Cycle to the Kopaszi Dam
‘The Kopaszi gát’ is an artificial dam in the south of Buda. Its history goes back to the 19th century when it was built to be a dock and to protect the nearby factories from floods. Recently it has gone through an innovative development project and become a public park. Now it is one of the most popular recreational areas in the city.
The dam is basically a 900m long man-made peninsula between ‘Lágymányos-bay’ and mainstream Danube. The park is open everyday from 6am until 10pm. The altogether 10-acre area is a perfect riverside setting for a romantic stroll, sports activities or relaxation. All along it is dotted with restaurants and cafes with terraces overlooking the bay. You can even try some typical local street food like the famous “lángos” (deep fried flat bread) or “kürtőskalács” (chimney cake). There is also a playhouse for the little ones. Whether you prefer the sandy beach on the bay side or the green grass overlooking the Danube, you will be able to relax. While listening to the ducks quacking you will completely forget that you are actually still in Budapest.
How to get there?
Cycling to the dam is pretty easy. Approaching it from the inner city you just need to follow the bike lanes to the Buda side and head south till you reach the dam. Once you are there, you can have a refreshing drink or even a proper meal to recharge your batteries or you can just relax enjoying the beach feel and taking in the scenery.