With all of the awesome rock festivals in Belgium each summer, it’s kinda hard to go abroad in July and August. Besides, you don’t want to leave on holiday when all the families do, do you? I mean, prices go up because there’s a tourist overload in almost every somewhat nice European city or beach. Which is annoying! But last year I took the risk anyway. I bought a ticket for the world famous Sziget festival in beautiful Budapest. Of course I wasn’t going to drive there, so I had to find the cheapest flight to the area. And that turned out to be a WizzAir-flight to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, about four hours by train from Budapest (the direct flight to Budapest was way too expensive). Because I thought Bratislava could be nice, I stayed there for a couple of days as well. That was unfortunate. Bratislava is quite disappointing. But the good thing is: it makes Budapest look so much better!
When I arrived in Budapest I had to make a difficult decision on where to stay, Buda or Pest. I chose the first and didn’t regret it! Less tourists, better views (of Pest) and closer to the little festival train that takes you to Sziget. Of course I could have stayed in a tent on the festival grounds as well, but when I turned 30 last year I promised myself never to do that again. This was the right choice because camping in Sziget is just crazy. I mean, which festival allows people to put up their tent right next to the techno stage. Com’on! The other advantage of staying in a hotel in Budapest is this: you can start the day by relaxing for a few hours in one of the famous bath houses of Budapest. And yes, they sell beer in those places. Win frikkin’ win!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot the reason for writing all of this and posting these pictures. Turns out Ryanair has started with cheap flights from Eindhoven to Budapest since last week. Which means you can avoid Bratislava, save money for the train and drink it all in Sziget or Budapest city center. If you’re looking for some more info on the festival, check out their website. If my memory serves me well, tickets cost about 50 euros a day. And the beer is about 2,50 for half a liter. Eat that Pukkelpop and Werchter!
Almost forgot: if you don’t want to go to the festival, you will still be able to enjoy Budapest. Because it fuckin’ rocks! Don’t go during the festival week though…