I am back from Budapest where I spent five days to see Sziget festival. And I am still pretty mind-blown by the incredible dimensions of this bastard of a festival. Situated on an island (“sziget” means island) the visitors find over 20 stages and countless attractions, shops, food spaces, recreational areas, fairs and secret plazes – it takes more than an hour to take the whole tour around the island. And the funniest thing is: People camp everywhere. It’s not like a festival with camping. It’s like camping with a festival.
The festival goes on for a week and there are people who actually spend almost all their time there. But the festival wristbands reveal many festival visitors also in parks, museums or in Budapest’s hot springs. All Budapest seems to be Sziget festival during these days, providing an impressive backdrop of art-nouveau, socialist and post-socialist architecture.
There is a nice blog, updated daily by Zeit magazine (in German) about Sziget, which I recommend, so I won’t be writing much here (to sum it up: We had good weather and bad, healthy food and greasy, good music and not so good.. ), just provide you with a short movie I cut together and some foto impressions.
Rain couldn’t stop us
Neither these girls
Get clean in the bodywash
A little classier in the famous Gellert spa
Situated in a hotel
even classier: the old (hundreds of years) Turkish bath
You need like three Palinkas after this
Drum’n’Bass in the afternoon
These “funny hats” never get out of style on festivals..
Make yourself a home at Sziget..