MONDAY, JULY 01, 2019
No matter what time of year you visit, Budapest always has something to offer, but summer here is a completely different experience!
As if you needed anymore convincing, here are just a few reasons you should visit here in summer!
Summer in Budapest is hot. Sometimes, really hot. Temperatures often get higher than 30℃ (86℉), rain is rare, and it usually stays warm all night, making for perfect pub crawl weather!
It’s best known for its nightlife, but anyone who loves the outdoors will be right at home in Budapest. Here’s a few of the city’s best summer spots!
A popular hangout spot for locals and the perfect place to spend a lazy summer day, Erzsebet (or Elizabeth) Square is a 3 minute walk from the central metro station. Take a ride on the Budapest Eye ferris wheel, dip your feet in the fountain, then join the party at Akvarium- a huge club and events center hidden right under your feet!
VAROSLIGET (CITY PARK)
Any summer trip to Budapest wouldn’t be complete without a trip it's beautiful City Park. One of the oldest public parks in the world, Varosliget is home to some the city’s most famous sights; Heroes Square, Vajduhunyad Castle, the Budapest Zoo, and the Szechenyi Baths- just to name a few. At the City Park Lake, visitors can hire row boats and paddle boats or just chill out on the grass with a beer and relax.
Whether you’re just looking for a casual stroll or more of a hike, the Buda Hills promise natural beauty and the best views in the city. Gellert Hill is the most famous; an easy 30 minute walk to two of Budapest’s best known sights, the Liberty Statue and the Citadel. Citadel tours can be booked if you want to learn some of the hill’s fascinating history. If you’re looking for a full day out, János Hill is the highest point in the city at 527 meters. A climb to the top can take a couple of hours and ends with the Elizabeth Lookout Tower- the best lookout point in the city. If you’ve had a big night out at the ruin bars and can’t handle the hike, don’t worry- the Zugliget Chairlift or the Children’s Railway can do most of the work for you.
If you want to meet other travellers and go to the biggest parties, you can’t beat Budapest in summer! Whether you’re a seasoned backpacker or just on a weekend holiday, it’s the ultimate chance to make new friends and connections with others from all over the world. Be warned though, this means you need to book early! Hostels, pub crawls, and boat parties sell out quickly!
Budapest’s hot summer weather means finding a way to stay cool is essential for any traveller. Luckily, you’re not short of options!
The Szechenyi Thermal Bath in the Budapest city park is the largest medicinal spa in Europe. Its naturally heated water may seem like a strange choice for a hot summer day, but the huge outdoor complex is the perfect place to sweat out a hangover and work on your tan. There’s even a bar, so you can enjoy the sun whilst sipping an ice cold beer.
When you think of Budapest, you probably don’t think of white sand beaches, waterfront restaurants or palm trees; yet less than an hour outside the city centre is Lupa Beach, a Caribbean themed freshwater beach resort that’ll make you forget you’re in the middle of Europe! 2km of sandy beaches, a wakeboarding and diving center, and over 20 bars and restaurants make Lupa Beach the perfect replacement for anyone missing the ocean.
Hidden away on Margit Island, Palatinus baths has it all- wave pools, water slides, saunas, beer, and burgers! Easy to get to and affordable, Palatinus is the perfect summer outing whether you’re a solo backpacker or a big group. Once you’re done with your swim, head over to one of the islands many outdoor bars and clubs to get your night started!
Although the world famous ruin bars are open all year round, many of them are largely open air. In summer, you can get the full experience without getting cold and wet! Budapest also has some amazing rooftop bars and clubs, like 360, Liebling, and High Note Sky Bar that aren’t quite as fun in freezing snow.
Get the most out of your time in Hungary and experience some of the less travelled spots outside of Budapest. All of these places are easily accessible by public transport so there’s no excuse not to get out and explore!
Only an hour outside of Budapest is Central Europe's biggest lake, Lake Balaton. Also known as the Hungarian Sea, Balaton has attracted travellers for hundreds of years thanks to its beautiful scenery and supposedly healing thermal waters. Nowadays, visitors from all over are still drawn to the lake for its beach resorts, sailing, and delicious local food and wines.
Known as the City of Artists, Szentendre is a little Hungarian town famous for its colourful architecture, historic churches, and beautiful scenery. Easy to get to from Budapest, either by suburban train or a boat ride up the Danube, Szentendre is the perfect break from the crazy nightlife and parties of the city. Make sure you find the hidden Langos restaurant and try some local palinka!
This charming wine village isn’t exactly known as a tourist hotspot. With a population of under 4000 and very few sights to see, a day trip here might seem like a bit of a bore… unless you come during Etyek Piknik. One weekend every summer, the village comes alive to host its Piknik festival which celebrates local wine, food, and art. Only 30km outside Budapest and easily accessible by bus, Etyek Piknik is a great way to experience traditional Hungarian culture and cuisine whilst getting to know the locals.
There are some things in Budapest that can only be experienced in the summer. Whether it’s picnic days on Szabadsag Bridge, the wine and chocolate festivals hosted at the Buda Castle, or the amazing fireworks display on Szent Istvan’s day- the holiday celebrating the founding of Hungary- the summertime is packed with events and celebrations you can’t find any other time of year!
Hungary is quickly becoming the festival capital of Europe, with one of the most exciting and diverse summer festival lineups around. No matter what kind of music you’re into, there’s something for everyone!
One of the biggest music and cultural festivals in Europe, this week long celebration of freedom and love attracts visitors from all over the planet, with a record 565,000 ‘Szitizens’ attending in 2018. Held every summer on Obudai Sziget (Old Buda Island), Sziget Festival is Budapest’s biggest party with over 1000 performers every year; the 2018 lineup included Arctic Monkeys, Dua Lipa, Kygo, Lana Del Rey, and Mumford & Sons. Sziget isn’t just about music though- performers and attractions include dancers, carnivals, circus troupes, art workshops, and almost anything else you can think of.
Now considered one of the biggest trance and psychedelic music festivals in the world, the once small Ozora Festival now attracts over 50,000 people a year. Held in the small village of Ozora, only 2 hours outside Budapest, the festival has been popular with locals since it began in 2004, but is attracting a bigger and bigger international crowd in recent years. Any traveller looking for a week of peace, love, and party should look no further than Ozora.
A new addition to the summer festival season, Budafest combines all the fun of a festival with the freedom of a holiday. Taking place in different venues around Budapest, in 2018 this 3 day metro-festival featured headliners like Camelphat, Solardo, and Richy Ahmed. Their daytime boat parties, insane thermal spa raves, and pre-party pub crawls through the famous ruin bars mean that guests can experience everything Budapest has to offer- all for the price of a festival ticket.