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The Central European continental climate consists of hot summers and cold winters. Generally the best time for cycling tours is between April and October.
In the Slovak mountains the weather can be quite cool and changeable from April to May. June and July are rather rainy months and might be stormy. The most stable, though in the mountains cooler weather, is from August to early October.

2020 Dates
Self-guided / semi-guided tours
Every day from April to the end of October
Guided tours
July 11-19
August 1-9
Send us an email for a custom guided tour in different dates.


It must be noted that July and August are the busiest months when most people go for their holidays here. We mention this with regard to seeing cultural monuments and UNESCO sites with greater ease and less people around.

Cultural Events

You might wish to adjust your trip timing to coincide with the following festivals and cultural events:


Budapest Spring Festival (April) is a huge music festival taking place in the outstanding city of Budapest.

Jazz Spring (April)

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

Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival (June)

International festival of choirs and orchestras in Budapest (June)

Danube day (June) is an annual international event celebrated in 14 countries that are connected through the Danube River system.

Budapest Summer Festival (June-August) is one of Europe’s greatest water events to be organized in Budapest on 1.5 km section of the Danube between Margaret Bridge and Chain Bridge includes 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.

Red Bull Air Race World Series (July) is a spectacular acrobatic flying competition.

Vajdahunyadvár Summer Festival (July-August) presents classical music, swing, klezmer as well as traditional Hungarian gypsy music.

Island Festival - Sziget Festival (August) is a multicultural youth festival which makes 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, the largest concert festival in Central Europe.

Festival of Folk Arts - Mesterségek Ünnepe (August) brings the finest Hungarian craftsmen and their work to Buda Castle from across the country.

Foundation of the State and Constitution Day (August) includes a large-scale fireworks display. 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.

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

'Junibor' Wine Festival (September)

Budapest International Wine and Champagne Festival (September) presents famous Hungarian wine specialties and wine regions

Budapest Pálinka Festival (October)

Banska Stiavnica

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

Cap á l´Est (August) – European festival of poetry, theatre and music

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

Salamander Days (September) mining, historical parade called Salamander in period costumes - the ambience of ancient times

Banska Bystrica

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

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

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

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

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

Radvan market (September)-traditional Radvan market, which preserves the traditions and values of the past and features the mining city´s craft masters

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

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


Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival (April) where dozens of famous performers and ensembles play the music of this great composer as well as other famous composers of the time.

Krakow International Film Festival (May-June)

Jewish Culture Festival (June) is one of the most important and largest events of its kind in the world. It started in 1988 as 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.

List of all festivals in Krakow:

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