Magyar Magyar

The romantic landscapes of Hungary welcome you: discover the stages of the Tour de Hongrie.

KékestetőEger region

The most prestigious Hungarian road cycling race is exciting in itself, but it is also worth visiting the country after the event and exploring the beauty of different routes on foot or by bike. 

The Tour de Hongrie is a professional road cycling race, which was first held in Hungary in 1925. It was initially a three-day event but was later extended to four, five and then seven days. In the early races, only Hungarian riders competed, but since 1939, foreign cyclists have also taken part in the event. 

Five days, 905 kilometres

The 43rd Tour de Hongrie started from Csákvár on 11 May 2022, at 1 p.m. The riders went on to race through Hungary’s most beautiful landscapes for five days. 

From Budapest's vineyard to the coronation town

The cellars of Etyek provide refreshments for fans watching the race. Fine wines and traditional dishes of “Budapest’s vineyard” are worth tasting in the historical Circular cellar line, Kecskegödör, the Sóskút road cellars and the unique press houses. Afterwards, take a walk around the Hungarian Well, the Calvary, the Borpuszta Chapel and the fish pond, or peer down over the village from the Old Hill lookout. Krisztián Lovassy, a European silver medal winner in cycling, enjoys hiking in Etyek in his spare time;, this is what he says about “Budapest’s vineyard": 

KRISZTIÁN LOVASSY ON ETYEKFive days, five stages and 905 kilometres across the most beautiful Hungarian landscapes: this is the Tour de Hongrie, the most prestigious cycling race in Hungary, which started on 11 May from Csákvár.
Krisztián Lovassy on Etyek
Zsófia Szabó on Gellért Hill
Dávid Sigér on the Nehru bank
Bence Demeter on Margit-sziget

Movie fans are welcome at the Korda Film Park, which you can visit with prior registration. International productions such as The Martian, starring Matt Damon, and Inferno have been shot at this legendary venue. Its visitor centre was the first in Central and Eastern Europe and offers a more than two-hour guided adventure tour. In the studio’s scenery city, you can explore one of the world’s largest New York street sets, and makeup artists will show you how wounds and cuts are made for fight scenes. You will also be able to see how dangerous the work of stunt performers is. 

For those interested in Hungarian history, Székesfehérvár, Hungary's medieval coronation town, is an ideal destination. In the Ruin Garden you can see the ruins of the Basilica of the Assumption where 45 Hungarian kings and queens were crowned. Whilst here, visitors must also visit the Orb, the episcopal palace, or the clock work and museum. A little further from the city centre, take a romantic walk in and around the Bory Castle. 

Cycling in the slipstream of the pros

The second stage started from Karcag and finished in Hajdúszoboszló, touching Lake Tisza and Tiszaújváros. Fans and anyone who wants to explore the area after the competition should visit the Hungarospa. The indoor and outdoor adventure and spa pools, saunas, slides and swimming pool offer something for all ages. For those who prefer being close to natural water, drive to Lake Tisza whilst those interested in cycling can  ride around the lake on the cycle path. Bikes can be rented at the Lake Tisza Cycling Centre. Visitors can also discover the fascinating experiences of nature in the fish ladder in Kisköre or at the aquariums of the Lake Tisza Eco Centre in Poroszló, which reveal the secrets of the lake. Once you are in Hajdúság, you definitely shouldn’t miss the Hortobágy National Park. You can even explore its hidden corners with electric bikes: the qualified e-bike tour guides will take you to protected areas that you would not be able to get to on your own.  

The culinary wonders of Tokaj-hegyalja

The third stage, between Sárospatak and Nyíregyháza, offers historical sights and something special for lovers of Hungarian food. After visiting the Rákóczi Castle in Sárospatak, you can relax with a fine Tokaj wine at the confluence of the River Tisza and the River Bodrog. If Tokaj is too lively, you can find some tranquillity in Mád: the cellars and the restaurants of the village have lots to offer foodies. The “Path of the Wonder Rabbis”, one of Hungary's most special pilgrimage routes, runs around the Mád and Tokaj region. The 150-kilometre route, which goes through 10 settlements, touches the Jewish memorials of Tokaj-hegyalja and covers the history of the former local Hasidic Jews and the most famous Hasidic rabbis. The start and end point is the Rabbi House in Mád, which was handed over in 2016, which also offers accommodation. In Boldogkőváralja you can get an insight into the colourful world of medieval Hungarian history. Crown your experiences with a visit to the Nyíregyháza Zoo or a walk around Lake Sóstó. 

Excursions in the mountains

After attending the stage around Kazincbarcika, it is also worth taking time for a little hiking excursion along the Tardona walking path network. The majority of these routes are suitable for those with children. The route to the Damasa gorge in Sajóvelezd is suitable for more experienced hikers.

On the route of the last stage, visitors are welcomed by the wonders of Lillafüred, the Palace Hotel and Lake Hámori as well as the stalactites of the St. Stephen's Cave. Whilst here, visit the Diósgyőr Castle and the Miskolctapolca Cave Bath, where it is believed visitors  can heal theirbody and soul. The Mátra provides enchanting hiking trails, and the fantastically clean air of Mátraszentimre, the highest settlement in the country, offers refreshing experience. It is worth climbing to Kékestető, the highest point in Hungary, where in good weather you can see all the way to the Tatra Mountains from the viewing platform of the TV tower. 

MOVE AROUND LIKE A HUNGARIAN