one was just not big enough...)
The rink is open from 9 am to 1 pm and then from 4 pm until 8 pm every day (exceptions: on saturdays they close at 6 pm but sometimes they are open from 7 pm to 10 pm, on Sundays the morning shift is from 10 am to 4 pm).
Equipment: Skates are there for rent as well (500 HUF/hour), so you don't even have to take these with you!
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 :)
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.
- Budget Travel
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.
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.
- Budget Travel
- School Holidays
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
- Mountain Climbing
Mûjégpálya Ice Rink
Ice Skating is the popular thing to do in Budapest. The Mûjégpálya Ice Rink was packed with skaters skating to American music. Bon Jovi music was blaring from the speakers as we watched the skaters go round and round.
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.
Szechenyi Medical Bath
After sightseeing in Budapest, it is very nice time to relax physically in medicinal bath. It is popular in Budapest; the visits there even came into the traditions of Budapestians for a long time. Actually, these baths appeared long time ago in Ancient Greece, Rome.
The Szechenyi Medical bath looking very nice both from outside and inside, it was built in early 20th century. Medical Bath we have been is composed from an open-air swimming pool with warm mineral water, some very different bathhouses (like Turkish bath), some of baths with underwater massages.
Equipment: Better to bring more underwear, towels.
The National Stadium
"Ria! Ria! Hungaria!"
Hungary's dirty little secret is out. Behind closed doors, at national games when they think no foreigners are watching, they chant the real name of the country "Hungaria!" Not the confusing Magyarorsag they insist that foreigners learn as the true name, but the simple, universally understood "Hungaria!"
Of course they also chant Magyarorsag, but it's a bit of a mouthful. It doesn't go with many famous chants, so they seem to have reworked the first line of "Old Macdonald". It goes something like this: "Modge-your-or-shahg modge-your-or-shahg ee eye ee eye oh!"
You have to be a real football fan to go to watch Hungary at the national stadium. This isn't Brazil, and this isn't the San Siro. The once grand Ferenc Puskas stadium is now a whole lot of grey concrete, half of which is falling apart, limiting the capacity to just 35,000 people.
It's a real experience, not all of them pleasant. Rivers of urine (in the surrounding streets), carpets of tokmag (pumpkin seed) and giant unruly piles of beer cans; you can't drink inside so everyone is desperate to fill up and empty themselves before they get through the gates.
But the fans are friendly and passionate and it's cheap to get in. For about 6-7 euros you can get a front row seat near the center of the stadium. And you can actually get a seat, unlike England games. So for that I'll be singing "Magyarorszag! Magyarorszag!" for the time being. Or at least trying...
For Winter sport enthousiasts
Entrance fee is 280 Ft (about 1,2 Euro)
U an also rent a skates pair, it costs 500Ft (about 2,1 Euro) per hour
Equipment: Skates pair of course :))
Nice place in the Central park, near Vaydahunyad castle.
Pleasant music (Motzart, Strauss and modern also) and just nice time spending
Rudas - Turkish bath - Men only
The baths is believed to have been built in the 1550s and rebuilt by Pasha Sokol Mustafa in 1566. At that time it was called `Green Columned Baths`. The centre of the present Rudas Baths, the Turkish bath, was formed during the Turkish occupation. It has an octagonal pool under a 10m-span dome supported by eight columns and surrounded by a barrel-vaulted corridor. It exists today almost in its original form and is the core of the present baths. The swimming pool dates from 1896 and was the second indoor pool in Budapest. The thermal baths is popular with all ages, though is for men only. The swimming pool, which operates as a medicinal pool, is primarily visited by the elderly. However, children`s groups also visit in large numbers. Several generations have learnt to swim here. There are also complex physiotherapic services (daily hospital) offered on the second floor of Rudas Gyógyfürdõ.