Boredom isn't in Budapest's vocabulary. Hungarian culture and Budapest's art scene is so vibrant and diverse that even the pickiest tourist will be overwhelmed with activities to fill their days and nights. The city is jam-packed with museums, galleries, theatres, concert halls, movie theatres, and nightclubs, not to mention the many Budapest festivals and events that consume the city year-round.
Take your pick from over 100 museums and galleries showcasing Budapest arts and culture – there's the Museum of Fine Arts, boasting the second largest Spanish art collection outside Spain; the Stamp Museum, home to the biggest stamp collection in the world; Statue Park, the first Communism-theme outdoor museum of its kind; Kogart Gallery, endorsing contemporary art; and so much more.
Don't miss catching a concert in one of Europe's major music centers. Hungary's musical roots lie in traditional Hungarian folk, and the work of prominent composers such as Liszt, Bartók and Kodály. Understanding the country's language will broaden your scope of entertainment options, since most theatre productions are performed in Hungarian.
Hopefully you've packed your monocles, because you won't want to miss catching a performance in the Budapest Opera House, considered to be among the best opera houses. World-class concerts, ballets and operas are still part of the repertoire, but performances sell out quickly, so be sure to snag tickets in advance.
Film buffs will have the unique opportunity to see some of the quality Hungarian films that unfortunately never make it beyond the art film festivals in the West. Hollywood devotees won't miss out either – aside from the city's 'art cinemas', there's also a wide selection of theatres playing the latest blockbusters.
Nightlife in Budapest isn't restricted to a single district – locals like to party all over the city. Whether it's laidback pubs or lively dance clubs you're looking for, there's something to suit every socialite's fancy. Hungary is also home to a number of radiant jazz players, some of whom play at local clubs.
Budapest is a city for all seasons. There is always something happening: concerts, exhibitions, festivals, fairs, national celebrations and several sporting events offer year round entertainment. Find your favorite Budapest event and add it to your calendar with a single click.