650,000 spectators lined the banks of the Danube back in 2009, when the last Red Bull Air Race World Championship race took place. With a much-awaited reappearance on the calendar this year, once again the city will be alive with race fever on 4-5 July.

Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Budapest is considered an important central European hub for business, culture and tourism. Its World Heritage Sites include the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue and the Millennium Underground railway, the first on the European continent.

Split across the Danube, it's a city of two halves – Buda and Pest. The iconic backdrop of the neogothic Parliament building on the Pest side of the river will once again give fans a stunning panoramic view of the action. On the Buda side of the city, you'll find the Statue of Liberty, on top of Gellért Hill, along with the Citadel.

Budapest attracts over 20 million visitors a year, making it one of the top destinations in Europe and is regularly featured in the Top 10 list of World's Best Cities.

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Day Local Time Event Location
Saturday 4 Jul - Day 1 09:30 Chain bridge closure
10:00 Doors open
10:00 Calibration flight
10:15 Side Act - Szebastian Szolath wakeboarding
10:45 CHALLENGERS - Training
12:00 Side Act - Lords of Gravity
13:00 Side Act - Flying Bulls
13:30 Side Act - US Air Force A-10 Warthog
13:50 MASTERS - Training
15:15 Opening Ceremony
15:20 CHALLENGERS - Qualifying
16:00 MASTERS - Qualifying
17:15 Side Act - Military combined show
17:45 Chain bridge opening
17:45 Side Act - Lords of Gravity
19:00 Door close
Sunday 5 Jul - Day 2 11:00 Doors open
11:30 Side Act - Gravity Academy
11:30 Chain Bridge closure
12:00 Side Act - Pal Takats paragliding
12:15 Calibration flight
12:20 Side Act - Lords of Gravity
12:50 Side Act - Szebastian Szolath wakeboarding
13:00 CHALLENGER CUP
13:45 Side Act - Gravity Academy & Lords of Gravity
14:30 Side Act - Military combined show
15:00 MASTERS - Round of 14
16:00 Side Act - Lords of Gravity
16:10 Side Act - Breitling Superconstellation
16:15 CHALLENGERS – Winners Ceremony
16:20 Side Act - Breitling Superconstellation
16:30 Side Act - Flying Bulls
17:00 MASTERS - Round of 8
17:30 MASTERS - Final 4
17:55 MASTERS – Winners Ceremony
18:00 Side Act - JAS 39 Gripen
18:10 Chain Bridge opening
19:00 Doors close
* All times are subject to change

The racetrack in Budapest will span the Danube, making it one of the most unique stops on the calendar. Pilots will fly along the river, navigating the complex aerial course where speed will be a key factor in race success.

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