Interrail festival trip: Balaton Sound vs Sziget Festival
friday, march 30th, 2018 / Maxime Wever
Always wanted to explore Europe during your summer holiday, but not without a good amount of party time? Go for the best of both worlds with an Interrail festival trip. Nobody said you can only visit museums during your Eurotrip; there are plenty of music festivals on your route that are more than worthwhile visiting. What about the Hungarian festivals Balaton Sound and Sziget Festival?
Two of the greatest music festivals of Europe are located in Hungary: Balaton Sound and Sziget Festival. They are both very well accessible by train. But which one suits you best? Find it out here!
1. July vs August
Balaton Sound – Takes place from 4-8 July. This five-day beach party serves as a welcome treat at the start of your summer. Also, there are several other festivals in the region around those dates, which you could combine with your Interrail Pass. For instance, it’s possible to visit EXIT Festival in Serbia (12-15 July) and Electric Castle in Romania (18-22 July) after Balaton Sound.
Sziget Festival – There are fewer festivals around Sziget Festival, which takes place from 8-14 August. Of course, seven days of partying might be enough for you, but in case you would like to visit another festival afterwards, you could continue your adventure at Frequency Festival in Austria (16-19 August). In any way, weather-wise you can’t go wrong here, since both summer months are usually hot and sunny in Hungary!
2. Lake Balaton vs The Island of Freedom
Balaton Sound – Situated in Zamárdi at the largest lake of Central Europe, Lake Balaton. Its venues are built along and on the turquoise water, which invites you to take a swim and cool off on an inflatable flamingo or unicorn between all the dancing. A more summer-like setting you couldn’t wish for. The sunsets here are priceless!
Sziget Festival – Has its very own unique location in the middle of Budapest – on the secluded ‘Island of Freedom’. At Sziget you immediately find yourself in a fairytale full of love, (street) art, colourful decorations, thousands of sparkling lights and more than 100 nationalities. With all hotspots and highlights of Budapest right around the corner, this festival is the place to be for city lovers. Furthermore, of course Budapest is easier to reach from most European cities than Zamárdi.
3. Electronic & urban music vs Everything & more
Balaton Sound – Fans of electronic music are at the right address at Balaton Sound. To name but a few, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Alesso, Oliver Heldens, Sven Väth, Eric Prydz and Timmy Trumpet will be playing at the paradise lake. From the hiphop / r’n’b / bass scene, Rita Ora, Big Sean, Big Shaq, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Goldlink, TY Dolla $ign, Princess Nokia and many more have been announced.
Sziget Festival – At Sziget, you can expect a mix of the most diverse acts you can think of. From international stars like Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, Lana Del Rey, Gorillaz, Mumford & Sons and Shawn Mendes, to upcoming bands from all over the world. Also, there is no festival on earth with a more extensive side program full of theatre, dance shows, circus acts, creative workshops, retro games and sports. One moment you’re discovering new artists at the World Music Stage and the next you’re relaxing at a classical or jazz concert, partying at the Colosseum or ‘marrying’ in the Wedding Chapel.
Bonus: hop on the Balaton Sound Express or Sziget Express 🚂
Last but not least: you can take the festival train to both festivals! From Belgium (Ghent and Bruxelles) you can take the Balaton Sound Express to Balaton Sound and from The Netherlands you can take the Sziget Express to Sziget Festival. Unfortunately an Interrail ticket doesn’t include these trips, so you will have to buy a ticket separately.