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Get a dose of Hungarian culture as well as your dollop of fun and music at this seven day colossal festival.
Hungary might not be the first place you think of when you think festivals, but the annual Sziget festival is one of the largest festivals in Europe, spread over a week. It’s based on a leafy island in the middle of the Danube just outside Budapest and has been billed as a ‘European Burning Man’.
Even though this is a biggie in terms of numbers, there are so many diverse areas to hang out, it doesn’t feel as crowded as it should. Pick between an urban garden, a beach, plenty of secret wooded areas full of art installations and glades to dance in as well as bubble, beach ball and other parties. To celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down, in 2014 a 100 metre wall was erected and painted by local artists. Hungarian artists have their own space as does world music, blues and Irish music.
Take the party train to the festival, with dedicated trains gathering up party lovers from all over Europe.
Full lineup here.
How do I get there?
Sziget provide directions from most countries in Europe here, but here are some directions from the UK:
A variety of direct flights are available from UK to Hungary, which takes approximately 2hrs30mins. You can choose among 6 different airlines. WizzAir, RyanAir, British Airways, JET2, EasyJet and Norwegian. More than 20 flights a week are available from the UK to Budapest.
Every second day a Eurolines bus departs from London (Victoria Coach Station) at 8am. The travel time is approximately 26hrs depending on the particular bus taken. Here you can find the scheduled trips: Eurolines.
Coming to Hungary can also be an exciting Euro trip. While traveling you can visit other cities, gathering more experience and adventure. You can reach Budapest on different routes, with several changes. Here are 2 optional ways to show you how to do it:
From London to Paris (with Eurostar) and then to Munich (with TGV), where you need to catch a train ‘til Budapest (with Railjet). Or the other possibility is to take a train from London to Brussels (Eurostar) and then to Vienna (with Railjet), where you need to change once. Both take approximately 15hrs or you can spice up your trip with sleepovers. Just be careful to arrive at the Festival right in time you silly gooses/goosii! For booking tickets first check your local train company’s ticketing services. OR organize your trip by yourself with the help of these search engines (booking is available just 2 months before the trip): GoEuro and Rome2Rio.
Just to give you an idea, the trip by car from London to Budapest takes approximately 17hrs. The easiest way is to go through Belgium, Germany and finally Austria, but of course you can make it as a Euro trip and check cities and sites you always wanted to visit.
Who do you think you are, Bradley fucking Wiggins? Sir Bradley fucking Wiggins? Sorry Bradders.
Week Pass (with camping) – €235
5 day pass (non camping) – €199
Day Ticket – €55
When can I get them?
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Where can I get them?
Tickets are available vis Festicket.