If you’ve had enough of expensive gyms and you’re hungry for some soothing spring sunshine, it is high time you went outdoors to get your daily dose of sports. Where are the best outdoor fitness parks in Budapest? Where can you try curious creations such as kangoo or mosterroller? Where are the best outdoor soccer pitches and streetball courts? We’ve collected all the info you need on outdoor sports in Budapest.
Run, baby, run!
Free running fields
Margaret Island: all-weather running track (5 km); Orczy-kert (border of the VIII. and IX. district): clay court (400 m), forest runway (1 km); Városliget: asphalt and dirt roads (3 km); Vérmező (around Déli Railway Station): grass and dirt roads (3 km); Normafa: dirt roads snaking up to János Hill’s Elizabeth Observation Tower (5 km); Népliget – grass and asphalt/dirt roads (5 km).
Outdoor fitness parks
Margaret Island, Városliget, Városmajor, Vérmező, Óbuda fitness park (III. district, Harrer Pál Street), Bikás park (Újbuda station of M4 in the XI. disctrict), Népliget, Hajógyári Island.
Free football pitches
Margaret Island – large grassy fields, asphalt football pitches; Városliget – large grassy fields, asphalt football pitches; Olimpia park – all-weather football pitch; Orczy-kert – large grassy fields, various football pitches; Városmajor – floodlit asphalt pitches; Hajógyári Island – large grassy fields.
Just keep slidin'
Erzsébet Square: the most popular skatepark perhaps in all of Budapest. Városliget skatepark: perfect for kick scooter and BMX riders. Heroes’ Square‘s marble pavement is great for learning the basics. Városmajor‘s low fences and benches were made for more ripping spectacular slides on them. Móricz Zsigmond Square and Jászai Mari Square‘s underpasses are mainly for b-boys, unicyclists, and BMX riders. Sashalmi Pool (1163 Budapest, Sashalmi sétány 60.): built by the district’s local government in 2009 with the financial support of the European union.
Ball don't lie
The art of urban ninjas
Jump around here
Buda Castle: tall memorials and walls – for professionals; Heroes’ Square: lower boulders – for intermediates; Margaret Island: lower fences, benches – for beginners; Széll Kálmán Square: boulders, stairs, fences; Móricz Zsigmond Square: boulders, stairs, fences, underpass; Városmajor: parkour training grounds – for beginners.
A downhill battle
Normafa (XII. disctrict) – green as far as your eyes can see; János Hill (XII. disctrict) – uber-steep slopes; Hárs Hill (XII. disctrict) – wild forest with slopes; Hármashatár Hill (III. disctrict) – hilly, forested areas; Testvérhegy (III. disctrict) – steep, forested slopes.