City on the Run

With a temperature constant over 10 degrees Celsius during the day, the month of March finally provides us with the opportunity to leave the closed confines of the gym behind, put on our best running shoes, and take on the many tartan courses of the city, awakening from its winter slumber. Here are the best running tracks of Budapest!

Beautiful Margaret Island is a treasure chest of wonders: the 96 hectares patch of earth sports a petting zoo, some gorgeous Medieval ruins, a Japanese garden, a huge swimming complex and most importantly, the city’s longest and most scenic running course, measuring at 5.350 metres in length. The tartan course circling around the island is in top shape after a complete refurbishment in recent years, and you can even use it for a night time run, as the whole path is lit by public lighting.

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The steep slopes of János-Hill leading up and down, to and from Normafa, feature one of the most popular running paths amongst the seasoned joggers of the city. The 5,000 metres-long track may lack a proper tartan course, but the breathtaking view, the fresh air of the Buda Hills, and the romantic wilderness surrounding you more than make up for that weakness. Prepare for a tough uphill battle if you choose this one!

The two-kilometres long running course at Kopaszi-gát is one of Budapest’s best-kept secrets: starting at the Buda end of Rákóczi bridge, the tartan track leads you through the well-manicured park of Lágymányosi bay, providing you with some added extras to burning those unneeded calories, including ducks and a waterside atmosphere.

For an even more romantic high-pulse outing, visit the idyllic Római promenade in the city’s District 3. The ten-kilometres long riverside walkway stretches southwards from Aquincum to the northern border of Budapest, is dotted by antique boathouses and cozy eateries, and is a favored spot amongst undemanding runners, who can do without a professional tartan course if that means they can exercise in a natural environment.