How to visit a brewery in Budapest?

Would you like to visit a brewery while in Budapest? Does it sound good with some fresh beer, made on the spot? Here is the information you need.

Budapest is not known especially well for its beer production. When people travel to the Czech Republic, they all go to taste their local beer. When they come to Hungary and Budapest, most people rather think about Tokaj wines and maybe the Hungarian palinka. But, what’s up with Hungarian beer production?

Visit a brewery in Budapest

Beer production in Hungary

Hungary might not be famous for its beer, but that doesn’t mean that the local beer is bad. It might be just as much a question of marketing. After all, the locals not only know how to produce beer, they are also terribly good at drinking it. As a result, you should do your uttermost to taste as much local beer as possible when you come to Budapest. But, where can you taste local beer? Which are the best places to do so? Are there any breweries you can visit?

The most famous breweries in Hungary

  • Dreher – They produce Dreher Classic, Arany Aszok and Kobanyai.
  • Borsodi – They produce all the different Borsodi beers.
  • Soproni – They produce the different Soproni beers and some smaller brands.

The Dreher, Arany Aszok, Soproni and Borsodi are the four most typical beers you will meet in a grocery store in Hungary. Heineken has a brewery in Hungary where they produce Heineken, Steffl, Amstel, Zlaty Bazant and some more beers under license (though these are not original Hungarian beers).

Visiting a brewery in Budapest

To visit a brewery can be a nice Budapest activity on any day of the year. It is a popular activity for stag parties, hen parties, but also for companies and friends who want to taste the local brew. The biggest and most famous brewery within the borders of Budapest is known as Dreher Sörgyár.

Visit the Dreher Sörgyár

The Dreher brewery is the only big brewery in Budapest that it is possible to visit. The trip lasts for about 1,5-2 hours. During the tour you get to learn more about the beer production, visit the beautiful Brew House, walk the Dreher museum, and taste two glasses of beer. The price for this program is 2500 HUF per person from September 1st, 2017. For a trip to be arranged a minimum of 15 participants are required. You can read more about the program, and register for a tour at the following site. The site is by default in Hungarian, but there is a little button where you can press English just where the article starts.

The address of the Dreher brewery is 1106 Budapest, Jászberényi út 7-11.

Drink beer in Hungary

Travel to the Fóti brewery

Just 20km outside Budapest you can find the city of Fót. Here they have a long tradition of brewing beer, and at the Fóti brewery, they produce ale, dark ale, and lager beer. They also have specialties such as ginger-beer, and if you go there, you can also taste the unfiltered beer. The place is open Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 16.30. You can find the website of the brewery right here.

The address of the brewery is 2151 Fót, Fáy sétány 34.

Visit a micro-brewery

While it can feel kind of complicated to visit the Dreher brewery, it is much easier to visit a smaller brewery. In our Budapest Guide, we have a cooperation with a place name Kaltenberg, one of the few places that got a license to brew beer during Communism in Hungary. They still brew beer in their restaurant, and we offer programs here where you taste four beers brewed on the spot, combined with Hungarian fruit spirits and food. This can be done daily between 12.00 and 22.00, from Monday till Saturday. The only requirement is that there are four participants or more coming with your group. You can read more about our brewery visit in Budapest right here.

The micro-brewery you visit is located not from the Museum of Applied Arts, one block away from the restaurant street Raday utca, and a ten-minute walk from the Grand Market Hall (located in the shopping street Vaci utca).

Visit a ruin-pub

You can taste a nice mixture of famous Hungarian beers and beer from smaller breweries in the different ruin-pubs in Budapest. The most famous pubs are Szimpla Kert, Fogashaz, Instant, and Kuplung. The most famous of these are Szimpla Kert, a place worth visiting no matter if you like beer or not. It is kind of an attraction on the “must-see-in-Budapest” list. These ruin-pubs are all located within the seventh district of Budapest. That makes them easy to visit, and you can without much effort visit 2-3 of them within a few hours if you want to check out several of them.

Are you ready to visit a brewery in Budapest?

We hope this article has helped you out, and maybe you know more about what to do during your stay in Budapest right now. If you have further questions, comments or ideas, just use the comment field beneath.

 

How to get to the Danube Arena in Budapest?

Would you like to get to the Danube Arena in Budapest for the FINA World Championship in 2017? Coming from the city center or from the airport? This is how!

The FINA World Championship will be arranged in Budapest between July 14th and July 30th in 2017. In this period the brand new venue named Danube Arena (Duna Arena) will be used for the swimming and diving competitions, but it is not clear for everybody how to actually get to the arena. We are here to help!

Get to the Danube Arena

How can I travel to the Danube Arena?

Get to the Danube Arena (Duna Arena) with public transportation

If you want to get to the venue using public transportation, then you can use either metro, bus or tram. The best of these methods are the bus, because that will take you all the way to the venue itself, and you do not need to walk especially much. Here are the summary of the three methods:

  • With bus 15 or 115
    With these buses you can travel from the city center of Budapest directly to the Danube Arena. The buses stop at Astoria and Deak Ferenc square (both have metro stations).  You can use the normal public transportation tickets on these buses, and be aware of the fact that you need to have bought your tickets before getting on the bus.
  • Using the metro
    You can travel with the blue metro line to the stop named Forgach utca. From there you need to start walking in the direction of the Danube, and within less than 10 minutes you will be by the Danube Arena, ready to cheer for your favorite contestants.
  • Travel by tram
    Tram line number 1 in Budapest is a sightseeing trip in itself. If you jump on this tram line, you need to get of at Nepfurdo utca (just before/after the Arpad bridge). From there you just walk along the Danube to the arena, and you will be there in less than 10 minutes.

Get to the Danube Arena directly from the airport

If you arrive with airplane, and needs to get directly to the arena, then the best way is to prebook a taxi. We can help you out with private airport transfers, and our drivers will take you directly to the venue if that is requested by you. You can read more about out airport transfers right here.

If you rather use public transportation, then you can take the new bus 100E from the airport directly to Deak Ferenc square, and change to bus 15 or 115 right away. You can also travel with bus 200E from the airport to Kobanya Kispest. There you change for the blue metro line, and you travel all the way to Forgach utca, and walk the rest of the distance from there.

Questions or comments?

Have you got an answer to your question? Do you still have questions left? Use the comment field beneath, and we will do our best to help you out!

 

Andrea Bocelli Budapest 2017

Andrea Bocelli concertOn November 25th it is time for a fantastic concert in the Budapest Sportarena. Andrea Bocelli will enchant the audience in the arena with his beautiful voice.

Andrea Bocelli is an Italian singer. He was born in 1958, and in the first twelve years of his life he could actually see in part. But, due to a football accident he had at the age of 12 he completely lost his sight, and he has been blind since then. Even though he cannot see, he can sing in an amazing way. That is why he is touring the world large parts of the year and in 2017 he is also on a big tour visiting larger and smaller cities all across the world, for example New York, Marbella, Monte Carlo, Bratislava, Prague, Paris, Chicago, Washington, Vienna and lots of other cities.

If you would like to be there at the Andrea Bocelli concert in Budapest on November 25th, then you can buy your tickets using the link beneath. It is quite interesting that Andrea Bocelli actually was in Budapest not long ago, and then he had a free concert in the St. Stephens Basilica. The amount of people who wanted to be on the inside was of course much bigger than the amount of people that actually got to be there, but still, Andrea Bocelli has a special spot in the heart of the people of Budapest.

Andrea Bocelli Budapest 2017

Budapest Sportarena
November 25th, 20.00

Tickets: Viagogo

Do not forget that on November 25th the annual Christmas markets in Budapest will most likely have opened. The main market at the Vorosmarty square has for sure opened, while the Christmas market in front of the St. Stephens Basilica will probably open that weekend, or latest the following weekend. You can find more information about the Christmas markets in Budapest here in our Budapest Guide.

For more information about other sights and attractions in the Hungarian capital, just look around and use the links in the menu.

How strong are the UV rays in Budapest? Should I be careful?

Are you looking forward to visiting Budapest? Are you planning for sunshine and beautiful weather? Do not forget about the UV rays and sun-lotion!

On a warm summer day in Budapest you can enjoy delicious ice cream, warm temperatures and shops with air-condition. But, you should still be careful as you walk around in the city center of Budapest. Not because of criminality (which is very low), but because of strong UV rays that are unhealthy for your body, your eyes and your skin.

It is a common fact that spending time out in the sun between 11.00 and 15.00 should be avoided, at least without sun lotion, but even with sun-lotion (as much as possible). Those are the strongest hours with the most dangerous UV rays, and in this period they might get as strong as 8 (the scale goes from 1 to 10).

Would you like to see how strong the UV rays are in Budapest at the moment?

If you would like to check the UV rays in Budapest right now, take a look right here: https://www.idokep.hu/uv

UV map Budapest

A UV map of Hungary on June 22nd at 13.30. – This is what it might look like if you visit the site referred to above.

If you click the link above you will get to a Hungarian site. It is however quite easy to understand  anyway. You will of course practice some geography as well, because it shows a map of Hungary with Budapest almost in the middle (a bit to the north). The map uses color codes, but in addition you see numbers around (like “6.0” and then you can see other things written like “15 perc” next to the numbers. The first number shows the strength of the UV rays (on a scale between 1 and 10) and where it says  “15 Perc (or something else)” the recommended time in the sun is written (perc means minutes in Hungarian). Those numbers are of course extreme, but at least you can get a feeling about the strength of the UV rays, and it should also warn you or give you relief.

Be careful, and if you look for a refreshing program during the warm summer days in Budapest, then maybe a brewery visit or a winetasting in a wine restaurant might be something for you?

Hungarian Grand Prix 2017 – dates and tickets

The most popular weekend of the year in Budapest is the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. In the end of July the best Formula 1 racers in the world come to Budapest to compete at Hungaroring, so also in 2017.

The main race during the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2017 will be arranged on July 30th. There will be qualification races on July 28th and July 29th, but the big final will be held on July 30th. If you want to be there, then you can buy tickets for the event from Viagogo.

It is worth noticing, that you should book your Budapest hotel as soon as possible, because prices go up and rooms are sold out quickly after the announcement of the dates for the Hungarian Grand Prix. You will for sure find rooms in hotels close up to the event as well, but if you want to find the hotel room of your dream stay in Budapest, then you better hurry up!

Hungarian Formula 1

Hungarian Formula 1

In 2016 Lewis Hamilton won the race in Budapest (for the fifth time), but can he do so again in 2017? He is currently the most winning driver at Hungaroring (with five victories), one more than Michael Schumacher. Last year he not only won the race in Budapest, he also won the Grand Prix in total. Are you coming to Budapest to cheer for Lewis Hamilton or some other driver?

What else to do in Budapest?

There are lots of other programs available in Budapest, but you better hurry up if you want to enjoy a river cruise, a brewery visit, a wine tasting or maybe a private guided tour in Budapest during the event. You can read about such activities here in our Budapest Guide, so look around and contact us as soon as possible if we can help you out in any way!

 

Judo World Championships 2017 in Budapest

Between August 28th and September 3rd the Judo World Championships will be arranged in the Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena in Budapest.

2017 is going to be a great year for sports-enthusiasts in Budapest. Not only will the Hungarian capital arrange the FINA World Championships (swimming), but the city will also arrange the Judo World Championships. Even though the latter event might not bring as many people to town as the first event, arranging a world championships still is a giant thing to do.

Judo World Championships in Budapest

The Hungarian mascot and some Hungarian stars.

For a long time it was unknown which arena would be used for the event (and Wikipedia still doesn’t know it), but it has recently been published that the championship will be arranged in Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena. This is the most popular venue in Budapest for concerts and large indoor sports events. It is located near the city center, so if you find the Elisabeth Bridge (the white bridge), and just follow the main road on the Pest side and walk away from the bridge, you will in the end find yourself to be next to the venue. It is however much easier to just jump on the metro and travel to the metro stop named “Stadionok” on the red metro line.

The mascot for the tournament is the  Judo playing Hungarian retriever (vizsla).

What to do in Budapest besides this?

There are lots of activities worth trying while in Budapest. A river cruise on the Danube can always be recommended, and the same is true about popular programs such as wine tastings and our private guided tours. You can read more about these and lots of other programs in the Hungarian capital here in our Budapest Guide.

Have you got any questions or comments related to the Judo World Championships in Budapest? Use the comment field beneath!

FINA World Championship in Budapest 2017

In the time between July 14th and July 30th Budapest and Hungary will be invaded by the worlds best swimmers and lots of supports.

The FINA World Championships were not actually supposed to be arranged in Budapest, but after the winning bid which was made by Mexico, didn’t want to arrange the event after all, then the sport-loving Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban said that Hungary could fix it instead. Since then a brand new arena has been built, the Danube Arena, just a bit to the north of the Arpad Bridge, and together with the Hajos Alfred arena at the Margaret Island and the Balaton Lake, these will be the venues in use during the event.

Just like during the Summer Olympics, the water events will be divided into two periods. The water polo competitions will be running all the time at the Margaret Island, but in the Danube Arena the World Championship will start with synchronized swimming and diving, and then followed by swimming in the end.

Fina World Championships 2017

Who will the Hungarians cheer for?

The most popular Hungarian swimmer at the moment is Katinka Hosszu. She won three gold medals during the Summer Olympics in Rio, and the chances are great that she wants to win even more as she competes at home in Hungary. There are even more Hungarian swimmers capable of winning medals during the event, for example Laszlo Cseh.

Be aware of this!

You should be aware of the fact that there will be loads of traffic in Budapest during this event, and this summer the Chain Bridge will also be closed down due to maintenance work. We therefore expect there to be a sort of traffic chaos in town, not only during the FINA World Championship, but throughout the entire summer. If you want to buy tickets for the event, then you should hurry up, at least if you want to grab some good seats for your favorite events. For those who want to stream the event online, the following guide can help you out.

What else to do in Budapest?

Have you thought about what you are going to do in Budapest when there is nothing happening in the arenas? Are you looking for some cool activities? Here are some of our suggestions:

  • If you like sports (and the FINA World Championship), you might be an athlete yourself. Go for a run around the Margaret Island and enjoy the nice weather and the beautiful running track.
  • Feel thirsty after cheering for your favorite athlete? Join us on our brewery visit where you can taste Hungarian beers, get lots of local food and taste the Hungarian fruit spirit.
  • If you want to enjoy a good dinner an evening, then visit a wine cellar restaurant where we arrange a five course dinner with six glasses of wine. This is in the center of Budapest, and is available every single day.
  • Discover Budapest on one of our guided tours with a private English speaking guide.

You can read more about these and lots of other Budapest activities here in our Budapest Guide. If you have any comments or questions, use the comment field beneath!

Robbie Williams concert in Budapest

Robbie Williams concert in Budapest 2017Four days after Robbie Williams has performed in Prague, it is time for the same singer to perform at the Groupama Arena in Budapest. Sounds cool?

Robbie Williams will perform in Prague on August 19th, meaning that the concert in Budapest will be arranged at August 23rd. Normally the Budapest Sportarena is used for such concerts, but this time they will go outside and arrange the concert at the Groupama Arena. This is the venue normally used by Ferencvaros to play their football matches at, and it is also used by the Hungarian national team as they play their matches in the World Cup 2018 qualification.

As Robbie Williams come to Budapest he is almost finished with his “Heavy Entertainment Tour” in 2017. He will perform in a couple of more cities after the Budapest concert, for example in Vienna and Moscow. But, the best place to enjoy a Robbie Williams concert is for sure in Budapest, where you can enjoy a fantastic river cruise, a nice brewery visit and do lots of other great programs combined with the Robbie Williams concert.

Robbie Williams concert in Budapest 2017

Groupama Arena
August 23rd, 19.30

Tickets: Viagogo

At the ticket link above you can buy tickets for this and other upcoming events in Budapest during the summer of 2017.

If you want to get to Groupama Arena, then it can be done in a very simple way. Find a metro station, get to the blue metro line, and travel with this metro to the stop named Nepliget. Once you leave the metro you will see a big stadium, and that is the Groupama Arena.

Concerts all across Europe

There will be loads of great concerts in cities all across Europe during the summer of 2017, but unfortunately some of the biggest hotshots skip out on their visit to Budapest this summer. While there will be fantastic London concerts with Adele, Coldplay, U2, Guns N Roses and Deep Purple this summer, Budapest will not get a visit by any of these.

Bruno Mars concert in Budapest

Are you a big fan of Bruno Mars? Come to Budapest Sportarena to experience Bruno Mars and his 24K Magic World Tour on May 30th in 2017.

By the time Bruno Mars comes to Budapest, summer has hopefully arrived to town long ago. You can therefore plan for beautiful weather, lots of sunshine, nice temperatures and fabulous music as you plan your weekend trip to Budapest, including a concert with Bruno Mars.

There are few artists in the world today as popular as Bruno Mars. His real name is Peter Hernandez, and he has produced some of the biggest hits in the world in the latter years. He even performed in the half time show during the Super Bowl back in 2016, which again says something about his status in the world today. The guy himself isn’t really that old, considering that he was born in 1985, making him 31 years at the moment.

If you would like to be there at the Bruno Mars concert in Budapest, then you can buy tickets using the link beneath. At the ticket site you will also find tickets for all the other Bruno Mars events in Europe in 2017. If you can’t make it to Budapest, you could for example consider a trip to Krakow where Bruno Mars will perform on May 27th instead?

Bruno Mars concert in Budapest 2017

Bruno Mars concert in Budapest 2017

Bruno Mars Budapest 2017

Budapest Sportarena
May 30th, 20.00

Tickets: Viagogo

Bruno Mars will probably not join us on a river cruise on the Danube, but if you first come to Budapest, you should not miss out on this popular activity. To enjoy a river cruise is a fantastic experience, especially in the evening. There are loads of other programs available in town as well, and we always recommend our visitors to taste some Hungarian wine, to join in on a guided tour and to visit the most important sights in Budapest.

Natalie Imbruglia concert in Budapest

Natalie Imbruglia concert BudapestOn May 2nd the fantastic singer Natalie Imbruglia will perform in Budapest in the center of the city, at the Akvarium Klub. Would you like to be there?

While most famous singers coming to Budapest perform in venues like the Budapest Sportarena or the Petofi Csarnok, Natalie Imbruglia will be much closer to her audience. The Akvarium Klub is located in the very heart of Budapest, by the metro stop Deak Ferenc ter (where three of the metro-lines intersect), and it is a quite small venue, meaning that it will be a real close up with the star if you decide to be there in the audience.

The most famous Natalie Imbruglia song is probably Torn, a song made back in 2009. If she will sing Torn during the Budapest concert we do not know yet, but if you are a fan, this is the place you want to be on May 2nd in 2017.

Natalie Imbruglia concert in Budapest 2017

Akvarium Klub
May 2nd, 21.00

Tickets: Viagogo

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Do not forget to spend some time discovering the beauties of Budapest as well. The city is the queen of the Danube with a magnificent panorama, and that is why almost everyone coming to time spend at least one evening enjoying a Danube River cruise. You can read more about this and other programs here in our Budapest Guide.

Natalie Imbruglia will visit quite a lot of other cities in Europe as well during her tour in 2017. Some examples of cities she will visit are London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona.