You go off the beaten track, in search of what make Budapest the unique and buzzing city it is today!
Highlights and Themes
- Small-group tour
- Get a look at Budapest’s unique districts usually ignored by tourists
- Cycle off the beaten track into the city’s more obscure districts
- Ride along the Danube
- Visit the home of Op-Art: The Vasarely Museum
- Enjoy a traditional “Lángos” (deep fried-dough)
- Approx. 23 km/18 miles, flat ride without elevation
Dates & Times
April to October 14:00 – Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
Absolute Tour Center – 1065 Budapest, Lázár utca 16 (just behind the Opera House)
Know before you go
- Participants must know how to ride a bike and will need to be fit for continuous biking for up to 23 km / 18 miles with breaks along the way
- A minimum of 2 guests are required for this tour to run
- Tour goes in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
- Due to Traffic Laws this tour is not suitable for children under 12 years
- Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. No show or non-participation on the tour will not be refunded.
Full Tour Description
Most tourist visiting Budapest go through the usual bucket list of famous historic sights. Though ticking these off your list is great, it rarely gives an insight into contemporary city life and culture. During the alternative tour we give you a glimpse behind veil. Rather than looking backwards, we go off the beaten track, in search of what make Budapest the unique and buzzing city it is today.
Starting at our office behind the Opera House, we head past the Parliament and onto the lush green Margaret Island. Here you can learn about Margaret, the daughter of King Béla IV, and see the hidden gems of the island, such as the open-air theater, the Japanese Garden, the Musical Fountain and beautiful Art Nouveau Water Tower.
From here we cycle to the northern part of Buda, Óbuda, to visit the Victor Vasarely Museum. This honors the work of the famous Hungarian-French artist who is accepted as the “grandfather” of the Op Art movement. After a short refreshment break at a local pub, we’ll take a look at the work of both amatuer and professional graffiti artist on Budapest’s longest legal graffiti wall. Because Óbuda was once an important center for industrial production, we have a peek at some of the now disused factories. We also take a look at the spectacular Óbuda Gas Works. Inaugurated in 1914 it was the most advance gas factory in Europe by that time.
For the last leg of the tour, we’ll make our way down to the banks of the river Danube. Here we can relax in one of the many outdoor cafes and watch the busy river. It’s also a great opportunity to try the great traditional Hungarian street food, “langos”. Saying it’s deep fried dough with sour cream and cheese really doesn’t do it justice. Even better doused with lots of garlic! With full bellies, we ride back into the city center.
- English speaking guide
- Bike rental with helmet (optional)
- Entrance fee to Vasarely Museum
- Refreshment stop with a soft drink and a snack.
Transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.