Budapest Public Transportation

Budapest Public Transportation

The city of Budapest has a rather extensive and useful public transit system including the metro, tram, trolleys, buses, and even suburban trains (known as HEV lines).

This post will help you navigate each of the public transportation services in Budapest in addition to offering advice for saving money on tickets.

 

 


TICKETS AND DISCOUNTS

There are a few different ways to pay for admission to public transit in Budapest, and each option is valid on all vehicles including the metro, trams, trolleys, buses, and HEV trains. Read more »

Things to Do in Budapest in June

Things to Do in Budapest in June

This post covers the top things to do in Budapest in June including nighttime activities, free things to do, and family-friendly options and updated for 2020.

 

 


TOP EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

This post covers some of the best things you can do in Budapest in June, including free, family-friendly, as well as nighttime events and activities.

See our post on things to do in Budapest at any time of the year.

Some of the attractions and activities in this post are included for free in some Budapest tourist attraction discount passes.

Other activities to consider this month (and all year) are:

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Things to Do in Budapest in May

Things to Do in Budapest in May

This post covers the top things to do in Budapest in May (updated for 2020), including nighttime activities, free things to do, and family-friendly options.

 

 


TOP EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO MAY

This post covers some of the best things you can do in Budapest in May, including free, family-friendly, as well as nighttime events and activities. See our full post on things to do in Budapest (any time of the year).

Some of the attractions and activities in this post are included for free in some Budapest tourist attraction discount passes.

Some other activities to consider this month (and all year) are:


1) Budapest100

One of the best free events of the entire year, the annual Budapest100 weekend takes place on May 9 & 10, 2020.

During the weekend, the public has free access to 100 architecturally notable buildings in Budapest such as residential houses, mansions, villas, secret gardens, and rooftop balconies.

Most of these places cannot be seen at any other time if the year. There will be guided tours and various activities, some held in English.

 

 

You do not need to sign up for the event, though the most popular buildings require registration as visiting slots may fill up fast.

See the Budapest100 website for a list and description of the open buildings. The schedule is usually released in mid-April.

Tip: As the buildings are located throughout the city, you may find that a hop on hop off bus is a convenient way to move between the places you want to visit.


2) Rosalia Wine Festival

The weekend of May 15-17, 2020 is the Rosalia Wine Festival. This free festival showcases Hungarian wines other than its most famous wine, Tokay.

The festival is held in beautiful City Park. With a picnic-like atmosphere, this is a pleasant way to spend time in the city’s most popular park while tasting all kinds of wines.

 

 

While there is no entrance fee, you will have to pay for your wine. Read more about the festival here

If you are going to the festival, you can spend additional time enjoying City Park, detailed just below.


3) Relax in City Park

City Park (Városliget) is one of Budapest’s most popular parks. It is huge, covering 1.2-square-km (302 acres)  filled with green lawns, a giant pond, historic sites, museums, and the famous Széchenyi Bath complex.  

In the park, you can rent a rowboat and head out on the massive pond. You can also visit Hero’s Square and the Millennium Monument.

 

 

Attractions within or just near the park include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Transport Museum, and the Zoo (the latter two are ideal for children).

Note that some of the attractions, like the Museum of Fine Arts and the Zoo are included for free with most Budapest tourist attraction discount passes.

If you have been thinking of going to the Széchenyi Baths, you can get skip-the-line entry tickets.


4) Take a Walking Tour

Budapest’s center is very walkable, making it an ideal city to explore on foot. You can do this on your own but you can also take a free walking tour!

A free walking tour offers you a budget-friendly way to gain insight into the city’s history and culture from a knowledgeable and entertaining guide.

 

 

Free tours cover various parts of the city and take place at different times. 

Find out more about what’s available from pour post on free walking tours of Budapest.


5) OTP Bank Gourmet Food Festival 

This annual fine food festival runs from May 21-24, 2020 in Millenáris Park. Much more than a food fest, this is gastronomy at its best. 

Some of the acclaimed chefs and restaurants in the region will be serving authentic Hungarian fare, plated and presented beautifully. 

 

 

This event is family-friendly as there are children’s’ programs scheduled. Find more information about this fantastic event from the Gourmet Festival website.


6) Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to visit multiple locations or enjoy a variety of activities in Budapest, using a tourist pass could save you a lot of money on general admission prices.

 

 

Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you could save 20% – 50% off or more on the following:

  • Danube Wine Tasting Cruise | €33
  • Budapest Tuk Tuk Tour | €47
  • Organ Concert in St. Stephen’s Basilica | €20
  • Szechenyi Thermal Baths | €21
  • Gellert Thermal Spa & Bath | €22
  • Budapest Caving Adventure | €44
  • Miniversum Theme Park | €11
  • Museum of Fine Arts | €9.50
  • The Ludwig Museum | €4.75
  • Hungarian National Museum | €7.75
  • City Park Segway Tour | €32
  • Budapest Night Bike Tour | €25
  • and more!

For more information about how to use a tourist pass and how much money you can save, make sure to read our post covering Budapest tourist attraction discount passes.


7) Szekely Festival

In 2020, this annual cultural festival celebrating the heritage of Szeklerland, a region of Transylvania, is on May 8-10th in Millenáris Park.

This former Hungarian territory is in the heart of Transylvania in Romania. It has a unique cultural heritage that retains its Hungarian roots. You can experience that culture at this festive event.

 

 

At this festival, there will be traditional music, arts & crafts, dance, and more. Try Szekler cuisine like kürtőskalács (chimney cake), regional beers and wines, homemade jams, honey, and herbal teas. 

See more at the festival’s official website.


8) Take a Food Tour of Budapest

If you can’t make any of the food-related events above, but still want to try traditional Hungarian foods, a food tour might be just the thing you need!

Food walking tours are an excellent way to learn about the city while sampling delicious local food.

 

 

One tour that is popular and highly-reviewed is this Hungarian wine, cheese, and meats tasting.

If you want to see some notable sights as well as enjoying food, try this Budapest food walking tour, which also visits the Dohany Street Synagogue and Central Market.


9) Budapest Beer Week

This annual festival takes place between May 18 – May 24, 2020. Trying out new beers couldn’t be easier!

For one fixed price you get an unlimited tasting session, opportunity to meet the brewers and entry to an after-party.

 

 

For fans of great brew, Budapest Beer Week is a must-do event in May.


10) Pub Crawl Through Ruins

If you miss the beer festival or you prefer your drinks with some history and culture, you should visit one of the many “ruins bars” in Budapest.

These bars are found in the 7th quarter of the city. They are located in various old buildings that were abandoned in the aftermath of World War II.

To be taken to a number of these unique bars and meet other travelers, consider the Ultimate Ruin Pub Crawl.

 

 

This tour not only gets you fast entry into a number of ruin bars but also includes free shots and tickets for drinks.

For more information see here


11) Taban Festival on May Day

May Day (May 1) is a national holiday, and Budapestians take advantage of the day off from work to attend local free concerts and festivals throughout the city.

The most popular event is the Taban Festival in Taban Park. 

 

 

There is music for people of all ages, and the atmosphere is light and easy.

Do as the locals do and sit on the grass for some free entertainment.


12) Giro d’Italia Cycling Race

The Giro d’Italia is one of cycling’s three big races, along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. In 2020, the race kicks off in Budapest on May 9.

Cyclists will compete in Stage 1 of the 3-week race with a short 9 km ride in Budapest. Tens of thousands of spectators will line the streets to watch.

 

 

See the Giro d’Italia website to find more information about the route and spectator viewing locations.

If you feel inspired by watching all those wheels turning, you can go for a bike ride yourself in Budapest. This well-regarded 2-hour small-group bike tour is very affordable and has rave reviews.


13) See Harry Styles in Concert 

Catch the mega-pop star Harry Styles on May 31, 2020, when he performs at the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna. 

This is sure to be the top concert of the month! 

 

 

Other shows to catch this month are:

For more ideas on how to spend your time in Budapest in May, see our post on the top things to do in Budapest.

 


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Budapest Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

Budapest City Passes

This post provides details about each tourist pass in Budapest, including information about how to use them, how much money you can save, and even advice on which pass will best fit your needs.

 


BEFORE YOU BUY

There are a few different passes you can use to save money on a variety of popular attractions and activities.

If you’re planning to visit multiple locations or take more than one tour, these services are definitely worth consideration.

 

 

Here are a few of the most popular things to see and do with these tourist attraction discount passes:

  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tours
  • Danube Sightseeing Cruise
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • St. Stephen’s Basilica
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Ludwig Museum
  • Gellert Spa & Bath
  • Szechenyi Baths
  • Royal Palace
  • Buda Castle
  • And more!

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Hop-on Hop-off Budapest Bus Tours

This post covers each of the hop-on-hop-off bus tours in Budapest, including details about tour routes, landmarks you’ll see along the way, prices, and opportunities to save money on tickets. Read more »

Top Things to Do in Budapest in March

This post covers the top things to do in Budapest in March (updated for 2020), including nighttime activities, free things to do, and family-friendly options.

Be sure to read our master post on things to do in Budapest for even more ideas.

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MARCH

March is a great time to visit Budapest. While the weather is still a bit cold, but it’s warming up and there’s plenty to do inside as well. We’ve made a list below of the top 10 things to do in Budapest in March, with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for you to enjoy.


1. Celebrate March 15

March 15th is an important national holiday in Hungary. It is the anniversary of the beginning of the 1848 Revolution against the Habsburg oppression.

 

 

There will be events all over the city, and you will see citizens wearing cockades (ribbons with the national colors of red, white, and green). There will be official celebrations at the Hungarian National Museum, where Hungarian revolutionaries, led by Sándor Petőfi, held a mass demonstration on the first day of the revolution in 1848.

You can view the Hungarian Holy Crown and the Crown Jewels for free at the Hungarian Parliament. There will also be free museums, dances and concerts around the city, and more. Be aware, banks and shops are closed that day. 


2. Go to a Concert

 

 

See Santana play at the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna in Budapest on March 19th. Get your tickets here. Other performances taking place in Budapest in March include:

Keep an eye out for more great concerts in Budapest.


3. Enjoy Restaurant Week

March 6-15, 2020

A great part of travel is the food you get to experience! A great way to try new cuisine is to partake in restaurant week. A number of places will have set menus for a set price, which usually makes it more affordable and lets you try places you might have originally thought out of your budget. Restaurant Week is a great reason to get adventurous and try a (or a few!) new restaurants. 

We recommend reserving a table beforehand since a lot of places fill up ahead of time. 

Check out more about Resturant Week here

 


4. Fish Festival

March 2-4, 2020

This festival is dedicated to all things fish! Mingle with locals at this festival, where you can sample a number of fish dishes, including the hot and spicy Fisherman’s soup.

 

 

The event takes place in Heroes’ Square and will feature a cooking contest, wine/palinka tastings, live music, and a program for kids. To learn more, click here

For more free things to do in Budapest in March, check out our free section below. 


5. Warm up in a Bath House

Budapest is well known for its bathhouses, even nicknamed “City of Spas”. They’re great places to enjoy a soak and warm up on a cold day! There are a number of bathhouses around the city, and each one caters to different tastes and ailments you might have. The most popular ones are:

 

 

Most bathhouse entry fees range from $10-$30 depending on the place and when you go.  


6. Take a Walking Tour!

There’s no better way to explore a new city than on foot! Explore the history and stories of Budapest on a free walking tour. You’ll have expert locals guides showing you around and teaching you things the guidebooks can’t tell you. They are great for all ages!

 

 

For more family-friendly ideas, check out our things to do with kids section.


7. Black Food Festival

March 20, 2020

Do you prefer your food gothic black? That’s the theme of this food festival- black colored food! 

 

 

As weird as it sounds, there will be a whole variety of foods in the color, from black ice cream to gluten-free and vegan foods as well. It also falls on international French Macaron Day, so expect some dark macarons to taste. 

This food festival has been touring internationally, starting in Berlin and making its way to Tel Aviv and Helsinki before a stop in Brooklyn, NY, and now it’s landed in Budapest! Come out and try some strange new foods- you might be surprised! 

Tickets are €6 and can be purchased in advance here


8. See the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 22, 2020

Dress in green and come out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Budapest! 

 

 

The parade is free for the whole family and starts at the Erzsébet tér at 3pm (15:00). There will be an after-party at the Akvárium Klub.

To see details and learn more, click here

For more family-friendly activities, check out the kids’ section below


9. Budapest Photo Festival

Feb. 28- April 20, 2020

Budapest is taking a stand in photography with this photo festival. It’s goal?  “To create Budapest to be the ‘City of Photography’.”

For this, the festival will feature a city-wide exhibition series representing contemporary and classic values and local and international artists. There will be lectures, workshops, museum educational events, and more! 

 

 

To see a full list of the program and featured artists, click here.


10. Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts

Built between 1900-1906, the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts is in Heroes’ Square and has over 100,000 pieces of art.

The art collection is made up of international art and is showcased in 6 departments: Egyptian, Antique, Old Sculpture Gallery, Old Master Paintings Gallery, Modern Collection, and Graphics Collection. 

To learn more, click here

 

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

Nighttime is a great time for exploring Budapest. With bars and after-dark activities, there’s plenty to do around the city once the sun does down. 

 

 

Below are a few things to do in Budapest in March at night. 


Enjoy the Night Life

There are a number of great bars and clubs to enjoy in Budapest.

Szimpla Kert is a kooky-atmosphere multi-level pub with a number of concerts every week. 

With two courtyards and eight bars, Instant is the biggest ruin bar in Budapest.

If you want a great view of the city, check out the 360 Bar, which features cocktails and an extensive wine list. 


Gellért Hill
If the cold doesn’t bother you, we recommend seeing the sunset from Gellért Hill. There’s a beautiful Garden of Philosophy on top, a peaceful place to see the sun go down. If you’re more of an early riser, you can also catch the sunset from there. It’s a beautiful view of the city! 


Late Night Bath Party

We mentioned some popular bathhouses to visit in the top 10 section above, but we want to highlight a cool thing that goes on in the Szechenyi Baths after dark on the weekends- bath parties! Starting in February and going through March, you can come out to enjoy the bathhouse after dark. It will feature electronic music, drinks, laser lights, and more. They are a great place to warm up hang out after dark and take place from 10:30pm-3am. 


Walk Along a Bridge

If you want a great view of the city, walk along the Széchenyi Chain Bridge connecting Buda and Pest. The view of the Danube is incredible at night and offers great photo opportunities of the city. 


Go to the Opera

The Hungarian State Opera in Budapest is well known for its opera and ballet shows. This month’s program includes a number of Italian operas with English and Hungarian subtitles but also productions for younger audience members, like baby sing-alongs great for families.

 

 

Currently, the opera house is closed until 2021 but they are doing productions in the Erkel Theater. Different venue, same great experience! To learn more and get your ticket, click here


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FREE THINGS TO DO

Budapest has plenty of free things to do! A lot of the items we’ve listed in other sections like seeing the sunset from Gellért Hill are completely free to do!

Here are a few more free activities to do in Budapest in March.

 

 


Visit Central Market Hall 

This indoor market is a great place to explore on a chilly day. At over 100,000 square feet, Central Market is Budapest’s most expansive indoor market and is a great place to shop for food and souvenirs. Shop meats, vegetables, desserts, and wines, and be sure to grab some paprika to take home!  

They are open every day except Sunday. 


Visit Heroes’ Square

An iconic landmark in Budapest, Heroes’ Square (Hősök Tere) is a must-see when visiting the city. It features the Millenial Monument, which includes a 36-meter column on which is a statue of the angel Gabriel. Around it are statues of notable men who made their mark on Hungarian history. 

This is one of the most photographed places in Budapest! 


Explore the Fisherman’s Bastion 

For one of the best views in the city, check out the Fisherman’s Bastion. It features  Neo-Romanesque lookout terraces and is located right across the river from the Parlament Building, so you’ll get a great view of that as well as the rest of the city. It’s free to visit, but if you want to explore the upper towers there is a charge. 


Visit the Buda Castle Gardens 

Buda Castle is a great place to stop on your visit to Budapest. While there is an entrance cost, you can explore the grounds and gardens for free! Although the garden is not in bloom this time of year, reviews from people who have visited in the winter say that the garden is a peaceful and impressive place to explore and relax in. 


Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica

St Stephen’s Basilica (Szt Istvan Bazilika) is one of the top attractions to see in Budapest. The most notable feature inside is the mummified right hand of the first Hungarian king, St Stephen (Istvan). 

 

 

The basilica has beautiful architecture and is knows for its incredible organ concerts. You can go up into the dome and get an amazing view f the city. 

Entering the basilica is free, and you can get tickets for tours for extra. To learn more, click here. 


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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MARCH

Budapest is super family-friendly! There are so many things to do, there is sure to be something to fit everyone’s tastes.

 

 

A few activities we’ve listed above are also kid-friendly, like attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade, so be sure to read through the other sections for more ideas.


Visit the Zoo

The Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world, opened in 1866. It has over a thousand species and welcomes over a million visitors every year. 

The weather in March is warming up, and the zoo is a great way to go out and explore with kids on a warmer day. 

The zoo is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday & Sunday 9am-5:30pm. Tickets are 3300 HUF for adults and 2200 HUF for children.


Visit the Parliament Building

The Parliament Building is an iconic landmark in Budapest. It’s impressive from the outside and beautiful inside. March is the perfect month to take a tour of it! Included with the purchase of a ticket is a 50-minute guided tour of the building. Children under 6 years can visit for free, just be sure to email them beforehand.

To purchase tickets and learn more, click here


Visit the Puppet Theater

The Budapest Puppet Theatre is one of the largest puppet Theatres in Central Europe and has been around since 1947. The puppet theater is a great experience for children and adults alike, with performances written by Hungarian and foreign writers as well.

You will enjoy an incredible display of puppets and beautiful music for both folk story-type shows and more contemporary productions. 

For prices and tickets, click here


Visit the Palace of Miracles

The Csodák Palotája, or Palace of Miracles, is a really cool, interactive museum that gets kids of all ages to participate in experiments! Their mission is to get kids to learn about the world and science in fun, relatable ways. There are themed exhibits each month so there’s something new to see no matter when you come. This is a great indoor activity to enjoy on a chilly March day!

To learn more, click here


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Top Things to Do in Budapest in February

This post covers the top things to do in Budapest in February (updated for 2020), including nighttime activities, free things to do, and family-friendly options.

Be sure to read our master post on things to do in Budapest for even more ideas.

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY

February is a great time to visit Budapest. While the weather is still a bit cold, there’s plenty to do inside as well. We’ve made a list below of the top 10 things to do in Budapest in February, with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for you to enjoy.


1. Tour the Parliament Building

The Parliament Building is an iconic landmark in Budapest. It’s impressive from the outside and beautiful inside. February is the perfect month to take a tour of it! Included with the purchase of a ticket is a 50-minute guided tour of the building. Children under 6 years can visit for free, just be sure to email them beforehand.

To purchase tickets and learn more, click here

 

 


2. Go to a Concert

Budapest has a number of great concerts each month. Notable performances in February include: 

Keep an eye out for more great concerts in Budapest.


3. See a Hungarian Dance Performance 

Feb. 29, 2020

Hungary is a country known for the art of folk dancing, and this performance is an incredible showcase of the country’s talent. This 1.5 hour performance (with intermission) at the Duna Palota Theater showcases the Danube Folk Ensemble, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, and Rajkó Folk Ensemble, 3 of the most highly regarded and professional Hungarian folk troupes.

The performance starts at 8pm, and you can learn more here

If you want to see more traditional Hungarian dancing, check out the Budapest Dance Festival in the kids’ section below


4. Mangalica Festival

Feb. 7-9, 2020

This food festival celebrates the Mangalica, a unique pig breed indigenous to Hungary. The festival takes place at the Szabadság tér near the Parliament in the city center. There will be plenty of food to taste, like Mangalica meat and sausage, but also other vendors with things like artisan cheese, honey, bread, and alcoholic drinks. This festival is free to attend and there will be free samples at a lot of the booths as well.

 

 

For more free things to do in Budapest in February, check out our free section below. 


5. Warm up in a Bath House

Budapest is well known for its bathhouses, even nicknamed “City of Spas”. They’re great places to enjoy a soak and warm up on a cold day! There are a number of bathhouses around the city, and each one caters to different tastes and ailments you might have. The most popular ones are:

 

 

Most bathhouse entry fees range from $10-$30 depending on the place and when you go.  


6. Take a Walking Tour!

There’s no better way to explore a new city than on foot! Explore the history and stories of Budapest on a free walking tour. You’ll have expert locals guides showing you around and teaching you things the guidebooks can’t tell you. They are great for all ages!

 

 

For more family-friendly ideas, check out our things to do with kids section.


7. Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day? Try a romantic dinner cruise or wine tasting experience!

 

 

See the sights illuminated at night on this 2-hour cruise on the Danube with live music. The wine tasting includes samples of 7 Hungarian wines, while the dinner option is a buffet with vegetarian options as well. 

Reserve your tickets here.


8. Visit the Invisible Exhibition 

This exhibit lets your senses awaken as you participate in activities in total darkness. For the “invisible” experience, choose from an Italian dinner, a wine tasting, and a team-building exercise. Make your way through each experience with just touch, sounds, and scent. Tours come in a variety of languages!

If this sounds intriguing, check out more and book your experience here


9. Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica

St Stephen’s Basilica (Szt Istvan Bazilika) is one of the top attractions to see in Budapest. The most notable feature inside is the mummified right hand of the first Hungarian king, St Stephen (Istvan). 

 

The basilica has beautiful architecture and is knows for its incredible organ concerts. You can go up into the dome and get an amazing view f the city. 

Entering the basilica is free, and you can get tickets for tours for extra. To learn more, click here. 


10. Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts

Built between 1900-1906, the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts is in Heroes’ Square and has over 100,000 pieces of art.

The art collection is made up of international art and is showcased in 6 departments: Egyptian, Antique, Old Sculpture Gallery, Old Master Paintings Gallery, Modern Collection, and Graphics Collection. 

To learn more, click here

 

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

Nighttime is a great time for exploring Budapest. With bars and after-dark activities, there’s plenty to do around the city once the sun does down. 

 

 

Below are a few things to do in Budapest in February at night. 


Enjoy the Night Life

There are a number of great bars and clubs to enjoy in Budapest.

Szimpla Kert is a kooky-atmosphere multi-level pub with a number of concerts every week. 

With two courtyards and eight bars, Instant is the biggest ruin bar in Budapest.

If you want a great view of the city, check out the 360 Bar, which features cocktails and an extensive wine list. 


Gellért Hill
If the cold doesn’t bother you, we recommend seeing the sunset from Gellért Hill. There’s a beautiful Garden of Philosophy on top, a peaceful place to see the sun go down. If you’re more of an early riser, you can also catch the sunset from there. It’s a beautiful view of the city! 


Walk Along a Bridge

If you want a great view of the city, walk along the Széchenyi Chain Bridge connecting Buda and Pest. The view of the Danube is incredible at night and offers great photo opportunities of the city. 


Go to the Opera

The Hungarian State Opera in Budapest is well known for its opera and ballet shows. This month’s program includes a number of Italian operas with English and Hungarian subtitles but also productions for younger audience members, like baby sing-alongs great for families.

 

 

Currently, the opera house is closed until 2021 but they are doing productions in the Erkel Theater. Different venue, same great experience! To learn more and get your ticket, click here


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FREE THINGS TO DO

Budapest has plenty of free things to do! A lot of the items we’ve listed in other sections like seeing the sunset from Gellért Hill are completely free to do!

Here are a few more free activities to do in Budapest in February.

 

 


Visit Central Market Hall 

This indoor market is a great place to explore on a chilly day. At over 100,000 square feet, Central Market is Budapest’s most expansive indoor market and is a great place to shop for food and souvenirs. Shop meats, vegetables, desserts, and wines, and be sure to grab some paprika to take home!  

They are open every day except Sunday. 


Visit Heroes’ Square

An iconic landmark in Budapest, Heroes’ Square (Hősök Tere) is a must-see when visiting the city. It features the Millenial Monument, which includes a 36-meter column on which is a statue of the angel Gabriel. Around it are statues of notable men who made their mark on Hungarian history. 

This is one of the most photographed places in Budapest! 


Explore the Fisherman’s Bastion 

For one of the best views in the city, check out the Fisherman’s Bastion. It features  Neo-Romanesque lookout terraces and is located right across the river from the Parlament Building, so you’ll get a great view of that as well as the rest of the city. It’s free to visit, but if you want to explore the upper towers there is a charge. 


Visit the Buda Castle Gardens

Buda Castle is a great place to stop on your visit to Budapest. While there is an entrance cost, you can explore the grounds and gardens for free! Although the garden is not in bloom this time of year, reviews from people who have visited in the winter say that the garden is a peaceful and impressive place to explore and relax in. 


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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN FEBRUARY

Budapest is super family-friendly! There are so many things to do, there is sure to be something to fit everyone’s tastes.

 

 

A few activities we’ve listed above are also kid-friendly, like the Mangalica festival, so be sure to read through the other sections for more ideas.


Bear Carnival in the Zoo

Feb. 1-3, 2020

Taking place at the Zoo and Botanical Garden is Hungary’s version of Groundhog’s Day, but with a bear and its shadow- will it see it? This special carnival will celebrate bears, with plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy. Programs take place at the Varázshegy/Magic Hill between 10am -3pm (15:00) each day.  There will be mask making, face painting, and storytelling. There’s also a special animal show each day of the event!

Admission: 200 HUF for kids under 14 years if they arrive in bear costume or bring a toy bear.


Go Ice Skating

Two great places to go ice staking in Budapest are:

Rinks will stay open until the end of February, so you have time to check out both!


Visit the Puppet Theater

The Budapest Puppet Theatre is one of the largest puppet Theatres in Central Europe and has been around since 1947. The puppet theater is a great experience for children and adults alike, with performances written by Hungarian and foreign writers as well.

You will enjoy an incredible display of puppets and beautiful music for both folk story-type shows and more contemporary productions. 

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Budapest Dance Festival

Feb. 27- Mar. 11, 2020

The Budapest Dance Festival is an annual festival that features an array of dance, including folk, contemporary, and ballet. Local and international dance companies will be putting on performances in venues all around the city. Whether your a dance enthusiast or simply curious, this festival is a great way to immerse yourself in the dance scene. 

Find out more click here.


Visit the Palace of Miracles

The Csodák Palotája, or Palace of Miracles, is a really cool, interactive museum that gets kids of all ages to participate in experiments! Their mission is to get kids to learn about the world and science in fun, relatable ways. There are themed exhibits each month so there’s something new to see no matter when you come. This is a great indoor activity to enjoy on a cold February day!

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