See and do in Budapest
There’s nothing like waking up to birds singing just outside the window, except knowing that you’ll be able to enjoy it for it for a very long time. In the summer you can take care of all your business during the day without having to be afraid of finding yourself in some post apocalyptic scene as you step outside your office at 6pm.
In this season, fun starts in the early evening, and if you can leave your sunglasses on for a couple of hours when you meet your friends in an open-air bar somewhere in the city. But be careful. Getting stuck is very likely; you can’t make rock’n roll stop with “only one beer” and some responsible thoughts.
When it’s cold, it doesn’t matter where we go, the key to our happiness is the amount of alcohol but in the summer it gets a lot complicated than that. As your Facebook party invitations grow in number probably you’ll start banging your head against walls for not having time to attend all of them, because Budapest really is a superpower of awesome open air parties.
Just to mention a few: in 2013 summer you can attend Sziget Festival, A38 birthday parties, Dürer Kert birthday parties, Craft Beer Festival, Buborék Festival, Duna Carnival, Beer Festival in the Castle, and between them you must organize parties around Erzsébet tér, or in a friend’s garden.
- Fun in the water
The time comes in everybody’s life when you can’t take the heat anymore and you just need to be near a pool. Of course a real Budapest dweller is not willing to leave the city just for some corny beach, they are perfectly aware of this killer-corals and evil shark free city’s swimming opportunities.
The limited but still abundant selection provides places like Palatinus Bath, Császár-Komjádi Swimming pool, Dagály Bath and Római Bath.
- Mother Nature
During these months one must wander out into the “wild” and reunite with mother nature. Of course, you don’t have to think about flowers, buzzing bees and romance, some liver pate with a half-dry bread and a bottle of cheap wine from the bottom shelf will do the trick perfectly well. When it comes to going out you can think of Kopaszi gát, Philosophers’ garden.
- Ice cream
Sweet tooth is okay now. You can always blame winter for making you crave for the fourth ice cream ball. Also it’s strongly advised in this time of the year to learn some of the local language so you can flirt with the cute ice cream girl who’s, by now, probably quite sick of the rush. Fortunately there is an ice cream stall on every corner, but of course, you should try more because all of them has straights and weaknesses. If you don’t want to roll the dice try one of the ever green ones: we recommend Fragola, Daubner, Vári cukrászda, Gerbeaud, Jégbüfé.
- Outdoor sports
We all know that alcohol contains sugar, sugar makes people gain weight and in the summer we tend to drink a lot. So I guess you all have connected the dots by now: you have to jog! During those (at most) 2-3 days with alcohol stop we love to consider going out to set a new record atMargitsziget running, but there are also guerrilla yoga, Thai Chi options under the sun. If you like Mad Max more you can hop on a skateboard and do some flips, or you can fly around on your bmx. Remember, sweating on the bus doesn’t count as burning calories.
The Hungarian national long drink fröccs is made of soda and wine in whatever proportions. But be careful, depending on the wine-soda relation their names are different: kisfröccs = 1-1, hosszúlépés 1-2, nagyfröccs 2-1, házmester: 3-2, viceházmester: 2-3, háziúr: 4-1, polgármester: 6-4, alpolgármester: 4-6, Krúdy fröccs: 9-1, sóherfröccs: 1-9, maflás: 5-5, csatos: 10-5, avasi fröccs: 7-3, sportfröccs: 1-4.
Probably most bartenders have no idea about these either.