Visit Budapest in July

Events and Things to Do Recommendations

people walking on the Chain bridge in summer
Summertime on the Chain bridge

If you plan to visit Budapest in July you will enjoy a wonderful summer vacation in one of the best-value cities of the world.

Colorful programs, lots of sights and attractions, rich history and cultural heritage, great restaurants, fabulous nightlife: that’s what our city offers you in the middle of summer.

Quick Links: July WeatherEvents, Festivals – TIP: Hungarian Cooking Course –  Gastronomy ProgramsWine Tasting/Tours  – Concerts in JulySightseeing TipsRestaurant & Cafe TipsMuseum and Exhibit Tips: – Ice Cream TipsNight of Outdoor BathsParty on the DanubeMore Nightlife Tips

July Weather

the Palatinus bath on a hot dayJuly is usually the hottest month in Hungary with daily temperatures reaching 30 – 35 ºC or higher with plenty of sunshine.

Take your sunglasses, a straw hat, and a bottle of water with you when exploring the sights of the city.

Summer storms with thunders and lightning are not unusual during this period of the year: they refresh the air after a long hot spell.

Events, Festivals

July offers a couple of great festivals and events including concerts, exhibitions, and spectacular sport events like the Red Bull Air Race or the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix. The weather is perfect so many programs are held outdoor.

Red Bull Air Race, 01 – 02. July, 2017.

Venue: City Centre, the Danube Banks between Elizabeth and Margaret Bridges

red bull air race-in front of the ParliamentAfter 6 years the amazing aerial competition returns to the scenic danube and its bridges in the Hungarian capital.

Lots of acrobatic performances under and over the Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd) on two days on the first weekend of July.

See details about the Red Bull Air Race Budapest.

Budapest Summer Festival July-August

a theatre performance at the water towerJuly is a busy month in the schedule of the 3-month Summer Festival that began in June.

The festival celebrates its 78th anniversary with outstanding programs.

Concerts, opera, dance, and theatre performances, children programs welcome visitors on three venues:

the Open-air Stage and the Water Tower on Margaret Island, and the Városmajor Open-air Theatre.

Some of the program offers in July:

At the Open- Air Theatre of Margaret Island:

  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre UK, 01. July at 20.00 – an authentic English-language presentation of the comedy as part of the theatre1s tour commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.
  • Stanley Giordan – the world-renowned guitar virtuoso will perform on 03. July at 20.00.
  • Oscar Music – symphonic movie music melodies by the Budapest symphony Orchestra, 15. July, at 20.00. Tickets: 3 500-7 900 HUF.
  • 3 Tenors – Opera Gala: three young, but already recognized tenors will enchant you with roamntic opera pieces on 22. July at 20.00.
  • Verdi: Otello,  opera (premiere) – 29. and 31. July at 20.00 

Children programs (free of charge) take place  at the Interactive Story Theatre opposite the entranc eof the theatre and the Renaissance Mornings on Sundays at 10.30 at the St. Margaret Monastery Ruins.

Vajdahunyadvár Summer Music Festival

Summer concert in Vajdahunyad CastleConcert Dates: Mondays & Thursdays between – 2017 Dates will Announced Later Tickets: 3 500- 5 500 HUF

The Vajdahunyad Castle is a mock castle in City Park (Városliget) that provides an ideal background to romantic summer evening concerts.

The fortress is a copy of castle located in Transylvania under the same name. Besides being a cultural monument, the building gives home to the Hungary’s Ministry of Agriculture and its museum.

The concert programs include:

  • a Romantic Evening by tKing Saint Stephen Symphony Orchestra,
  • a Beethoven Evening by the MÁV symphony Orchestra,
  • a Romantic Evening by the King St. Stephen Symphony Orchestra,
  • a Baroque Evening by the Hungarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,
  • a Serenade Evening by the Mendelsshon Chamber Orchestra, and a few more.

The summer concerts start on Monday and Thursday at 20.30.

View the concert schedule of Vajdahunyad castle Summer Music Festival.

Tickets: 2 900 – 3 900 HUF (cc. 10 – 13 EUR).

More Classical Concerts July

Budapest has many great concert halls, churches where you can enjoy classical concerts all the year round. See a selection of performances in July.

Organ Concerts in St. Stephen’s Basilica

main altar in the BasilicaAddress: Szt. István tér, district V., M3 (blue line) metro Arany János utca station

Concert Dates in July 2017: 06, 13, 20, 27, at 20.00, duration: 70 minutes (no break)

Tickets: 16-28 EUR depending on seat category

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The grandest church of the city on Szt. István Square is an ideal for classical concerts.

The more than 110-year old organ was constructed when the Basilica was finished in 1905.

The lead musician is Miklós Teleki, one of the best organ player in Hungary. The 70-minute concerts include works by Bach, Mozart, Tommaso Albioni complete with arias and solo pieces.

Concerto Summer Nights in the Courtyard of Pest County Hall

Address: Városház utca 7., district V.
Dates: (Thursdays at 20.00) 30. June, 07. July
Tickets: 3 200 HUF

Summer evenings are ideal for open-air concerts.

The courtyard of the Pest County Hall (Vármegye utca 15., distr. V.) in the city centre hosts a wonderful series of classical music performances by the Concerto Budapest ensemble founded in 1907 and a resident group of the Music Academy since 2013.

Relax to the tunes of Mozart and Beethoven (in case of rain concerts will be held in the Aula Magna of the ELTE University at Egyetem Square 1-3. at 20.30).

See program and tickets.

Concerts in Church of St. Anne, Buda

Address: Batthyány tér 7., district I., M2 (red) metro

The two-towered Baroque church, built in the middle of the 18. century is a regular place for concerts, to which entry is often free.

A warm sumemr evening is a perfect time to get transported by church music and forget about everday life.

2017 concert dates to be announced later!

Music Evenings in the Zoo – Summer Concerts, July – August, 2017.

posterThe Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden hosts summer evening concerts each year.

Jazz, klezmer, and other light music concerts welcome music lovers on Wednesday evenings, starting at 20.30 (gates open at 19.00 so you can take a strool in the zoo before the performances with your ticket).

Good music, exceptional setting, light summer breeze… what else do you need to have a memorable summer evening?

Tickets: 3 500 HUF (can be bought at the Zoo’s cashier).

More information: Music Evenings in the Zoo

Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix 28 – 30. July, 2017

F1 Ferrari race carVenue: Hungaroring, Mogyoród village

The F1 Hungarian Grand Prix will be held on 30. July/Sunday at the Hungaroring race track in Mogyoród village, cc. 20 km north of the capital city.

Although the main race takes place on Sunday, 24.07., the previous days are also full of programs.

You can take a public pit walk with your F1 grand prix ticket on 28. July, Friday from 16.00 to 19.00.

Find more details on the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Óbuda Summer Festival – first weekend of June – 30. August

Concert in Obuda, Main squareMain venue: Óbuda Fő tér (Main Square), district III., Tram 1, and HÉV/H5 line (suburban railway)

A great festival in district III., Old Buda throughout the summer: concerts (classical and light music), theatre performances, family programs on several spots within the district:

  • the Fő tér (main square, Zichy courts/Kobuci garden,
  • Museum of Óbuda,
  • Aquincum Museum,
  • Children’s Island and more.

See more on the official website of the festival.

Gastro & Wine Programs in Budapest, July 2017. – Best Places to Sample Hungarian Food and Wine

Taste Wines in CultiVini Wine Gallery

a third-glass of red wine next to a ham and cheese plate, the wine dispenser machines in the backgroundIf you wish to learn about Hungarian wines and wine regions head for a new place just off Váci utca.

In CultiVini you can choose from around 60 bottles on tap from the top-notch wine tasting machines to try, and from more then 150 different bottles on display to purchase (worldwide delivery is available, no need to carry the bottles with you).

Kind owners, expert sommeliers, a custom mobile application – all to best enjoy our country’s finest wines.

See tasting programs for individuals and groups.

Fröccs & Lángos Festival in Rombusz Kert & Ráday Street, Mid-July

Opening Hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10.00-24.00, ,  Sun: 10.00-22.00, Entry: free

Two unmistakably Hungarian delights will be in the limelight of this event in the popular restaurant street Ráday utca in district IX.

Rombusz Kert, a pleasant outdoor garden at the Kálvin Sqr. end of the street is the main organiser of the event.

Freshly baked lángos – yeast based batter deep fried in oil and topped wih garlic oil, cheese, sour cream (these are the traditional options) or with other unusual toppings.

If you don’t like lángos you can have hamburger or artisan hot-dogs by Buddog with your fröccs –  a summer drink well-loved by locals: made from wine (usually white or rose) and soda water in various rations.

Other places besides Rombusz Kert where you can eat and drink over the 4 days are:

  • Púder Bar, Ráday u. 8. – a restaurant, theatre and exhibition hall in one place
  • Sir William, Ráday u. 9. – steak and whiskey restaurant
  • Soul Cafe, Ráday u. 11-13.
  • iF Jazz Cafe, Ráday u. 19.
  • Pink Cadillac Pizza Parlor, Ráday u. 22.
  • Manga Cowboy, Ráday u. 31. – great burgers and Asian dishes,
  • WokZilla – sushi c wok bar, Ráday u. 33/a.

Programs:

  • ping pong
  • darts
  • table football (csocsó in Hungarian).

TIP: Cooking Courses – Learn to Make Popular Hungarian Dishes!

Join one our cooking classes to find out more about local cuisine and food specialties! You’ll prepare a 3-course Hungarian menu with the guidance of the friendly, English-speaking chefs.

A guided visit to the famous Great Market Hall on Fővám Square can be included in the program. A great and fun way to see and experience a slice of local life in Budapest.

Craft and Gourmet Food Markets

The climate in Hungary is very favourable to growing a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. In summer food markets in Budapest are packed with juicy fruits (strawberry till mid-June, then raspberry, sour cherry, cherry, apricot, peach), and tasty veggies and greens.

Besides the well-known markets, there are a couple of great craft food markets in Budapest where you can get gourmet food stuff, bio vegetables and fruits grown by local farmers.

Közös Piac Farmers’ Market

farmers selling goods at Godor KlubDates: Every Saturday 10.00-17.00, at Király Street 8., Central Passage, at the Gödör Klub Getting there: trams 47, 49 or M1 M2 M3 metros Deák tér station

Another great market to shop for artisan food products: bread and pastries, strudel, paprika paste, honey, jams, fruit syrups, gourmet cheese, ham, sausages, salamis, spices and more.

Friendly vendords and farmers, you can taste most items before purchasing.

shoppers in the Central Market HallTourist Programs in the Central Market Hall – National Gastro Days

Address: Vámház krt. 1-3., district IX., Pest end of Liberty Bridge, trams 2, 47, 49, the nearest metro station is at Kálvin tér (M3 blue line)

Opening hours: Thurs-Fri: 9.00-18.00, Sat: 9.00-15.00 Each week a different nation showcases its gastronomy and culture in the Great (or Central) market in Budapest.

The two nations in July will be: 07-09. July: Indian days,  28-30. July: Brazilian days

Sightseeing in July

A river excursion is always a pleasant way to delight in the wonderful city scape. You can do it during the day, in the afternoon, in the evening or at night. Tours are available with or withour meal.

Danube River Cruises:

  • Night Cruise with Dinner – the city is even more wondrous when illuminated at night, a nice buffet dinner ensures a pleasant program.

Walking Tour in Buda Castle

Historic Sights, Great Cafes, and Restaurants, Perfect View

Buda Castle: Royal Palace by NightIf you don’t mind the heat go on a self made walking tour in Buda Castle Hill.

Use our map-based itineraries to explore the attractions of the city’s oldest district on your own.

The first fortress was built on top of the hill in the 13th century after the Mongol invasion.

Most of the medieval buildings however had been destroyed during the many wars, sieges and fires, so most of the buildings date from the 18-19th century, but you’ll also find some architectural gems originating in the middle ages.

A walk in the castle area will treat you with charming streets, some lovely restaurants, confectioneries, and a fine view of the city.

Baltazar restaurant's logoRestaurant TIP: While you there try one of the newest additions to the city’s restaurant scene:

  • Jamie’s Italian Restaurant in the heart of the castle district Address: Szentháromság utca 9. District I., or
  • the Baltazar Hotel, Grill and Wine Bar : a creative place offering gourmet street food, fine wines and luxury accommodation. Address: Országház utca 31., Buda Castle, District I.

You can also explore Buda Castle on guided tours, that you can reserve here.

Museum Tips, Exhibitions

the green dome of the Hungarian National galleryBudapest is packed with museums of all kinds as well as exhibition centres and art galleries.

Wine Wednesdays with Picasso & Modigliani in the Hungarian National Gallery  2017

Tickets: 3 200 HUF

Address: National Gallery, Buda Castle-Royal Palace, building “C”, Szent György tér 2., district I.

Enjoy fine wines, music and art from the panorama terrace of Buda Castle, each Wednesday at 18.00-22.00.

Besides wines, some great exhibitions complete the program. Live music adds to the atmosphere.

a terrace of the Royal palace in BudaScenic vista, a historic setting, delightful wines, exciting exhibits with guiding, dance performances and jazz concerts.

A perfect program for a pleasant summer evening!

Dates in 2016:

  • 06. July – Modigliani: Wines: Tuscan reds and provencal roses by Szabolcs Lukács sommelier, Music: Károly Gáspár Trio, Around the World with Mihály Munkácsy, 18.30: Guided tour in English in the Munkácsy-exhibition with Fatima Rébay
  • 13. July – Picasso: French wines with Borkorzó, by Ilona Mácsai sommelier, Music: Zsuzsa Varga and the Zuzu Jazz, 18.30: “One eye sees the other feels”, Guided tour in English in the exhibition “Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest” with Evelyn Brockmann
  • 21. July – Modigliani: Wine: Szeleshát Wine Estate by Szabolcs Lukács sommelier, Music: Barabás Lőrinc Quartet, 18.30: “One eye sees the other feels”, Guided tour in English in the exhibition “Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest” with Evelyn Brockmann
  • 28. July – Picasso: Wine: Kislaki Wine Manufacture (Géza Légli), by Ilona Mácsai sommelier, Music: Canarro, 18.30: “One eye sees the other feels”, Guided tour in English in the exhibition “Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest” with Evelyn Brockmann

Open-air Pools, and Baths

bathers in Szechenyi spa's outdoor poolsThe best place to be in Budapest in July is in one of the handful of open-air baths and beaches.

So don’t forget to pack your swimming suit (you can buy one here if you did) and head for the Széchenyi, Gellért or Lukács.

For a Turkish bathing experience try the Király, Rudas, or the oldest bath of the our city: the Veli Bej.

 

TIP: skip queuing and buy your ticket to the Széchenyi or Gellért Baths online. Convenient and simple: no need to wait in the long line at the cashier, with your pre-purchased ticket you can enjoy fast entry at the separate welcome desk!
TIP: Summer Night Parties in the Széchenyi Bath: from 1st June till September you can have a great outdoor party in the bath every Saturday starting at 22.30.

Tickets: from 35 – 60 EUR. Laser show, electronic music, lots of water fun ensure a fantastic summer night.

TIP: Night of Open-Air Pools, 29. July 2017

On the Night of Open-Air Pools / Strandok Éjszakája, the last Friday in July most baths will stay open till midnight, some till 2 am or 4 am. Most baths will also have some special programs that’ll be posted on their websites.

For example the Aquaworld will have:

  • underwater laser show,
  • fire jugglers
  • nigth surf and slides
  • jacuzzi, and
  • cocktails

Admisssion to the Aquaworld’s Night of Baths is 2 700 HUF/prs. Program starts at 21.00 and lasts till 02.00 am. Address: Íves út 16. district IV., There’s a free bus service every day between 9.30-21.00 departing from Heroes’ Sqr. in front of the Hall of Arts.

Other Bp. baths participating in the event:

  • Paskál Fürdő (Egressy út 178 f., distr. XIV.)
  • Danubius Hotel Arena Premier Fitness (Ifjúság útja 1-3., distr. XIV.)
  • Danubius Hotel Flamenco Premier Fitness (Tas vezér utca 3-7., distr. XI.)
  • Holiday Beach Hotel Budapest**** (Piroska utca 3-5., distr. III.)
  • Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget**** Superior

Restaurants, Cafes to Try in July

Try any of the following three Japanese restaurants: two of them are in the Jewish quarter, a vivid party and cultural centre of Budapest.

  • Ramenka, a Japanese soup bar in Kazinczy Street,
  • Komachi Bistro in Kertész utca,
  • the third one is Itoshii, an all-you-can-eat place on Teréz körút, close to the Nyugati Train Station.

New: A new sushi bar, Japanika, opened this month at the Basilica on Szt. István tér. Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 12.00-24.00. Besides sushi they have soups – miso, tom-yum, ramen – all sorts of salads, main dishes on the menu.

The drink list is extensive too, with Japanese cocktail specilaties, international cocktails, Hungarian beers, pálinka and wines, fruit juices and soft drinks.

Ice Cream Tips in Budapest

Sweet, cool, creamy delight: ice cream, gelato, sundae: the best dessert in summer. Here are some places where you can get the best ice cream:

Gelateria Pomo D’oro – Our Absolute Favorite

Address: Arany János utca 12., district V.

Gelateria Pomo D’oro belongs to Ristorante Pomo D’oro, – an excellent Italian restaurant with a spacious terrace – located also in Arany János utca accross the gelateria.

Ice cream in various flavorsThey make the best ice cream in the city using only 100% natural ingredients: cremay lush delight in served in crunchy cone or a paper cup.

Their traditional Italian gelato come a wide varitey of flavours: refreshing fruity flavours: mint-lemon, forest fruits, traditional flavours: punch, chocolate (two types), tiramisu, coffee. A portion (cc. 7 dkg): 300 HUF.

Levendula Artisan Ice Cream Parlor

Address: Szent István krt. 21., district V., Open: Mon-Sun: 11.00-22.00, Vámház krt. 6. district V. (opposite the Great Market Hall), Open: Mon-Sun: 11.00-21.00, Erzsébet tér 14., Open: Sun-Wed: 10.00-22.00, Thurs-Sat.: 10.00-23.00, Rákóczi út 25. ditrict VIII. Open: Mon-Sun: 11.00-21.00, Fény utca (behind Mammut Shopping Mall)

Levendula (Lavender) is one of the top ice cream makers in Budapest currently with 5 shops.

Their ice cream is made without any artificial aromas and colourings and they offer gluten-free, lactose-free and sugar-free ice cream as well.

Some of the flavours you can choose from: Gorgonzola, Tokaj aszú wine, ginger, lavender fondante, Sicillian pistachio. A portion (5 dlkg) is 250 HUF.

entrance of Fragola ice cream parlor in Nagymezo utcaFragola – Another Italian-Style Ice Cream Parlor

Address: Nagymező utca 7. district VI., Károly körút 3/a district VII., Katona J. utca 37. district XIII.,  Csévi utca 7. district II., Buda,  Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 76., distr. V., Szépvölgyi út 176., distr. III.

With 6 shops across town Fragola is expanding dynamically showing an increasing demand for quality ice cream.

The secret of their success lies in the exclusive use of natural ingredients e. g. at least 60% fresh or frozen fruit in fruity ice creams, glucose instead of sugar, new inventive tastes like the Gorgonzola or the Tihany Camembert.

Smooth, delicious gelato Italian-style that you can enjoy now at several places in the city centre. A portion (5-6 dkg) costs 250 HUF.

See more of our favourite ice cream shops in Budapest!

Nightlife Tips for July

2 ladies and a man sitting on the open deck of a party boatThe sultry July nights are ideal for outdoor clubbing. TIP1: Head for Gozsdu Court, in the Old Jewish Quarter.

It is packed with cool bars, and garden clubs, cafes and restaurants. An awesome place for partying in the middle of summer in Budapest.

TIP2: A Party on the Danube on the deck of a sightseeing boat is another fantastic place to be in July. Enjoy nightlife, and see the best views of the city illuminated at night.

Drinks, sightseeing on the Danube and dancing for a memorable night out!

Some Other Great Open Air/ GardenClubs:

Ankert

partying in Ankert Garden Pub

Address: Paulay Ede utca 33., district VI. Open: Mon-Sun: 16.00-04.00 Website

A spacious club á la ruin pub style in downtown, with a small sandy beach in the back garden.

It offers simple foods, a wide variety of drinks (beer, wine, cocktails, coffee, non-alcoholic drinks).

The interior can take in several hundreds of people. The bar has a large bike storage place should you plan to get their on two wheels.

Barba Negra Track

A very popular yet inexpensive open-air concert venue at the Buda end of the Rákóczi Bridge. This year they’ll have a very impressive concert series starting from the end of April. Tickets: around 1500 HUF.

Rio Budapest

A trendy place with beautiful girls, and Latin music Address: Hengermalom út 52. district XI. Open: April – September, 20.00 – 05.00 every day

See more great Party places in Budapest

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