Sitting right in the middle of Europe is the wonderfully unique and picturesque country of Hungary. The marvellous architecture - influenced by Western Europe (the Roman Empire in particular) - and the beautiful landscapes make a trip to this European country a once in a lifetime experience. Hungary's culture is unique in many ways because of the influences from both Russia and Western Europe. The people in this country have the elegance and panache of Europeans, along with the grit of the Russians, making it a unique combination. One can see these influences in Hungarian culture as well through their attire and food habits. Apart from all this, one of the major reasons to visit Hungary is the incredible hospitality of the people here. You will be amazed by how welcoming they are to tourists!
Hungary has a temperate climate, with one able to experience all four major seasons in the country. The summers are bright and pleasant and is apt for you to walk around and explore the cities to the fullest. Conversely, the winters are perfect for travellers who want to experience snowfall and enjoy various adventure sports like skiing, snowboarding, and so on.
Budapest is one place in Hungary that resonates with every tourist in the world. It won't be a far-fetched claim if we say that everyone who loves to travel might have thought of visiting Budapest at least once in their life. The capital city of Hungary is so beautiful in every aspect and this is what makes it so irresistible to tourists. The flat city of Pest is connected by a 19th century chain bridge to the hilly village of Buda, with the River Danube flowing in between. This picturesque setting is in itself enough to make anyone visit the city. Add to that the amazing architecture from different eras spread across the town, along with the unique food culture and you have yourself a city that is nothing short of a dream.
Apart from Budapest, Szentendre, Eger, Eztergom, Visegrad and Keszthely are some of the major tourist cities in the country. Here, you can witness various examples of neo-classical and gothic architecture through the centuries-old palaces, castles, churches and the present-day houses of the locals.
When it comes to natural landscapes, Hungary has a lot of options for you. Lake Balaton is the most popular spot in the country because of the huge freshwater lake here. Hortobagyi National Park is known for its wilderness, Aggletek for its caves and parks, Badascony for its volcano and vineyards and the Buda Hills for their stunning beauty. They are truly some of the beautiful natural landscapes that the country has to offer.
Since each of the seasons in Hungary offer a unique experience, it is important to know what the best time to visit is. Apart from the weather conditions, your interests in the activities you wish to do, and the flight and accommodation charges are things to consider while determining the time you should visit the country.
Peak Season: June to August
Off Season: January-February
Shoulder Season: September-October
Hungary has a beautiful summer with clear skies across the country, making it the ideal time for you to visit. Such warm and pleasant weather conditions will let you explore the cities for long hours. Naturally, the summer months of June, July and August witness the maximum number of tourists. However, each season has its own uniqueness that you can enjoy. To get a clear picture, take a look at a detailed analysis of each season of the country.
|Travel Seasons||Min/ Max Temperature||Weather|
|Spring||4-22 degreeC||Pleasant and Breezy|
|Summer||14-27 degreeC||Warm and Pleasant|
|Autumn||6-24 degreeC||Pleasant and Partly rainy|
|Winter||-9-8 degreeC||Snowy and cold|
Temperature: The temperature during spring in Hungary fluctuates between 4 degree C and 22 degree C.
Weather: The average low temperature in March can be also as low as 4 degree C and the average high temperature in the spring season can go to 22 degree C in May. One can experience the continuous cool breeze that flows by throughout the season.
Significant Events: One of the most significant festivals during the Hungarian Spring is Easter. The Holloko Easter Festival is one of the oldest and most popular festivals in the country and it takes place in the month of April. Here, you can witness various cultural activities like folk dances and songs along with amazing performances by artists and locals alike. Do not forget to enjoy the unique delicacies on offer. Speaking of food, do not miss the Paprika Festival held in May to enjoy different kinds of Paprika and wine as well.
Why you should visit now: It is one of the best times to visit the capital city of Budapest. Since it is a semi-shoulder season, there are not many tourists in the country. You can explore the city's museums and palaces with not many people around you. Another reason to visit during this time is the budget friendly rates for both accommodation and transport that are available.
Things to know before the visit: If you are visiting the country in March, you should definitely carry your woollens as it can get really cold at night. Visiting the Buda Hills should also be a top thing to do during this time of the year.
Tip: Book your tickets closer to your trip dates. This way, you can let the prices of hotels and transport get lower, as is the norm during the spring season.
Temperature: The temperature during summer ranges between 14 degree C and 27 degree C.
Weather: The summer in Hungary offers splendid warm days, allowing you to explore the cities and landscapes alike. The maximum temperature does not go beyond 27 degree C and the minimum average temperature does not go below 14 degree C. This particular range is perfect for travelling throughout the day, leading into the night as well.
Significant Events: Without a doubt, the Balaton Festival in July is the biggest festival and is something you cannot miss for many reasons. Here, you not only get to witness some of the best performances from different artists, you also get to enjoy the local food and the urban culture of the country. EDM, hip-hop and rock are the popular genres of music played during this festival. A similar psychedelic festival takes place in the month of August in the town of Ozora. The Sziget Festival too follows a similar path in terms of festivities.
The Summerfest International Folklore festival and the Budapest Festival of Folk are the two festivals in August that gives you a peek into the culture and traditions of the locals here.
Why you should visit now: There is no better time to visit Hungary than the summer because of the beautiful climate it has throughout the day. All the museums, palaces and natural hotspots are open to the public during this time of the year. The clear sky and the pleasantly warm weather help you roam around in comfort. A day spent on the Balaton Lake is something that will stay with your forever.
Things to know before the trip: It is the peak season in terms of tourism in Hungary and therefore you need to book your tickets and hotel rooms well in advance. It is not just true for the flight and accommodation but also for certain mountain hikes or treks.
Tips: You need not carry any woollens. Travel light with an on-the-go bag with all the basic things you would want like a sun block, an umbrella and even a raincoat for the unpredictable showers in July. Do not forget to carry your party clothes as a lot of cool festivals are waiting for you this season.
Temperature: The temperature you get to experience in the autumn in Hungary is somewhere between 6 degree C and 24 degree C.
Weather: The weather conditions tend to fluctuate a lot, with the highest temperatures recorded around 24 degree C in early September and the minimum temperature going as low as 6 degree C in late October. The leaves on the trees around the country start turning brown and yellow, making every scene worthy of a click.
Significant events: The Jewish Summer Festival is the most popular festival during this season. At the centre of the festivities is the Great Synagogue in Dohany Street. Here, you can witness Jewish culture in the form of the food, music and dance sequences performed by various artists and locals alike.
Why you should visit now: Autumn in Hungary is the second-best season to visit the country because of multiple reasons. Since most of the travellers start going back, the number of tourists decrease by a significant margin, leading to a drop in the rates for accommodation and flight tickets as well. Furthermore, the weather conditions are pretty decent with partial rains in between. It is particularly a great season for trekking and hiking in the alpine forests.
Things to know before the visit: Since it is the shoulder season, you should be able to get the hotel rooms and flight tickets at affordable prices. It is the ideal time to indulge in outdoor activities like swimming and cycling as well.
Tips: Since it is the ideal season to indulge in outdoor activities, it is advisable that you work a bit on your fitness before visiting the country. Do not forget to carry your raincoat and hiking shoes. A sunblock and a mosquito repellent are also necessities to carry in your bag.
Temperature: The temperature stays in the range of -9 degree C and 8 degree C in the winter season.
Weather: The winter season in Hungary can get really cold in late December and January. The temperature can drop to as low as -9 degree C, leading to heavy snowfall and foggy days during this time of the year. The average high temperature stays around 8 degree C, which is generally in early November and late February.
Significant events: The biggest event during the winter season in Hungary is Christmas. All the streets, houses and shops are decorated with lights, spreading the festive vibe throughout the country. The Budapest Christmas Fair and the Winter Festival at Vörösmarty Square are the major festivals in the country. The Night of Baths is an interesting one-night celebration where you can enjoy your evenings in the thermal baths anywhere in Budapest.
Why you should visit now: If you want to explore the snow-capped mountains and hills then this is the right time for you to visit. You can indulge in winter adventure sports as well.
Things to know before the visit: Due to the continuous rains in November and February, and the extreme cold in December and January, the winter season in Hungary is technically an off-season. However, if you love to be in tranquil locations with not many people around you, this season is for you. One thing to remember is that a lot of monuments and tourist spots are closed during this time of the year.
Tips: Carry your premium woollen clothes for multiple layering and also a quality raincoat.
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