Today is : Wednesday,16th Oct 2019

Best places to watch the World Cup in Budapest this summer

A few outdoor locations to visit in Budapest for watching the World Cup games of 2010.

All around the city, people are gathering to watch the World Cup, from a variety of open-air locations as the sunny weather is finally here and we can all take advantage of this monumental sports event and at the same time, enjoy the shy to arrive summer sun. Catch all this action between June 11th and July 11th for the entire duration of the summer games currently going on in South Africa. It is the largest watched sporting event alongside the NFL and the Super Bowl, but of course, that’s football as the Americans call it, but not here in Hungary. Here in Hungary it’s called ‘football’, but to Americans, it’s really soccer.

To start off with a great place to watch the games, Szabadsag tér has been a place where hundreds of people are gathering on the green lawns in the park to cheer for their favorite teams with a huge screen and loud speakers for the best visual and audio experience. The crowds are roaring and yelling in quite an energetic frenzy never before seen. All these events are free to the public and most of the matches have stands nearby for tasty beer or wine and palinka and Hungarian food. Short animated films start before the actual broadcast and families and friends are all welcome to come out with the events starting at the beginning of the first match of each day.

Places like Majorka Café and Brasserie on Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor 16 are other outdoor places to try for watching the games with a cool drink to wash it all down from the bar. There is a tent in an outdoor courtyard to stand under if it rains or shady trees of the garden if the weather is overly sunny—let’s hope.

Another place to enjoy the games with friends is at Kobuci in the inner court of the Zichy Castle at 1 Fő ter, the match will be on a giant screen for easy viewing. One of the cities favorite places to go to watch the World Cup is at Dürer Kert with a new giant screen, hanging chairs and water pipes. There are also games for onlookers with a renovated petanque pit, table football, a card table and table tennis. Great concerts and DJ’s will follow. The address is Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21. Margaret Island is offering much of the same at Holdudvar with a large LED wall upon which to watch the games and DJ’s and music that will also commence following the games.

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