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Budapest is a city of full of surprises and wonder, with its lively centre, pretty parks, majestic river, tall church spires and lavish spas. One of the most exciting cities in the world, Budapest is full of secrets, hidden spots to explore and old favourites to revisit. This is the city where being bored is not an option.Read more
27th September 2014 will see the 4th World Tourism Day, with the theme "Tourism & Community Development". It will be celebrated and marked in cities all over the world. In Budapest and other cities across Hungary there are a number of promotional activities, guided tours and events on offer, some of which would be enjoyable even if you cannot speak Hungarian!
The E4 trans-European walking route cuts right across Hungary, and unlike some of its neighbours, Hungary is meticulous about signposting, so even if the tricky Hungarian Language is an insurmountable maze of grammar, you will not need it to follow the colour-coded sign on trees and markers. Here it is known as the National Blue Route and is denoted by a horizontal blue stripe on a white background.
Budapest Bike, or BUBI (pronounced Boobie) is a public bike-sharing system similar to those operating in London, Washington DC and Amsterdam. About 1100 Bikes can be picked up and dropped off at any of 76 bike stations, mostly across Pest. First-time payment can be by bank card at touchscreen machines (about half of the stations), or via prepaid card which you must pre-register for. Rental starts free for the first 30 minutes, then increases every additional half hour.
Head northeast from the city and visit the Palace of Gödöllő and its breathtaking garden. If you go a little further, you may see a real Hungarian horse show at Lázár Equestrian Park.