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Hiking in Budapest in Hungary

Some light hiking within the city limits is a great activity between tasting Hungarian cuisine

Hiking in Budapest
Hiking in Budapest
Hiking in Budapest
Hiking in Budapest
Hiking in Budapest
Hiking in Budapest

Buda's​ hills are great for not just panoramic views, but they also hide some secrets which you can easily find while hiking.

Hármashatár Hill is one of the most popular places, as its path leads to Lion's Rock that guards the entrance to the 11-meter-long Lion's Cave. It is also a part of the National Blue Trail, the oldest hiking trail in Europe.

János Hill is the highest point in Budapest. It can be reached on foot, but consider also using the Chairlift, which is almost 1 km long, or take the Children's Railway. All the stops along the Children's Railway route are popular recreation spots such as ​Széchenyi Hill, Normafa, Wildlife Park, and János Hill.

After reaching Buda's heights spend some time in its depths: the Pál-völgyi Stalactite Cave, the Hospital in the Rock, and the Buda Castle Labyrinth in the Castle Cave.

Practical info

What is the best time of the year for hiking in Budapest?

The ideal time to hike in Budapest is between May and September. This period has comfortable temperatures, perfect for high-intensity activities like hiking. Though, hiking is not recommended in extreme summer or winter temperatures due to safety concerns. It's best to carry enough water and avoid hiking in wet and slippery conditions. Show more

What is the easiest way to access János Hill?

János Hill is accessible via Chairlift or Children's Railway. The Chairlift is approximately 1 km long and offers great views. You can also use the Children's Railway to reach János Hill or walk the trail, which takes around 2.5 hours. By using public transport or taxi, you can easily reach the base station of the Chairlift and Children's Railway. Show more

Which recreational spots can one visit via the Children's Railway?

Besides János Hill, you can visit popular picnic spots like Széchenyi Hill and Normafa via the Children's Railway. Széchenyi Hill has two outdoor swimming pools, while Normafa offers breathtaking views, and numerous hiking trails. The Wildlife Park and János Hill are also accessible via this railway. You can take a break, eat, and rest while enjoying these recreational spots. Show more

What underground attractions can someone explore after hiking in Buda's hills?

If you're interested in underground attractions, Buda's hills have a few places to visit. The Pál-völgyi Stalactite cave offers many unique rock formations and is a designated nature reserve. The Hospital in the Rock is a fascinating WWII hospital with several educational exhibits. Castle Cave, located in Buda Castle's Labyrinth, has a rich historical background that connects to the Hungarian State and offers impressive light and sound effects. Show more

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