Our cycling holidays in Hungary

Hungary by bike, an irresistible invitation to a romantic journey

Cycling in Hungary means immersing yourself in the heart of Europe along the majestic Danube River. This escape is punctuated by bucolic strolls and cultural discoveries. Admire the grandiose architecture of the Budapest Parliament, reflected in the calm waters of the river and a testament to the country’s rich history. Relax in one of Hungary’s famous thermal baths after a day’s travel to appreciate the benefits of these waters.

Discover Hungary by bike

Hungary, nestled in the heart of Central Europe, boasts a captivating blend of historical heritage, diverse landscapes and a rich culture steeped in tradition. This landlocked nation is bordered by seven countries, including Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. The Danube flows through the country, offering picturesque landscapes and dividing the capital, Budapest, into two distinct parts: Buda to the west and Pest to the east. The Hungarian Great Plains, known as the Puszta, are an emblematic region of the country.

Hungary is an irresistible cycling destination, offering a diversity of landscapes that will charm cycling enthusiasts. Green hills, wide plains and the picturesque banks of the Danube create a changing backdrop for every route.

It’s worth noting that the entire Hungarian section of the Danube is a Natura 2000 site, preserving a vital ecosystem for endangered species, notably in the renowned Gemenc forest. This conservation measure adds a significant ecological dimension to the experience, allowing cyclists to appreciate not only the cultural beauty, but also the natural wealth of the region.

Hungary and its people

Hungarians, or Magyars, are renowned for their warm hospitality and national pride. Their unique language, Hungarian, is a distinctive feature, different from the surrounding languages. Hungarian culture is deeply rooted in art, music and cuisine. Folk festivals, traditional dances and tzigane music all contribute to the country’s vibrant atmosphere.

Hungarian cuisine is tasty and hearty, and a real gourmet’s delight. Goulash, the national dish, is a concoction of meat, vegetables and spices, reflecting traditional peasant cooking. Local markets offer a variety of fresh produce, from spicy paprika sausages to delicious wines from the country’s renowned vineyards.

Hungarians also celebrate their traditional festivals, marking the rhythm of the year with colorful events such as the Villány Wine Festival in autumn and the Budapest Spring Festival.

Roads and cycle paths in Hungary

The well-developed cycling infrastructure makes it easy to plan routes, guaranteeing well-marked and well-maintained paths. Whether it’s a tour along the Danube, a jaunt through the Bükk hills, or a ride through the vineyards of Tokaj, every kilometer is a new discovery. Here are some of Hungary’s great cycling routes:

  • The Danube Route (EuroVelo 6): One of Europe’s most emblematic cycling routes, the Danube Route crosses Hungary along the Danube River. It offers breathtaking views of the river landscape, passing through the Hungarian capital, Budapest, and offering cyclists the chance to discover cultural and natural gems.
  • The Balaton Route, Balatoni Bringakörút: around Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, well-developed cycle paths offer views of the lake, vineyards and traditional villages.
  • The Transdanubian Loop, Transdanubia Nagykörút: This route crosses the Transdanubia region, west of the Danube. You can explore historic towns such as Győr and Szombathely while discovering the region’s rolling countryside.
  • Tokaj Wine Route, Tokaji Borút: Perfect for wine lovers, this cycle route passes through the Tokaj wine region, renowned for its sweet wines. The routes wind through hills covered in vineyards, offering exceptional views and the chance to taste local wines.
  • EuroVelo 11: This international cycle route crosses Hungary from north to south, linking the Slovakian border with the Croatian border. It allows cyclists to discover the diversity of Hungary’s landscapes, from plains to mountains.
  • The Bükk Loop, Bükk Nagykörút: For those who prefer the mountains, this loop in the Bükk mountains in the north-east of the country offers some stimulating challenges. It offers the chance to explore dense forests, picturesque valleys and traditional villages.
  • The Castles Route, Várkörút: This route links a number of historic castles across Hungary, offering a deep insight into the country’s history.

Hungarian weather

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are generally the best times to cycle in Hungary. Temperatures are moderate, days are longer, and the scenery is magnificent, with lush vegetation in spring and autumn colors in autumn.

Although summer (June to August) offers warm, sunny days, temperatures can sometimes exceed 30°C. We recommend that you plan your itinerary to avoid the hottest hours of the day. The winter months (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often below freezing. Cycle touring during this period can be more demanding due to winter weather conditions, especially snow and ice.

Hungary’s 8 must-sees

  • Budapest by bike: Exploring Budapest by bike offers a unique perspective on the Hungarian capital. Pedaling along the banks of the Danube, you can admire iconic monuments such as Parliament, Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge. Well-developed cycle paths make it easy to explore this lively city.
  • Tokaj vineyards: The Tokaj wine region is world-famous for its wines, especially Tokaji, often referred to as “wine of kings, king of wines.” A visit to the vineyards offers not only the opportunity to taste exquisite wines, but also to delve into the rich history of Hungarian viticulture.
  • Lake Balaton: Central Europe’s largest lake, the Balaton, is a popular summer destination. Its beaches, picturesque villages and water sports make it an ideal place to relax. Cycling enthusiasts can tour the lake along the cycle path that runs alongside its shores.
  • Budapest thermal baths: Budapest’s thermal baths, such as the Széchenyi and Gellért baths, are must-see institutions. Relaxing in the warm waters while admiring the majestic architecture of the baths is an experience not to be missed, offering a relaxing interlude in the capital.
  • The Danube Route: Cycling along the Danube route allows you to discover Hungary’s varied landscapes as you follow the majestic river. From Budapest to Mohács, this route offers historic attractions, exceptional natural sites and picturesque villages.
  • Eger and its Hills: The town of Eger, surrounded by green hills, is famous for its historic castle, basilica and thermal springs. Cyclists can explore the region, taste Eger wine and enjoy the town’s medieval charm.
  • Local Festivals: Hungary is famous for its lively festivals throughout the year. Whether it’s the Beer Festival in Budapest, the Wine Festival in Eger, or other local events, attending a festival offers an immersion in vibrant Hungarian culture.
  • Hungarian Gastronomy: Be sure to sample Hungarian cuisine, rich in flavor and tradition. Dishes such as goulash, paprikás, langos and desserts like kürtőskalács are delights to be savored for a complete gastronomic experience.