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The longest summer festival over the Danube river

By on 27th July 2016


What is the most lively and cozy outdoor place in Budapest and maybe in all of Europe this summer? What is the best picnic location to meet some long-lost friends in the evenings?

From the 16th of June the Liberty Bridge of Budapest is closed to car traffic and becomes a pedestrian zone with city bikers, tourists, hipsters and the local youth coming together like a flock of seagulls. They’ve taken possession of the bridge almost immediately, doing some exercises there in the morning, biking or walking during the day and you cannot imagine a sunset without people drinking beer or wine over the Danube, watching the wonderful sights of Buda hills- as if nothing could be more natural.

Tram rails get a brand new purpose and seem to be perfect as bicycle racks. At first maybe you find sitting on the roadway quite uncomfortable, but with a little ingenuity everyone find the perfect solution. Some people climb up and sit like sparrows on the power lines, but the most experienced ones bring their own blankets and picnic baskets.

It’s not unusual seeing tourists making selfies risking their life upon the bridge, but fortunately unlike in the Pokémon Go craziness, no-one got hurt yet. No doubt, there are spectacular views of both the Pest and the Buda side. And even in the crowded hours no one can spoil the romance under the moonlight, staring at the Statue of Liberty.

Sadly all the good things come to an end, and officially on the 28th of August they reopen the bridge to traffic again. Some rumors say it maybe around the 10th of August. So if you don’t want to miss the experience, visit the Liberty Bridge of Budapest and look around at one of the coolest parties of the summer.

Photos: Gabor Nagy