At a glance

Hungary is a small, landlocked country in Central Europe with much to offer visitors. Its capital, Budapest, is referred to as both the "Pearl of Danube" and "Little Paris of Middle Europe."

Highlights of the city include Castle Hill on which Buda Castle sits, Hungarian State Opera House, Fisherman's Bastion and Hungarian Parliament Building.

Hungary also boasts Lake Balaton, Europe’s largest freshwater lake. This fifty-mile lake offers countless water sports, as well as nearby trails, perfect for cycling and hiking. Vineyards surround this outdoor destination, where you can enjoy Hungary’s famous white wines. While sipping, you’ve got to try the Hungarian goulash and strudel as well!

Why cyclists love it

  • It boasts more than 1,242 miles (2,000 km) of cycle track in the countryside and 124 miles (200 km) in Budapest
  • Diverse landscape
  • Home to both the popular Lake Balaton region and the Danube Bike Path, one of Europe’s most popular routes that winds through Germany and Austria before reaching Hungary

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Popular regions

Lake Balaton
Called the "Hungarian Sea" by locals, Lake Balaton is an ideal spot for outdoor activities. Especially cycling. This picturesque area hosts numerous water sports and multiple hiking and cycling trails, perfect for family outings. Highlights of the surrounding area include Badacsony Hill reaching 1,312 feet (400 meters), the peninsula of Tihany and the Balaton Uplands National Park.
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Tour spotlight

Vienna to Budapest (Self-Guided)
Starting in Austria's elegant capital, Vienna, this self-guided tour travels on flat roads with slight hills till it reaches Budapest, Hungary. This tour allows cyclists to enjoy a ride in the morning before relaxing in wellness facilities or hot springs in the afternoon. It’s a wonderful adventure with an accompanying wonderful peace.
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Wine and Bike in Hungary's Balaton Uplands
Along with cycling through the Balaton Uplands National Park, this bike tour includes wine tasting at family owned vineyards and homemade traditional Hungarian dishes.
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Fast facts

Language: Hungarian (though German is also widely spoken)
Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
Population: 9,976,062
Size: 35,918 square miles (93,028 square kilometers) - slightly smaller than Indiana
Border countries: Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine
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