10 Things To Do This Summer

Budapest, 01 June 2019 - 31 August 2019
'Summertime and the livin' is easy' - but it is difficult to choose among the many colorful estival programs and activities Budapest has to offer. Our capital is beautiful in all seasons, only waiting for you to discover its many faces, so let's receive a few tips about making the summer of 2019 truly unforgettable!
Citypark Boating Lake
Gliding across the glittering artificial lake of the City Park is a truly unmissable summer experience. Perfect destination for a date, for a family outing or a team-building adventure. Pick your favourite canoe or water bike, and enjoy the good vibes, while admiring the view of the Vajdahunyad Castle. After so much rowing, you may want to refresh yourself at Városliget Café or try the menu of the famous Gundel Restaurant.
Japánkert Margitsziget
Refresh your mind and soul at the beautiful Japanese Garden of Margaret Island. Hundreds of years old plants surround the paths which lead up to a charming artificial lake covered with lilies, and featuring the famous sculpture of the 'Little Mermaid', installed in the 1950s. The murmur of the waterfall and the silent glide of turtles will relax the visitors and transfer them to a peaceful state of mind. Margaret Island is full of exciting places anyway, be sure you don't miss out the amazing Palatinus Thermal Bath and the charming Musical Fountain.
Normafa Rétes & Lángos
We Hungarians can always find an occasion for eating lángos. It's hard to explain our enthusiasm about this round, crunchy piece of dough fried in hot oil and favorably packed with sour cream and cheese, but it still exists. Normafa is a most ideal summer venue where you can hang around with your friends and admire the panorama of Budapest while drinking beer, eating lángos (or the excellent strudels the small buffet is famous for), playing the guitar, and listening to the song of the crickets.
Római-Part SUP
The popular Római Beach practically functions as 'the seaside' of Budapest, a great place where you can walk all along the Danube-bank and discover the small open-air bars and bistros, ice-creameries and pubs. If you need some pampering you can spend a refreshing day at Római Bath, or try your skills at SUP, which means stand-up paddle, an increasingly popular sport with many benefits and a heavy fun factor.
This modish open-air venue at the Danube bank (next to imposing Chain-bridge) has become a real urban melting pot in the past few years, where Budapest can finally show its tropical face. Great concerts and DJs, breathtaking panorama, cozy tables, comfy hammocks: Pontoon has it all. Pop in any time alone or with friends, have a drink and enjoy the unique atmosphere in the shade of the poplar trees.
This small town near Budapest is a popular summer destination among tourists and locals alike. It's like a pretty little jewelry box packed with galleries, museums, cafés, confectioneries, boutiques and all kinds of pleasant places not to mention the picturesque Danube bank. It is absolutely recommended to visit Szentendre during the summertime and have a glass of wine sitting at the riverbank, watching the sunset and abandoning ourselves to the unique, nostalgic atmosphere.
Summer is the season of music festivals, and Hungary offers you an array of cool jamborees so everyone can pick a favorite regardless of his/her age or taste in music. Sziget, Volt and Balaton Sound are the biggest and loudest ones, but there are many smaller festivals like Colorado, Bánkitó, EFOTT, Művészetek Völgye, Strand, Oh My Deer or SZIN where you can have just as much fun. Discover the beautiful places of Hungary during the day, dance your socks off during the night!
Szimpla Sunday Market
Every Sunday between 9AM and 2PM popular ruin pub Szimpla Garden transforms into a cozy farmers' market offering delicious fresh products to the city dwellers. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, coffee, cakes, live music and playful activities for children: it is a perfect family friendly program for Sunday mornings and early afternoons, an excellent meeting place where you can catch up with friends while buying all necessary ingredients for a delicious weekend supper or lunch.
Akvárium Sun & Soda
The beloved Sun & Soda day-time party series returns to Budapest (this year's dates: June 22, July 20, August 18), transferring the atmosphere of seaside beaches and tropical parties to the heart of the city center. The Terrace of Akvárium Klub will be transformed into a real oasis for the duration of the event, including artificial grass surfaces, miniature pools, extra decorative elements and comfortable deckchairs.
Sunset DJ
From the 2nd of July until September, every Tuesday from 5PM excellent DJs provide a relaxing afternoon session on the terrace of the smallest café in town. The historic quarter of Óbuda has a compelling ambiance of its own which captures the heart of visitors easily, and even more so when a pleasant music helps the audience to relax and feel the good vibes. Don't miss out the exhibitions in Esernyős Café, and if you are in the mood, pop in to Kobuci garden for a cold beer!

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