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Weather

The Central European continental climate
consists of long, hot summers and cold,
snowy winters. The best time for cycling
tours is between April and October.
In the summer months it can get quite hot.
Bear in mind that it will be cooler on the
mountain tours at this time. May June and
September are generally good months to
take advantage of the cooler, but still warm
weather.

Crowds

Dates 2017:



Self-guided tours:
Every day from April
to the end of October
Guided tours:
May 20-28
June 17-25
July 15-23
Aug 5-13
  Send us an email for custom guided tours in different dates.

It must be noted that, according to the tourism calendar, the
first two weeks in August are when most people go for their
holidays. Generally July and August are the busiest months. We
mention this with regard to seeing cultural monuments and
UNESCO protected areas with greater ease and with less people
around.

Cultural Events

You might wish to adjust the times of your tour to coincide with
the following festivals and cultural events:

Budapest

Budapest Spring Festival (31 March - 23 April 2017) - Huge music festival that takes place in the outstanding city of Budapest.
http://www.btf.hu/btf2013/

Budapest Pálinka Festival (28 - 30 April, 2017)

Jazz Spring (5 - 7 May, 2017)

Danube Carnival (June 2017) - The Danube Carnival (Duna Karnevál) is the framework event for the music and dance presentations, held by different settlements alongside the Danube.

Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival (June, 2017)

Budapest Summer Festival (1 Jun - Aug 31, 2017) - One of Europe’s greatest water events to be organized in Budapest, on the 1,5 km section of river Danube between Margaret Bridge and Chain Bridge on these two summer days. Different programs, sports events – rowing, kayak, canoe and motor boat competitions – await spectators during the whole day. Besides these events, hand-driven and motor boat processions are organized both in the morning and in the evening. Burning candles float down on the river and Midsummer Night’s fireworks are presented in the closing event.

Danube day (June, 2017) - the Danube Day is an annual international event celebrated in 14 countries that are connected through the Danube river system

Vajdahunyadvár Summer Festival (2 July - Aug 3, 2017) - a festival of classical music, swing, klezmer as well as traditional Hungarian gypsy music

International festival of choirs and orchestras in Budapest (28 June - 2 July, 2017)

Island Festival - multicultural youth festival (Sziget Festival) (9-16 August 2017) - Thousands of young people move out to a deserted shipyard island (Hajógyári sziget) in tents for a week to participate in a giant pop festival better known as Pepsi Island. Pepsi Island has since grown into the largest concert festival in Central Europe.
http://www.sziget.hu/festival_english

Festival of Folk Arts (18-21 Aug , 2017)- the festival (Mesterségek Ünnepe) brings the finest Hungarian craftsmen and their work to Buda Castle from across the country.

The Jewish Summer Festival (September 2017) is a celebration of Hungarian and indeed Central European Jewish Culture. Events range from exhibitions to music concerts and theatre performances.

Foundation of the State and Constitution Day (20 August 2017) As part of the celebrations a large-scale fireworks display is held in Budapest. All are welcome to join the crafts fair and concerts held along the Pest side of the Danube Embankment in the days before and after the festivities.

Red Bull Air Race World Series (1 July, 2017)- spectacular acrobatic flying competition

'Junibor' Wine Festival (25 - 28 Aug, 2017)

Budapest International Wine and Champagne Festival (7-10 September, 2017)-International Wine Festival presents famous Hungarian wine specialties and wine regions

 

Banska Stiavnica

Festival of Nice Music (July 2017) – International festival of classic music.

Cap á l´Est (August 2017) – European festival of poetry, theatre and music
http://www.capalest.com/

Festival of crafts and entertainment (May 2017) - Exhibition of crafts, theatre, games and attractions for children.

Salamander Days (September 2017) mining, historical parade called Salamander in period costumes - the ambience of ancient times
http://slovakia.travel/en/salamander-days-september

Banska Bystrica

International Dixieland Festival Banska Bystrica (May 2017) - Festival with
prominent Slovak and foreign Dixieland orchestras.

Culture Summer of Banska Bystrica (June 2017) city days with a rich and varied cultural program

Banska Bystrica days (June 2017) City days with a rich and varied cultural program

Mining Days of town (July 2017) - presentation of the city´s mining traditions

Puppetry festival "Babkarska Bystrica" (September 2017) - International festival of Slovak puppetry theatres with the puppetry theatre in Central Europe and select world ensembles.

Radvan market (September 2017)-traditional Radvan market, which preserves the traditions and values of the past and features the mining city´s craft masters
http://slovakia.travel/en/radvansky-jarmok-fair-september

Festival Barbakan (September 2017) - unique festival vombining film, music, modern and literary arts

Banska Bystrica Music Days (October 2017) Slovak opera and music festival, opera performances, symphony concerts, chamber music concerts, solo performances, singing choirs and dance and theatre performances.

Krakow

April:
Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival (1 - 14 April 2017) - Dozens of famous performers and ensembles play the music of this great composer as well as other famous composers of the time.
http://www.beethoven.org.pl/index.php?l=en

May:
Krakow International Film Festival (28 May -4 June 2017)
http://www.krakowfilmfestival.pl/en/

June:
City of Krakow Festival incorporating many smaller festivals is a huge musical, theatrical, exhibition, historical event that takes place throughout Krakow and the surrounding area.

July:
Jewish Culture Festival (24 June - 2 July, 2017)The Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow is one of the most important and largest events of its kind in the world. The First Festival took place in 1988 and its program focused on a scholarly conference on the encounter betweentwo cultures, Jewish and Polish. It was a modest occasion but it turned out to have enormous significance, considering the boldness of the subject matter, upon which the communist authorities of the day looked askance.
http://www.jewishfestival.pl/index_en.php

List of festivals:http://www.krakowfestival.com/

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