Budapest
Budapest
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Useful information

When to go

When to go: 

Spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons to visit Budapest. The weather is mild, the tourist sites yet to be invaded by throngs of tourists and the flower-decked parks are at their most beautiful. In late March, the country celebrates the advent of spring with the most important cultural event of the year: the Budapest Spring Festival. Concerts, ballets, dance, theatre, operas and operettas resonate throughout the capital for over a fortnight.
The hot, humid summers are the scene of a host of festive events that are greatly appreciated by the many tourists. On Saturday evenings, wild sparties (contraction of spa and party) are thrown in the capital’s thermal baths. Beware, many of the hotels are often fully booked during the capital’s major events, such as the Formula One Grand Prix in late July.
The winters are very cold and the days are short. All the more reason to treat yourself to a bath in the hot springs or a break in one of the magnificent turn-of-the-20C cafés.

Practical info

Shopping
Hours: 

Shops are open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (2pm on Saturdays). Some shops in tourist spots and department stores stay open on Saturday afternoons and even Sundays. Some grocery stores, identifiable by their “Non Stop” sign, are open 24/7. Everything is closed on December 26.

Visits and activities
Hours: 

Museums and historical sites are open 10am–6pm. Some are closed on Mondays and bank holidays.