See the Buda Hills on Bike
To choose the Buda Hills for a day
The main contrast between Pest and Buda is that the latter is greener, quieter, prettier, and more residential. The Buda Hills are a low mountain range of numerous hills which dot the Buda side of the Hungarian capital, including Gellért Hill, Castle Hill, Sváb, János, Széchenyi, Márton and Sas Hills. It is an ideal area for cycling.
It takes about 1 or 2 hours to cycle up Gellért Hill from the city center. Then you’ll be rewarded with some of the greatest views of the city. Also if you stop half-way you’ll have the chance to visit the Church in the Rock. At the very top of the hill stands the Citadel which used to be a fortress, but now hosts museums and their exhibitions. In front of it stands the Statue of the Liberty, which is a memorial from 1945 when the Soviet Army came to Budapest to liberate us from the Nazis. There are trees all around, and a grass area, so you can easily enjoy some drinks here – even a picnic.
The next stop on your trip should be the famous János Hill. It is a bit further, but the hill is even higher and the ride more enjoyable. Start from Széll Kálmán tér where you can take the steep route up to the top until you reach Normafa. Seems like it’s a well-known place to just about everyone living in Budapest. Youngsters and adults all enjoy the beautiful scenery, the fresh air and the panoramic view at 477 meters high.
You can have a tasty lunch in the surroundings; there are several cute little restaurants around.
János Hill and Erzsébet lookout
Continuing from Normafa it’s a long but worthwhile ride to the top of János hegy. This is the tallest of the Buda Hills, standing at 528 m. There is a tower on the top called Erzsébet Lookout, named after the Empress. Due to it’s height, from here you can admire the stunning panoramic views of Budapest and beyond.
In the afternoon if you are planning to cycle up Castle Hill then cross the Chain Bridge. Take a right on Hunyadi Street which will lead you up to the top. From here you’ll enjoy a great view of the Fisherman’s Bastion. Why not spend some time cycling around the Royal Palace and then check out Matthias Church. Also have a look over to the Pest side as well – if it a clear day, you can see Margaret Island and even the distant Pilis Mountain. Enjoy your ride!
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