Budapest, Hungary

Street of Budapest with a pavement cafe and a view at the Hungarian Parliament Building on a bright autumn day

August is an exciting month in this city on the Danube. The annual Summer Festival from June to September features concerts, performances, art, and food stalls on the Open Air Stages of Margaret Island. The Festival of Crafts in Buda Castle will be held from Aug. 17-20 with craft demonstrations, street food, folk dance, and markets in the historic courtyards of the castle. St. Stephen’s Day and Hungary’s statehood are celebrated Aug. 20 with a spectacular fireworks display on the Danube. The Sziget Festival attracts hundreds of thousands for music, parties, performances, boat rides, and beachside fun from Aug. 7-13, this year featuring Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, and other well-known international performers. The Hungary Grand Prix Formula One race will take place Aug. 2-4 near Budapest. The Great Market Hall, a huge indoor produce, food, and souvenir market, dates back over 100 years, and some of Budapest’s thermal baths have been frequented since Roman times. Hungarian wines, like the sweet Tokaji dessert wine, or bitter herbal Unicum, are among their many excellent beverages. Visitors should sample food specialties like goulash, chicken paprikash, and strudel. The luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, near the Danube and St. Stephen’s Basilica, is the perfect home base for exploring this exciting city and dining on Hungarian-inspired dishes.

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