Visit Hungary Highlights Top Recreational Activities

Hungary's natural wonders create an enchanting backdrop, attracting individuals with a fervor for active recreation. Visitors in this landlocked country can engage in crafted programs, tailored to accommodate enthusiasts of all ages.

Within its diverse array of landscapes, the country has plenty to offer outdoor enthusiasts yearning for thrilling and dynamic experiences. From invigorating cycling routes that traverse scenic paths to ecotourism ventures that immerse visitors in nature's wonders and exhilarating via ferrata climbing for those seeking an adrenaline rush, Hungary presents a multitude of opportunities.

“We take pride in offering carefully curated programs that strike the perfect balance between excitement and comfort, guaranteeing a safe and enjoyable experience for families that visit. Not only do we provide enthusiast explorers with a world of engaging activities that will capture the hearts of both children and adults but the opportunity to unleash one’s inner explorer, creating cherished memories that will endure through time,” said Ivan Ljubinkovic, regional head of business development at Visit Hungary.


Lake Tisza
Tisza-tavi Okocentrum (Visit Hungary)

Hungary's vibrant sector is guided by Ödön Téry National Tourist House Development Program. This initiative sets the stage for a sustainable and immersive experience, providing varied modern and affordable accommodation facilities nestled along popular hiking trails throughout the country. The Hortobágyi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the tranquil expanse of Lake Tisza offer opportunities for birdwatching, guided eco-tours and immersive exploration of their natural landscapes. In the rejuvenated Sopron Hills and Lake Fertő region, active adventurers and ecotourism enthusiasts can embrace designated cycling trails, traverse nature trails revealing the wilderness's secrets and indulge in waterbird-watching.

Via Ferrata

Hungary’s via ferrata routes are said to promise adrenaline and safety all together, offering families the opportunity to conquer new heights. Felsőtárkány, Demjén and Tatabánya signal beginners with their accessible paths, treating them to great vistas and meticulously maintained tracks. For a unique experience, travelers can scale the Megyer-hegy Tarn in the Zemplén Mountains, where a via ferrata journey unfolds above the water mirror of a lake, immersing climbers in Hungary's natural wonders.

SUP Budapest Sunrise Tour

Travelers can opt to experience Budapest from a whole new vantage point with a sunrise stand-up paddleboarding adventure on the Danube River. The journey begins from Római Part and immerses guests in a two-hour tour that unveils the city's iconic landmarks and historic architecture. One can also glide through the heart of Budapest, witnessing the beauty of its UNESCO World Heritage site, the Danube River. 


Cyclers will have an opportunity to experience cycling through Lake Balaton. One can set sail on the water or hop on a bicycle to explore its surroundings. Discover the vibrant BalatonBike365 Port in Keszthely, a sprawling biking route offering 621 miles of expertly marked cycle paths, 3,600 tourist services and an array of attractions. For the ultimate biking escapade, venture along the renowned Budapest-Balaton Cycle Route, known as BuBa, on a two-day ride from the bustling streets of Budapest to the shores of Balaton. Guests can pedal through lush wine regions, uncover historical treasures in Székesfehérvár, and marvel at the beauty of Lake Velence. The cycling adventures continue the realm of Lake Tisza, where a 40-mile cycling circuit awaits. This route, crowned the Cycling Route of the Year in 2021, promises vistas and a blend of nature and culture.


A tourist house
A tourist house (Visit Hungary)

Hungary sets the stage for running events that cater to a diverse range of interests and skill levels. Participants can don their running shoes and test their limits in the renowned Kékes Mountain Run, where they will conquer a formidable 671-meter elevation gain while traversing the country's pristine forest. The Budapest 150 Charity Half Marathon provides an opportunity for runners to support mental health awareness, with different distances available to accommodate participants of varying abilities. For a unique and whimsical experience, runners can take part in the Liget Experience Run in City Park Budapest, exploring exclusive areas and buildings not typically accessible to the public.

Performance Hikes

Hungary performance hikes blend physical challenge, relaxation, and a sense of camaraderie. One such event is the Kinizsi 100, a 62-mile hike from Budapest to Tata, attracting hikers eager to push their endurance limits amid picturesque forests and meadows. For those seeking autumn vistas and encounters with diverse wildlife there is  the Kékes Klarissza's Way performance hike in Mátra, the highest point of the country.

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