If you want to explore the side of Budapest that tourists and even some locals ignore, then this is the tour for you. Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll get see emerging neighbourhoods where art and culture are just starting to blossom.
Highlights and Themes
- Small-group tour
- Get a look at Budapest’s unique districts usually ignored by tourists
- Poke around industrial areas and gritty back streets to discover a thriving subculture and vibrant contemporary arts scene
- 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
- Refreshment stop: enjoy a traditional Hungarian Lángos (deep fried-dough)
Dates & Times
April – October
14:00 – Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
No tours between November and March
Meeting and Conclusion Point
Absolute Tour Center
1065 Budapest, Lazar Street 16,
located right behind the Opera House.
Full Tour Description: Hidden Budapest Bike Tour
Duration: 4.5-5 hours
Distance: approx. 23 km / 18 miles, flat ride, no elevation
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 Budapest Bike 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.
Onto Margaret Island
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 producing 250,000m3 gas each day.
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, “lángos”. 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 and our Alternative Budapest Bike Tour concludes where it began.
Our Hidden Budapest Bike Tour run with small groups and generally do not have more than 15 participants. This makes them interactive and personal and gives you plenty of chances to ask questions and get to know your guide. You can also hit them up for local tips on where to go and what else to do.
We reserve the right to alter and change the tour program without prior notice due to construction, city closures for events, festivals and so on throughout the year.
English speaking guide, bike hire and optional helmet included during the tour time, refreshment stop, visit to Vasarely Museum (when open). Stops for photos and refreshments.
Entry fees to sights and museums, food and beverages except where noted, transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.
A minimum of 2 guests are required for this tour to run.
Groups over 15 people please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org