SUP down Europe’s second longest river and explore the flat, calm waters and riverside villages of the picturesque Danube.
Paddle boarding the Danube is a really great way of exploring the spectacular views and small beaches that are dotted along the riverside, giving a fresh perspective of this beautiful country from its famous waterways.
The paddle we’ve lined out below starts off in the small village of Dunabogdany which is located approximately 35km north of the capital city, Budapest. From here the river winds its way down to Romai Beach, a popular spot with locals wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city at summer time.
It only takes about 5-6 hours to paddle this route, so we encourage you to take your time and stop off along the way – it one of the best places to try paddle boarding Hungary. We recommend you take some supplies or if you have an Voyager paddle board or Sport inflatable board, pack a bag and take your stuff with you so you can spend the night in Budapest.
SUP along the river Danube
Launching from the beach at Dunabogdany, follow the river and wind your way down to the pretty Artist’s town of Szentendre, which is situated close to the riverside, a little north of Budapest. This section of the river is a great option for beginners to SUP as the water is relatively flat and calm and makes for an enjoyable cruise, dropping in on beaches and villages along the way.
After paddling the first stretch we recommend stopping off at the village of Tahitothfalu. Here you’ll find ‘Őrház Chill and BBQ’, an ideal place to have lunch as you can leave your boards and walk up with ease.
Once refreshed, paddle onward towards Leanyfalu, a riverside village where you’ll find a few great spots to have a swim or jump in from one of the swings found on the riverbank. During the summer months, the water temperature of the river reaches 20-25°C, so no excuses, get in the water!
The final stretch will bring you past the tiny ‘Lupa Island’ a great place to take some pictures and quench your thirst with some handmade lemonade at the riverside bar.
Finally, you will reach Romai-part, one of the most popular beaches of Budapest where you can enjoy a well-earned beer after a full day paddle boarding.
- .From Budapest to Dunabogdany follow the route 11 head out to your launch point
- .Launching from the beach at Dunabogdany, next to the Forgo restaurant.
- .Stop off at the village of Tahitothfalu. Here you’ll find ‘Őrház Chill and BBQ’, an ideal place to have lunch
- .Wind your way down to the pretty Artist’s town of Szentendre
- .The final stretch will bring you past the tiny ‘Lupa Island’ a great place to take some pictures and quench your thirst
- .End your trip at 'SUP Budapest'. Please note, by law you are not allowed to paddle any further into Budapest so this must be your final stop.
Parking is available at most hotels
Dunabogdany, next to Forgo restaurant
EAT, SLEEP, SUP
Szentendre has various restaurants ranging from tasty street food, traditional Hungarian cuisine right through to the world-famous marzipan, Szamos Marcipán.
A great restaurant to try in Romai-part is the laidback, riverside bistro called Fillini. Here you can kickback and lounge on a deckchair and take in the riverside views. They offer a varied menu and also host concerts and movie nights throughout the summer months.
The Romai Hotel Budapest is a great place to stay as it is close to the launch point for this paddle and offers great customer service and The Alfa Art Hotel is a large hotel located close to the river in the city. It is reasonably priced and features a uniquely designed garden area.
If you don’t have your board with you, pop in and say hi to the guys a ‘SUP Budapest’ who offer tours and advice on paddle boarding this beautiful area.
Things to know
- The current at this section of the Danube is not strong but we recommend you follow the signs throughout the paddle and be sure to keep out of the way of the small motorboats on the river. Check the weather forecast before the trip, and note, by law, you must wear a life jacket while paddling on the Danube!
- Good to Know! The beaches found along the river are all completely free to visitors – but during the summer months they can become quite busy with locals wanting to get away from hustle and bustle of the city.