You’ve been to the museums, you’ve drunk more than your fair share of pálinka, and now you’re wondering: what are other exciting things to do in Budapest? You may not know it from looking at classic brochures, but we’re here to tell you that there are definitely adrenaline junkie activities in Budapest.
We all know laser tag - grab your mates and run around like a lunatic shooting each other and not having to worry about ammo! What better way to get your heart racing than to plan the best strategy, stay low, and laser your way to victory? Well, we have teamed up with some of the best venues in the city to give you the ultimate experience. Indoors, outdoors and huge disused buildings await you. Just don't get shot!
If you really want a thrill, how about squeezing through dark, tight spaces meters underground? Caving is one of the more extreme tours in Budapest, and is not for the faint of heart. Although the Buda hills are beautiful on the surface (that Buda Castle is a stunner), they actually hold many mysterious and winding caves.
You can go on an adventure caving expedition through a 30km cave system from 10,000huf (approximately $30) per person. If you’ve never been caving before, no worries! There are caving expeditions for complete beginners--all they ask is that you not be significantly overweight or claustrophobic. If you feel like a more relaxed alternative, you can sign up for their cave walk instead!
By renting a hot air balloon in Budapest you can get a bird’s eye view of all that Budapest has to offer--extra points for you if you’re afraid of heights!
Hungary Ballooning is one company that offers flights not only over Budapest but also around Lake Balaton. For 42000huf (approximately $150) per person, you can get your wings! They offer excursions at both sunrise and sunset, and a transfer from the city center is available upon request!
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, chances are you like being scared for fun. Then what could be better, we ask you, than visiting a horror-themed escape room in Budapest? Budapest is overflowing with escape rooms (and many of them have horror-themed games), but if you need more of a thrill, Horror Factory is exclusively dedicated to fear.
Once you descend into this dungeon of dread, you’ll be able to experience escape rooms, a haunted house walkthrough, and general spookiness. For the bravest (or most foolish?), you can try their “Buried Alive” 2-person escape room. You and a partner are locked laying down inside a pitch-black coffin, and have 1 hour to puzzle your way to freedom. Needless to say, this is not for the claustrophobic.
See the sights of Hungary...from above! Paragliding is your chance to soar over Hungary and see Visegrád Castle, the Danube river bend, and all of Budapest. And no, you don’t have to be an expert at all!
Both Paragliding Hungary and TandemFly provide tandem rides with experienced professionals whether you want to try paragliding with a motor or without. If you’re sticking around a bit longer and want to learn a bit more about paragliding in Budapest, they also offer courses as well! Are you ready to get your wings?
If soaring up above doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, what about diving down below? Budapest has multiple opportunities for urban and natural diving.
For example, those caves we mentioned earlier? It’s also possible to explore them via diving! The Molnár János cave is a favorite because of its perennially warm water and sparkling limestone crystal formations. Alternatively, it’s also possible to swim back in history and explore an old flooded mine in Kőbánya.
Paprika Divers aims to help Budapest visitors have memorable diving experiences, so reach out to them to see which tours are on offer!
Have you ever wanted to go into an underground bunker, or pretend to be a top secret spy? Maybe gun shooting in Budapest is the activity for you! Tap into Hungary’s military history and go shooting in an old WWII bunker, or try out one of the more modern ranges. Do you have what it takes to hit the target?
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or you’re just looking to have an unforgettable experience, here is a guide to unique Budapest activities that will get your heart pumping and give you an adrenaline rush! Which one will you try first?