A sight seeing bike tour with Budapest Bike Breeze is the best way to spend your first day in Budapest: you'll learn about the history and culture of Hungary, it'll help you find your bearings in Budapest and, most importantly, you'll have lots and lots of fun!
I'm not that great on a bike (I tend to fall off looking at interesting things), but in Budapest this was not a problem. I'd even go so far as to say that Budapest is the perfect place to ride a bike: it's flat, there are lots of bike lanes/big pavements, the cars have respect for the cyclists, and there are no potholes. I didn't fall off once! Yey!
Erzsebet Ter (Erzsebet Square)
St Stephen's Bazilika
Next up was an interesting and controversial site. This was a memorial to the Nazi occupation of Hungary. Why is it controversial?
St Stephen founded Matthias Church in 1015. In the 16th Century, when Turkey occupied Hungary, Matthias Church became the main mosque of Budapest.
Fast-forward to the 40s, Nazis and Soviets occupied the church and the Soviets used it for a stable!
Also in Holy Trinity Square there is a section that inspired the capital of Gondor:
It also had amazing views of Parliament House:
There was no way we would have packed so much into this day without the bicycles and we'd also never have learned so much without Adam.
Make sure you pin this to your bucket-list:
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