The International Wine Festival of Budapest is the highlight of the year for wine lovers as it is possible to taste about 5000 different kinds of wine at this annual wine festival in Budapest. It is always arranged in September and in the same area as many other popular Budapest festivals; the Buda castle area.
This area is packed with stands during the four days the festival normally lasts, and here you can taste wine from lots of different cellars throughout Hungary in addition, they also have guests of honor presenting the wines from their nation in a given year. We have earlier seen guests from Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, and other nations, so this is always an interesting plus to the festival.
During the festival, there are lots of live concerts going on in the area and you can, of course, eat traditional Hungarian food like sausage, goulash soup, meets of all kinds, chimney cakes, and similar delicious stuff during the festival. If you want some more culture during the festival, you should absolutely pay a visit to the National Gallery which is located in the middle of the festival area.
How to get to the wine festival?
Travel with bus 16 from Deák Ter to Disz tér or from Széll Kálmán Tér to Disz Tér with bus 16 or 116. An even more enjoyable way is to walk across the Chain Bridge and then travel with the funicular from there to the festival area.
Wine festival information 2024
Dates: September 12th-15th Opening times: 12.00-23.00 (with some exceptions)
Inside the festival area, you pay with cash for wine, food, and other stuff.
Want to taste some great wine, but not in Budapest during the festival? Join in on one of many wine tasting programs arranged by Budapest Guide.
The annual Easter market will be held again in Budapest and this will be he fourth time the Easter market will take place at the Buda Castle. This is one of the largest and definitely one of the most prestigious Easter markets in the whole city.
The market hosts the best Easter related programs and games for children and for playful adults including various workshops with traditional Hungarian Easter games and petting zoo as well. The market also presents the most delicious traditional Hungarian dishes such as the various types of ham, eggs in every variety, the typical Hungarian spices, oils, sweets, chocolates, sausages and all kind of pastries. At the fully packed tempting food stalls visitors will have the chance to have samples of the best quality products that will be presented at the market. At the Easter market the typical traditional Hungarian beverages will be presented as well such as pálinka which comes in every flavour, wine and beer as well. The Easter market is a great opportunity to get to know the Hungarian culture and its Easter habits. This year the Easter market will be held from 5th April to 6th April at the Buda Castle in Budapest.
Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 101
For more information on the event please check the official site here. If you want to do something else, then maybe you could visit the spring fair at the Vorosmarty square instead?
The dates have been announced for the Palinka and Sausage festival in 2013. Tradition is followed and the dates are only announced a few weeks before the actual festival. So also this year, so in less than two weeks the festival will come upon us and it is possible to taste a wide selection of Hungarian Palinka and taste traditional sausuage.
As always there will be a special guest coming to the festival, and in 2013 that guest will be “rum.” This means that as you come to visit the festival area you will get several chances not only to taste the traditional Hungarian food and fruit spirit, but also taste a wide selection of rums. The entrance fee is 2000 HUF for a day ticket, which also gives you a small tasting glass which is a quite nice souvenir to bring with you home after some days in Budapest.
The area for the festival is the castle area, so again a great opportunity to enjoy a beautiful panorama and visit one of the most visited areas combined with this festival, all in one!
Coming to Budapest and wonder what are the most important attractions to see when in town? We have created a list telling you what are the top five Budapest attractions.
The attractions on this list are things to see, which means that we have not included activities and programs. These are buildings and landmarks that you simple need to see, because they are stunning and because if you do not see them, you can not return home claiming to have seen the most important sights in Budapest. So here we go, our top five Budapest attractions.
Top five Budapest attractions
St. Stephens Basilica
We have always been big fans of the St. Stephens Basilica. It has a beautiful exterior and interior. From the square outside the church it is possible to make magnificent pictures, from the dome you can enjoy the best view available on the Pest side, and inside you can enjoy the mixture of prayer, organ music and beautiful paintings, sculptures and much more!
The Hungarian Parliament might be the most impressive of all buildings in Budapest. It is located by the Danube and it reminds quite a lot about the Parliament in London. As you watch the building from the outside you will be extremely impressed, but do not make the mistake to think that you have seen it once your bus or taxi has driven next to it during daytime. It is when the lights are turned on in the evening it turns into one of the most beautiful buildings Europe has to offer.
If you want an introduction to the history of Hungary, bring a guide book or a guide with you to the Heroes Square. The square is beautiful both during daytime and nighttime, but be aware of the fact that in the hottest months it is hard to be out on the square for more than 5-10 minutes. The monuments and the statues at the square are delightful, and the two wonderful museums at both sides of the square just gives a plus to it all.
If you buy a postcard from Budapest, it is very possible that the Chain Bridge is the landmark you will see on it. The bridge is first of all a favorite object to photograph when it is illuminated in the evening, and it is also the oldest bridge connecting Pest with Buda. Beautiful, and almost impossible to miss out on when in Budapest.
The fifth and last attraction on our list of the Top five Budapest attractions is the Castle Hill. We realize that the Castle Hill in fact is a hill and not one attraction, so it is kind of tricky. However, as we write the Castle Hill as an attraction it includes the castle building itself, but also the Matthias Church and the Fishermens Bastion.
The best route to see these five attractions
If you decide to see all these five attraction on one and the same little trip on your own, then we recommend the following route.
Start your tour at the Heroes Square
Take the yellow metro or walk your way down the Andrassy avenue to the St. Stephens Basilica
Continue towards the Chain Bridge and walk across it
Walk on foot or use the funicular to get to the Castle Hill
Walk from the Castle towards the Trinity square (Szentharomsag ter)
Enjoy the view of the Matthias Church and the Fishermens Bastion
Walk to the top of one of the viewing points at the Fishermens Bastion and see the beautiful Parliament from there.
Enjoy your trip and if you have further thoughts and advices, just write a comment!
The end of summer is almost here, but there are still some lovely surprise besides the heat. We have some great news to those who plan to spend their time in Budapest in the coming period! The annual Festival of Folk Arts at the Buda Castle welcomes visitors until 20 August 2013 with great programs.
Everybody could find the perfect fun at the Festival of Folk Art, and those programs are all tied to the Hungarian culture. The visitors can taste the local specialties; we can call it “more than goulash soup program”. There are traditional dance, music and anything, what you want at the festival. Moreover there are loads of craftsmen, who do fantastic and special things, which are often made by their own hand. Of course you can buy these objects and later you can show them, the peculiarities of this Eastern European country at home. For a foreign family only the Buda Castle is a one day trip, but with the Festival of Folk Arts you won’t want to go home! The last day of the festival is no other, but the Hungarian National Day, 20th August, the day of the first Hungarian king, Saint Stephen I.
Do not miss the Festival of Folk Arts. Know more about the Hungarian countryside’s culture in the capital! Have fun!
Festival of Folk Arts
Caste of Buda
Budapest is a city of great festivals, and this year between August 25 and 28 a new festival will see the light of day in the capital of Hungary. Budapest Beerfestival will be arranged in the backyard of the Castle, and this is a festival where you can taste a mixture of Hungarian beers and international beers. There will be several other programs, concerts and artists on the spot.
Budapest Beerfestival (Budavári Sörfesztivál)
Dayticket: 1650 HUF
Festival ticket: 4990 HUF
Opening times: 12.00-03.00 (with some small variations)