Visit Budapest in June

Events, Festivals, Things to Do in the First Month of Summer

Visit Budapest in June, and you will have a wonderful vacation in the Hungarian capital.

As summer kicks in, the city is offering plenty events, programs and things to do for everyone.

June is definitely the month of beer in our city with three festivals in a row:

  • the Főzdefeszt Craft Beer Festival in City Park
  • the Buda Castle Beer Festival (for the last time this year), and
  • the Czech Beer Fest.

There will be numerous other programs in the first month of summer, see our list below.

 

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a refreshing fountain in Budapest's city centre

An Interactive Fountain at Szabadság Square, near the Parliament, District V.: A Great Place to Cool Yourself in the Hot Summer Months.

June Weather

Buda Castle from the Danube PromenadeJune tends to be already very hot in Hungary. Due to the global climate change summer starts way earlier than it did a couple of decades ago.

Daily temperatures can reach 30 – 35 ºC with lots of sunshine.

A quick summer shower is not unusual in June so bring an umbrella.

In some years June can be very rainy and colder than usual though so do check the weather forecast before packing clothes for your visit.

Events, Festivals

Budapest Summer Festival – June-July-August 2016.

Summer Festival on Margaret IslandA 3-month cultural festival that takes place mainly on Margaret Island.

Concerts, opera, ballet, musicals, dance performances, children programs throughout the summer within a romantic, outdoor setting.

This year you can select from more than 100 programs over the 3 months – besides famous local performers the following international artists will be on stage:

James Valenti, Yuja Wang, Marc Heller, Sébastien Guéze, Giuseppe Filianoti, Stacey Kent, the London Globe Theatre and the Monte Carlo Balett.

The events starts with a festive opening concert titled Romantic Classics by the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Chinese pianist Yuja Wang and conducted by Zoltán Kocsis. Date: 10. June at 20.00

Tickets to the opening concert: 3500, HUF, 3 900 HUF, 4 500 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 6 900 HUF, 8 900 HUF

The historic water tower hosts jazz concerts.

TIP: Margaret Island, and the summer festival can be accessed by boat: with special boat services to the theatre performances, and concerts, as well as by scheduled boat services 5 times a day all summer (departures from: Vigadó tér 5., Batthyány tér 1., Dráva utca 2. ports, arrivals: Margaret Island Open-air Stage and Water Tower).

Read more details about the Budapest Summer Festival 2016.

Budapest A Capella Festival, 17-19. June

Venue: Várkert Bazaar (in case of bad weather: in the Multifunctional Event Hall)
Tickets:

the varkert bazaar by night during a concertPre-purchased:

  1. Day pass: Friday, 17 June (2000 HUF)
  2. Day pass: Saturday, 18 June (2000 HUF)
  3. Day pass: Sunday, 19 June (1000 HUF)
  4. 3-day pass: 17-19 June (4500 HUF)
Tickets at the venue:
  • Day pass: Friday, 17 June (2200 HUF)
  • Day pass: Saturday, 18 June (2200 HUF)
  • Day pass: Sunday, 19 June (1200 HUF)
  • 3-day pass: 17-19 June (5000 HUF)

Free for children under 14.

concert at varkert Bazaar in summerA 3-day festival with performers without instrumental music at a panoramic riverside location, the Várkert Bazaar & Gardens.

The program includes Georgian polyphonic singing, traditional Roma music, Finnish folk hop

Detailed program:

Friday/17. June

  • 19:00-20:00 ABAGAR (Bulgaria)
  • 20:00-21:00 VUSA MKHAYA (Austria, Zimbabwe)
  • 21:00-22:00 JAZZATION (Hungary)
Saturday/18. June

  • 18:00-19:00 TUULETAR (Finland)
  • 19:00-20:00 ALAVERDI (Georgia)
  • 20:00-21:00 KONGERO (Sweden)
  • 21:00-22:00 FOOL MOON (Hungary)

Sunday/19. June

19:00-20:30Mónika Lakatos & the Romengo (Hungary) guest: Mamadou Diabaté (Burkina Faso)

logo of Night of Museums in HungaryNight of Museums (Múzeumok Éjszakája), 25. June, 2016.

Venues: museums in Budapest

An international festival that has been part of June events for a couple of years now.

You can hop from museum to museum using the special bus service – 7 colour-coded lines connecting various parts of the city – operated on Midsummer Night, 25/06.

A great variety of programs for all ages and interests.

Tickets: full price: 1 500 HUF, students (ages: 6-18): 600 HUF.

You can use the dedicated bus service, participate in the programs and view the permanent and temporary exhibits of the museums.

Find out more about the Night of Museums in Budapest.

exhibitors at the Book festival Budapest

Gastro Festivals June – Best Places to Local Cuisine

Hamburger Day, June, 2016.

Venue: Millenáris park, Buda, tram 6., Széna tér stop
Opening Hours: 23. June/Thursday: 12.00-22.00, 24. June/Friday: 12.00-23.00, 25. June/Saturday: 10.00-23.00, 26. June/Sunday: 10.00-19.00
Admission: free

The 3rd Hamburger Day welcomes burger lovers for 4 days with hamburger eating contest and the top burger places in Budapest.

Taste the best burger made from quality beef, homemade buns topped with tasty sauces, cheese and other toppings. The event is usually crowded so expect to queue for a burger.

Beer & Wine Festivals – You Won’t Be Thirsty in June

Beer Festival in Buda Castle (Budavári Sörfesztivál), June, 2017.

drinking beer at the Beer Festival in Buda CastleVenue: Buda Castle-Royal Palace, Oroszlános Udvar, Hunyadi Udvar
Admission: daily ticket 2 000 HUF, includes a tasting mug
Opening Hours: Thurs-Fri: 15.00-03.00, Sat: 12.00-03.00, Sun: 12.00-24.00

The impressive courtyards of the Royal Palace host the beer fest for the last time due to a large-scale reconstruction of the castle area.

You can combine this event with a sightseeing of Buda Castle Hill: see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Labyrinth, walk the lovely cobble-stoned streets, have a coffee and cake in a historic confectionery and cafe, the Ruszwurm, or try the newest gastro-hot spot: Jamie’s Italian.

Főzdefeszt Craft Beer Festival, Mid-June

the Fóti Brewery at the Főzdefeszt Craft Beer FestivalVenue: City Park (Városliget) Napozórét/Great Meadow (next to Heroes’ Sqr.)
Admission: free, but for beer beer tasting you have to buy a Spiegelau tasting glass with the logo of the festival, sold on the spot in size 0.5 L but with markings of 0.2 L, 0,3 L, 0,4 L and 0,5 L. Price of the glass: 1 200 HUF

Opening hours: Friday: 14.00 – 02.00, Saturday-Sunday: 12.00 – 02.00

The popular beer and gastro event, the Főzdefeszt/Street Food Show will be held in the city’s historic leisure park, the City Park.

This year we get to taste some great lager and pilsner beers since these two will be the focus of the event.

Some of the regular participants:

  • Fóti Craft Brewery – Keserű Méz hop lager
  • Gyertyános Brewery – banana and dark chocolate beers
  • Békésszentandrás Brewery – several fruit-based beers
  • Rizmajer Brewery (Csepel, district XXI:) – Cingulus dark beer

brewery stalls at the Czech Beer FestivalCzech Beer Festival, end of  June – beginning of July

Venue: Dózsa György út 37., parking lot (Heroes’ Sqr.)

The Czech beer festival will welcome beer lovers for a week in June, then for 5 days in July in the City Center, at Szabadság Square park district V.

You can taste the top Czech beers along with traditional Czech dishes and enjoy Czech cultural programs.

See a couple of more about the Czech Beer Festival in Budapest!

Find out more about the Buda Castle Beer Festival and other Beer Festivals.

Wine Tour in Etyek with Transfer

strolling in Etyek vineyardsJune is also a great time to explore the wine cellars in Etyek village just a short drive from Budapest in the Etyek-Buda wine region.

You can choose from several wine tasting programs (with cheese/chocolate tasting or a substantial Hungarian-style dinner).

Friendly, English-speaking guides, fine wines and food, kind local people guarantee that you’ll have a fantastic time. Reservation is recommended.

Classical Concerts, Cultural Programs in June

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

 

Bach Week – Concerts in the Lutheran Church on Deák Sqr., June

Venue: Lutheran Church, Deák tér, district V., M1, M2, M3 metro lines
Admission: free

Concerts start every day at 19.00

A concert series celebrating the great German composer Johann Sebastian Bach: orchestra, cantata and chamber evenings:

  • June 06., Monday 19.00: Organ evening
  • June 07., Tuesday 19.00: Orchestra and cantata evening
  • June 09., Wednesday 19.00: Chamber evening
  • June 10., Friday 19.00: Organ evening
  • June 11., Saturday 19.00: Cello evening
  • June 12., Sunday 19.00: Cantata evening

See detailed program on the church’s website.

Wagner Days in the Palace of Arts/MüPa

Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX., Getting there: tram 2 or H7 HÉV/suburban railway Közvágóhíd stop, tram 1 Rákóczi híd stop

Tickets: 5 500, 7 900, 10 900, 14 900, 19 900 HUF

The whole month will be dedicated to the classical music dramas of Richard Wagner in the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in the Palace of Arts. You can see:

  • Wagner: Das Rheingold, 16 June , 18.00
  • Wagner: Die Walküre, 17 June , 16.00
  • Wagner: Siegfried, 18 June, 16.00
  • Wagner: Götterdämmerung, 19 June , 16.00
  • Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, 24 and 26 June, 16.00
  • Der fliegende Holländer – documentary of the Müpa studio, Auditorium, 15 June, 19.00, (with English and Hungarian subtitles)
  • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – documentary of the Müpa studio, Auditorium, 23 June, 19.00, (with English and Hungarian subtitles) 

Visit the website of MüPa for more information and tickets.

Sightseeing TIPS for June

Our city offers a dazzling array of sights and monuments so we choose only one or two to include in our monthly program recommendations.

Parliament and Kossuth Square

Getting there: tram 2, M2 (red) metro Kossuth tér station

The Parliamaent on Kossuth ter, front viewDo visit the largest building of Hungary dominating the Pest side of the Danube.

The Hungarian Parliament and its neighbourhood was completely refurbished last year with new or renewed statues, large green park, new pavement tiles with built in vapour release system, a long pool in front of the building and lots more.

Go on a guided tour (buy tickets online to avoid queuing for ticket) to see the most revered treasure of our country: the Holy Crown of St. Stephen.

Cafe TIP: Try the new Szamos Cafe at Kossuth tér 10 for a coffee & cake break or a light lunch.

Shopping TIP: drop by Culinaris Gourmet Store in Balassi Bálint utca, just a short walk from the Kossuth tér to pick up some delicacies: a wide choice of chocolates, biscuits, coffee, teas, spices, sauces, dairy products, vegetables and fruits, bakery goods are available (open: Mon-Sat: 08.00-2.00, Sun: 10.00-18.00).

Boat Tours on the Danube

on a boat tour on the Danube

The most romantic way to see the city scape is a sightseeing cruise on the river Danube.

The tours last 1-1.5 hour, during which you will see the most notable sights on the two riverbanks Budapest is famous for:

  • Buda Castle with the Royal Palace,

More Sightseeing Tours – Bus, Walking, & Running

Bus Tours

a red hop on hop of bus at Erzsebet SquareFor a convenient city sightseeing hop on a bus tour.

The open-top double deckers provide excellent view of the city.

Audio guide in several languages give you a tour of the city:

  • historical details,
  • famous landmarks, and
  • lesser known attractions.

You can hop on or off at any of the 9 or 14 stops along the route of the tour.
Tickets for Bus Tours in Budapest.

Walking, Biking and Running Tours

Do you like running? Explore Budapest on a running tour – 5-10 km long routes where you will see the the top attractions of the Hungarian capital.

If you are not up for jogging then go on a bike tour: bikes, helmets and professional guiding is provided:

Bike Tours In & Out of the City

TIP:Try BuBi, Budapest’s public bicycle sharing system launched in April 2014.

You can rent the massive, light green bikes at 76 points in the city (bank card is required if you aren’t a registered user and in this case a 25 000 HUF deposit will be deducted if you rent a bike.)

Tourists coming for a couple of days can choose from 24-hour, 72-hour or 7-day passes. During the validity of the pass you can use the bike for 30 minutes, over that you’ll be charged a fee.

Jewish Monuments

The twin towers of the Central Synagogue, Dohany StreetBudapest boasts one of Europe’s richest Jewish heritage:

  • synagogues,
  • monuments,
  • memorials,
  • museums and archives,
  • cemeteries.

You can discover them on guided tours of self-made walks in Buda and the Pest side.

Book a Guided Jewish Tour

Outdoor Pools, and Baths – Strands in Budapest

Outdoor pools in the Szechenyi bathsBudapest is the city of healing waters. with its many thermal springs and bath complexes Hungary’s capital is a popular spa destination in Central Europe.

In summer it is best to have fun in the outdoor baths and beaches of Budapest: the Gellért , and the Széchenyi Baths have nice open air pools.

The best seasonal beaches are the Római in Óbuda, district III., or the Palatinus on Margaret Island.

Both beaches have new giant slides, the one in the Palatinus Beach is the fastest slide in Hungary.

Perfect for families with kids visiting our city in June, or in the other two summer months.

a night partywith light show in Szechenyi bathTIP: 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: 35 EUR (early bird) – 60 EUR.

Laser show, electronic music, lots of water fun ensure a fantastic summer night in Budapest.

Hotel TIP – Prestige Hotel Budapest & Costes Downtown

Prestige Hotel Budapest's facadePrestige Hotel that opened in April 2015., is located in a 19.-century townhouse in a small, quiet street in downtown. It boasts remarkable interior design, comfortable rooms, and a fine dining restaurant, Costes Downtown (the new place of the Michelin-star place in Ráday Street).

Within walking distance to the Danube and other famous sights, Prestige Hotel Budapest is an  ideal accommodation for a summer city break.

Cafe TIPS

Here are two brand new coffee/cake shops that opened this month in Budapest.

Solties Terrace in the Whale/Bálna, by Solties Cake Factory

people sitting at the terrace of the Balna at dusk
Amazing panorama at the terrace of the Bálna

Address: Fővám tér 11-12., district IX.
Opening hours: see Facebook page

Solties Terrace at the Whale/Bálna building at the Pest riverbank brings us a bit of sweet Italy with its heavenly, artisan ice creams, semifredo cakes and other sweet temptations.

Flavourful, premium-quality dessert creations, from natural ingredients, coffee, lemonade – perfect to kickstart a morning or finish a day.

Szamos Cafe & Chocolate Museum

Address: Kossuth tér 10., district V.
Opening hours: Cafe: Mon-Fri: 7.30-19.00, Sat-Sun: 9.00-19.00 Museum: Mon-Sun: 10.00-18.00,
Admission to the museum: 980 HUF

The Szamos Cafe, next to the Parliament building is the new generation of the classic Szamos Cake Shops we were used to in the previous 70+ decades.

The interior of a former coffee house has been tastefully renovated, turning the place into a modern, lively cafe and bistro in one of the most visited neighbourhoods of the city centre.

  • Delicious tortes , pastries, and other desserts (Hungarian classics, more contemporary sweets) in the ground floor area,
  • an al carte restaurant on the gallery and
  • a Chocolate Museum on the top floor make Szamos Cafe a unique place to see in downtown Budapest.

Nightlife, Partying

The warm June nights are perfect for outdoor parties and clubbing.

TIP1: A popular clubbing area is in Kazinczy Street, in the Old Jewish Quarter. It is packed with ruin pubs, and garden clubs: the most famous are the Szimpla Kert, 400 Bar, Kocka, or the Mika Tivadar Mulató.

360 Bar – the Best Panoramic View of the Whole City

Address: Andrássy út 39. district VI. on the rooftop of the Paris Department Store (lift to the right of Alexandra Bookshops’s entrance)
Open: every day: 10.00 – 24.00 Thursday-Saturday: 10.00 – 03.00

View form the 306 BarThe coolest bar on the highest rooftop of the city opened last May.

You can enjoy the fantastic 360 degree vista all summer: the dome of St. Stephen Basilica, the Dohány Street Synagogue, Buda Castle and the Buda Hills, the Budapest Eye.

The Art-Nouveau department store’s rooftop – built towards the end of the 19.century – used to hosted an ice rink.

Today ideal place for a leisurely late breakfast with coffee, lunch or chill with a glass of fine wine or cocktail under the enormous parasols while taking in the breathtaking panorama.

Varied programs add to the appeal of the bar: concerts, film screenings, Sunday brunch.

Akvárium Klub-Erzsébet Tér

Akvarium Club entranceThe square is a popular venue for major festivals and it has been nicely renewed in previous months.

The Akvárium is also located on Erzsébet tér with a wide range of programs: concerts, exhibitions, dance and theatre performances, conferences, and festivals.

The Aqua Bistro serves food at affordable price (two-course daily menu is 1 190 HUF). The ticket office of the club is open every day from 10.00 till program closing (or till 18.00 on days when there’s no concert or other program).

Some Other Great Outdoor Clubs:

Zippp Club Margitsziget

Address: Margaret Island, southern end, at the Athletics Centre, trams 4, 6
Open: Wed-Sat: 20.00-05.00
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A spacious new open-air venue at the southern tip of Margaret Island with 2 dance areas and 3 bars. Recommended for lovers of electronic music, hip hop d’n’b.

Outdoor Party at CorvintetoBarbaNegra Track (formerly Zöld Pardon) – an extremely popular but inexpensive open-air bar at the Buda end of the Rákóczi Bridge

Address: Neumann János utca 2., district XI. Budapest
Open: 20th April – September, Mon – Sat: 09.00 – 05.00)

Cafe del Rio – a trendy place with beautiful girls, Latin music, and Mediterranean atmosphere

Entry is free on Fridays. Website

Address: Hengermalom út 52. district XI.
Open: April – September, 20.00 – 05.00 every day

dancing in Morrison's Liget Open air Club Liget Club & Bar for stylish clubbing

Address: Népliget út 2. district X., M3 metro or trams 1, 1A, Népliget stop

This popular open-air club opened in September 2011 in a large park in district X. Three indoor dance areas, a spacious outdoor dance area and a terrace in the summer season.

Fine drinks, the latest hits, lots of space to dance.

You’re checked for proper dress code at the entrance (no flip flops, cheap shorts- just sleek, trendy pieces) also people with skin colour other than white might not be allowed in.

They another places in the city: Morrison’s Opera (address: Révay utca: 25.) next to the Hungarian Opera House on Andrássy Avenue, the city’s chic thoroughfare in district VI: a popular disco with cheap drinks and favoured by British youths and uni students.

Past Events:

Downtown Festival (Belvárosi Fesztivál), Beginning of  June

2016 poster of the Downtown FestivalVenue: Szabadság Sqr., Erzsébet Sqr., Zrínyi Street

The inner city of Budapest (district V.) organizes a summer festival each year.

Three venues in downtown offer concerts, cultural programs, children activities during the 3-day event.

The main location is Szabadság Square, near the Parliament, where pop-rock concerts by popular Hungarian bands will be performed.

A world music stage on the revamped Erzsébet tér, and another pop music stage in Zrínyi utca welcomes everyone.

Street food, and drinks, a design fair, street ball show ensure for a great program on the 2nd weekend of June in Budapest.

Budapest Essentials – Live The City! – a 4-Day Urban Festival, 03 – 05. June 2016

Passes & Tickets: full price 4-day pass: 50 EUR, with SPArty entry: 67 EUR, single day ticket: 33 EUR

Venue: multiple places in the city, see organiser’s website

A 4-day festival at the coolest party, cultural and foodie places of the city.

You go on special walk tours, concerts, exhibitions, visit design shops, enjoy great food at 20-30% discount price in restaurants, street food bars, and pubs.

Budapest Essentials logoThe biggest event of June 2016 offers lots of programs at countless venues in the city centre: concerts (50 bands will perform), unique walk tours (you can explore the fire walks and street art of the city), pop-up workshops, street food, gourmet food, cakes (Cakes Shop is highly recommended, ticket holders get a 20% discount).

Some regularly organised fairs are also part of the event:

  • the Wamp Festival at Akvárium Klub (Erzsébet tér) where young designers, artists will showcase their products on 05. June, Sunday,
  • or the Gouba/Gozsdu Bazár another place to get to know works of start up Hungarian designers as well as browse among antique art pieces.

With your pass you:

  • can visit all music and culture programs at all locations throughout the festival
  • receive  a discount at every gastro partner’s restaurant
  • you get 3 beer coupons with your pass, which you can redeem at the following ruin bars (1 beer/bar): Fogasház/Fogaskert, Instant, Ankert

With Extra Coupon you can also enjoy a one-time free visit to any of the participating baths: Gellért, Dandár, Dagály, Király, Széchenyi, Lukács, Rudas, Paskál, Római, go on a Hop on Hop Off Bus tour,  or visit the Zoo and Botanical Garden.

I Love Italy Mediterranean Gastro & Wine Festival, June

Venue: Klauzál tér – Food Market
Entry: free

a small park with benches and tables and a playgorund in the background
A park & playground in Klauzál tér

With so many Italian restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops, Budapest clearly has a love for Italian-Mediterranean gastronomy. So the 7-day Festival, starting on 06. June will definitely be a huge success.

The Mediterranean Gastro & Wine Festival will take place on Klauzál Square in the old Jewish Quarter, partly in the refurbished food market hall where you’ll have the chance to taste traditional Italian, Spanish, Greek and Croatian food, wine and champagne.

Besides the the culinary experiences you can see a Vespa parade and pageant, Italian retro car show, movie screenings, music and dance performances fro FREE.

Festive Book Week (Ünnepi Könyvhét) Mid-June, 2016.

Venue: Vörösmarty Square, M1 (yellow line) underground Vörösmarty tér stop
Admission: free

An event for book lovers with book launches, discussions, concerts, and children programs.

If you plan to visit the Book week, combine it with a stroll along Váci utca, and an ice cream in the Gerbeaud Cafe, or a lunch/dinner in the Michelin-star Onyx restaurant.

Find out more about the Festive Book Week.

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