Budapest - The Musical Haven of Central Europe

Budapest is the most beautiful city of central Europe with the Buda Hills to the west and the start of the Great Plain to the east. The architecture keeps up with Mother Nature to give the place many baroque, neoclassical, eclectic and art nouveau buildings to satisfy everyone's appetite. Most of Budapest's monuments and highlights are easy to approach by walking as they have many marked pedestrian zones. A word of advice - don't wear your high heels as the stone pavements especially in the Castle Hill area will make it difficult to walk around.

The place enjoys a temperate climate with spring arriving in early April and summer following it, which makes the place hot and humid. The tourist season sees many airline deals in summer with cheap tickets to Budapest getting picked up fast off the shelf. Late April to end of September is the time when the sun is out for almost 10 hours a day making festivals and functions last longer for all to enjoy.

Every year the festivities kick off with the Budapest Spring Festival, which is a cultural event with a packed program of orchestral and chamber concerts, jazz, contemporary dance, film screenings and much more. It is closely followed by the Titanic Film Festival in April and the Jazztavasz in May for all the film and music lovers to enjoy.

Come June and all flights to Budapest are packed with no chance of cheap plane tickets as the Hey, June! Festivals, Wagner in Budapest Festival, Budapest Dragon Boat Festival all come up one after the other attracting music lovers from across the world to let down their hair and enjoy the performances. The Danube Carnival held June to September is a carnival gala on Margaret Island Open Air Theater and the procession on Chain Bridge, which features hundreds of Hungarian and international musicians and dancers.

Besides the various festivals all through the year one has many things to see and do in the city itself. Parks brimming with attractions, museums filled with treasures, pleasure boats sailing up and down the scenic Danube and Turkish-era thermal baths belching steam make the place alive by day. The nightlife does not lag behind with excellent food and wine being served at most of the various quaint restaurants which stay open till late night.

Budapest is not an expensive place and if one can get a cheap flight to Budapest then you would be saving a lot of money to enjoy this music haven of central Europe even more.