The year's hottest month is also the busiest. Despite the throngs, this is a good time to visit if you want plenty to do. City-planned events continue and thermal waterparks open for extended hours.

Zürich Street Parade

In early August 'love mobiles' (giant floats filled with revellers) cruise along the streets of Zürich in Switzerland blasting techno music. Hundreds of thousands of ravers dance in the streets in celebration of life, love and a good beat.

Sziget Music Festival, Budapest

The week-long outdoor international-music bash in late July/early August is quite the party. Camp on Hungary's Óbuda Island in central Budapest and listen to world music, including rock, ska, hip hop and Romani – a little of everything, with an indie edge.

Motor Sports

Hotels fill up early during the Moto Grand Prix, a famous motorcycle race in Brno, Czech Republic. But that's nothing compared to the popularity of the Formula One Grand Prix auto race held 24km north of Budapest, Hungary in late July/early August.

Folk Festivals

Keep an eye out for placards advertising small summer folk festivals at weekends. These festivals usually include all kinds of revelry, such as folk dances, music, food and drink. Towns and villages in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, especially, have them.