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More flights to connect Budapest with Paris this summer!

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer, for many reasons. The Hungarians are happy to see their team play in the European Championship in football (in Germany) in June and July (hopefully), and following the European Championship, the Hungarians look very much forward to the Summer Olympics in Paris. That is going to be a fantastic event in a gorgeous city, and with Hungary normally winning 6-10 gold medals during the Summer Olympics, lots of Hungarians are traveling to Paris to cheer for the athletes.

The Summer Olympics might be the biggest reason for the increased number of flights that will connect Budapest with Paris this summer, but it is also a clear sign that lots of people are traveling and that Paris is a very popular destination, with or without the Summer Olympics.

Wizz Air will increase the number of daily departures to Paris greatly, giving visitors several daily options if they want to travel between the two cities (something that hasn’t been possible so far). Besides that, Wizz Air is offering their gold plane to bring home Hungarian gold medalists from France to Hungary after the Summer Olympics.

Besides those, there will also be new routes between Budapest and the following cities.

  • Brussels, Belgium (from 19 June)
  • Brassó-Brașov, Romania (from 18 June)
  • Bucharest Otopeni, Romania (from 17 June)
  • Stuttgart, Germany (from 18 June)
  • Valencia (from 17 June)

We have a lot to look forward to this summer, both in and outside Hungary. If you want to read more about what’s going on in Hungary this summer, click the link for more information.

Factors To Ensure Before Traveling To Hungary This Summer

Hungary, famous for its rich history, astonishing architecture, and natural thermal spas, attracts travelers seeking Central European culture. Prepare for a seamless and memorable vacation if your summer plans include Budapest, Eger’s Vineyard Hills, or Lake Balaton. This comprehensive guide covers critical factors when traveling to Hungary this summer, maximizing your time in this beautiful country.


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Factors To Remember Before Traveling To Hungary

Before planning your trip to Hungary this summer, there are several factors you should take into consideration.

Visa And Travel Documents

Securing the appropriate visa and having the necessary travel documents is the first step toward a worry-free experience. Here’s what you need to know:

Understanding Visa Requirements

Most visitors to Hungary require a visa, except for EU and EEA citizens. Visa type (short-stay Schengen or long-stay national) depends on visit duration and purpose. Check the Hungarian embassy’s website for current details.

Gathering Travel Documents

You will require a valid passport that does not expire for at least six months from your planned return date. Additionally, you may need to provide:

  • A filled-out visa application form
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Proof of travel insurance
  • Itinerary details

Start preparing these documents in advance, as visa processing times can vary. Keep physical and digital copies handy during your trip for review by border officials.

Currency And Exchange Rates

Navigating the local currency and exchange rates is crucial to managing your finances in Hungary.

The Hungarian Forint (HUF)

The official currency in Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). While some establishments might accept euros, having forints for smaller purchases and expenses is best.

Exchange Rate Considerations

For the best rates, skip airport or tourist center currency exchanges. Opt for ATMs or city exchange offices; watch out for high fees. Know the current rate to stay within reach.

Tips for Handling Money

Carry moderate cash for daily expenses and use credit cards for more significant transactions. Beware of pickpockets in crowded areas. Notify your bank of travel plans to avoid card blocks.

Weather And Packing Tips

Understanding the weather conditions and packing appropriately will enhance your comfort during the trip.

Summer Weather in Hungary

Hungarian summers are typically warm, with occasional showers or thunderstorms. Temperatures can rise to high 80s and 90s Fahrenheit (30s Celsius).

Essential Items to Pack

Pack light, breathable clothes suitable for hot weather. Include a mix of casual wear for daytime activities and slightly more formal attire for evening events or dinners. You can also pack Mushroom Gummies into your essential kit, as they will add fun and flavor to your vacation. 

Don’t forget:

  • Sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing
  • An umbrella or a foldable raincoat

Pack any medications you need and a power adapter to keep your devices charged.

Language And Communication

While Hungarian is the predominant language, here’s how to ensure effective communication:

Common Hungarian Phrases

Learning basic Hungarian phrases can go a long way in engaging with locals and showing respect for their culture. 

Language Tips

While Hungarian can be challenging, don’t lose heart. Young Hungarians often speak English, especially in tourist spots. Offline translation apps can help with quick communication.

Easy Communication Options

Carry a phrasebook or use a language app for quick reference. Pointing at words can bridge communication gaps. Stay patient and smile; kindness and positivity speak universally.

Transportation And Getting Around

Efficient transportation can make or break your trip. Here’s how to get to your destinations within Hungary.

Public Transport in Hungary

Budapest has an excellent public transport system with metro, bus, and tram services. Get a travel card or single tickets for your stay. The countryside has trains and buses linking major cities and tourist spots.

Car Rental

To explore the picturesque countryside at your own pace, rent a car. Expect toll roads and parking fees. Hungary drives on the right; you might need an international driving permit if not from the EU/EEA.

Travel Tips Within Hungary

Plan your route and consider traffic conditions and road closures. Apps like Google Maps and Waze offer navigational assistance. Validate your ticket in the designated machines for public transport to avoid fines.

Accommodation And Booking

Choosing suitable accommodation can contribute significantly to your overall travel experience.

Types of Accommodation in Hungary

Hungary provides accommodations, including luxury hotels in Budapest and cozy bed and breakfasts in the countryside. Hostels and rental apartments are great for budget travelers or those seeking a local experience.

Booking Platforms and Tips

Use trusted booking sites for a range of options and transparent prices. Filter based on your preferences – location, amenities, or budget. Check reviews to verify the accommodation meets your needs.

Budgeting for Accommodation

Accommodation costs can vary, with Budapest being more expensive than other parts of the country. Set a budget and remember a few cost effective tips to book well in advance, especially during tourist seasons, to secure the best deals.

Health And Safety

Your well-being is paramount. Here are some crucial health and safety factors to consider.

Health Insurance and Safety Precautions

Ensure your travel insurance covers medical emergencies, including repatriation. Pack a basic first-aid kit for minor needs. Follow standard travel health tips like staying hydrated and sun protection.

Emergency Contacts and Medical Facilities

Know the emergency numbers in Hungary for ambulances. Major cities offer Western-standard medical facilities.

Local Traditions And Etiquette

Understanding and respecting local traditions and etiquette is a mark of a conscientious traveler.

Cultural Norms and Traditions

Hungarians cherish their history and culture. Respect churches and historical sites. Learn Hungarian customs, such as greeting friends with a kiss on the cheek and removing outdoor shoes before entering homes.


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Etiquette Guidelines

Hungarians value punctuality and may find it rude if you’re late. When dining, wait for the host to eat and stick to casual topics. Only visit a bathhouse if you know the accepted behavior.

Dos and Don’ts

Stand for the national anthem in public areas. Avoid raising your voice or using aggressive gestures, as Hungarians prefer a more reserved communication style. When unsure, observe and follow locals’ lead.

Conclusion

Consider these factors before your summer trip to Hungary for an incredible travel experience. Get the proper visas, money, and documents, understand local customs and language, and prepare for weather and health. Planning is essential, but it leaves space for spontaneity and unexpected discoveries. Enjoy your trip!

Top Events in Budapest in 2024

There are lots of things happening in Budapest every year. There are annual events that take place every single year like the Christmas markets, the Sziget Festival, the Spring Festival, and the Hungarian Grand Prix. But, there are also standalone events like concerts and sports events that only occur once.

In 2023, the biggest event ever arranged in Hungary took place as Hungary arranged the World Athletics Championships. The event was a gigantic success and millions of people followed the event on their TV screens, while hundreds of thousands came to Hungary for the actual event.

What is there to look forward to in Hungary in 2024? Which are the hottest, best, and most interesting events, exhibitions, concerts, and festivals in 2024? In this article, we try to share information about what we consider to be the most essential events in Budapest in 2024.

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Top events in Budapest in 2024

We will list the top events in Budapest in 2024 in chronological order. In other words, the first events come first on the list, meaning that this isn’t ranked in order of importance, but in order of time. You might not agree with the events added (or the ones left out), but we hope you will find this information useful and inspiring, maybe giving you an additional reason to visit the city of Budapest in 2024.

Illuminated Parks in Budapest (Garden of Lights / Lumina Park) (until March 2024)

More and more cities worldwide have beautiful illuminated parks open during the winter months. The same is true about Budapest in which you can visit the Garden of Lights in the botanical garden named Füvészkert or the popular Lumina Park at the Margaret Island. These are parks with beautiful lights and you can visit the parks from around 17:00 until 20:00 in the evening. It might not give you an adrenaline rush, but it is a very popular program for families or as a romantic program for an evening with your partner.

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Depeche Mode concert (March 26)

Depeche Mode is an extremely popular band and it will return to Budapest during their concert tour in 2024. This time the band will perform in the MVM Dome, a new venue located along the main road connecting the inner city of Budapest with the airport. It is always packed as Depeche Mode comes to Budapest, so if this is a concert you might be interested in, you better book your tickets as early as possible.

Gourmet Festival (May 24-26)

Are you a fan of delicious food that tastes great and looks good? Would you like to learn more about techniques used by chefs or see what are the new trends in gastronomy? The Gourmet Festival in Budapest is an annual event in May and it is a festival you must visit if you are a gastronomy nerd.

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Azahriah concerts (May 24-26)

Want to combine the Gourmet Festival with the most popular artist in Hungary at the moment? Azahriah is a YouTube artist who has become extremely popular and he will have three outdoor concerts at the Puskas Arena in May 2024. You might not understand most of the lyrics (as they are in Hungarian), but you will definitely get a feeling about what young Hungarians like to listen to at the moment.

EHF Final 4 2024 (June 1-2)

Which is the best club team for women in handball in Europe? Every year, the final rounds of the tournament is played in Hungary where the four best teams play semi-finals and then the finals of the tournament. The venue is the same as the venue used for the Depeche Mode concert in March. In the last two years, the Norwegian team Vipers has won the tournament, beating the Hungarian team Györ two years again, and the Hungarian team Ferencváros in 2023. Who will win in 2024?

Euro 2024 (June 14-July 14)

In the period between June 14 and July 14, 24 nations will compete to become the best football nation in Europe. Hungary is one of the countries that will participate in the tournament (in Germany) where they will play against Germany (the host nation), Scotland, and Switzerland. During such events, there are normally large screens set up at several locations in the city, but the most popular location is Szabadság tér (Liberty Square), a fantastic location between St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Hungarian Parliament. Here they also have stalls where you can buy something to eat and drink and the atmosphere is awesome, especially on match days and during the matches.

Coldplay concerts (June 16-19)

Do you need one more reason to visit Budapest in 2024? Coldplay will have three concerts at Puskas Arena, and thousands of people have already ordered their plane tickets to Hungary to be able to attend one of these concerts. It will be packed as one of the most popular bands in the world will come to Hungary. There are no more tickets left for the events, but if you are willing to buy tickets at a secondary marketplace, you can still be among the lucky people present at the Puskas Arena as Coldplay comes to Hungary in 2024.

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Hungarian Grand Prix (July 19-21)

The traditional Formula 1 race in Hungary takes place on July 21 in 2024. There will be qualification races on July 19 and July 20, but the main event starts around 15:00 on July 21. Fans from all the world come to Budapest for this event, and the question is whether Max Verstappen will win at Hungaroring for the third time in a row in 2024, or if Lewis Hamilton or some other driver will get to the finish line before the Dutch driver.

Ed Sheeran concert (July 20)

There are times when you feel really privileged, and the summer of 2024 for the people of Budapest is a summer like that. Not only will Coldplay have three concerts in the city, but Ed Sheeran is also coming to the city. The special thing is that both Ed Sheeran and Coldplay will only visit a few cities in Europe during the summer of 2024, and both of them have decided to come to Budapest. Isn’t that just fantastic? Once again, the Puskas Arena will be full and all tickets are sold out for the concert, so you can only buy tickets for the concert from others who have already managed to buy a ticket.

Summer Olympics in Paris (July 26 – August 11)

Even though the Summer Olympics is arranged in Paris, it will still impact life in Budapest. Just like during the European Championship in football, there will be big screens at several locations in Budapest during the event. This is a perfect opportunity to cheer for your favorite athletes and to enjoy a cold beer while watching the competitions on a big screen somewhere. Once again, the most popular location is at the Szabadság tér in the city where hundreds of people often come together to have a good time and to watch the events.

It is also worth knowing that Hungary has a tradition of winning 8-10 gold medals during the Summer Olympics, so the Hungarians are very enthusiastic about this event themselves.

Summer Olympics in Paris

Sziget Festival (August 7-12)

The biggest festival in Budapest is the Sziget Festival, arranged at an island a little bit north of the city center. Each year more than 400,000 people come to the island for this festival and in 2023 the biggest artists coming to the festival were Billie Eilish and Imagine Dragons. In 2024, some of the coolest artists coming to Sziget are Sam Smith, Fred Again.., Martin Garrix, and Stormzy, but we expect even more names to be added to the list as we get closer to the event.

Budapest Wine Festival (September 12-15)

The biggest wine festival in Hungary is arranged in September in Budapest. At this event which lasts for four days, you can taste thousands of wines from different winemakers in Hungary, and there are also other countries representing themselves with wines from their own countries at the festival. This is a perfect place to speak about wine, taste wine, and to meet other wine lovers. If you are looking for partners for a wine trip to Hungary, this is the perfect place to make connections with the right people. We should also mention that the festival is arranged around the Castle, giving it the perfect scenery at one of the most beautiful places in Budapest.

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Move your body at one of the many running competitions in Budapest.

In Budapest, the autumn is the number one period for running all sorts of running competitions. We have written about several running competitions in our Budapest Guide, so a great place to start is by looking at all the different sports events registered in our Budapest calendar. The biggest competition is the SPAR Marathon which is arranged in October (October 12-13), but the Wizz Air Half Marathon (September 8), and the annual Night Run are also great events for running enthusiasts.

Christmas markets in Budapest

It is quite incredible, but December is one of the busiest months of the year for those working with tourists in Budapest. The restaurants are packed, the hotels are incredibly busy, and if you try to drive a car in the streets close to the Christmas markets, you might have to stand in line for a very long time due to the enormous number of people walking across the pedestrian crossings.

The dates for the Christmas markets are normally published late in October, but our guess for 2024 is that the markets will open on November 15 and remain open until December 31. If things are delayed, the markets might only open on November 22, but we don’t find that very likely.

What should you eat, drink, and buy if you visit the Christmas markets in Budapest? Where are the different Christmas markets located? You can find answers to these questions and much more information in our article about the Christmas markets in Budapest.

Christmas markets in Budapest

These are some of the fantastic events we can all look forward to in Budapest in 2024. Do you have any questions or information about event more events you feel should have been on this list? Please write a comment below and let us hear from you.

Other things you should do no matter when you come to Budapest.

Maybe you cannot be in Budapest for the Sziget Festival or during the annual Christmas markets. Even if you come at a time when there are no big festivals, exhibitions, or concerts in Budapest, there are still lots of fantastic things worth doing in the city. A great place to start is our article with travel tips for Budapest in 2024.

A second thing you should do is to read general information about the permanent attractions and activities in Budapest. The city has so many programs waiting for you, and do not forget to walk along the Danube to enjoy the magnificent panorama. A river cruise on the Danube is always a recommended program, and so is tasting all the delicious wines produced in Hungary. If you like it even stronger, you should taste some of the Pálinka, the Hungarian fruit spirit.

Food is important, so read about all sorts of restaurants in Budapest and plan, at least if you want to get a spot in one of the Michelin-starred restaurants in Budapest, or if there is some other restaurant you really long to visit.

See you all in Budapest in 2024!

Budapest Travel Tips in 2024.

Are you coming to Budapest in 2024? What should you do? What are the essentials that you must see? What are the things you can’t leave Budapest without eating and drinking? Here you will get helpful travel tips to help you prepare to visit Budapest.

Budapest is a city with approximately 2 million inhabitants. Since Hungary has a population of 10 million, it is easy to see that about 20% of the population lives within the borders of Budapest. These people see the beauties of fantastic attractions such as the Parliament, the Castle, the National Theater, the bridges, the Gellert Hill, and the Danube daily. They are so used to it that they quickly forget how beautiful the city is. But, when you come to discover the beauties of Budapest, you will see the city with different eyes and, hopefully, travel back home with fantastic memories.

Where should we start? We have so many recommendations. Before we write about what you should see and do, we will share general information about topics such as COVID-19, crime, the local currency, and more. Let’s get started!

Budapest Travel Tips in 2024.

2020 and 2021 were disastrous years for tourism in Budapest and Hungary. Covid stopped all tourism, and unfortunately, many hotels and restaurants had to close because of the lack of tourists. In 2022, things improved and we saw a steady stream of tourists returning, happy to see the beautiful buildings and walk around without masks in the streets of Budapest and inside the stores, restaurants, museums, and hotels.

2023 was the year in which things turned back to normal and the streets of Budapest were once again filled with tourists and festivals, conferences, and programs all went according to plan. The big river cruise companies also returned to Budapest, meaning that thousands and thousands of people came to Budapest on river cruises traveling between Vienna and Budapest (and some of them even travel towards the Black Sea).

After some years of heavy inflation, the prices in Hungary calmed down in 2023, but if you haven’t been to the country for some years, you will still be very surprised at how expensive things have become in Hungary. If you visit restaurants or grocery stores, you will notice that the prices are becoming more and more similar to other central European countries.

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What does this mean for you and your trip to Budapest?

COVID-19.

There is no need to worry about COVID-19 as you plan your trip to Budapest. You don’t need to wear a mask anywhere in Budapest (except for in hospitals). All programs are available as they were before COVID-19. Some people still wear masks in stores, but that is purely based on their own decisions and not because they have to.

Prices and payment methods.

Prices in Hungary have increased a lot. But, compared to many countries in western parts of Europe, it is still relatively cheap to enjoy different programs in Budapest. The local currency is the preferred payment method everywhere, but most restaurants, hotels, and stores accept payments in euros. Even though you can pay with euros, it is wiser to pay with the local currency. Why is that? Using bad exchange rates for euro payments is normal, which results in you paying much more than you would if you used the local currency.

Crime in Hungary.

This isn’t something you need to worry about. The crime rate in Budapest isn’t higher than elsewhere, and it is normal to see police officers in the streets. If you take care of your valuables, you shouldn’t fall victim to anything. The city center of Budapest is a safe area, but it is always a good precaution to never walk alone in the darkness. Once again, Budapest is a safe city, and there is no need to worry. Take care of yourself and your valuables, use common sense, and everything should be okay.

The situation in Ukraine.

Hungary is a border country with Ukraine, and many Hungarians live on the Ukrainian side of the border. As the war started, tens of thousands of refugees came to Hungary (most of them traveled further on in the direction of Austria). Since then, this has calmed down, and as a tourist in Budapest, you will not notice any differences.

Should you bring an umbrella?

Hungary has a wonderful climate. Budapest seldom experiences temperatures below 0 Celsius in the winter, and spring arrives early. The summer can get very warm, and it is quite common to have 3-4 weeks with temperatures around 35 Celsius during the daytime in June, July, and August. It isn’t raining much in Hungary, and whenever it starts, it will normally end by the time you finish your coffee in a café.

The wisest thing, however, is to look at the weather forecast for Budapest before your trip and prepare accordingly.

Special events.

There are lots of events and concerts in Budapest. You can read more about different events in Budapest in our Budapest calendar. In 2024, some of the biggest highlights are the upcoming Christmas markets, the Sziget festival, and fantastic concerts with Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.

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Transportation.

It is easy to travel in Budapest with the metro. You can see a metro map right here. The metro will take you to the most important areas. There are lots of buses and trams you can use as well, but if you plan on spending your days in the center of Budapest, you will not need those.

Budapest has many taxis if you need to get from A to B. A popular service for ordering taxis is Bolt (you can find the application in your app store), or you can order taxis via your hotel or restaurant. If possible, avoid jumping into taxis waiting on the street. These are often private taxi drivers who are heavily overpaid for rides.

Budapest Travel Tips – What to see?

Many of the beautiful attractions in Budapest are located along the Danube. Honestly, the Danube is an attraction in itself, and a river cruise on the Danube is one of the most popular activities you should experience. As you walk along the Danube or buy a ticket for a river cruise, you will see beautiful attractions such as the Gellert Hill (with the beautiful liberty statue on the top), the famous Gellert Hotel, the National Theater, the Palace of Arts, the Castle, the Hungarian Parliament, the Margaret Island, and many other attractions. For some, it is enough to see these buildings and areas at a distance. If you want even more, you should go on a tour inside the Hungarian Parliament, buy a ticket for an event in the National Theater, visit the National Gallery within the castle’s walls, and stroll on Margaret Island.

This might sound like a lot; if you visit all these attractions in a day, you will be exhausted in the evening. But Budapest isn’t an extremely big city, so it is possible to walk around and discover all these attractions in one or two days. While walking between different locations, you will discover other beauties and gems. You should also take some breaks in cafés and bars where you taste local food and drinks to make the experience more authentic.

When you have finished discovering the attractions along the Danube, head to St. Stephen’s Basilica and walk from there to Heroes Square and the City Park. This will take you through other beautiful areas on the Pest side, and you will see famous buildings such as the Opera House along the way.

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Budapest Travel Tips – What to do?

Enjoy a trip on the Danube.

Seeing beautiful architecture and standing amazed at the Danube panorama is one thing. Another thing is to join activities and programs in Budapest that will let you experience even more. We have already mentioned different tours on the Danube as one of the best activities available in Budapest. These are available throughout the year, from early morning until late evening. The evening tours are the most popular due to the fantastic illumination of the different buildings along the Danube after sunset.

Visit the Gellert Hill.

Another awesome experience in Budapest is visiting the top of Gellert Hill, where you can enjoy the most fantastic view of Budapest. The view is stunning, and the walk toward the top will strengthen your heart. The nicest way to get to the top is to walk from the Gellert Hotel towards the top or cross the Elisabeth Bridge and climb the hill. It isn’t very steep, but you might need some breaks if you aren’t used to walking a lot.

Important to know if you want to visit the Gellert Hill in 2024.
Heavy construction work is currently taking place at the top of the Gellert Hill. As a result, it is very limited how much you can see and experience from the top. Ask the receptionist at your hotel whether it is possible to walk around the Citadella or not before you do the trip. If the construction work is still happening, you should find something else to do instead.

Travel to Szentendre.

Would you like to see more of Hungary than just Budapest? Szentendre is a fantastic city 30km north of Budapest. It is unlike all other Hungarian cities due to its architecture, making it feel more like a Greek village or something like that. Here you can also buy products from local artists and producers. Some will also enjoy the fact that you cannot find big stores of brands such as Zara and H&M in this city. The city center of Szentendre is all about the locals and the local products (and, of course, lots of souvenirs for tourists). If that sounds fun, we can assist you with trips to Szentendre, including transfer, short sightseeing, a visit to the local Marcipan museum, free time, a big wine tasting, and a three-course lunch. You can read more about the trip here.

Get some fresh air and use your legs.

This isn’t a traditional tip in a Budapest Travel Guide, but if you want to climb a tiny mountain in Budapest, you will find some only 10km from the city center. The area is called Budaörs, and here you can find stores such as IKEA, Auchan, and Decathlon. A very nice little walk is to climb a hill called Köhegy. At the top, you will find a chapel, a big cross, and a very nice view.

It isn’t easy to get here with public transportation. The coordinates for where you can start the trip are 47.466283,18.959811. You can walk to the top and either return on the same path or down the main stairs from the chapel and return on the normal road. The nearest bus stop is Templom tér, and you need to walk about 750 meters to get from the bus stop to the trip’s starting point.

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Köhegy is a nice place to visit in Budaörs.

If you want something a bit more challenging, climb the Odvashegy. It isn’t a tough tour if you are used to walking, but for some, this will at least make their heart pump a little bit faster. The view from the top is beautiful!

It is ideal to start and end the trip from the coordinates 47.464846,18.938132. The nearest bus stop is called “Budafok városhaza,” and you must walk approximately 1000 meters from the bus stop to the trip’s starting point.

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Odvashegy is a bit more challenging than Köhegy but fully possible for kids 5-6 years and older.

Eat and drink local food.

This is extremely important. Some would say that tasting the local cuisine is just as important as discovering the attractions of a city. When you come to Budapest, you better prioritize programs where you taste local food and drinks. The most famous food is the Hungarian Goulash soup, and if you travel home without tasting it, you cannot say with good conscience that you have been to Budapest. If you are a vegetarian, several restaurants serve “Fake Goulash,” the same soup without meat.

Hungarians like to make stews of all sorts, often served with homemade dumplings. The stews are often prepared with chicken, pork, or cow meat. They are incredibly tasty and very popular.

Hungary is a great place for sweets, and you should taste the local strudel variants.

It is possible to drink soft drinks in restaurants, but when you come, do not forget to taste the local drinks such as wine produced in Hungary, Unicum, Palinka (Hungarian fruit spirit), and everything Hungarian. We cannot guarantee that you will like everything you taste, but you will be one experience richer after tasting (making it worth the try).

You can read even more about what’s worth tasting in our article about the Christmas markets in Budapest.

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Tokaj is Hungary’s most famous wine region, especially for its sweet white wines.

Don’t forget your swimsuit.

No matter when you come to Budapest, you should bring your swimsuit. Hungary is known for hot springs, ensuring guests can swim outside in warm water throughout the year. The most famous and popular thermal bath is the Szechenyi Thermal bath. Have you ever seen a picture of people playing chess in a pool in Budapest? Those pictures all originate from the Szechenyi thermal bath. There you can enjoy three outdoor pools and more than ten indoor pools. The water is full of minerals, making sure that you feel good and that it has a good effect on your body simultaneously.

If you want to visit a different thermal bath, you should consider the Rudas bath or the Gellert bath.

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These are just a couple of tips for activities in Budapest. The list could go on if we included all the fantastic museums in Budapest and other opportunities. If you want more fun, activities such as the Labyrinth, the Palvolgyi dripstone cave, escape rooms, guided tours, hop-on-hop-off buses, VIP cinemas, shopping, fantastic fairs, and other programs can always be recommended.

Do you have any questions left?

We have tried to include lots of useful information in this short article with Budapest Travel Tips. If you have any questions left after reading this article, write them in the comment field below, and we will do our best to answer them.

What is the price of a Big Mac Menu and a Whopper Menu in Budapest? [Updated in 2024]

I know this might be an offense to many tourists visiting Budapest. It is, however, a reality that many people eat fast food at Burger King and McDonald’s while in Budapest. Why is that? Because it is easy and cheaper than most other restaurants, you don’t have to wait for a long time, and you know what you get.

So, what should you expect if you visit a McDonalds’ or a Burger King in Budapest to buy a Big Mac menu, a Whopper Menu, or maybe a Happy Meal in McDonald’s’? After all, families with children often hate waiting 30 minutes for an order to be served in a restaurant that visits such places. Or maybe students who are on a budget want something quick and cheap.

Are you hungry for a Whopper menu in Burger King in Budapest?
Are you hungry for a Whopper menu at Burger King in Budapest?

The price of a Whopper Menu in Budapest (updated in 2024)

If you are a fan of Burger King and their Whopper sandwich, the price of a Whopper menu in Budapest is 2320 HUF. (appx 6 Euro). If you want two pieces of meat in your Whopper menu (making it a Dupla Whopper King Menu), the price is 2620.

Why should you eat a Whopper and not a Big Mac? It feels fresher due to the fresh vegetables, and the meat feels more like meat.

The price of the children’s meal (King Junior Meal) at Burger King is 1490 HUF.

The price of a Big Mac menu in Budapest

Would you rather go to McDonald’s? I know the taste of a Whopper feels fresher than a Big Mac, but there is something about the Big Mac taste that makes it so easy to eat that you just love eating it. I remember watching Super Size Me once, and do you know what I dreamt of as I left the cinema? A Big Mac! 🙂

If you would like to buy a Big Mac menu in Budapest, the price for a normal size menu is 2380 HUF (appx. 6 Euro). If you want a bigger menu with larger fries and a larger drink, the price is 2540 HUF.

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Do you want to eat at McDonald’s while in Budapest?

The price of the happy meal at McDonald’s is 1660 HUF as of January 2024.

Do you find these prices expensive, or is it worth it? It is worth noticing that you can get much better hamburgers for the same price (or lower) in serious hamburger bars in Budapest, so it isn’t necessarily cheaper to eat at Burger King or McDonald’s, compared to other places. But, it is quicker, it often feels safer, and the kids love it.

Fun fact: There are more than 50 McDonald’s restaurants in Budapest. In addition, you can find lots of Burger King restaurants. Besides these giants, you can also find more and more KFC restaurants.

So, what kind of tourist are you? Would you ever eat at Mcdonald’s or Burger King during a trip to Budapest or some other big city worldwide? Or would you rather find something local no matter what?

Fred Again.., Martin Garrix, Sam Smith and Stormzy are coming to Sziget 2024 – What about you?

It is always interesting to get the first list of artists coming to the Sziget Festival. This list is often incomplete and in 2023, the biggest name of them all, Billie Eilish, was shared not a long time before the festival. In other words, there will be lots of other fantastic artists coming to the festival in 2023, but the Sziget crew has now released the first list of artists coming in 2024.

The biggest names are, of course, Sam Smith, Martin Garrix, Fred Again.., and Stormzy. If you are from the United Kingdom, you will feel very much at home at Sziget 2024, considering that three of the four artists listed above come from the UK.

Arists coming to Sziget 2024

A few words about Fred Again.., Martin Garrix, Stormzy, and Sam Smith.

Fred Again..:

  • Fred Again.. is a British record producer, songwriter, and artist. His real name is Fred Gibson.
  • He gained recognition for his work in electronic and dance music, with a unique and experimental approach to production.
  • Fred Again.. has collaborated with various artists and has been involved in creating music across genres.
  • His discography includes solo work as well as collaborations with other musicians.

Martin Garrix:

  • Martin Garrix, born Martijn Gerard Garritsen, is a Dutch electronic music producer and DJ.
  • He rose to prominence with his single “Animals,” which became a massive hit and established him as a leading figure in the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene.
  • Garrix has consistently been ranked as one of the top DJs globally and has received numerous awards for his contributions to the electronic music industry.
  • He continues to release chart-topping tracks and perform at major music festivals around the world.

Stormzy:

  • Stormzy, whose real name is Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr., is a British rapper and grime artist.
  • He gained widespread recognition with his debut studio album “Gang Signs & Prayer,” which won the 2018 Brit Award for British Album of the Year.
  • Stormzy is known for addressing social and political issues in his music, making him a prominent figure in the UK music scene.
  • Besides his musical career, Stormzy has been involved in philanthropy and activism.

Sam Smith:

  • Sam Smith is a British singer and songwriter known for their soulful and emotive vocals.
  • They gained international fame with their debut album, “In the Lonely Hour,” featuring hits like “Stay with Me.”
  • Sam Smith is recognized for their powerful voice and has received numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme song for the James Bond film “Spectre.”
  • The artist has continued to evolve their musical style, exploring themes of love, identity, and personal experiences in their work.

I guess you just got lots of reasons to come to Budapest during the summer of 2024. If you want to read more about other programs and events in Budapest, take a look at our events calendar.

Slideshow from the 2023 Christmas markets in Budapest!

The Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square and by the Stephen’s Basilica both opened on November 17th. We were there during the opening weekend to check out what’s happening and what’s new in 2023. Of course, instead of writing about it, we will show you quite a lot of pictures as a picture of tells you more than a thousand words.

If you want to read general information about the Christmas markets in Budapest, click the link for a detailed article with information about the location of the Christmas markets, the dates for the Budapest Christmas markets, what to eat at the Christmas markets, hotel recommendations, and so much more.

Just like in 2022, the popular train for kids has returned to the Vörösmarty square. It is entirely free to ride and kids can enjoy two rounds before they have to go back in line to get back on the train again.

In the middle of Vörösmarty Square, there is a possibility to join some online games in which you compete with other people at the Christmas market. You need to scan the QR code and create a profile in order to take part. If you are lucky, you might even win some prizes.

By Stephen’s Basilica, the popular ice rink has returned.

Besides these additional programs, you will find all the popular stalls serving traditional Hungarian dishes, and of course, lots of stalls where you can buy handicrafts, sweets, and cool souvenirs from Hungary.

What are you waiting for? Come to Budapest and experience the Christmas markets yourself!

Where are the dates for the Budapest Christmas market at Vörösmarty square in 2023?

Are you looking for the dates for the popular Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square in Budapest in 2023? You are not the only one! We have nearly 1000 people coming daily to our page to find the dates for the Christmas markets in Budapest, and it is quite unfortunate that we don’t have a clue when the Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square will open. We don’t even know if it will open at all. That would be a tragedy, knowing that tens of thousands of tourists come to Budapest every year to experience the fantastic Christmas markets.

Let us first cheer you up. The dates for the Christmas market in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica are official, meaning there will be a fantastic Christmas market in Budapest worth visiting, even though there will be no market at the Vörösmarty Square. You can find the dates for the other Christmas markets in Budapest here.

But, we all know that the Vörösmarty Square Christmas market is the most famous and most popular in Budapest. What is causing the delay? Why haven’t the dates for the Christmas market been announced yet?

UPDATE!
The dates are now here. The Christmas market at Vörösarty Square will open on November 17th and be open until December 31. More information here.

For a long time, Budapest Brand was the company arranging the Christmas market at the square. This has changed recently, and since the fifth district of Budapest is responsible, things are really slow and maybe even causing nothing to happen at all. We don’t know why, and even though we have sent requests and questions to the local government asking for information, we still haven’t received any replies to our questions.

As a result, we still don’t know if there will be any Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square in Budapest in 2023 or not. That is sad for many reasons.

Think about the following…

  • The biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in Budapest takes place at Vörösmarty Square. The stalls and the stage at the square give the necessary surroundings for such a celebration to take place. Without the Christmas market (which normally closes at January 1), the square just becomes a large and empty square.
  • Tens of thousands of people travel to Budapest in November and December using the Christmas markets as an excuse to visit the city. With no dates released, they are much more likely to visit neighboring cities with fantastic Christmas markets such as Prague, Vienna, or Bratislava.
  • Many local artists prepare and produce for the annual Christmas markets in Budapest. It is a great place to sell their art and handicrafts. Without the Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square, many will have to look elsewhere to find places to sell their products.
  • Tens of thousands of tourists spend lots of money on accommodation and all other services and products in Budapest. Instead of supporting the people of Hungary and the businesses (hotels, restaurants, stores, and more), this will end up in other countries. Quite a pity knowing that the only thing needed for the money to come to Hungary would be a Christmas market at the most popular square in town.

We do hope there will be a Christmas market at the main square of Budapest. They were very late publishing the dates in 2022, so we might just see the same happening over again. Our only fear is that many people have already ordered their plane tickets, and seeing that no dates are published for the Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square, they may have decided to go elsewhere where the dates have been published months ago (like in Vienna, Krakow, Prague, and other cities).

We will update our Budapest Guide as soon as we get more information and find out more about what’s going on. Normally, the Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square would open on November 10 or November 17 (the second or third Friday of November), but that doesn’t look very likely at the moment.

If you have comments or questions, please write them below. We would love to hear from you!

Best time to travel to Budapest

Bisected by the Danube River, the Hungarian capital is one of Europe’s must-visit destinations. Its storied past is captured through engaging museums and architectural wonders, with much of the city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting Budapest is not just about taking a fascinating step back into the past but discovering the vibrant festivals and events that take place throughout the year.

In this article, discover what you can expect during each of the seasons in Budapest to help figure out the best time to visit. While the official tourist season runs from May through to September, there are plenty of reasons to visit outside of this period, including Christmas festivities, musical celebrations and national holidays.

Once you’ve decided on dates, be sure to book your Budapest accommodation as early as possible. You’ll find a good range of choices online via a mobile-friendly holiday rental platform such as Rentola Budapest. It lists apartments and homes in all corners of the city, from the Castle District to the Jewish Quarter and Belvaros, so you don’t have to waste time searching multiple sites. With Budapest’s efficient network of buses, trams, boats, and trains, you’ll never be far from all the action.

the parliament in budapest
Noppasin Wongchum, Canva.com

Winter in Budapest

December is a wonderful time to visit Budapest when the city is beautifully illuminated with lights and Christmas markets bring a festive atmosphere to the streets. While exploring the city, you can stop for a warming mulled wine and pick up freshly roasted chestnuts or feast on the sweet local specialty, Kürtőskalács.

After the New Year’s celebrations and gala concert at the Vigadó Concert Hall, things quieten down in January as Budapest’s festival season comes to a close. This is a great time to visit without the crowds and score cheap accommodation deals, although the weather may not be in your favor. Generally speaking, gray, cold, and wet conditions are the norm throughout January and February, with some museums and attractions reducing their hours.

Winter temperatures in Budapest range from an average low in January of -3°C to a November high of 8°C.

Spring in Budapest

March marks the start of spring as Budapest’s almond trees begin to blossom, as well as heralding in the city’s concert and theater season. It’s a great time for art and culture enthusiasts to visit the city, particularly around Easter when religious festivities are in full swing.

In March/April, the Budapest Spring Festival takes place, with more than 200 events igniting all corners of the city. From jazz to world music and contemporary dance, there’s something for everyone. Jewish culture is celebrated across a two-week festival in May while local microbreweries are the focus of Budapest Beer Week.

Spring temperatures in Budapest range from an average low in March of 2°C to an average May high of 22°C.

Summer in Budapest

Despite being the official start of summer, June can be a wet month in Budapest with predictable showers and storms. Many of the city’s museums open their doors throughout the night in honor of the summer solstice and it’s always fun to experience Budapest coming to life after dark. June also hosts the annual Danube Carnival, which features everything from Hungarian folk performances to contemporary dance.

July is one of the busiest months in Budapest, with Hungarian schools breaking for the summer holidays and temperatures at their peak. While many residents head out of the city to relax on the shores of Lake Balaton, international visitors flock in to explore Budapest’s architectural landmarks and museums. The first weekend in July is a riot of color as the annual Pride Parade takes to the streets.

If you’re planning on visiting Budapest in August, it’s essential that you book your accommodation well in advance and be prepared for crowds at many of the city’s biggest attractions. Not only does the Hungarian Grand Prix take place during the month (sometimes it is in the end of July instead) but also one of Europe’s largest music festivals, Sziget. Fireworks illuminate the skies on August 20 to mark St Stephen’s Day.

Summer temperatures in Budapest range from an average low in June of 14°C to an average July high of 27°C.

Autumn in Budapest

With kids back at school, September is a quieter month in Budapest but the weather is still warm and pleasant for exploring the city. If you’re into wine tasting, coincide your visit with the Budapest Wine Festival, which takes place in the atmospheric Castle District.

October provides a wonderful opportunity to see the changing colors and experience another gastronomic celebration, the Budapest Palinka and Sausage Festival. It’s also a great time for design and art enthusiasts, with cultural events held across the city as part of CAFe Budapest.

November begins with All Saints Day when Hungarians visit their loved ones’ graves before a period of rest in preparation for the Christmas season.

Autumn temperatures in Budapest range from an average low in November of around 1°C to an average September high of 22°C.

Five reasons to join a running competition in Budapest!

There are lots of articles online telling you six reasons to visit Budapest, ten hidden gems in Budapest, seven mistakes not to make in Budapest, and 33 things you must eat while in Budapest. If you eat all those things, you will probably get stomach problems and have difficulty traveling home, but the intention behind it is good! This article, however, wants to give you five reasons to join a running competition in Budapest. Are you ready to be inspired?

Not many think about exercising and running as they plan their trip to Budapest. Instead, they read about the fantastic attractions such as the Hungarian Parliament, the Gellert Hill, and the Castle district. Then they read about those amazing activities such as a river cruise on the Danube, a relaxing bath in the Szechenyi thermal bath, and a wine tasting in a wine cellar or in a wine bar.

But, let us turn things around and make your trip to Budapest even more interesting, inspiring, healthy, and challenging!

Things get better when you invest your time and energy!

It is a well-known fact that things get better and more interesting if you invest. A football match becomes way more interesting if you bet 1 euro on the outcome compared to just watching without anything at stake. If you spend three hours reading about Hungarian history before your arrival you will understand much more when you see the different buildings and hear about the different kings and historical incidents on guided tours, during your river cruise, or elsewhere. In other words, investing time and energy gives you more in return… that is a general principle!

But, what does that have to do with joining a running competition in Budapest?

1. You have a goal with your trip to Budapest!

If you register for a running competition in Budapest you visit the Hungarian capital with a vision. The goal isn’t just to arrive, have fun, and leave, but it is about more. You want to accomplish something. Maybe your goal is to run a 5km race? Or are you coming to run 10k, or maybe a half-marathon or a marathon? There are many possibilities, but they all mean that you need to pack your clothes differently. You need to make space for running shoes, some running clothes, and maybe your lucky drinking bottle.

If you run in a competition in Budapest you suddenly get a different perspective. Your trip isn’t just about consuming, it is about experiencing, giving, and most of all, living!

2. Your trip starts months before you travel to Budapest.

If you come to run in Budapest, your trip starts months before you fly to Budapest (or travel by car, train, or bus). From the first moment, you will start to think about your future travel and prepare for it. As you run up and down the streets of your hometown, as you visit parks, lakes, and mountains to prepare your body, you will have Budapest on your mind. This will give a special focus on your trip, and you will also spend lots of time meditating on what you can expect during your days in Hungary.

New Chain Bridge in Budapest

3. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet with locals!

Running competitions are fantastic. They have a special atmosphere, and it is a fantastic way to meet locals. Many running competitions have after-parties in which you can dance, sing, drink, and have fun together with the other runners. Even though there are lots of internationals partaking in the different competitions, most runners come from Hungary. As a result, it is a wonderful chance to have a chat with locals, ask them about politics, get some authentic recommendations, and maybe drink a cold beer together with your new friends.

Maybe your running experience in Budapest will mean the start of some brand-new friendships.

4. It is healthy, and maybe a start of something new in your life!

Moving your body is healthy. It will have a good effect on your body, and there are many other benefits to running. Did you know that running is good for your brain and for improving your memory? Running releases endorphins in your body, by many referred to as the happiness hormone. Your heart will also be happy to pump blood at a higher pace in your body. If you are brand new to running, you might want to consult a doctor or some other professional before you start, just to get some good advice on how to start training and preparing for the running competition in Budapest.

After running in Budapest, you will most likely fall in love with running competitions. As you return home, it will only take a few days before you start looking for more running competitions; maybe in Budapest or maybe in some other city in Europe? There are lots of running competitions all across Europe. If you like Budapest, you will probably enjoy the city of Prague with all its running competitions as well!

Maybe this is the start of a new era in which you travel all around the world to run in all sorts of running competitions.

5. You get to explore the city while running!

As you come to Budapest, you probably plan to see the most important sights and buildings in the city. Did you know that many of the running competitions take place in the center of Budapest? As a result, you will see the beautiful attractions and buildings while running up and down the streets of Budapest. It is also very common to use the lower roads along the Danube, which means you can enjoy the magnificent Danube panorama towards the Buda and the Pest side while running. If you join one of the evening races, you might even see the magnificent buildings of Budapest beautifully illuminated while running. Believe me, it will give you an extra boost that will make it even better and more memorable to run.

running in budapest
Above you can see a picture from a night running competition by Puskas Arena in Budapest.

Do you feel inspired to register for a running competition in Budapest? You can read more about upcoming events in our Budapest calendar. There you can also get information about concerts, festivals, and other things that will happen in the Hungarian capital in the future.