The garden of a popular bar in Budapest with tables, benches, lights and people chatting

Spring Activities in Budapest, part 2

In our previous article we started listing things to do in Budapest during this lovely spring and we still haven’t run out of recommendations. The Budapest Spring Festival is in full swing, moreover garden bars and open air street food places are waking up from their winter hibernation.

Budapest Spring Festival

This annual festival that lasts until the 23rd of April offers a great variety of programmes, concerts, fols shows and exhibitions. One of the themes of the 2017 Budapest Spring Festival is the Austro–Hungarian Compromise, which was made 150 years ago in 1867, and the rich period that followed, the time of the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy. The festival also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály‘s (one of the most famous Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is well known internationally as the creator of the Kodály Method.) death there will be events for the Kodály Year as well.

Concert venues include Akvárium club (on the Elisabeth square that we visit on our general Budapest free walking tour), Budapest Jazz Club and Müpa (Palace of Arts), A38 Ship, the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy and so on.

You can also enjoy projects like “Heads Up Budapest”. During your Budapest sightseeing you can stumble upon many beautiful Art Deco buildings. This year, between 31 March and 23 April, they post stickers outside twenty of these buildings in the inner city, showing their architect, the year of their construction, and their style.

The Budapest Art Week is a festival that rounds up events of classical and contemporary visual art. With a single ticket during the six days of the festival (18 – 23. April) , 70 exhibitions and related events (guided tours, lectures, performances, museum learning sessions) can be enjoyed at 60 venues.

We also have a Photo street festival organised for the 3rd time this year in the heart of the city centre, on Nagymező street. This festival presents all that is related to the art of photography on the pavement of the street. Imagine that the street becomes a special exhibition space and anyone who passes by can enjoy the programme.

For those who love their belly there is also a Hungarian food court during the time of the festival on the Vörösmarty square where our free walking tours start every day.

Garden bars & street food in the Jewish quarter


In the last couple of years the 7th district or known as the Jewish quarter of of our capital has gone through a huge change: ruin bars, clubs and street food have conquered the area. Now that the temperature is higher and higher the wonderful open air bars are also popping up and there’s no shortage of street food places.

If you choose to do your Budapest sightseeing with us, besides our other free walking tours you can take the free Jewish quarter tour, so after learning about the history of this area you can enjoy a sunny afternoon sitting in one of the garden bars with a nice Hungarian fröccs (wine spritzer) in your hand, eating a lángos in Karaván street food court or having a craft beer on Bálna terasz after our Evening free walking tour which finishes next to the Great Market Hall.

Have a lovely spring and come join us daily on our sightseeing tours in Budapest in this great weather!