The most popular “Hungarian” fish!

It is summer, and in the summer Hungarians escape Budapest and visit Lake Balaton instead. And what do they eat there? The most popular “Hungarian” fish!

You should be warned, some people will not agree on calling this the most popular “Hungarian” fish. There are some other popular fish types in Hungary, for example, carp, catfish, perch, and pike. But, when the Hungarians travel to Lake Balaton, they eat something completely different, namely the “Merluccius Merluccius“, better known as the European hake (in Hungarian “Hekk“). The funny thing is that this fish doesn’t origin from Hungary, and not even from Europe, but from the coasts of Argentina.

A picture of the popular "Hungarian" fish

A picture of the popular “Hungarian” fish – Source

According to this article, the fish is captured in Argentina and transported to Hungary, where it is almost served as a “national” fish. According to Wikipedia, it is a popular fish to catch also in Europe, but the one we are eating in Hungary is supposed to origin from Argentina. It is, however, due to the popularity of the fish in Hungary that it is often considered a fish of the Hungarians, and thus it should origin from Hungary, at least in the minds of the people.

How do Hungarians eat the fish?

If you buy this fish by Lake Balaton, or somewhere else, it will most likely look something like this.

The Hungarian fish

It is normally fried in oil and server together with white bread. It is very easy to eat as the meat can easily be removed from the fish-bones (which are so big that it is no trouble at all getting rid of them).

So, the next time you want to eat a fish course in Hungary, consider the European Hake, better known as “hekk” in Hungary. But, be warned – you will not find it in normal restaurants, only by Lake Balaton, along with the “Romai part” (in Budapest), and other places with beach-like circumstances.

Welcome to the Budapest Christmas markets in 2018

One of the most popular events in Budapest every year is the Christmas markets. They attract tens of thousands of visitors every single day, and they are getting more and more popular for every year.

Every year, already in January, we get the question: “When will the Christmas markets be arranged in Budapest this year?” The same question has been asked in 2018, and finally, we are able to give an answer to the question.

Christmas markets in Budapest

The Christmas market at Vörösmarty square – Source

It should be noted that Budapest is making the Christmas season a very long season, and the Christmas market at Vörösmarty square in the center of Budapest is set to open already on November 9th (if everything happens according to plan). That is one week earlier than the opening of the Christmas markets in Vienna, and three weeks earlier than the opening of the Christmas markets in Prague.

Tourists will for sure consider it a great thing that the Christmas market at Vörösmarty square will open this early, as they can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere, the delicious food and the beautiful lights already in the middle of November.

There will also be a big Christmas market in front of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, but we do not have the dates for that market yet. We will update our main article about the Christmas markets in Budapest as soon as we get the dates for that market.

Budapest Christmas market dates in 2018

Opening: November 9th, 2018
Last day: January 1st, 2019

The source of this information and the picture earlier in the article is the official Tourist office of Budapest.

The Sziget Festival is rocking Budapest right now!

One of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe is the Sziget Festival in Budapest. Every year in August, almost 500,000 people come to take part in this festival arranged at the Old Buda Island in the midst of the Danube River.

In 2018, the Sziget Festival is arranged between August 8th and August 15th. We do not know the total amount of visitors to come to the island this year, but if they are lucky, the record of 495,000 visitors from 2016 will be beaten.

Sziget Festival 2018

To entertain this amount of people, there are almost 1000 different artists performing during the festival. Most of the visitors sleep at hotels, hostels and in apartments close to the island, but the most dedicated fans sleep in tents on the actual island. That is very nice if the weather is nice, but if it rains a lot, sleeping in a tent at the festival can be considered heavy pioneer work!

Sziget Festival 2018

Every year there are several really big names coming to the festival. Some are having amazing events, while there are some big disappointments as well every year. This year, Kendrik Lamar has been considered a giant disappointment, but on the same evening, Gorillaz did a fantastic event.

Gorillaz at Sziget 2018

Some of the most famous artists coming to Sziget 2018 are Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Lianne La Havas, Aurora, Sofi Tukker, Popof, Labrassbanda, Zhu, Borgore, Fink, The Living End, and lots of others.

Sziget price

Does it sound cool with the Sziget Festival in Budapest? Would you like to come for one of the last days, or maybe next year? The price for a day ticket to Sziget is 79 Euro (in 2018). If you want to stay for three days, the price is 199 Euro. The price for the full week is 325 Euro.

Watch Sziget Live online

In 2018, you can also follow the Sziget Festival live online. You can find the live streams available from the Sziget Festival right here.

Have a good time at the Sziget Festival and enjoy your stay in Budapest! We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

 

Budapest Wine Festival 2018

There are lots of festivals in Budapest, but the biggest and most famous every year is the wine festival in the castle area. In 2018, Budapest Wine Festival will be arranged between September 6th and September 9th.

At the Budapest Wine Festival, you can taste thousands of different wine sorts. Most of them are local wines from different parts of Hungary, but there are normally one or a few international winemakers present to present wines from their own country to the Hungarians. But, this is first of all about Hungarian wines.

From the Budapest Wine Festival in 2017

Source: Facebook

If you want to visit the festival area you will need to buy a ticket. The price of a daily ticket is 2500 HUF. If you want the specially designed wine glass, the price is 3000 HUF. Are you planning to taste a lot of wines? Maybe you should buy the four-day ticket instead. This will cost you either 4500 HUF or 5000 HUF (depending on whether you want the limited wine-glass or not).

In the festival area, there will be programs for children, meaning that you can come with your kids as well. It probably isn’t the best activity for kids for lots of hours, but if you just want to drop by and walk around for some hours, it can work. Children under 14 years can enter the festival area for free.

You can read more general information about the Budapest Wine Festival right here.

Would you rather join us at a private wine tasting program or maybe a wine dinner in the center of Budapest? Check our listing of wine tasting programs right here.

Budafok Champagne and Wine Festival 2018

Are you in the mood for some tasty champagne and all sorts of wine? Want to visit a festival with a very large percentage of locals visiting? This is the festival to visit!

There are lots of fantastic festivals arranged in Budapest every year, but many of them are packed with tourists, and too expensive for the locals. But, if you come to the Budafok Champagne and Wine Festival you will discover something completely different.

budafoki champagne and wine

First of all, the festival is free to visit. All you need to do is to jump on tram 47 from Deak Ferenc Ter / Astoria / Fovam tér, and travel to the end station. You will then be in the festival area and from here you can walk around accompanied by thousands of locals as you taste wine, champagne, and spirits, or just eat some cool Hungarian festival food.

Hungary’s most famous champagne maker, Törley, has their factory in this area. They are heavily taking part in the festival, and as a visitor, you can also visit their factory to taste and to learn.

In 2018, the Budafok Champagne and Wine Festival will be arranged on September 1st and 2nd. The festival opens around 10.00 on both days and will stay open until quite late in the night. There will be outdoor concerts on both days, making sure that the atmosphere is at its best!

We can warmly recommend this program to everyone who visits Budapest in this period! If you cannot come, you might want to join us on some other wine tasting. You can read more about wine tasting programs in Budapest and outside Budapest right here.

Have you got any questions about the festival itself? We might be able to help, so write a comment and we will do our best to help!

Buda Castle Beer Festival 2018

Between August 23rd and August 26th, the annual Buda Castle Beer Festival will be arranged again. Are you in town? Check it out!

Buda Castle Beer Festival 2018

Source: Pixabay

The Buda Castle Beer Festival is supposed to be an annual event and it has been so for many years, with an exception in 2017. This is the place to go for beer lovers who want to taste different beers and drink it while enjoying a stunning panorama.

But, the beer festival isn’t only about drinking beer, it is also about food. Hungary is well known for its tasty (and sometimes fat) food, and at the beer festival, you can taste all sorts of food.  Some people like to eat a traditional Hungarian sausage with their beer, while others just eat a sweet chimney cake. The possibilities are many. If you haven’t been to such a festival before things are even better, as all tastes are new, meaning that you have a lot of tasting to do!

There will also be live concerts taking place in the festival area, but no information has been given so far about which artists will perform.

The entrance fee is 2500 HUF if you buy the ticket upon arrival at the festival area. To get to the castle area we suggest using bus 16 or 16A from Deak Ferenc Tér and travel with it to Disz tér.

Cannot come to the beer festival? Why don’t you taste some great beer as you join us at a brewery visit instead?

Budapest by night from a drone

Would you like to see a beautiful Budapest by night picture? This has got to be one of the most stunning of them all!

A few days ago, we shared an article from Steemit on our Facebook page. It contained a beautiful Budapest by night picture, taken from a drone. The post turned so popular, and since the picture actually is a freebie, we decide to share it here in our own blog as well.

Budapest by night from a drone

Photo by Andras Kovacs on Unsplash

Isn’t this simply a stunning picture? We have seen lots of pictures from Budapest throughout the years, but this has got to be one of the nicest of them all. Kudos to Andras Kovacs for making this fantastic picture.

On the picture, you can see the Chain Bridge, the Elisabeth Bridge, the Liberty Bridge, the Petofi Bridge, the Rakoczi Bridge, and quite a lot of beautiful buildings, including the National Theater and the Palace of Arts in by the “last” bridge.

If you like the picture, share it with friends and family. It will for sure inspire people to pay Budapest a visit in the near future.

 

Budapest Christmas market dates 2018

When will the Christmas markets open in Budapest in 2018? When will they close? Where are the most popular Christmas markets located?

We get questions such as these all the time, and especially from people looking to buy plane tickets, but they just want the dates confirmed before they press confirm on the booking page. So, what are the dates for the Christmas markets in Budapest in 2018?

Christmas market dates 2018

You will find lots of dates on other websites, but the truth is, no official dates have been given yet. So, it is impossible to know the dates for the Christmas market at Vörösmarty square, and for the Christmas market by the St. Stephen’s Basilica.

But, if you want to know something, then December is a safe month to visit Budapest. Both markets will for sure be open throughout December. The real question is when they will open in November. Based on the earlier years it could be that the market at Vörösmarty square will open already on the November 9-10-11 weekend, but if not then, almost for sure at the following weekend. The market by the St. Stephen’s Basilica is most likely to open on the November 23-24-25 weekend.

But, these are guesses made on the activities in the last years. We will update the article once we have the final dates. You can read more information in general about the Christmas markets in Budapest right here.

How to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Budapest?

I would love to watch the FIFA World Cup in Budapest, and wonder how and where it can be done?

It is very easy to watch the FIFA World Cup in Budapest. There are lots of sports-pubs all around town that will show the matches, and during such large events, restaurants also install large TV-screens on which visitors can watch the matches. But, if you want to be sure, check out with your restaurants, or plan to visit a sports-pub instead.

How to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Budapest

You can also watch the different matches on a TV in your hotel room. The TV channel M4 in Hungary will broadcast all the matches live (for free), so turn on your TV and look for M4!

Some recommended sports-pubs in Budapest

  • Champs: Dohany Utca 20
  • John Bull Pub: Apáczai Csere János u. 17
  • Becketts: Liszt Ferenc tér 11.

Public screening of the FIFA World Cup in Budapest

Would you like to watch the FIFA World Cup together with hundreds, and maybe thousands of others?  The best place to watch the FIFA World Cup in Budapest is at the Szabadsag square (Liberty Square), located between the Hungarian Parliament and the St. Stephen’s Basilica. Here you will find two large screens, and it is an amazing place to watch the matches. Besides that, you will normally find a large screen next to the Allee mall, but we haven’t got it confirmed yet if it will be so in 2018 as well.

Watch the World Cup online

If you want to watch the FIFA World Cup online on your tablet, telephone or computer, visit mediaklikk.hu, click ELO in the right corner (upper) and press M4. You can then see the free live stream of all the matches.

But, if you miss the English speaking commentators, you can also watch the FIFA World Cup on BBC/ITV online, or maybe on German TV, Swiss TV, or Dutch TV online. It might be a bit more complicated, but you can read more on how to stream the FIFA World Cup online here.

Enjoy watching the FIFA World Cup in Budapest!

Downtown beerfestival 2018

Come to Budapest and enjoy the Downtown Beer festival at the Szabadság square (Liberty square) between June 6th and June 10th in 2018.

The Beerfestival was earlier known as the Buda Castle beer festival, but they probably realized that larger crowds will come if the arrange the festival downtown, and it is also cheaper to rent space downtown compared to the castle area. And, the Liberty square is simply awesome, so you better check it out just for the sake of being a tourist. But, if you first visit the Liberty square, why not taste some cold Hungarian beer in the heat?

downtown beerfestival

If you come to Budapest some other time and want to taste delicious Hungarian beer, why not join us at a brewery visit. There you can taste quite a lot of beer, taste some Hungarian fruit-spirit (Palinka), and you even get a lot of food? You can read more about the brewery visit in Budapest right here.