For all architecture lovers, gourmets, sportsmen, and partygoers, Budapest, the beautiful, has everything planned to amuse you! We did some digging and have listed our top 10 things to do in Budapest in summer that we recommend to all who wish to discover the Hungarian capital from all angles!
So, what is there to do in Budapest in summer? Here are our Top 10:
10Discover Budapest by night from the Danube
Enjoy the sweetness of the summer night to discover Budapest with a night cruise (45mn-1h) on the Danube. The main sites (Parliament, Buda Castle, Citadel, Matthias Church, Bridges, ..) will dazzle you! (from 9 euros).
9The Great Market Hall of Budapest
Discover Hungarian gastronomy at the covered Great Market Hall in Pest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the ground floor you will find Hungarian food and its essential specialties (paprika, foie gras, salami, wines and spirits, etc.).
Upstairs you can eat at the many buffets and also discover a variety of Hungarian craft stalls and souvenirs.
8Evening at the Széchenyi Baths: Sparty parties
The Széchenyi Baths are the largest baths in Budapest, located in Pest in the “Wood of the City.” The architecture is unique with its huge Neo-Baroque yellow courtyard and 21 baths, all mixed. During the day, the baths are part of our top 10 things to do in Budapest in summer, and every Saturday night, the Széchenyi baths host Sparty parties with live DJs, a laser show, acrobats, and dancers who await you in a unique and festive atmosphere!
Further information on the baths of Budapest is found in our article, ‘The best Baths of Budapest’ on this link.
7Budapest hosting EURO 2020 !
Euro 2020 in Budapest is a first for the Hungarian capital, which is co-hosting the event with 11 other European cities on the occasion of the competition’s 60th anniversary. Euro 2020 takes place from June 12 to July 12, 2020. Budapest will host matches with FIFA World Cup winner France and the current UEFA European Championship titleholder Portugal! Budapest will host in total these 4 matches of the competition:
Tuesday June 16: Winner of dam A (D) – Portugal (6 p.m.). Saturday June 20: Winner of dam A (D) – France (3 p.m.). Wednesday June 24: Portugal – France (9 p.m.).
In the knockout phase: Sunday, June 28: 8th finals 1C – 3D / E / F (6 p.m.).
Discover also our article ‘Euro 2020 in Budapest’ on this link.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, Euro 2020 is postponed to the summer of 2021. The dates for Euro 2020 in Budapest shifted to 2021 have not yet been communicated.
Further information will be available on the UEFA website on this link.
6Enjoy an ice cream at Café Gerbeaud
Founded in 1858, Café Gerbeaud is an institution in the Hungarian capital and one of its oldest cafés. The café has kept its early twentieth century atmosphere, a time when poets and writers spent their day amid the unique decor : ceiling stucco in the Rococo style of Louis XIV, chandeliers inspired by Maria Theresa of Austria, bronzes and marbles.This is one of the best places to eat, indoors or on the terrace, where you can discover Hungarian pastries such as Gerbeaud cakes, Dobos, the wonderful apricot cake with peanut butter and chocolate biscuits (in Hungarian: ‘Sós mogyoró-barack’ szelet).
5Dance at the Sziget Festival
The SZIGET Festival is the biggest music festival in Europe. It will take place in the heart of Budapest on the island of Obuda, from august 5th till 11th, 2020.
More than 50 stages, 600 concerts and animations were enjoyed in a unique atmosphere for all with dancing every day.
See complete information in our article, ‘Sziget Festival of Budapest’ on this link.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the 2020 edition of the Sziget Festival in Budapest has unfortunately been cancelled for good.
Video of the Budapest Sziget Festival:
4Experience the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Budapest:
The Formula 1 race competition takes place from July 30 to August 2, 2020 in Budapest on the Hungaroring circuit located 18 km northeast of Budapest.
The Budapest Formula 1 Grand Prix has been part of the world championship since 1986 and has become one of the most exciting races of the year!
Information and tickets are on the website: www.formula1.com.
Address: Mogyoród Circuit, Hungaroring utca 10. – map.
Due to the COVID 19 epidemic, the Budapest Formula 1 Grand Prix has been brought forward to Sunday 19 July 2020 and will be held behind closed doors.
3Have a drink on the rooftops of Budapest
Budapest offers many rooftops bars and restaurants where you can enjoy lunch, dinner or just have a drink in a unique setting with panoramic views of Pest!
Our five favorite rooftops/ terraces are found in our article on the ‘Best rooftops in Budapest’ on this link.
2Enjoy Budapest baths !
Budapest is recognized as the capital of thermal springs in Europe. Indeed there are more than one hundred natural hot springs! The baths are part of the Hungarian tradition and culture not only for their medicinal and relaxing virtues but also because they are a meeting place for friends, family and business. Which one to visit?
Discover our five favorite baths in detail in our article, ‘The Best Baths of Budapest’ on this link.
Prepare your visit at the Széchenyi baths and avoid long queue (especially during school holidays, week-ends and end-of-year holidays) with skip-the-queue tickets!
Video of the main baths of Budapest:
1Stroll around the Buda Castle district
On the apex of our top 10 thing to do in Budapest in summer is the historic heart of the city, the Castle district overlooking the Danube and Pest. It has many must-see sights including Buda Castle, a historic castle where the kings of Hungary once resided and in which the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Library are now located.
Matthias Church in this area is the witness of royal coronations. The roofs will dazzle you with their multicolored glazed tiles.
Enjoy a guided tour around the Matthias Church and learn about its rich history and architecture (duration: 50mn, skip the line ticket):
In this unique setting, the Matthias Church organizes classical music concerts several times a month with the Budapest Duna String Orchestra:
Next is the Fishermen’s Bastion located adjacent to the church, offering an exceptional panoramic view of Pest and the Hungarian Parliament.