Budapest in detail

Activities

Budapest is a city with plenty of outdoor pursuits. Apart from the thermal baths, there are swimming complexes, and cycling is a terrific way to explore the city. The Buda Hills are honeycombed with caves, three of which are open to visitors (one involves serious caving). Equipment rental is available for kayaking and canoeing on the Danube.

Canoeing & Kayaking

The best place for canoeing and kayaking in Budapest is on the Danube from the Buda side at Rómaifürdő. To get there, take the H5 HÉV suburban train line to the Rómaifürdő stop and walk east towards the river. Rent kayaks or canoes from the rowing clubs about 5km north of the Árpád Bridge. Consult www.hydroinfo.hu/en first about water levels.

Caving

If you like to get down and dirty, head for the hills and visit one of Buda’s underground caverns: Mátyáshegy Cave, Pálvölgy Cave or Szemlőhegy Cave. There are minimum participant requirements for caving in the Mátyáshegy Cave, and limited spaces, so it's best to round up other potential spelunkers and book ahead.

Cycling

Cycling has become popular in the city, with an ever-growing network of designated cycle lanes and numerous places to rent bicycles. The most cycle-friendly parts of town are City Park and Margaret Island, while the trails in Buda Hills tend to be for mountain bikers. Dynamo Bike & Bake rents bicycles and has plenty of info on self-guided tours of the city. Bubi Bikes have handy rental spots all over Budapest (you have to register online first).