Adrenaline Fuelled – Why a Stag Weekend in Budapest is the Perfect Choice For Adrenaline Junkies

Budapest is a city steeped in history, with world-famous historic sites, museums and art galleries – but there’s no time for culture on this visit. This time it’s a stag weekend and you are here purely for a high-octane couple of days of fun with the mates. Time is of the essence so let’s crack on.

In addition to over sixty thermal springs, Budapest is also a city of caves. In the limestone under Budapest, the heated water that feeds the spas has formed a huge cave system, thought to extend more than 100km. The longest is the 19km Pálvölgyi Stalactite system located in the Duna-Ipoly National Park, about 30 minutes drive away. It is a real multi-level labyrinth with most of its chambers under the residential districts of Budapest. If you are looking for a unique experience, pre-book a two-three hour cave tour (you will be supplied with overalls, helmets and headlights). Guided by experts, the expedition will see you scrambling up cave walls, crawling through narrow passages and exploring caverns no one else you know will have ever seen – seriously crazy and wet.

Back out in the open, it’s time to experience Budapest’s thriving extreme sports scene. There is also Budaring Go-karting or Eurocentre Go-karting closer to Budapest. For a bit of off-road mountain biking, head for the Buda hills above Moszkva tér – if your legs are not up to the long uphill slog, the Cogwheel Railway offers an easy alternative. Get rid of the hungaroring stuff

You should also try the ‘Fun Extreme Canopy’ in Visegrád, to the north of Budapest. This is a massive zip-wire system between ten pillars over 900 meters in length. Once kitted out, you climb up Pillar One (which is 14m high) accompanied by two escorts. At the platform on top of the pillar, the escorts fasten the pulleys to your belt and you slide downhill from pillar to pillar – easy… except you are flying over treetops and ravines at about 50 km/h! After getting off the last pillar, walk back to the start along the forest path for a beer (and a chaser of something stronger) at the Nagyvillám Hunters Inn. Or if you prefer water to air, try wakeboarding and water-skiing on the Danube.

Of course, booking all this and not speaking the language is a challenge and, not having been before, you need to know the best places to eat, drink and make merry in the evenings for your stag weekend in Budapest. The solution is to speak to an established and reputable company that will organise the whole thing for you. You can choose your own bespoke package and they do the rest – the whole thing – from when you land to when you take-off, bleary-eyed and a bit smelly… you simply just need to gather your mates, book your cheap flights and pack. Remember to look for a company that will do your airport transfers into the city, will find you competitively priced hotel accommodation and will book you the best choice of high-adrenaline activities.

Josey Walker – The Founder & Managing Director of party organisers Stag Republic and Hen Nation. Stag Republic have been organising made-to-measure stag weekends abroad and hen weekends in Eastern Europe since 2000. More recently popular destinations include stag weekends in Krakow and Budapest. For interviews, images or comments contact: Josey Walker Stag Republic Phone: 00 3630 34 99 015 Email: