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The need for speed in and around Mogyoród

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The Hungaroring in Mogyoród is the site of the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix and other motor races, and it’s a pilgrimage site for petrolheads. But they will also find lots of attractions in the nearby towns. 

The Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix has been held at the Hungaroring in Mogyoród since 1986. The 4.381-kilometre track acquired its current form in 2003. It is often compared to the city race track in Monaco due to its narrow sections and sharp turns. The competitors complete 70 laps, or a total of 306.67 kilometres, in approximately 110 minutes. A new contract was signed in July 2021, meaning the Hungarian Grand Prix, which has been held every year since 1986, will definitely continue at the Hungaroring until 2037.

The 37th time in Hungary

It’s not only racing drivers that can experience the Hungaroring feeling. On non-race days, you can look around the ring an experience driving on the track yourself. There is also a driving technique track, where even the most professional drivers can learn new techniques that guarantee driving safety. What's more, you can sign up for the go-kart track and off-road experiences.

Speed and comfort at the Aquarena

At the Mogyoród Aquarena slide park, you can experience unbridled speed, though a little differently than at the Hungaroring. In the eleven and a half hectare adventure park, which is unlike any other in Central Europe, nine pools and 26 different slides with a combined length of one and a half kilometres – both under and above ground – await those looking for an adrenaline rush. The Black Hole, which has incredible visual effects, the underground Mole Slides, and for the really brave the Free Fall, offer a particularly exciting experience. But there is also rafting, a three-level, cliff-shaped diving pool, an adventure pool for those looking for more comfortable water fun, a glass mosaic jacuzzi reminiscent of the splendour of the Roman Empire, and a lazy river. The little ones can splash around in the special children's pool, and the older ones can relax in the waterfall of the rainforest and enjoy the view of the waterfalls. Sporty visitors can get moving on the football pitch or the volleyball and badminton courts.

Sisi's favourite palace

The story of the Hungarians' favourite queen, Sisi, is inseparably intertwined with the Gödöllő Royal Palace. The palace, originally owned by the Grassalkovich family, was purchased by Franz Joseph's treasury during the Compromise in 1867 to serve as a resting palace for the Austrian imperial and Hungarian royal couple. Queen Elizabeth, or just Sisi, particularly liked Gödöllő, and often stayed in one of Hungary's largest and most impressive Baroque castles. Today, you can learn about the history of the building in the palace museum, which includes suites furnished according to the fashion of the late 19th century. But there are many other attractions too. You can visit the riding stables, the baroque stables, the palace theatre and the palace garden, where you can end your walk with a cake in the café. Discover the palace with sports reporter Zoltán Szujó. 

ZOLTÁN SZUJÓ ON GÖDÖLLŐAre you a speed freak? The Hungaroring welcomes you on the last weekend of July. For the 37th time, the drivers will line up on the grid for the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix in Mogyoród, which once again promises unforgettable experiences.
Zoltán Szujó on Gödöllő
Zoltán Szujó on Gödöllő #2
Evelyn Verrasztó on Várkert Bazár
Gábor Király on Visegrád

A section of the Gödöllő Forest Railway, which winds through the beautiful, diverse landscapes of the Gödöllő Hills Landscape Protection District, also touches the Gödöllő Forestry Arboretum. Nature lovers can find a unique variety of plants here. Visitors can currently travel on a one-kilometre long section, and can combine the journey with a workshop tour and a visit to the railway museum. 

Bear feeding and wolf spotting

The area around Mogyoród also offers some wild experiences. The bear farm in Veresegyháza is the only bear shelter in Central Europe, where, in addition to the brown giants, you can also meet European grey wolves and reindeer. The first residents of the shelter were bears confiscated from Mafilm's premises in Gödöllő in 1998, and their shelter has been open to the public since 2002. They people that run the home have tried to create conditions similar to the bears’ natural habitat, with caves and artificial fish ponds. Visitors can also feed the bears. The wooden spoons are no longer filled with honey, but with vegetables and fruits in the name of good nutrition for the animals.

Quiet and noisy walks in Budapest

If you long for the silence of the forest after the loud racing cars, take the comfortable chairlift to the top of János-hegy, and then take the trip down after going for a hike. You will have a unique panorama, and it’s worth taking a comfortable walk at any time among the natural beauty of János-hegy and Normafa. Zsolt Baumgartner, a Hungarian racing driver, also likes spending his time here if he wants to recharge his batteries in nature. 

ZSOLT BAUMGARTNER ON NORMAFASummer isn’t complete without the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Hungaroring welcomes you this weekend, where you can support the race drivers in the flesh. Before or after the race, discover Budapest's favourite hiking spot; join driver Zsolt Baumgartner at Normafa: "Normafa is one of the most popular hiking spots in Budapest.
Zsolt Baumgartner on Normafa
Katalin Pálinger on Nagymező Street
Éva Risztov on Debrecen
Ádám Karl on the Vajdahunyad Castle

You can enjoy the view of the city from Normafa and from the Erzsébet lookout, which is named after Sisi, the legendary Austrian empress and Hungarian queen. The former is a particularly popular destination for day-tripping residents of Budapest. It got its name from the huge, centuries-old beech tree that supposedly sprouted when King Mátyás was born and fell in 1927 due to a lightning strike. In 1840, the opera singer Róza Klein Schodelné sang the aria from Bellini's opera Norma, so the tree, and later the area was called Normafa. Children can get moving on several playgrounds, and adults can find many places to have a picnic or go hiking on the trails in the area.