Running in Budapest
Running in Budapest is something I already enjoyed when visiting the city on Christmas 2013, but it was even more amazing when I had the chance to run there in spring. With the sun shining and a clear sky, Budapest looked very pretty. Something especially great for runners in Budapest is the Margaret Island which is located right in the city center, but feels like running in the nature.
When we visited Budapest, I only had the chance to go running on the very last day of our trip as my baggage was missing after we arrived in Budapest. However, I didn’t regret even a single minute as the weather on the last day was more than just beautiful.
- Distance: 8 Kilometers
- Jogged altitude: 100 Meters
- Calories burned: 450-550
- Month: March
- Weather: Partly cloudy
Prepared for a great run, I started my journey at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest right across the Erzsébet Tér.
As it was early in the morning, I was lucky enough to enjoy undisclosed views of the city as only few people were already up exploring beautiful Budapest!
From the inner city to the Danube
When running in Budapest, I decided to have a glimpse on the city center, namely the Vörösmarty Tér with its many shops and restaurants first.
There, I also found the renowned Gerbeaud Café. As the Danube was already very close, I decided to get there as soon as possible.
My first view of Budapest Castle was absolutely stunning and made me look forward to running in the city even more.
Just a minute after, I was overtaken by the tram line 2, the renowned historic tram line that offers beautiful views of Budapest and the Danube.
A few hundred meters later, I arrived at Széchenyi István Tér where several luxury hotels like the Four Seasons Gresham Palace and the Sofitel Budapest are located.
Beauty of the past – crimes of the past
However, what’s even nicer to look at is the beautiful Chain Bridge – one of the most renowned landmarks in Budapest.
Another impressive building nearby is the Hungarian Academy of Sciences which looks absolutely beautiful and dates back to the early 19th century.
Talking of beautiful, it was worth mentioning the stunning views of Buda.
When running right on the Danube, you’ll also stumble upon something that will make you pause for a moment: The Shoes on the Danube Bank.
This memorial was built to remind people of the crimes of the Nazis and their aides against the Jews who were shot at this place in the Second World War.
Admiring the beautiful Budapest Parliament
After this emotional part of my run in Budapest, I encountered the Budapest Parliament – maybe the most impressive parliament building in the whole world.
Next to the Budapest Parliament, the Olympic Rings in the colors of Hungary are located.
I didn’t really get why, but it may be a statement for the possible application for the Olympic Summer Games 2024. Maybe the Olympic Marathon one day will follow the route I took when running in Budapest…
Margaret Island and more impressive views
Margaret Island, located between Buda and Pest, is renowned for being one of the nicest recreation islands in whole Europe.
On the island, there is pretty much no traffic at all while all routes are prepared for runners and cyclists. Moreover, there are some cafés, restaurants and sports clubs.
A real paradise for all who love strolling or running. As I also wanted to run on the Buda side of Budapest, I only spent a few minutes on the Margaret Island, but once again it was beautiful.
Sadly, I was a little unlucky as the promenade at Buda was not accessible due to construction works.
However, I was still able to enjoy some great views of the Parliament once again.
Coming “home” after a great run
Another kilometer further on the Danube, I reached the Chain Bridge once again. This time I also crossed it and enjoyed great views of the Budapest Castle while doing so.
Running up there may be a challenge for my next run in Budapest! However, I already enjoyed this run to the utmost even though I encountered some problems with GPS in the beginning.
With the Danube and beautiful promenades as well as the lovely Margaret Island, Budapest is one of the cities I just love running in. If you got the chance, I can just suppose you to do the same. You’ll love it!