Considering a Danube river cruise but still can't decide? The Danube is one of the most popular trips for first and second time cruisers, and for good reasons. The itineraries include interesting stops in cities and towns large and small. History, the arts and culinary delights abound. And of course there is Budapest! Budapest is both a start and end point for Danube cruises, and what a lovely city it is. Check out my article from my Danube cruise last year.
Budapest offers a lot to see and do, including the following events scheduled between July and October 2016. From air and formula one racing to art and wine festivals, maybe one of these will help you decide to take that cruise!
Red Bull Air Race (July 16-17)
The iconic Chain Bridge will once again be a feature in this event. Watch as pilots race a course above the Danube between the Elizabeth and Margaret Bridges
Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, (July 22-24)
Check out Formula 1 racing at Hungaroring, just outside Budapest.
Festival of Folk Arts (August 18-21)
Traditional crafts can be seen at the Buda Castle, including weaving, beading and woodcarving
Jewish Cultural Festival (August 28 - September 4)
Jewish Culture in Hungary is highlighted, including concerts, exhibitions, and film screenings
Budapest Wine Festival (September 7-11)
The Buda Castle will host one of the largest wine festivals of Hungary. Learn the art of winemaking, sample Hungarian wines, meet some of the notable winemakers and enjoy Hungarian food and music
Cultural Heritage Days (September 17-18)
Experience Budapest on free guided tours to unique buildings and institutions. From former palaces of the aristocracy to public institutions, a great selection of venues open their doors, some of them are otherwise closed to the public.
Pálinka and Sausage Festival (October 2-4)
More than 20 palinka (Hungarian brandy) distillers and renowned kolbász (sausage) makers participate in this unique and very Hungarian culinary event, held at the Buda
Cafe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, (October 1-19 - dates not finalized)
Formerly known as the Budapest Autumn Festival, this is a major contemporary art
festival with more than 100 planned events at 40 venues centered on the arts (music, dance, theater, literature) 2016 event will focus on Béla Bartók, the famous
Chimney Cake Festival (October 9-11)
The chimney cake is one of the most popular traditional Hungarian sweets, loved byboth tourists and locals. Learn more about this treat, and enjoy a wide variety, made over charcoal or made in oil, plain or rolled with various toppings. This event is held next to Vajdahunyad Castle at City Park.