Thursday, 8 June 2017

To Budapest

Hi there.

Riding from Gyor to Budapest over several days the quality of the track vary enormously from bush track unusable after some rain to roads with medium car traffic to first rate bike paths, so do the towns and villages along the way. The sister towns of Komarno in Slovakia with its old city center and Komarom in Hungary with its thermal spa and 3 fortresses definitely worth a visit, to relax in the 35 to 38 Celsius, thermal pool is an experience not to be missed.

Esztergom (pop over 30000) the capital of Hungary till king Bela 4th moved to Buda after a Mongol invasion in 1249, leaving his royal palace to the Catholic archbishop for it to became the center of Catholic faith in Hungary.
The basilica at Esztergom 
Crossing the Danube at Szob by ferry and back at Nagymaros to Visegrad we can make the best use of the bike tracks without missing the best views the river has to offer from the walls of the Visegrad fortress, if you are a masochist or extremely fit (3km road 350meter hill) you can ride up if not take a bus, a visit to the recently excavated royal palace at the base of the hill is an easy option.

Hotel-restaurant on the road
From Visegrad it is only a short ride to Szentendre (pop 26000) an artist colony of long standing, with its craft shops, studios and art galleries and its proximity to Budapest (24km) is a most popular excursion for local and foreign visitors.

All the best to all.    Tom.

Town-square in Vac

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the ride reports. Doing the section from Vienna to Budapest late August. Looking forward to it.