With the arrival of fine weather, it is always better to spend time outdoors than in the office or at home; likewise, when exercising or playing sports, people prefer nature to a gym. So in the next installment of our Best of Budapest series, we’ve rounded up some of the best places for street workouts and outdoor sporting activities, from chilling in a cold pool to extreme sports and an early morning yoga class. .
When it comes to the possibilities for free outdoor sports, perhaps none is more important than running. One of the best places to do this is on Margaret Island, where you can run around the island on the so-called ‘Island Round’ or ‘Margaret Round’, a renovated 5.3 km padded track. long. There are also several running clubs, with free classes you just need to register a few days in advance for the events. For example, Adidas Runners offers community runs three times a week, 2 shorter and one longer in three different locations: one on Margaret Island, one in the Buda Hills with stunning views and a longer one in the park. from the city. All of these groups have professional trainers to help with the warm-up and stretching, leaders, and running shoe testing.
Urban movement, streettraining is also a great way to change your training program. As temperatures rise, exercise parks become more and more popular, with dozens of people around the equipment. A typical street workout park looks like a playground, but the usual routine often consists of tough physical exercises such as pull-ups, push-ups, dips, sit-ups, and squats. Since 2011, the sport even has its own world championship! In Budapest, there are over 80 street training parks – including two on Margaret Island mentioned above, the outdoor sports paradise, and according to Free Sport Parks, which has collected all the training venues. free of charge in the city, one located in Mechwart Liget, on the Buda side of the city.
During the hot summer months, swimming is perhaps the best outdoor sport activity. The HajÃ³s AlfrÃ©d national swimming complex, located on Margaret Island, awaits professionals and amateurs alike with two outdoor swimming pools of 50 m, one of 33 m and several training pools for beginners. They offer swimming lessons and the resort also has a sauna, buffet and indoor pools on site.
There are also several free or donation-based outdoor yoga classes in the capital this summer. Outdoor Yoga organizes yoga classes at two locations, on Margaret Island, near the SzÃ©chenyi Restaurant, and in the City Park, near the SzÃ©chenyi Baths. They offer astanga and integral yoga classes for beginners and trained yogis. One of the best outdoor yoga flash mobs this summer is the Sun Salutation – Surya Namaskar, which takes place four times in Heroes’ Square between May and August. However, it starts painfully early, as the main reason is to welcome the sun, which rises around 5-6 a.m. during the summer months. Namaste!
The Nehru Coast, a park that runs along the Pest side of the Danube, was renovated in 2016. With stunning views over the Buda Hills and close to the city center and the bars of the Budapest BÃ¡lna Center, it has become the one of the most popular sports parks among the young citizens of the capital. In addition to a buffet and a playground, the park has a football and basketball court, a training park on the street and an excellent bicycle park and on casters.
Fans of the most extreme sports can also find outdoor parks for them in Budapest. There are several skate-bike-roller spots in and around the city, with full, half and quarter pipes, handrails, fun boxes and bowls. The aforementioned Nehru Park is a great place for such workouts, but the Municipal Park and ErzsÃ©bet Square also offer popular skate parks, and there are a bit of them outside of town, GÃ¶rzenÃ¡l.