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Embrace your inner child that is full of curiosity, looking for adventure and excitement. In Hungary you have countless opportunities to do so – Water Sports, Horse Riding, Climbing & Trekking and Adventure Parks

Water Sports

Sailing is the most popular type of water sport at Lake Balaton. Besides sailing, swimming and surfing, the most popular sports are water skiing and water boarding which can be practised all around the lake and particularly in the main towns of Balatonfüred, Siófok and Vonyarcvashegy. It is also possible to do a six to ten day sailing course. Sunbeach, in the eastern region of Aranypart, is the most suitable place for kite surfing and wind surfing in Hungary. It is also possible to rent a water-scooter, surf a kayak or a catamaran almost anywhere.  During winter, ice skating on Lake Balaton is a must do adventure. Individuals with experience can also try ice sailing and ice wind surfing.

Lake Balaton is the home to plenty of races of international ranking, of which the Kékszalag Tókerülő race (around the lake) is the rage amongst racing fans. This race, held in the month of July, is a 160 kilometres long race, while VinCe Balaton is the accompanying lakeside event where visitors are welcome to taste the best Hungarian wines and check out the culinary exhibitions and free concerts at the Tagore sétány (Tagore Promenade) in Balatonfüred.

In the capital Budapest, between spring and autumn the public ice rink in the City Park is transformed into a boating lake, where rowing boats can be hired. The artificial lake is surrounded by parks and is close to restaurants, the zoo, the national circus, Heroes’ Square and the amusement park. The best place for canoeing and kayaking in Budapest is on the River Danube at Római-part, which is on the east side of the river. The most convenient route is via the HÉV suburban line to Rómaifürdő.

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Horse Riding

Horse riding is a popular activity in Hungary. The world famous breed of Lipizzaner stallions come from Hungary and are a breed closely associated with the Spanish Riding Academy, Vienna. Ancient Hungarians were nomadic tribes that excelled in horse riding. To celebrate and maintain this tradition each year in mid-September the biggest Hungarian equestrian festival, the National Gallop, is held in Heroes’ Square. There are many riding schools on the outskirts of Budapest city as equestrian parks are normally located in the countryside.

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Climbing and Trekking

There are some opportunities for outdoor climbing and trekking in Budapest, particularly in the Buda Hills area. There are also many indoor venues as well as clubs for hill-walking, climbing and trekking. The Visegrád Mountains are situated halfway between Szentendre and Esztergom, close to the main road and can also be reached via a scenic boat route on the Danube.The distinct hiking trail network weaves through some of the most beautiful parts of Hungary and is about 11000 kilometres long, the most beautiful one being the “Országos Kéktúra” or National Blue Trail. Many tourist trails cut through Visegrád and once you’re on the top, your efforts will be rewarded with an unforgettable view of the mighty Danube River, the green hills and the unspoiled villages in the valley.

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Adventure Parks

There are a number of adventure parks in Budapest that are suitable for both adults and children. The Sherpa Adventure Park is located in Balatonfűzfő, where you can try the nine metre climbing tour, the adventure track and the Archer’s field. Additionally there is a bob sledding track operating all year round which gives great views of the Balaton region from its grounds. In Zánkaland Adventure Park, there are more than 100 obstacles in 10 hectares awaiting you. There are many more options like Full Extreme Sport Park, Siofok, for lovers of extreme sports, the Zamárdi Adventure Park and the Western Park at Nemesvita.

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