Kempinski Blog Article
There’s hardly a livelier city in the world than Budapest in summer, as the streets and parks fill with restaurants, clubs, festivals and events, with people relishing every minute of it!
Pedestrianised Szabadság Bridge
The city’s iconic historical green bridge becomes Budapesters’ favourite picnic spot in the summer as traffic is temporarily banned on it for four consecutive weekends between 14 July and 5 August. Enjoy fabulous Danube, Buda and Pest views at your leisure, while away the time, and yes, bring along your picnic basket and make a meal of it.
Complete with a gastro promenade, Northern Buda’s summer attraction, Lupa Beach, is all you need for a proper seaside. White sand, blue water, golden sun. It also offers various water-sports facilities such as sailing, canoeing, flyboarding, a wakeboard centre and a diving centre.
Kikötő on off-Danube
A stone’s throw away from the Palace of Arts, or MÜPA, lies a 6,000 sq m patch of embankment, which is now a cultural hangout hub, developed by a grassroots initiative. Originally home to only Refuge Bistro, Kikötő is now complete with a stage and Capa Centre’s exhibition space, with free activities such as yoga and Degrowth Week. Enjoy an off-city ambience in a decidedly low-key, slow-flow place on the Danube sand.
Split right in the middle, and offering two distinct faces, Budapest is best enjoyed and understood from the middle. By boat. Take in unparalleled and unbiased views of the more commercial and flatter Pest, as well as hilly, leafy, monarchical Buda, while you enjoy, say, cocktails and canapés. Alternatively, embark on a speedboat, and cover it all at 70 km an hour.
Future Park - Andrássy út
Devised by Japanese experts, this interactive centre focuses on the inspirational power of creative activities, for both children and adults.
Art owls alert! On 23 June, museums take over the night, staying open into the wee hours. Every participating venue offers one-off programmes. A word of advice: the smaller specialist museums may be easier to get into without queuing up. For example, Aeropark will offer a tour of cockpits with retired MALÉV captains, while you can model the now defunct national flag carrier’s uniforms. Children can take part in flight attendant training, and their parents have a go at flying a plane, in the flight simulator.
Browse our Event Calendar to discover more Budapest programmes during your visit.
Musical Zoo Nights
In July and August, the Zoo invites you to enjoy summer nights’ music, on eight evenings, carrying on this 150-plus-year-old tradition.
Budapest Rooftop Cinema
Corvin Club’s rooftop terrace is now home to Budapest Rooftop Cinema, bringing cinematic pleasure to the open air, under the star-lit sky, above the city. A different film every night.
At Kempinski Corvinus
Kempinski Corvinus has recently unveiled completely renovated suites and refreshed rooms to enhance the contemporary travel experience of its signature savoir faire philosophy. Staying in has never been more fun! Aside from enjoying your ever more comfortable suite or room, Kempinski The Spa features its only-here treatment based on its trademark “hungarymud”, while both ÉS Terrace and Blue Fox The Bar operate their own outdoor space in the summer.
Be sure to head back to our Local Information page to discover more of what to see and do in Budapest. Of course, our Clefs d'Or Member concierges and our entire staff at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus will be more than happy to assist in any way they can during your stay too.