When to go to Hungary
Hungary follows a typical, Central European, continental climate. Think cold in winter, toasty in summer, spring showers and damp autumns.
Winter can be cold in Hungary, dropping to -3°C in January. Bird watching vacations still run then, but for non-twitchers the best time to visit Hungary is spring and early autumn, when it’s mild. July and August are hottest, at between 15-25°C – not too hot for a cycling vacation, especially if you pedal out in the early mornings. If you’re only heading to Budapest, though, avoid these midsummer months, when it’s flooded with tourists. Most rain falls in spring, particularly May, but showers are a feature of summer, too, so take an umbrella. December and January offer Christmas markets and the chance of snow.
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