In my humble opinion, there is no greater European city for adventure-loving families than Budapest in Hungary. In addition to the fantastic cultural attractions and quirky Old Town, Budapest has plenty of opportunities for adrenaline-fuelled adventure, which will take you away from the main tourist spots. Although you will want plenty of excitement during your holiday, you will want to start it off with a simple and stress-free airport trans-fer, which is why I suggest booking one of Shuttle Directâ€™s dependable Budapest Airport shuttles.
Read on for a few of my favourite alternative family activities in this great city.
Paragliding Above the City
Budapest is famed for amazing architecture, its hilly Buda District and its beautiful bridges stretching across the River Danube. There is no better way of seeing all of this than by soaring high over the city. So why not opt for a thrilling paragliding experience?
As there is a strong paragliding community that uses the Buda Hills as a starting platform, itâ€™s easy â€“ and advisable â€“ to find a reputable company that offers trips from here. This service can provide you with an experienced guide, who can handle the piloting duties. This will alleviate parental concerns over safety whilst ensuring that you and the little ones have an exhilarating experience.
Exploring the Buda Hills
The Buda Hills themselves are one of the cityâ€™s main attractions, and are a spot that any thrill seeker will love. The scenic hills are a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Budapest, boasting plenty of hiking trails that will treat you to unparalleled views of the area.
In addition to the hiking trails, Buda is home to around 200 underground caves. You can explore many of these unique and breathtaking caves via adventurous climbing/crawling tours, which I can highly recommend. These last between two and a half and three hours, taking you on a 30km long expedition that goes deep into the labyrinth system of the biggest cave in all of Hungary. This is a physically challenging activity, but it is also incredibly rewarding and will show you another world deep beneath the surface of the city.
Canoeing and Kayaking on the Danube
The spectacular River Danube, which is the second longest river in all of Europe, divides the city in two. Canoeing and kayaking on the outskirts of the metropolis is a great way to escape, get some exercise and take in the lovely surroundings.
Most reputable canoe tours on the Danube commence from one of the cityâ€™s best leisure areas, and proceed up the river to one of the many lush islands nearby. Here you can chill out, explore or have a paddle before returning and finishing off the outing with a classic Hungarian meal in an inviting eatery. This is a terrific day out and will show you a completely different side of the city.
How to Get There
Flying to Budapest is quick and easy, so it wonâ€™t be long until you can get out and start exploring. Flights from London airports to Budapest Airport take just under two and a half hours, and British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair all regularly make the trip.
The airport is about 25km outside of the city centre, so book a Shuttle Direct Budapest Airport shuttle and one of our friendly local drivers will pick you up. It is then just a 50-minute drive into Budapest.
There is plenty of adrenaline-fuelled action waiting for you here, but you do not want to go through an adventure to reach your hotel. This is why our Budapest Airport shuttle service can get your trip off to a smooth start.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for the most affordable Budapest Airport shuttle, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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