DISCOVER BUDAPEST

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I recently moved back to Budapest after living in different parts of the world for the past ten years. Meanwhile, I became an avid runner so once I knew that I was packing up my life in New York City, I set my mind on starting my own running group in Budapest. This was the best and easiest way for me to rediscover my hometown and make new friends at the same time.

 

Csilla Fazekas - Budapest Running Project

Budapest is a beautiful city full of history. From the pre-war buildings to our world famous Parliament. Streets are mostly narrow and people don’t really understand urban running that much (yet). Therefore, you have to be patient. I always make sure to thank people if they let me pass. I’m all about building a happy running community and a good relationship with the non-runners.

 

If you are more into trail running, no problem at all. The Buda hills will surely satisfy your hunger for the dirt roads.

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The Danube river dividing Budapest in Buda and Pest

Budapest is the capital of Hungary. It's a small country with a population of 10 million. The Danube river divides Budapest into two parts: hilly Buda and flat Pest. Budapest was occupied by many different nations and cultures during its long history. You can find traces of that in all different neighbourhoods of the city.

If you are visiting in the warmer months you will most certainly enjoy Budapest’s outdoor areas. There are plenty of cafes and bars with magical views sitting and relaxing outside with a beverage of your choice.   

 

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Runner's Paradise

The downtown area of Budapest is mostly flat but there are plenty of hills to climb close by. Many beautiful bridges cross the Danube river and countless historic places along your running routes. 

In the Danube river is an island. It's located in between the Arpad Bridge and the Margaret Bridge. I could call it the runners' paradise since most of the runners will go there to train. It’s exactly a 5k loop if you run on the outside road of the island. But, nevertheless, Budapest offers many other beautiful and scenic places to run. However, especially in the early morning hours, Margaret Island is a perfect place for tempo runs. Later in the day it will be crowded quickly, though.


FAVOURITE ROUTES

The city has so many scenic routes. Once you lace up and start running you will soon learn that you can take any street or bridge and it will lead you to gorgeous city views and sights. For the best panoramic view of the city, climb the Buda hill or the Gellert hill. If you are into hill training then go ahead and tackle them both. There is a look out close by called Jozsef-Hegyi Kilato only about 5km from the fifth district (city centre) away.

DOWNtown Budapest

FACTS

 

  • Category: ROAD
  • Start & Finish:
    Kempinski Hotel
  • Distance: 5.3km
  • Elevation: 45m D+
  • Duration: 25-40mins
  • Download GPS data

Parliament & heroes square

FACTS

 

  • Category: ROAD
  • Start & Finish:
    Madal Cafe - Coffee Shop
  • Distance: 7.8km
  • Elevation: 85m D+
  • Duration: 35-70mins
  • Download GPS data

Island route

FACTS

 

  • Category: ROAD
  • Start & Finish: 
    Madal Cafe - Coffee Shop
  • Distance: 15.7km
  • Elevation: 115m D+
  • Duration: 70-120min
  • Download GPS data


FACTS

 

  • Category: ROAD
  • Start & Finish: 
    Madal Cafe - Coffee Shop
  • Distance: 8.1km one-way
  • Elevation: 76m D+
  • Duration: 35-90min
  • Download GPS data

FACTS

 

  • Category: ROAD
  • Start & Finish: 
    Madal Cafe - Coffee Shop
  • Distance: 8.9km
  • Elevation: 117m D+
  • Duration: 40-75min
  • Download GPS data


races

There is a selection of races in and around Budapest from road and track events to trail, cross country and mountain running. For the full list of upcoming events visit the race calendar.


must-see places

Above are shown some of the obvious places to discover but I'd like to put together routes, where we just simply explore different neighbourhoods and hidden gems. For example the Bajza street tunnel. 


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My name is Csilla Fazekas. I recently moved back home and started my own running club BUDAPEST RUNNING PROJECT. It is based on the idea that the city is our playground and nothing should stop us from exploring it. I believe in city running and that it is the best way to discover a place. And it's the best medicine against jetlag anyway. 

Travelling and running enabled me to check a few points on my bucket list such as running through the Shibuya crossing in Tokyo, racing a tram in Hong Kong or running through Vietnam's countryside.

If you are visiting Budapest, I’d love to invite you to run with my running group. You will feel like a local when running with the locals!

 

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