Budapest is an incredible city with treasures tucked around every bend. Though it is fairly walkable, we discovered a much more entertaining and exciting way to maximise your time whilst seeing the city’s highlights – a Segway tour!
After all, why would you walk when you can roll?!
Are Segways Easy to Ride?
With a little balance (and you really don’t need much – I can’t ride a skateboard to save myself) and 5 minutes of training and practise you’ll be on your way.
Riding on only two wheels, Segways are self-balancing and incredibly intuitive. Simply lean forwards to go forwards, backwards to go back and steer to the left and right. There’s nothing to it.
The speed on your Segway will be controlled to limit it to the perfect around-town-starter-speed so as long as you keep your wits about you, there’s really very little challenge in riding one of these incredible machines through the streets of Budapest.
Which Segway Tour in Budapest is Best for Me?
With a number of different tour options available, there’s a Segway tour in Budapest to suit everyone.
Short on time and keen to see one of the most beautiful churches around? Join the Basilica Tour (30 mins).
If you have a little more time, the Parliament Tour (1 hour) is a great option, including a detailed look at one of the most beautiful buildings in Budapest (and in a city of striking architecture, that’s high praise).
The Heroes Square Tour will zip you down towards Budapest’s most significant monument, past a number of important sites and around the city’s largest park (where you’ll also find the Szechenyi Baths and the City Park Ice Rink/Városligeti Műjégpálya, should you wish to return at another point in your travels.)
Finally, if you’re on the hunt for incredible views, want to see some of the oldest buildings in the city and fancy racing your Segway up and down the hillside (which we figured, was a whole lot better than walking), the Buda Castle Tour is for you.
Regardless of which Eco Segway tour you choose, you’l be joined by an awesome guide and will be kitted out with comfort and safety in mind. The team really think of everything – right down to the foot-warmers they supply!
You’ll also have peace of mind, knowing that you’re supporting an eco-friendly, electric mode of transport – a nice little bonus!
What Stops Will I Visit on My Buda Castle Segway Tour?
Deciding on the Buda Castle tour was an easy choice for us. We knew we wanted to maximise our time on the Segways and loved the idea of heading up to the top of Buda for those picture-postcard views.
What’s Involved in This Tour?
Weaving through the Old Town of Pest, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy (and photograph) many beautiful pastel coloured buildings before making your way over the Elizabeth Bridge, learning about its intriguing history as you ride.
Once you find yourself on the Buda side of the Danube River, the fun really begins!
Making your way alongside the river and up the hillside towards the Fisherman’s Bastion, you’ll soon find yourself standing in front of two of my favourite buildings in all of Budapest; the aforementioned Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church.
The Bastion is a stunning terrace, built in a neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style (between 1895 and 1902). To put it very simply, it looks like something out of a fairytale. Combine this striking terrace with the nearby church (and roof tiles that look as if they’d be at home on top of a gingerbread house) and you’ve got photo opportunities galore!
Not far by Segway, you’ll come across the Buda Castle. Built for the kings of Hungary, it was originally finished in 1265, but due to wartime damage, the majority of the Baroque style that you’ll see today was built between 1749 and 1769.
Just off to the side of the Buda Castle, there’s a viewing platform which provides incredible views of the city (and an opportunity for that perfect holiday snap).
Following your Buda Castle stop, you’ll start working your way back across the bridge and back to your base in the Old Town, before saying goodbye to your guide and begrudgingly leaving your Segway behind.
Yep, we did ask if we could take them home and the answer was a definite no.
Still, you can’t blame us for asking.
Sign Yourself up to a Segway Tour: Budapest, the Fun Way!
We had a ball on our Segway tour. It was a fantastic way to see the sights and experience something fun and new, whilst learning about the beautiful and vibrant Hungarian capital.
We’d absolutely recommend you join a Segway tour when you’re next in Budapest – it’s a sure-fire way to have fun.
Thank you to Eco Segway for hosting us for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts are our own.