Amazing Adventures in Budapest

If you have done enough walking and would like to try something a bit more adventurous, there are many options to choose from. There are numerous different modes of transport and award-winning river excursions that make Budapest stand out even more on the colourful map of Europe.

The cogwheel railway, the funicular, the chairlift: how many of these modes of transportation have you experienced? You can enjoy the scenery of Budapest City Centre from any one of them. The cogwheel runs on a track suitable for climbing steep terrain, with stations built in a style similar to those in the High Tatra Mountains.

The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular is Europe's second oldest conveyance of its type. The funicular has two carriages that are connected by a pulley. While one car is taking visitors up to Buda Castle, the other is on its way back down to the river. The 95-meter-long track is on the right side of the Danube, opposite the Chain Bridge and Gresham Palace, so the view during your trip is quite impressive! It is possible to rent bicycles at very friendly prices everywhere around Budapest. The green bikes (Bubi) can be picked up in one location and returned to any other. A very nice trip to take is a ride along the right bank of the Danube, in Buda. While admiring the view of the Parliament on one hand and the Castle on the other, it is an experience that is highly treasured even by the residents of Budapest.

The Danube winds through Europe on a long route, but we can state without bias that it doesn't shine as bright as in Budapest anywhere else. This is evidenced by the entire Danube bank panorama being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To travel around this area or to the neighbouring historical cities by boat is an experience you will never forget. It is no wonder that this year, due to its rich historical and architectural attractions, the readers of ‘Cruise Critic' chose Budapest as the most beautiful boat trip destination in Europe over Paris, Vienna or Prague. If you prefer longer boat trips, you may choose from the many luxury trips that depart from Budapest and journey to Nuremberg, Passau, Bratislava, Cologne, or even Amsterdam.

The narrow-gauge forest railways running in the capital and its surroundings offer a very special experience. The tracks wind through mountain valleys and across sloping plains, often accompanied by the sight of wild animals. For more than half a century, the ‘Children's Railway' in Budapest, where children play the role of cashier, train driver, ticket inspector and even traffic controller, has been providing fun trips for the whole family.

It is also worth taking a ride on one of the country's oldest forest railways, the ‘Királyrét Forest Railway', which runs from Kismaros to Királyrét along the valley of Morgó Stream, or even one of the newest, in the valley of the Vál, between the Alcsút Arboretum and Felcsút.