Hungary’s long history saw the country occupied by various powers: from the destructive but ultimately unsuccessful Mongol invasions of the 13th century, to the centuries-long conflict of the Ottoman-Hungarian Wars. Most recently, Hungary endured a period of communist rule under the Soviet Union, before a peaceful transition to a democratic system in 1989. Discover this history first hand on the Budapest Retro-Communist Bike Tour, stopping at Kossuth Square, where the 1956 revolution began, and at Margaret Island, a site of leisure designed for the working class.
Beyond Budapest, Hungary’s scenic sights and traditional villages beckon. Visit Lake Balaton, affectionately called the ‘Hungarian Sea’, or explore the picturesque Danube Bend, where the river weaves through verdant hills and past medieval towns like Visegrád and Esztergom. Stop off in small villages to discover vital folk traditions, from intricate dances to colorful costumes that keep the country’s rich cultural heritage alive. From the elegance of its capital to the folk culture of its countryside, Hungary offers an exceptional blend of history, culture, and natural splendor to be discovered by bicycle.