Budapest Essentials
Posted by Ágnes Taraszovics · May 19, 2014

Don’t have to wait until August and the Sziget Festival if you desire a real party and festival experience in the Hungarian capital. Because Budapest Essentials, a large-scale festival with dozens of separate locations will be organized at the end of May.

“Budapest Essentials” is all in one what this city has to offer: music, party, culture, gastronomy, tourism and even a little extra compressed into a single wristband. What to expect? The idea was inspired by the Sonar in Barcelona and the SXSW in Austin, so if you want to imagine this four-day festival, think of these.

The music offer consists of 13 clubs with more than 50 bands and DJs, just as concerts at unique locations. City tours, exhibitions, markets will be held, museums and theatre plays going to take place meanwhile more than 60 restaurants, cafés, bars and street food joints take care about food. Your pass also includes 1 or 2 City Specials, like a single entry to any of Budapest’s baths and spas or to the Budapest Zoo.


But let's see the details. The possibilities offered by Budapest essentials can be divided into 5 broad categories: music, culture, gastro, specials and urban parties.

The music and urban parties sections contain performers like Isaac Tichauer, the SoulClap Budapest, Bestial Mouths, and such representatives of the Hungarian music area like Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra (ska band) and Akkezdet Phiai (underground hip-hop). In addition to the club venues and DJ parties, smaller popup stages also will be set up with live performances. The concerts will be at different but easily accessible venues in the city center, so the most enthusiastic visitors can go to an early concert at Gozsdu sky terrace, then have fun at PRLMNT (Parlament) and finish the evening at Öktert.

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Within the framework of cultural programs you can visit such museums as the Hungarian National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Zwack Museum (the museum of the famous Hungarian alcoholic drink, the Unicum) or the Petőfi Museum of Literature. Besides these, urban walks, theater performances and markets will welcome their visitors.

Next to these programs the dining options can’t be ignored either. Budapest Essentials offers the best from fusion restaurants to street-food joints, from Hungarian classics to international cuisines. We can taste a wide variety of nations’ cuisine: Spanish, Vietnamese, Hebrew, and Thai restaurants take part in the program, not to mention the supply of bars and ruin pubs.

There also will be special additional options. The wristband - besides the visit to the Budapest Zoo - is valid for the largest spas and beaches in Budapest including Gellért, Király and Széchenyi thermal baths and beaches like Római or Palatinus. And on top of everything there will be Hop on hop off sightseeing tour possibilities for those who want to be a real tourist for a while.

As you can see, the organizers offer a complete, authentic “Budapest experience”, therefore if you are in Budapest between May 29 and June 1, do not miss it out!

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