Danube Bend

The stretch of the Danube north of Budapest offers cultural experiences as well as outdoor sports activities in beautiful natural settings, including the majestic Danube Bend. The first stop is romantic Szentendre, long a favourite with artists as well as recreational sportsmen. It's the perfect destination for a day trip by bike, or on the river by kayak or canoe, starting from a boat house on Budapest's Római beach. Further afield Vác and Esztergom await. For walkers and mountain bikers the Börzsöny, Visegrád and Pilis mountains offer numerous tourist trails of varying difficulty. Dobogókő is the highest peak in the Visegrád Mountains, affording breath-taking views of the Danube Bend and the surrounding hills, - a favourite destination of Budapest residents who wish to leave the hustle and bustle behind for the day. Dobogókő boasts Hungary's oldest post-WWI ski slope and its first tourist inn, which today functions as a museum. There is a large network of well-marked tourist trails of varying difficulty; one of the most popular ones is Rám-szakadék, a miniature canyon that is one of the most adventurous yet easily accomplished trails in Hungary. The Children's Railway that operates in the Buda hills is always a firm family favourite run by supervised children between the ages of 10-14.