Planning a spring escape to Budapest? Spring is a wonderful time to visit and there is plenty to discover from parks and outdoor cafés to Easter festivals and cherry blossom celebrations. Here are some ideas for things to do in Budapest in the spring.
- Sitting outside. The cold winter weather gives way to spring-like temperatures and abundant sunshine by March, but spring truly begins in April, when outdoor restaurants and cafés fill with people looking to relieve their spring fever.
- Outdoor markets, like WAMP, Budapest’s design fair, GOUBA, the weekly Sunday bazaar, or the Farmer’s Market at Szimpla Kert make the city even more colorful and are worth to check out.
- Spring is a beautiful time to be in one of the city’s many parks. Margaret Island, Gellért Hill, Kopaszi-gát, Erzsébet Square and Károlyi Gardens are our favorite parks for spring spotting.
- A stroll in the city is the best way to enjoy Budapest’s springtime charm. Sign up for a unique walking tour and get to know the city's hidden treasures.
Spring Festivals in Budapest
- The annual Budapest Spring Festival is one of the largest cultural events in the city with many performances and exhibitions to choose from.
- The Sakura Festival in Füvészkert is a great place to enjoy a picnic under the cherry blossoms.
- Architecture lovers will enjoy 'Budapest 100', a unique two-day event, which opens the doors of 100-year old buildings to the public.
- The annual Budapest Pálinka Festival, dedicated to a special type of Hungarian brandy, is one of the season's biggest gastronomic events. Visitors can taste a wide range of different types of pálinka made by the country's best distillers.
- Foodies will love the Budai Gourmet Festival, bringing together Budapest's best restaurants and confectioners.
- The customs and traditions surrounding Easter, like egg painting and Easter bread baking are all part of the 'Easter in Buda Castle' celebrations. There's an Easter market, live music, dance performances and visitors can sample traditional Easter dishes as well.
- Another place to witness a traditional Hungarian Easter is the Open Air Ethnographic Museum (Skanzen) in Szentendre. Each year there are several programs and activities during Easter weekend, including egg painting, arts and crafts and kids programs.