When to Go
The ideal times to visit Hungary are in the spring (May–June) and end of summer and early fall (late August–September). July and August, peak vacation season for Hungarians as well as foreign tourists, can be extremely hot and humid; Budapest is stuffy and crowded, and other vacation destinations are overrun with vacationers. Many of Hungary's major fairs and festivals take place during the spring and fall, including the Spring Festival (in many cities and towns) from late March to early April and the myriad wine-harvest festivals in late summer and early fall. Summer holds the unforgettable and quintessentially Hungarian sights of sweeping fields of swaying golden sunflowers and giant white storks summering in their bushy nests built on chimney tops.