Highlights in Budapest in June and July include Danube Day and the Danube Festival
There’s plenty going on in Budapest throughout the summer months. The Danube Festival – a wonderful celebration of dance of all types from traditional through to contemporary – has just finished for another year. Meanwhile Budapest’s Summer Festival continues right through to the end of August. Highlights of the Festival include open air theatre performances and several concerts. Some of the performances take place on the permanent open-air stage on Margaret Island in the shadow of the historic Art Nouveau water tower – a theatre which can accommodate up to 3,000 people. This year the varied repertoire includes programmes like Tosca, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and much more.
On 29th June Budapest will celebrate Danube Day. This annual international event is celebrated in 14 countries that are connected through the Danube river system. Several festivals on the banks of the river, public meetings and fun, educational events are held to bring awareness and to pay tribute to the Danube and its wildlife.
Budapest is an ideal city for those visitors who enjoy sightseeing on foot. The city centre is fairly compact and “manageable” and it’s not difficult to include many of the “must see” attractions on a walking tour of the city.
Buda’s Castle Hill is a target for many visitors. This kilometre long limestone plateau towers imposingly over the River Danube and plays host to some of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in the city. You can take the funicular up from Chain Bridge and wander along the intimate cobbled streets, soaking up glorious architectural gems including Matthias Church, the Royal Palace and Fishermen’s Bastion.
The Chain Bridge is one of Budapest’s most famous landmarks. This magnificent suspension bridge was built in the 19th century to connect the once separate cities of Buda and Pest. It survived a bombing by the Austrians during the War of Independence in 1848 but was then destroyed by the Germans in 1945. Reopened in 1949, the bridge is an exact replica of the original structure.
Heroes Square is the starting point for any Budapest itinerary and a natural focal point for large city events, The Square pays homage to Hungary’s great leaders and acts as the main entrance to City Park. To the north of the square sits the Museum of Fine Arts whilst on its southern edge, you’ll find the prestigious Mücsarnok exhibition hall.