Spring is here, the monuments of Budapest are waiting for you: a bicycle travel guide!

We all know that a large amount of physical exercise is mandatory for a healthy lifestyle. Many people avoid these activities for one reason or another, for example, boredom or disinterest in the activity itself. One activity stands out from the others, it’s cycling: a good way to have fun, to acquire new knowledge about your environment and to get your body moving at the same time. Discover below a bike tour around Budapest that is sure to spark your interest.

Deak Ferenc ter

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One of the busiest places in the city, Deák Ferenc tér, is the starting point for our city center bike tour. This square has been the city’s most popular meeting place since the 1800s. At that time, the square served as a farmers’ market. To avoid confusion, people started referring to the square by different names: Kholplatz and Kholmarkt, Jewish Square, and even Cabbage Market. Many name proposals arose until 1876. In that year, one of Hungary’s greatest minds died: Ferenc Deák was one of the cornerstones of the nation’s liberal movements. With respect, the popular square bears his name. Constantly improving, the most notable are the three metro lines, which to this day make Deák Ferenc tér the most popular crossroads for citizens.

Get on your bike and let’s descend Andrássy út to see the most remarkable monuments along the way!

Hungarian State Opera

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A stone’s throw from our starting position is a grand structure that needs no introduction: the Hungarian State Opera. After the construction of Andrássy út in the 19th century, proposals for a state theater began to arise. The National Theater at the time could hardly accommodate popular dramas and operas, so efforts to build a comprehensive theater were set in motion. Designed by renowned Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl and built by Frigyes Podmaniczky, the Opera House was built almost entirely from Hungarian materials, with a few exceptions. On September 27, 1884, the magnificent building opened its doors to a cheering crowd. The opening performance, in the presence of Francis-Joseph I himself, included the pieces ban bank, Hunyadi Laszloand Lohengrinall led by Ferenc Erkel and his son.

Kodaly körönd

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After the bustling Oktogon, a more picturesque area awaits us: we have arrived at Kodály körönd. Once nothing more than a dump, this square in Budapest is a testament to the brilliance of Hungarian architecture. During the booming infrastructural improvements of the 19th century, Kodály körönd also needed to be improved. The square’s four symmetrical sides can be overwhelming, and even small details on the sides of the ornate buildings stand out below. In front of these imposing structures are four small parks, each housing a statue: Bálint Balassi, György Szondy, Miklós Zrínyi and János “Blind” Bottyán. These people were heroes, standing up against the Ottoman invasion of Hungary.

Be sure to circle around to inspect all of these immaculate statues. Once you’re done, continue forward.

Heroes Square

Heroes Square

Heroes Square – photo: Víctor Santillán

The final destination of our journey is that of splendour. To our left is the Museum of Fine Arts, and to our right is the Kunsthalle, or Palace of Arts. We have reached one of Budapest’s top destinations: Heroes’ Square. Connecting the two museums is the Millenium Monument complex. In the center we see Archangel Gabriel, towering 32 meters above. In his hands he holds the Holy Crown of Hungary and the Apostolic Double Cross. The monument was built in an eclectic style, resembling a semicircle. On either side are seven pairs of famous Hungarians.

While you’re enjoying the shine, think about where to go next. Why not take a stroll through City Park? Perhaps a periodic exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts caught your eye? Wherever your path takes you, be sure to soak up the culture around you.

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