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Best time of year to visit Budapest

The best time to visit Budapest is December since the city is all about Christmas spirit with its markets, twinkling trams, ice-skating rinks, and Christmas treats. Besides, Széchenyi Thermal Bath will keep you warm during chilly winter days. Being charming all year round, Budapest can be a perfect setting for hiking and wakeboarding in summer. Moreover, March through October is a perfect season for exploring the Danube and city's greatest sights. In August, you can go crazy during the famous Sziget Festival and even have a chance to celebrate Michael Jackson's birthday under the memorial tree.

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Széchenyi Thermal Bath—Winter Warm-up

November–March • activity

Chilly winter days are perfect for a swim in an outdoor bath in Budapest

Flea Markets

all year round • activity

Punk fashion, vintage watches, and 18th-century​ cups are waiting for their new owners

Kelenföld Power Station Visit

all year round • activity

The collision of Art Deco architecture and abandoned technology under one roof

Ruin Pubs

all year round • activity

Most ruins across the world are about age, but ruins in Budapest are about pubs

Christmas Markets

mid-November–early January • activity

Open an Advent calendar's window and welcome Christmas with Hungarians

City Park Ice Rink

late November–February • activity

Sliding, gliding, skating, and skiing in front of a Neo-Baroque castle

Christmas Bejgli

December 24–December 25 • food

Poppy-seeds and walnuts are baked into specialty pastries for Christmas Eve

Winter Wonderland at the Fisherman's Bastion

December–February • activity

The view from the balconies of the Bastion is incomparable during the winter months

Mézeskalács or Honey Biscuits

December 24–December 25 | February 14 • food

Sweet honey delicacies for a sweet Hungarian Christmas or St. Valentine's Day

Pálinka

September–May • food

Hungarians say "Pálinka in small amounts is a medicine, in large amounts a remedy"

Christmas Trams

December–early January • event

Not only the streets of Budapest are lighted up during the Christmas celebrations but also its streetcars

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Sziget Festival

August 08–15, 2018 • event

The island of freedom is where almost half-a-million people from around a hundred countries meet

The Red Bull Air Race

June 23–24, 2018 • event

When getting too tired from walking around the city, take a seat on the bank of Danube and support your favourite air racer

Festival of Folk Arts

August 17–20, 2018 • event

Challenge yourself in blacksmithing, woodcarving, or feltmaking!

Budapest Timewheel or Időkerék

December 31 • event

Time is a flow of glass particles in a Budapest park through the choke of a giant Timewheel

CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

October 05–21, 2018 • event

Feel the spirit of Contemporary Art on the streets of ancient Budapest

Flora of Sas-hegy

April–May • nature

Meet the gentle flora of the Ice Age on top of one of the Buda's hills

Hungarian F1 Grand Prix

July 26–29, 2018 • event

Hungaroring, a tough and spectacular narrow circuit near Budapest, is loved by drivers and viewers

Cruising the Danube

March–October • activity

A romantic way to see the greatest sights of Budapest

Mangalica Festival

February 08–10, 2019 • event

Hungarian pigs are fed only with pasture plants, potatoes, and pumpkins in order to enhance the flavour of their meat

Margitsziget

April–October • activity

A green gem of Budapest in the middle of the mighty Danube

Hiking in Budapest

May–September • activity

Some light hiking within the city limits is a great activity between tasting Hungarian cuisine

Wakeboarding

May–October • activity

A perfect activity if you're looking for extreme even while travelling

Michael Jackson Memorial Tree

August 29 • event

Celebrate Michael Jackson's birthday near his memorial tree

Unicum Bar

August 08–15, 2018 • event

Try the iconic Hungarian spirit at the iconic Hungarian music festival

Easter Food

April 21, 2019 • food

Sweet bread with salty ham and spicy dressing can be very extravagant for many, but not for Hungarians

Kürtőskalács or Sekler Cake Festival

October 09–11, 2018 • event

You can't say you have been to Hungary, if you haven't tried this pastry