Hungary is a unique place for art, culture, spas and gastronomy.
The landscapes range from the lush forests of Lake Balaton to the extensive Puszta, the name of the great Hungarian plains, plus valleys with vineyards and the volcanic mountain range known as Mátra in the north. Hungary is filled with beautiful cities and charming little towns, and of course the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest, a city included on the World Heritage List.
The ancient Magyar empire has a lot to offer you, and here we list a few of the possibilities on the sporting scene:
Water activities. Despite the fact that Hungary is a landlocked nation, you’ll find places like Lake Balaton, which is 80 km long and serves as a true paradise for those fond of sailing, with nearly a hundred ports where sailboats can be moored. Other sports you can practice are water skiing, wakeboard, kitesurf, windsurf, surfing, kayaking, sailing on a catamaran, etc. Besides Lake Balaton you have Lake Hévíz, the world’s largest thermal water lake.
Sports fishing. Hungary is a very attractive country for those who enjoy fishing. It is something you can do at Tisza, an artificial lake with an area of 127 sq. km and a good variety of fishes, the largest fresh water aquarium in Europe, where you can rent a boat and any other fishing material. You can also go fishing at Balaton, or in parts of the Danube, in Soroskár and Tass. And the best way to end a day of fishing is by eating any of the typical fish dishes at restaurants by the lakes or rivers.
Hiking and climbing. Hungary is full of beautiful sights and places, with 10 natural parks, 38 protected areas and a number of natural reserves. Tourist routes are signaled and there are professional guides who can take you along unsigned routes. You can climb up the Dobogókó, or see the ‘basalt organs’ of St. George. You can also admire the incredible birds at Lake Tisza, and climb mountains at the Biosphere Reserve of Pilis.
You can also cover some of the routes on bike or on horseback. And if you want to go climbing you can do it at Komáron, in Badacsony Natural Park, with volcanic mountains, and in Jánoshegy Kilátó.
Golf in Budapest. Count Andrássy Géza introduced golf to Hungary early in the 20th century, a sport that was shunned during the communist years and began to thrive following 1989—since then many golf courses have been designed.
In Budapest and its surroundings you’ll find several interesting golf courses, with high quality facilities and equipment fit for golf lovers, regardless of whether you are a professional or an amateur. One of them is the Golf Club Country, 30 kilometers from Budapest and by the Danube. Aside from golf classes, there is a shop where you can rent everything you need to play the sport.
There is a whole world to be explored in this country, and being bored is not an option. No matter how hard we try, we won’t be able to tell you everything about this beautiful country—you’ll have to come and find out for yourself.
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