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When to travel to Budapest

by Lóránt Dénes

Are you unsure when to travel to Hungary? We will show you step by step, how is the weather each month in Hungary, and the things to do during them.

Why Hungary?

When you have to go

The world is opening to us more and more, and we are getting more chances to discover it. Low-cost airlines and affordable accommodations allow each year more people to choose tourism as a hobby. It’s thanks to this that these past few years one of the most fun ways to spend our free time became a trend.

Hundreds and thousands of bloggers, influencers document their travels on different social media platforms. They not only play a huge role in increasing tourisms popularity, but it’s also thanks to them that many people can thick off items on their bucket lists so quickly.

In today’s world we often forget that we don’t travel for others, for Instagram, but for ourselves, and the discoveries are for us. A trip isn’t great from uploading the prettiest, best aligned, filtered to the max images to our profiles. It is to receive, to inhale a place, people, to go with the flow, to let the feelings leave a footprint in us, these are the things that make a holiday great. And the forever lost packages.

The desired side effects

The more places we get to, the more we can feel that our personality becomes more complex. To become part of a foreign community, even if it is only for a short time, reveals new perspectives to us. We look at the people, communities that we directly interact with differently.

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A family trip makes a bond between the family members, that can not be compared to anything else. New worlds open up to children, and the parents using these fresh experiences can become spontaneous tour guides for their kids. It’s also a good opportunity to remember why we love our children so much.

No place like home?

There is no reason not to see the world, anytime we get a chance. But only a lucky handful of people get to point at a map anytime and anywhere, when selecting a destination. And this is why it matters how we make a decision for our next destination.

As I mentioned earlier, tourism is no longer limited, and there are less and less places that aren’t visited. However, this also means that visiting some places that are highly frequented by tourists can be a good idea in terms of their popularity. Just think of Venice, where it’s almost impossible to get in, and the crowds really take away from the experience, that the city itself would give. But this is also true of the Maya Bay in Thailand, which was introduced in the movie “The Beach” in 2000, and since then tourists has completely destroyed, and it is now completely closed until 2020.

Public safety is also becoming a more important aspect when selecting a destination. Terrorism doesn’t spare popular tourist spots, they even consider them as a special target. The growing weather anomalies can also hide danger in certain locations. But of course don’t let this ruin your mood.

There are many places in the world, when you can travel without worries. There are many special places, where fulfill all kinds of travelling motivations, are filled with attractions, the locals are friendly, each seasons there is a different reason to visit, and where people are happy to return to many times.

I know a place like this: it’s called Hungary

There is everything

This small Central European country is a popular pick among travellers, which is proven by the growing number of visitors each year. This is no accident of course. The country is made unique by its rich culture, history, interesting natural surroundings, exciting gastronomy and spectacular architecture.

The level of services are constantly improving and the diversity of programs is also an attraction. We can find activities and things to discover at any time of the year here. Hungary can be our haven when we are looking for peace and want to get away from the noise. Any age can find an activity that they like, doesn’t matter whether it’s a long or short trip, in the well deservingly famous capital, Budapest, or the rural locations that offer different alternatives.

It’s difficult to make a list on why is it worth to come back to Hungary over and over again, I wouldn’t even attempt this. But I will definitely attempt to give a taste of all the things that attracted so many travellers here, that make this country so special and deserving of the attention.

We are here!

By plane we arrive at the Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest. From here we can travel by train, airport express bus or with an official airport taxi. Public transportation in the capital is well organised, and has a dense network – bus, tram, metro, trolley, cogwheel, chairlifts, cable car.

The easiest way to get to rural areas is by bus or train – InterCity. A number of cities around Budapest can also be reached by boats that travel down Danube, which cuts the capital in half. In the event that we choose to rent a car for greater freedom, there are six motorways available. Using these, we can almost get anywhere.

Now let’s look at how the country can be our oyster!

Hungary is a four seasoned adventure!

It’s worth to visit Hungary, because without fail, you can relax here any month and there are always many programs and attractions.

January

weather in january
Budapest-Teréz körút

The first month of the year is a great time to get some rest after the holidays, and Hungary provides a great location for this.

The weather in January:

January is usually the coldest month in Hungary. However, due to global warming, winter is getting milder in Hungary, and often it’s only during the night that the temperature drops below zero. Snowing is also becoming rarer in Budapest and in the Great Hungarian Plain, it’s more common in the mountains. If we are unlucky, we might end up in winter’s coldest month. Warm coat, hat and scarf is a must. But don’t let the bad weather ruin your mood.

Max. temperature recorded in January (°C): 18,1
Average max. temperature in January (°C): 1,2
Average temperature in January (°C): -1,6
Average min. temperature in January (°C): -4,0
Min. temperature recorded in January (°C): -25,6
Average precipitation in January (mm): 39
Average hours of sunshine in January: 55
Time of sunrise in January: 07:26
Time of sunset in January: 16:18

Things to do in Budapest in January

Thermal Baths

So this month itself is cold, but we don’t have to put ourselves through that. The most ideal hiding place at this time is a warm thermal bath. Since the 19th century, Budapest is a spa town. The thermal water springs surrounding the capital pamper bathers with over 70 million litres of warm thermal water each day.

Thermal baths recommended by me.

There are 15 thermal baths available in the city for the people who are interested. The most well-known among these are: Rudas, Dandár, Szent Lukács, Dagály, Széchenyi and Gellért thermal baths.

Besides the great feeling of floating in thermal water and forgetting all of our problems, these baths also offer relief to many joints and other pains and illnesses. But there isn’t only this calm way to spend our time in the baths.

Some baths during the weekends – for example the  Széchenyi – host special spa-parties, creating a unique atmosphere by the classical architecture, the spectacular visual effects and the modern music for these great pool parties. Entrance is strictly for over 18s only!

Discounts after Christmas

However, if we gather our courage and get out in the city, we will be quick to forget about the gentle frost on our nose. January is the time of the year for discounts after Christmas in Budapest too.

The bigger shopping centers, the exclusive shops on Váci street is waiting for those who aren’t completely broke after the holiday of love, with great offers. At this time we may even buy late Christmas presents to our loved ones. We may even leave the selfish beast in us take over and finally spoil ourselves with things that we really enjoy. Because we deserve it!

City Park Ice Rink

City Park Ice Rink

For the bravest – even with family – a great program is skating in the City Park Ice Rink on a beautiful sunny day in January. The biggest outdoor ice rink is waiting for the lovers of ice in a unique location: the rink is located in the basin of the City Park Lake and has gone through major developments the past few years. You don’t need to bring equipment with yourself, ice skates can be rented at the spot. We can warm ourselves after the great exercise with a glass of fine mulled wine bought at the foot of the Vajdahunyad Castle.

In the countryside

If we would like to see a different side of the country, we don’t have to be scared of being bored in January even if we aren’t in Budapest.

Kékestető

The third most popular tourist attraction is the highest point in the country, the tip of the Mátra mountains, Kékestető. Many hotels and guesthouses are waiting for guests during the winter time too.

Kékestető
Kékestető – Tv tower

We can enjoy many different sports on the slopes, from skiing to snowboarding and sledging. If we aren’t scared of heights – if we are then it was a bad pick from the beginning -, we can climb the TV tower that can be found here, which gifts visitors with a breathtaking panoramic view. And if we spot Kékes’s secret, the Kékes Yeti, call the doctor immediately, because yetis don’t exist.

Magas-hegy

If we want a little less competition on the slopes, we can find similar adventures if we wander a bit further. Magas-hegy near Sátoraljaújhely is the treasure box of the Zempléni mountains. 2 km long slope, the longest ski lift in the country and unmatching natural beauty is waiting for the visitors. Warming buffet, adult and children slopes, ski renting, ski school complete the adventures.
Besides these an ice rink is available, which can also fulfill the requirements of hockey teams. And if the conditions aren’t ideal for skiing, there are many beautiful hiking trails near the area, where we can enjoy this amazing location.

February

Tabán in February
Tabán

The weather in February:

February is still a winter month and this is reflected by the average temperature (1,1 C°) and the precipitation rates. The number of hours of sunshine in February (84).

The weather is normally milder in February, compared to January, but there is a higher chance for snow and it is usually more windy. At places that lay lower the average number of snow days/year are 15-20, but on higher mountains this number goes up to 50-60.

Max. temperature recorded in February (°C): 19,7
Average max. temperature in February (°C): 4,5
Average temperature in February (°C): 1,1
Average min. temperature in February (°C): -1,7
Min. temperature recorded in February (°C): -23,4
Average precipitation in February (mm): 37
Average hours of sunshine in February: 84
Time of sunrise in February: 06:49
Time of sunset in February: 17:05

Things to do in Budapest in February

Despite the fact that the peak season is still far away, Budapest isn’t a quiet, abandoned place even in February.

Budapest Fish Festival

Although the weather is harsh, it’s worth the risk as we can already find many interesting outdoor activities. This is for example the yearly organised Budapest Fish Festival.

Fish gastronomy

The organisers who are determined to popularize fish gastronomy, prepare with concerts, amusement parks, aquariums and with hobby fishing as well. Over a hundred fish dish gets prepared, and we get to taste not only Hungarian but other foreign dishes too.

Bear Festival at the zoo

Children love animals, especially plushies. And they only love ones more, that remind them of their own plushies. So it isn’t an exaggeration to say that every kid loves bears. In February in the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden they can see so many bears that they will get bored of the plushies at home.

According to tradition, if on the second of february the weather is nice, and a bear looks at his shadow the winter is going to stay longer. However, if the weather is cloudy and the bear can’t see his own shadow, spring is coming soon.

The yearly Bear Festival at the zoo is built around this tradition. During feeding, the little ones can see brown bears, red pandas, south american coatis, polar bears. Besides this, the zoo prepares with many shows for children. And let’s be honest: adults love bears as well.

Hospital in the Rock

Even if the weather turns bad, don’t let it discourage you. You can’t go wrong while selecting from the capital’s multicoloured cultural palette. You can’t hide from bad weather better than underground. And Budapest has attractions here too. One of these is the Hospital in the Rock in the extensive cave system, which is under the Buda Castle, which operates today as a museum.

Hospital in the rock

From 1939 they began to strengthen the cave and convert it into a shelter. Due to the constant expansions, in 1944 the emergency hospital has opened. During the war, many doctors and nurses saved the lives of thousands of soldiers and civilians under awful conditions.
After the war it functioned as a vaccine warehouse, then after reconstruction as a hospital in the event of a chemical- or atomic attack, then as a civil defense warehouse.

Since 2007 it can be visited as a museum. The exhibit in it reveals the gory details of the war that has become well known from our history books, and it also provides insight into the construction of a highly classified facility. It would be a shame to miss it.

In the countryside

Busójárás

By February many of us will get sick of the cold and the dark, which also comes with the Hungarian winter. This is how the people of Mohács feel too, who say goodbye to the season and welcome spring from a tradition that dates back to the 18th century. This tradition is the busójárás.

During Farsang, the people from Mohács who celebrate this tradition put on a scary, hand carved mask and outfits to become a busó, or jankelék, to bury winter, through a loud and colourful carnival.

Through this couple of days long event we can get insight in a truly authentic Hungarian tradition, where the busós, stepping out from their normal everyday lives, become representatives of another world. The amazingly loud carnival is an integral part of this tradition, which together with the scary masks may scare the children, so we wouldn’t recommend it to them.

Miskolc Farsang Gastronomic Festival and Market.

Gastro-tourism in Hungary is constantly evolving, due to the colourful countryside areas that uniquely contribute to this. During the Farsang time, one of the biggest culinary events in the country, is the Miskolc Farsang Gastronomic Festival and Market.
Along with the carnival-like parade, there are concerts, fairs and exhibitions are waiting for the visitors. The main centre is the food though. At the market we can get fresh, tasty Hungarian ingredients and dishes, and among the hundreds of stand we can find specialties from different regions.
The sellers don’t just try to get customers, they compete as well in different cooking categories: victory comes with a serious prestige. It’s worth to come and visit and taste anything we can, as with every taste we get to know this area better.

March

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The weather in March:

This sneaky month is the hallway of spring, and this shows in the weather too. It’s not winter, but it isn’t spring yet. March is still characterized by the occurrence of wintery weather. Snowing at the beginning of the month isn’t unusual, but it doesn’t normally stay, melts within a day or two. Normally towards the second half of the month, winter finally gives up and spring arrives.

Max. temperature recorded in March (°C): 25,4
Average max. temperature in March (°C): 10,2
Average temperature in March (°C): 5,6
Average min. temperature in March (°C): 1,7
Min. temperature recorded in March (°C): -15,1
Average precipitation in March (mm): 37
Average hours of sunshine in March: 137
Time of sunrise in March: 05:56
Time of sunset in March: 17:47

Things to do in Budapest in March

We can see the sun a bit more, we worry less about bad weather, so it’s becoming more ideal to spend some time in the capital.

Hungarian State Opera

As the weather still isn’t fully trustworthy in March, it’s better if you prepaper with some indoor activities as well. An activity that makes you forget that you’re indoor, more so, a new and different location and time opens up. The shows at the Hungarian State Opera are great choice, if we want to get away from reality for a few hours.

Since it’s opening in 1884 it has become one of the most important character in the Hungarian cultural life. It has been through good and bad times, the Opera now lives its golden years. As a theatre that holds one of the largest amount of performances, the Hungarian and international performers bring the stage to life in classic performances, often with modern touches. This wonderful neorenessaince building on the Andrássy street, was designed by Miklós Ybl, and since 2017 it’s under renovation until 2020. In the meanwhile, the performances can be watched in the recently renovated Erkel Theatre, in similarly worthy environment.

St. Patrick’s day Festival

If the weather allows it, or we simply don’t accept the bad weather, there are plenty to do outdoors during March too. The diversity of Budapest is also proven by joining the world and running its own St. Patrick’s day Festival. Since its first run in 2011, it has been the biggest event in the area, and since then it has only grew. The focus point – similarly to the American version – in remembering the celtic religionist who has died on the 17th of March, 461, is dressing in green and walking in the festival behind the huge St. Patrick doll.

This march by hungarians, irish and many people from different countries is made authentic by the music from the traditional Irish bagpipes. At the end of the march concerts and gastro-programs are waiting for the visitors. And of course Guinness. A crazy amount of Guinness.

In the countryside

Debrecen, the college city, is the second largest city in the country. Along with the 30,000 students a growing number of tourists also visit here, as not only the city’s but its surrounding is worthy of attention too.

The Mangalica Festival of Debrecen

The locals, just like Hungarians in general, like their stomachs. Luckily, not just their own ones, and as they are particularly welcoming, whoever arrives in good weather, will not leave with an empty stomach.

Here is a bit of help for the good timing: The Mangalica Festival of Debrecen is on every March. The name comes from a pig. As in an actual animal, not some shady person. The mangalica is a traditional Hungarian pig breed, that was bred 200 years ago, which became pretty popular among farmers, as it is an undemanding breed, and despite this it has a great fat-producing ability, which is low in cholesterol. This breed almost disappeared in the 70s. Thanks to the hard work of the remaining breeders, since the 2000s mangalicas are back on top again, and this is greatly due to the yearly Mangalica Festivals.

The Hungarian eaters, then later the growing number of foreign visitors, can get to know this breed during the festival and can taste a huge variety of mangalica products, can buy directly from the breeders, and can enjoy the festival’s concerts. The also popular pálinka tasting comes with growing appetite and with great mood, which is great help on a festival like this. Hundreds of craftsmen also join with their portraits, so after a successful pálinka tasting we don’t have to leave empty handed. If we are open to pigs, then we should be here!

April

Budapest weather in April
Liberty bridge

The weather in April:

The month begins with April’s Fools day and although there is a possibility that the weather will fool as too, at this time the year spring is coming without a doubt. This month’s weather is known as whimsical among the Hungarians.

This statement is mainly based on how much the weather changes during a day. The night can be pretty cold with temperatures ranging between 0-5C°, while during the day we are spoilt with 20-22C°. (People with sensitive skin should prepare with suncream.) Spring rain is common in April, which is different from the summer rain, as it isn’t as intensive and lasts longer. It’s best to always carry an umbrella at this time.

Max. temperature recorded in April (°C): 30,2
Average max. temperature in April (°C): 16,3
Average temperature in April (°C): 11,1
Average min. temperature in April (°C): 6,3
Min. temperature recorded in April (°C): -4,6
Average precipitation in April (mm): 47
Average hours of sunshine in April: 182
Time of sunrise in April: 05:55
Time of sunset in April: 19:31

Things to do in Budapest in April

Budapest Spring Fair and Traditional Culture Festival

April is usually the month of Easter as well, which has serious traditions in Hungary. We can get to know these too at the yearly Budapest Spring Fair and Traditional Culture Festival. This event lasts almost the whole month. We can admire masterpieces from traditional hungarian craftsmen, which often brings a modern touch to the traditional elements, therefore they can serve for more than decoration.

We also have a chance to taste Hungarian kitchen, the main things are lángos, Hungarian black pudding-sausage or kürtőskalács. Many folk traditions are presented, and children are welcome to handcraft playhouses and children’s shows. The festival takes place at Vörösmarty square next to the Váci street.

Margitsziget

If we aren’t hungry and just want to take a lovely walk, there is no better place than the gem of the city, Margitsziget, which is surrounded by the Danube. This almost 3km long island is one of the most famous attractions in Budapest. It’s a real city oasis: the route leads us through huge ancient trees, wide meadows and beautiful flower beds, and there are various ways to spend time here.
We can look at the ruins of the Dominican monastery and the St. Michael Chapel, we can go up to the water tower, which gives a great view over the city and see the history if the water tower.

The japanese garden with its own special plants, lake, which houses goldfish, wild ducks and turtles, is an ideal place to get some rest. This small wild park is great fun with children as it is home to various birds, deer, doe and ponies. In nice weather kids might even be allowed to ride the ponies.

Top romantic places in Budapest

One of the most spectacular element of this island is the country’s largest musical fountain. The central water jet of this 1000 m2 fountain shoots up to 25 meters, and the water is illuminated by over 200 colourful lights. The water dances choreographically to music every hour, and when the sun sets, we can admire a laser projection that’s directed at a water wall. In addition, cafes and small buffets are welcoming visitors. Let’s live with the opportunities given by this island and get lost in its treasure box!

In the countryside

Szentendre

The city of arts is Szentendre. There aren’t many more inspiring locations than the Danube Bend. The river and the mountains that hug it are almost a kitschy piece of nature, so there is no surprise here. This city with mediterranean vibes is well taken care of by the locals. The Serbians, Dalmatians and Greeks who lived here after the Turkish were pushed out, left a great footprint with their architecture, which is the basis of the city’s everyday atmosphere.

Szentendre is a unique city. The walkways in the nearby Visegrádi mountain, the chance to play watersport on the Danube, the numerous museums, art galleries, spectacular restaurants give a great range of activities for many days. Especially if you plan to make a pit stop of the Szentendre Skanzen Village Museum, which gives home to the country’s different areas’ unique history, and is one of the few of its kind in Europe.

The village museum introduces 8 different Hungarian ethnographic landscapes, over 400 buildings and near 40000 ethnographic objects. This museum brings not only the architecture of different areas to life, but also the locals lifestyle and every days from the 18th to the 20th century.

Along with the priceless collection, many events and constant programs are welcoming the visitors. The Skanzen shows its size well, by the fact that the small train travels 35 km a day as it goes through 6 different stops. It’s a perfect pastime for families, and we get to look inside the life of the country’s rural people.

May

Széchenyi Baths

The weather in May:

Early summer. Might be one of the prettiest month of the year. The trees and meadows are filled with flowers, and nature comes alive. The birds sing, the country is filled with the birds returning to home. Mainly, one of the Hungarians’ favourite bird type, the storks, who build their nests on top of light poles on the countrysides.

We can still expect some rain in May, but it is only the rare spring downpour, that only last a little while. The rain in May always played a huge role in the hungarian agriculture, as the old hungarian saying goes:

“The rain in May brings gold.”

Max. temperature recorded in May (°C): 34,0
Average max. temperature in May (°C): 21,4
Average temperature in May (°C): 15,9
Average min. temperature in May (°C): 10,8
Min. temperature recorded in May (°C): -1,6
Average precipitation in May (mm): 65
Average hours of sunshine in May: 230
Time of sunrise in May: 05:06
Time of sunset in May: 20:12

Things to do in Budapest in May

Total Dance Festival

If May, than outdoors. More party places open their doors to people who came to have fun. The Budapest Park is Europe’s largest outdoor entertainment center, the main stage can take more than 10,000 people. It brings ecstatic fun with local and international performers and festivals all summer long. In May the park sets off, and opens the summer season with the Total Dance Festival.

Vengaboys

The Total Dance Festival is a huge retro craze, where legends from the 90s-2000s bring dance-heaven to Earth.
Dr. Alban, Haddaway, Vengaboys just to name a few from the long list of performers. As this event is always full, it’s important to get our tickets early!

Nagy Futam – The Great Race

The people of the capital have many reasons to complain this time, as May isn’t only the opening season to entertainment, but also the time to renovate. These usually come with road closures, which no one appreciates. However, there is one road closure that even the grumpiest person wouldn’t complain about: the closure due to the Nagy Futam. The Nagy Futam is a yearly, huge car-crazed nirvana event, which is attended by most of the Hungarian car- and motorsport celebrities, and of course many international racers also pay their respects.

People who love the smell of gas and burnt rubber can see tourcars, rally demonstrations, formula car messing, oldtimer parade and Dakar camions. One of the highlights of this four or more wheeled event, that is organised in the heart of the city, is the drive of an actual celebrities from Formula-1, which by itself can be louder than the rest of the people all together.

Nagy Futam – Max Verstappen

This event is free of charge, people with sensitive ears should bring earplugs, and the rest can just point fingers as there will be no need for any other communications.

In the countryside

In May, the weather tend to be nicer, so it’s handy to carry our sport shoes with us, as the country is filled with many locations that provide fabulous walks. One of these is Lővérek, which is next to Sopron.

Lővérek

Lővérek

The climate of this are is healing itself, so much so, that there is a heart sanatorium functioning here. At this portion of the Sopron Mountains, there are over 40 springs, 7 lakes and 20 streams. Six lookouts gives you the opportunity to have a look around from above, and it gives you a chance to see some wild boars as well.

Sportier people can walk the so called sport routes, where either the terrain gets more difficult, or there are other reasons that tire us out quicker. When we get bored of the trees, we can look admire the buildings of the villa area, which were built at the end of the XIX. century.

Tata Castle

As the country doesn’t suffer from lack of mountains and valleys, there are no complaints about the number of castles either. According to the official list there are 103 of these in Hungary.

The Tata Castle which is about an hour drive from Budapest, is one of the most remarkable among them. This water castle built on the banks of the Öreg-lake in the XV. century, played a key role in protection for westerners during the Turkish reign.  

Due to the castle not being completed the ruler changed many times, and one of the most interesting story from 1597, where it was taken back from the Turkish, is remembered every year by games in the castle, better known as Tatai Patara. The festival got its name from the battle technique that was used during the siege. A large, basically firecracker was used to blow open the gate of the castle. Among the programs, the most vital one is the replay of the siege of the castle, but there are many crafting activities, costumes from that era, and stands offering food and drinks from the renaissance world. The battle is very realistic, so it’s best to warn our kids that they don’t need to run away!

Tata – a baroque city filled with wonders

June

Budapest weather in June
Vajdahunyad Castle

The weather in June:

Here we are. Summer is officially here. June has all the summer characteristics, shown in the long days, and the sun high in the sky. June is also the most rainy month. We can often feel cool due to the heavily grown clouds and the heavy rain that is followed after it, that can last a couple of days. June is one of the most ideal month for those who would like to go hiking. During the second half of June, the weather starts getting hotter.

Max. temperature recorded in June (°C): 39,5
Average max. temperature in June (°C): 24,4
Average temperature in June (°C): 19,0
Average min. temperature in June (°C): 13,9
Min. temperature recorded in June (°C): 3,0
Average precipitation in June (mm): 70
Average hours of sunshine in June: 248
Time of sunrise in June: 04:45
Time of sunset in June: 20:42

Things to do in Budapest in June

The city boasts in its summer glory, and the night also becomes warm enough to spend our time outdoors. Of course don’t try to save money like this on your accommodation. 🙂

Long Nights of Museum

But we can bravely plan night activities. Such as the yearly organised Long Nights of Museum, which attracts a great crowd. It began in 1999 in France, and since 2003 Hungary also welcomes visitors once a year to a night with extended opening hours, discount tickets and numerous programs.

You can take part of this night in Budapest with a singular wristband, with which the buses that were specially organised for this event and connect the participating facilities, are free of charge in the duration of the Long Nights of Museum. We can gain entrance to many museums in the capital with this wristband, and we can get lost in the exhibitions of Hungarian National Gallery, Hungarian National Museum or the Center of Scientific Wonders. It would be a shame to miss a deal like this!

Swimming pools

The days can be uncomfortably hot and the easiest solution to this is visiting one of the capitals swimming pools. We can take our pick among numerous swimming pools as a shelter from the heat. One of the more popular ones among the people of Budapest is the Palatinus Strand Baths. With its children and elder friendly pools we can plan a family day here. On real hot days it does get quiet busy, and the entrance fee is considered more expensive to the Hungarian wallets.

One of the oldest and largest strands of the city is the Csillaghegyi Pool. Its three outdoor pools welcome visitors in a beautiful, park-like environment. After a great investment in 2018 the three outdoor swimming pool became complete with a modern, covered wellness area, where 12 differently functioning pools, finnish- and infra sauna, massage area, slides, restaurant and a pub was also established. There is literally everything here, that can help us forget about the heat.

In the countryside

Viewpoints

The world is different from the view of a bird. The sometimes chaotic life becomes a calming mosaic from above. And if we would like to take a look at the country’s wonderful mosaics, we can do so from many viewpoints. A hike can really get exciting if we change our perspectives and have a look at the road that we have travelled and the one that is still ahead of us. The highest point of the country is of course the tip of Mátra, Kékes, and the tv tower that functions as a viewpoint on top of it. This 180 m tall tower gives us a breathtaking view after 45 meters, and even if we are scared of heights it is worth a try. Three meters below this we can drink a cup of coffee, or perhaps a cold beer in the fully panoramic cafe.

One of my personal favourites is the Padkűi viewpoint, near Nemesvita which is located on the highland of Balaton. A wonderful hike leads us to the 408 m tall tip, and there are fresh forest fruits along the way which we can eat. The viewpoint itself was built in 2015, it’s a 19 m tall, great wooden construction.

The route is 10km there and back, so it’s mainly recommended to experienced hikers, but the view is really worth the effort. In clear weather you may see as far as the Somogy part of the Balaton, but even the forest itself is amazing, so it’s worth to spend our time here.

Prédikálószék viewpoint

Fortunately, we can pick among many viewpoints, for example the Prédikálószék, Tar-kő, a Péter-hegyese viewpoint, etc. knowing for sure, that we won’t regret visiting any of them.

VOLT Festival

This is also the month, where the festivals really begin. The first one is the 5 days long VOLT Festival organised in the Lővér Camping in Sopron, which is one of the largest music gathering in the country. The quality of the event is raised by Hungarian and international rock, electric, pop, heavy metal, hip hop and world music performers.

Volt festival
VOLT Festival – Sopron

In addition, theatrical performances, exhibitions, movie screenings, sport programs and round table talks colour the palette, and the beautiful surrounding is just the cherry on top. Each year more and more foreigners visit, which shows the festival’s prestige.

July

Budapest weather in July
Elizabeth Square – Akvárium

The weather in July:

The most noticeable change compared to the weather in June, is that the amount of clouds and the air’s humidity declines. It’s thanks to these changes that July is usually hotter than the other two summer months.

Summer is here! The hottest months of the year with August. Don’t be fooled by the “only” 20,8C° average temperature! The arithmetic mean of the temperatures measured at 06:00, 12:00, 18:00 and 24:00 o’clock gives the average daily temperature, and they use this data to count the average monthly temperature.

July is all bout the heat-wave, which gets pretty unbearable in the city. In the sun we often measure over 40 C°. If we aren’t careful we can easily burn within 10-15 minutes. It’s vital that we use suncream.

The constant and larger amount of liquid intake is also important, always carry water with yourself. To people who can’t handle the heat, the Mátra or Bükk Mountains may bring some relief, where it’s 3-5 C° cooler, then the other parts of the country. An air-conditioned apartment or hotel room is a must, as the temperature isn’t cool at night either.

Max. temperature recorded in July (°C): 40,7
Average max. temperature in July (°C): 26,5
Average temperature in July (°C): 20,8
Average min. temperature in July (°C): 15,4
Min. temperature recorded in July (°C): 5,9
Average precipitation in July (mm): 50
Average hours of sunshine in July: 274
Time of sunrise in July: 05:01
Time of sunset in July: 20:37

Things to do in Budapest in July

Festivals

In July there is an unstoppable festival season. Many foreigners visit our country at this time, as they get to party at numerous festivals all summer long. There is a wide variety and the organisers aren’t shy to step away from the traditional boundaries.

V4 Festival and Theatre Meeting

An example to this is the  V4 Festival and Theatre Meeting. This few days long festival is organised just bit away from Budapest, in Vác, where young and elder people, musicians, actors from the Visegrád Group – Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, get to meet each other. Besides the popular Hungarian bands – Margaret Island, Tankcsapda, Vad Fruttik, just to mention a few – there are many international performers.

Along with the music, theatre also plays a huge role. Street theatre, outdoor performers from Hungary and the other V4 countries. Social breakfast next to the strand, the following day in the hammock, all right next to the Danube. What more do you need?

EFOTT

National Tourism Meeting of University and College Students. (Egyetemisták és Főiskolások Országos Turisztikai Találkozója.) This is a bit long. How about: EFOTT? Yes, one of the country’s largest student festivals, the 6 days long event with over a 100 performers, where over 100,000 people party. The number of visitors grow each year, which isn’t only due to the growing number of programs, but also the quality. You can play sports, get sucked into gastronomical adventures, and the culture is also involved. For the fifth year in a row, college students craving to party gather at the Velencei Lake near the capital, where from outdoor cinemas to bungee jumping and theatre everything is available, so during these six days no one else matters, but themselves.

In the countryside

Balaton

During peak season it’s also worth to leave the capital and find peace at other parts of the country. Fortunately, we don’t have to look far to find it. Here is the alpha and omega of the summer, the Balaton. The biggest Central-European lake is such a great holiday spot, that I can’t even put it in words. But I can’t avoid it, not because it’s too big, but because it’s so GOOD!

Balaton tihany peninsula
Balaton – Tihany Peninsula

The past decade the accommodations and services surrounding the lake went through huge improvements. This is true for private accommodations as well as hotels. More and more start to focus on the time other than the peak season, as the Balaton can be great even if it’s not summer. July is peak season however, therefor many great events await the visitors.

Balaton Sound

One of the largest outdoor electronic music festival is the Balaton Sound, which fills the Zamárdi strand located at the south of Balaton with party people. Over a 100 global celebrities and app. 200 local performers entertain the visitors. The exclusivity, the premium feeling became main characteristics of this 5 days long festival.

If this isn’t enough, we can hope on the party boat, and we can dance to the music of a famous DJ on the middle of the lake.

The Sound has won twice the European Festivals Award in the mid-range category.

Lake Fertő

If Summer, than Balaton, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the water some other place. For example the Lake Fertő, which is part of the World Heritage, and lays in Fertő-Hansági National Park. Along with boat- and rowing tours we can also find one of Central-Europe’s largest cycling destination here.

Although the largest part of the lake belongs to Austria, therefore the best strands too, due to the free passage along the borders, it shouldn’t stop us.

Lake Tisza

Lake Tisza, located at the other end of the country is also liked by many tourists. Our second largest lake doesn’t only welcome people who want to swim, but also those who want to explore the are by foot, cycle, horse or through rowing. Beautiful arboretum, boat renting, water playground and many more reasons why it’s worth to visit Lake Tisza.

August

Budapest weather in August
Széchenyi Chain Bridge – Buda side

The weather in August:

It is still summer. Based on the averages from the last few years we can safely say, that August is one of the most changing weatherwise in Hungary. It’s not rare, that the hottest season comes at this time of the year. But it’s also possible that due to rain and cooler temperatures it becomes the coldest month of summer.

According to people’s and my own observation, after the 20th of August the temperature begins to drop and often this is when most of the August rain falls. This often lasts until the end of August, then at the beginning of September the temperature rises again.

TIP: Therefore it’s better to plan out holiday to the first half of August, rather than the second.

Max. temperature recorded in August (°C): 39,4
Average max. temperature in August (°C): 26,0
Average temperature in August (°C): 20,2
Average min. temperature in August (°C): 14,9
Min. temperature recorded in August (°C): 5,0
Average precipitation in August (mm): 50
Average hours of sunshine in August: 255
Time of sunrise in August: 05:39
Time of sunset in August: 19:56

Things to do in Budapest in August

Budapest Summer Festival

There is no drop in activities that attract the tourists during the last official month of summer. The Budapest Summer Festival is still on. The longest festival in Hungary, entertain the crowds with theater, ballet and opera shows, jazz and classical concerts, musicals, children’s shows at the Margitsziget and at the Városmajor Open-air Stage.

Formula-1 Hungarian Grand Prix

Forma1 Hungaroring
In 2018 Hamilton won the race

Those who look for something more exciting, can easily find it now. The Formula-1 Hungarian Grand Prix provides 4 days of adrenalin and motor noise at the Hungaroring. We can get in the pit lane, and get excited during various timed raced and the grand prix races.

The construction of the track places this race in Mogyoród among the more technical ones, where the excitement and event-rich competition is guaranteed. Nothing else can prove this better, than the fact that the Hungarian Grand Prix is one of the world’s top shows according to the attendance data.

Fireworks on the 20th of August

A symbolic closure of the summer are the fireworks on the 20th of August, which is a national holiday in memory of founding the country and King St. Stephen I., the founder. The founder was made a Saint on the 20th of August in 1083, and since this date there is always a method to remember St. Stephen in the history of Hungary.

In addition to military reverence, the Hungarian flag is raised before the Parliament, there is a patronage of the army, then on the afternoon the procession of the Szent Jobb around the St. Stephen Basilica.

The day ends with large fireworks shot above the Danube at 21.00. The musically choreographed show which can be seen from 3km brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the banks of the Danube.

Sziget Festival

The absolute gem of the festivals, is the Sziget Festival, at the hajógyári island.

It’s one of the largest and most popular multicultural music festivals in Europe, which lasts 7 days, on 60 stages, with over a 1000 performances making this location the continent’s party center for seven days.

Over a 100 different nationalities inhabit the island, who don’t only come for the concerts – more so, I personally know western-European people, who hasn’t left since his first Sziget. 🙂

Sziget Festival

The Sziget is an oasis, an oasis of culture and arts. There is circus, museum, different performances, art locations, anything we can imagine and more. Moreover, with a Sziget Citypass the capital also becomes a part of the festival, with its use partygoers can visit numerous attractions at a discount, therefore this craze reaches every part of the city.

In the countryside

Flower Carnival of Debrecen

The 20th of August doesn’t only reminds us of the fireworks, but the Flower Carnival of Debrecen. This popular cultural event attracts visitors for over 50 years. From word of the mouth, the number of people in the city doubles at the time of the carnival.

The carnival, which used to be a one day long event has now become a week, where visitors can take part in theatrical performances, children’s shows and concerts. The main attraction of the event is the parade that takes place on the national holiday, where a 5 meter tall and 10 meter long floral composition, made with hundred of thousands flowers, passes through the city along with cheerleaders, traditional groups, and local and international dancers.

To end the day, a huge show is organised at the Nagyerdei Stadium, with the help of over a thousand of dancers and other performers. The carnival week ends with a street party that lasts until dawn.

September

Budapest weather in September
Kopaszi gát

The weather in September:

Autumn is here, here again… Well, when the climate change doesn’t change its mind.

September with its many advantages can be a great month to those, who would like to have a calm trip in Hungary.

The capital isn’t as busy as in July-August. The hotel prices are pretty good too, especially near the Balaton, where September is counted as the after-season. People who don’t like 35-38 degrees heat waves, will really enjoy an early September trip to Hungary. It’s still warm, the sun doesn’t burn as hot and there is less rain, compared to the summer months.

September is filled with events too, so everyone can find something they like.

You can often feel the hint of summer in the September weather, with the temperature sometimes going over 30 degrees. But occasionally you can get some overnight frost during the end of the month.

Max. temperature recorded in September (°C): 35,2
Average max. temperature in September (°C): 22,1
Average temperature in September (°C): 16,4
Average min. temperature in September (°C): 11,5
Min. temperature recorded in September (°C): -3,1
Average precipitation in September (mm): 43
Average hours of sunshine in September: 197
Time of sunrise in September: 06:20
Time of sunset in September: 18:57

Things to do in Budapest in September

Budapest Wine Festival

Summer holiday is over, and the autumn harvest begins. For parents, this is one of the most rewarding time, where they can get some well deserved rest after having the kids for the whole summer. All this of course happens at the altar of wineculture.

Hungary outgrew the wine culture abuse in the last decades, and finally arrived in the world of quality wine production and consumption. The country-wide organised wine festivals and harvest parties are shining proof of this. Out of all of these, the yearly organised Budapest Wine Festival at the Buda Castle must be highlighted. The special location is no accident, this gives the base of the event’s quality: this isn’t where the hundreds of locals and international producers gives out a taster from a plastic bottle to people.

Of course you can do more than tasting, there are different programs, talks are waiting for you on 4 stages, and over fifty different dance- and traditional group, musicians and artists are filling up the program list. The organisers – for their own benefits too – set up many gastronomic stands at the event. This festival is a very good even to start fall, where we can pick out our weapons against the coming dark and cold days.

Sweet Days

An even more endorphin enhancer event is the country’s largest sweet festival, the Sweet Days. At this event, which has been in existence since 2011, hundreds of thousands confectioners, producers and distributors have shown off their thematic products. We can try lots of handmade, unique desserts here, and many masters bring their new creations here. Hedonism isn’t the only main thing, professional meetups are also happening with famous Swiss masters or for example the founders of the London Chocolate Academy.

The main sponsor of this event is the Hungarian Dental Association. Ha, just kidding.

In the countryside

Harvest isn’t only a main topic in the capital, there are many events and parties are based on it around the rest of the country’s wine regions.

Harvest Days in Tihany

It is proven now, that Balaton isn’t only attractive during the summer season. One of Balaton’s prettiest and coziest cities is Tihany. The village of the Peninsula in Tihany has everything a man can wish for: a beautiful harbour, forests, hills and a hearty echo. They welcome tourists with events such as the Harvest Days in Tihany.

The locals prepare with dancing-music shows, children’s activities, which attracts a huge interest. Hussars and herdsmen go through the streets of Tihany, along with the local women choir and band. This two day event is concluded in a ball. This specially gifted place mixed with wonderful wines is a once in a life opportunity for a quality way to spend your time.

“The Harvest” Festival in Eger

As a traditional wine area, Eger doesn’t fall behind either. “The Harvest”( A Szüret) named fall festival in the Valley of Beautiful Women next to Eger, doesn’t need to be humble about its name. This valley is one of the country’s most well-known and popular wine spots, it makes a perfect location to enjoy the wine and various food from the area.

The atmosphere is further improved by the decorative lampions in the area, where we can pop down into a bean bag chair to enjoy the juices of this mountain.

The event however can’t leave out our traditions either, so the székely food specialties, traditional programs, folk-dance groups and of course the harvest parade are all indispensable. Visitors heer get the full package, it doesn’t just fulfill all their needs, they are enriched with the experience.

October

Budapest weather in October
View of the Gellert Hill

The weather in October:

Apart from the Indian Summer, fall is unavoidably here. The weather during October in Hungary is typical fall-like. You no longer feel the heat from the summer, but signs of winter are only rarely seen. Since September the weather and the length of the days starts decreasing, fog and darker clouds increase. It’s good to start dressing in layers in October.

Max. temperature recorded in October (°C): 25,0
Average max. temperature in October (°C): 16,1
Average temperature in October (°C): 11,0
Average min. temperature in October (°C): 6,7
Min. temperature recorded in October (°C): -9,5
Average precipitation in October (mm): 47
Average hours of sunshine in October: 156
Time of sunrise in October: 07:01
Time of sunset in October: 17:56

Things to do in Budapest in October

National Gallop

We don’t have to get sad, Indian Summer lasts longer than a few days, so we will have plenty of chances to have some fun. Such as a horse race. Of course, I don’t mean a “simple” race, I’m talking about the National Gallop, where riders and their horses test themselves since over a decade.

This two days long event organised on Heroes Square and its area is the celebration of Hungarian equestrial traditions. The first gallop in 2008, was dedicated in memory of the hussars – equestrial soldiers of Hungary from the 15th century.

The main goal of this event is to nurture the national traditions, as hungarians are an ancient equestrial nation who came from Asia, and to build the community between the capital and the countryside.

Different era’s horsemanship are introduced, there are carriage-driving races, herdsman and trainer performances. During the Vágta Korzó, the participating areas show off their handcrafted traditions, their national costumes and attractions from their cities, towns.

The riders from over a 100 signed up regions  proved through 16 regional races that they are ready to race for the title in the capital and win the Arany Sarkantyú (Golden Spur), and some serious cash prize. This also provides the high-level of the competition. This stand-alone event is one of the most important and exciting cultural attraction, each year with a full house, so if we are looking to make a life-long memory during fall in Hungary, then the National Gallop is a must.

Sausage Festival

Two birds with one stone? Who doesn’t like that deal? Well, we don’t have to look any longer as the yearly Sausage Festival in the Hungarian Railway Museum gifts us with two wonderful opportunities at once. Fall isn’t only about the harvest, it is also the time to kill the pig. As there aren’t many chances to keep pigs in the capital, the rural owners provide an invaluable assistance during these 3 days to offer fresh, unique and amazingly tasty food to the visitors.

Besides the obvious sausage and pudding, there is bacon, all kinds of pork, homemade cheese, spices, kürtőskalács, pumpkin, honey, jam and many more homemade product. We won’t stay sober… I mean thirsty, as it isn’t polite during the Hungarian pig-killing. Pálinka- and beer brewers, as well as wineries, are taking care of the good mood and the constant appetite.

Besides all of these we can look at over hundreds of vehicles, huge field tables and railway model exhibitions in the Hungarian Railway Museum. What more could we want?

In the countryside

Danube Bend Wine- and Pálinka Festival

High quality alcohol + concerts = guaranteed fun. And if all this happens on a pretty spot like Vác, then there is no going back! The Dunakanyar Bor- és Pálinkafesztivál (Danube Bend Wine- and Pálinka Festival) provides the traditional Hungarian distrillaries and music at one spot. Concerts, dance shows, tasty foods, some wine and sometimes even more pálinka shakes up the everydays of the Danube Bend for three days.

Villányi Red Wine Festival

When someone sits in a restaurant in Hungary, there is a good chance they are going to be offered some wine from the villányi borvidék, as great quality drinks come from here. And their red wines are especially unique.
Good wine doesn’t require a sign, and the people of Villány don’t see the Villányi Red Wine Festival as a promotional tool either, they just want to treat the thousands of visitors. Yes, over ten thousand people visit during yearly wine event, where we don’t only get to taste red wines, but matching dishes too, and we can enjoy street theatres and the performances of traditional groups, all this in a beautiful environment and a friendly neighbourhood.

November

Budapest weather in November
Danube Promenade

The weather in November:

Let’s not lie, this is the month where fall becomes winter, and we get plenty of rain.

Due to global warming it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell what kind of weather to expect each month. There are too many different occasions. For example, in 2018 November was very mild, almost like a spring-type fall in Hungary. There were times where the temperature showed 21,6 degrees in Budapest. Towards the end of the month winter has finally arrived and the country was covered in snow. Some places measured -10 degrees at dawn.

Usually during November we can strongly sense the coming winter. Especially towards the end of the month due to a large drop in temperature, which sometimes partners with wet weather and brings the first snow in flatter areas.

Max. temperature recorded in November (°C): 22,6
Average max. temperature in November (°C): 8,1
Average temperature in November (°C): 4,8
Average min. temperature in November (°C): 2,1
Min. temperature recorded in November (°C): -16,4
Average precipitation in November (mm): 60
Average hours of sunshine in November: 67
Time of sunrise in November: 06:47
Time of sunset in November: 16:08

Things to do in Budapest in November

Tematic city walks

In exchange the fall coloured capital helps us forget about the decreasing length of days. During fall Budapest becomes a city with a special atmosphere. It quiets and slows down, but it never goes gray. You don’t believe me? Pick any of the various thematic city walks that the city offers and you will see!

Budapest Városliget
Városliget

We get to look inside how and where people in the old Buda used to prepare for the holidays, where did the rich people throw their balls. If the early night doesn’t ruin our mood, we can admire the lights of the night on a walk of the history of public lightning, we can find out what was the candle service, or torch ticket, all while enjoying the downtown night. But we can also find out about the history of Europe’s first public park, the Városliget, while wandering around.

Boat tours

We have other options other than walking to enjoy Budapest. We can get on a boat and float on the Danube to enjoy a beautiful sunset, while on the two sides of the river a priceless panorama surrounds the night. The boats providing these services are welcoming visitors all month long.

In the countryside

Gastro Walk in Etyek

If November, then St. Martin’s day. St. Martin’s day is the last day of the Christmas Lent, therefor the Hungarian traditions build around the calories. According to the believes, feasts on St. Martin’s day guarantee an abundance in the coming year. The proverb goes: “He, who doesn’t eat a goose on St. Martin’s day, will starve all year long”, so around this time the number of gooses really do drop in the country.

This is also the time when the winemakers taste their new wines, so feasting is unavoidable. And one of the best spots for this is the Gastro Walk in Etyek, where during the St. Martin’s Day Libadalom everything that’s made of goose is edible. There is töltött libanyak (filled goose throat), tárkonyos libaleves (tarragon goose soup), libahúsos palacsinta (goose pancake), and of course the traditional Hungarian goose liver, which doesn’t even need to be mentioned.

One of the “infamous” programs during this event is the goose run, where you have to chase your own, or a leased bird among the grape vines. It’s great fun, you have to try. After the Libadalom we can view and buy the local handcrafts at the open cellars.

Gardália

Balaton doesn’t sleep even through autumn, especially Tihany gets real exciting mid-November. As this is the time to fish the typical fish of the upper Balaton region.

For Tihany it was always important to catch this fish, and it was the fishing past of this town that encouraged the start of the first Sabre Carp Festival, the Gardália  in Tihany in 2002. The festival livens up through the fishing traditions and the different methods of preparing the sabre carp.

One of the most interesting elements is the fishing viewing, where guests of the festivals can follow the hard work of the fishers on a boat on the lake. In addition amateur musicians, handcraft activities, music-dancing shows and concerts enrich the festival. It’s a very unique fall event!

December

Budapest weather in December
Normafa

The weather in December:

The big lettered winter, the snow of Christmas. According to meteorology, December is our first winter month. But the winter feeling mainly shows in the short days, many clouds, common fog. Among our three winter months, December is viewed as the mildest.

December is the prettiest month of winter. Especially in Budapest, where the Christmas lights illuminate the snowy streets of the city.

Max. temperature recorded in December (°C): 19,3
Average max. temperature in December (°C): 3,1
Average temperature in December (°C): 0,4
Average min. temperature in December (°C): -1,8
Min. temperature recorded in December (°C): -20,8
Average precipitation in December (mm): 49
Average hours of sunshine in December: 48
Time of sunrise in December: 07:23
Time of sunset in December: 15:52

Things to do in Budapest in December

It’s no surprise that the majority of the programs in December focus on the coming holidays, as the bigger shopping centers are decorated in Christmas style almost since October.

Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival

Among these attractions, the basic is the Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival at Vörösmarty Square. It’s one of the 10 prettiest Christmas fairs in Europe, which attracts over 900 thousand (!) tourists a year to the capital. It’s no accident: the whole fair is like a Christmas card that came alive.

Well decorated wooden stands, holiday songs, amazing aromas, you’re not even a human if you can get away from its magic. One of the most important fact about the fair, that it has no garbage products. From the most traditional handcrafted product, to a modern design, sweet or fur hat, all uses high quality materials and is done with utmost care. We can find real gifts in this fair, which won’t struggle to bring a smile on someone’s face.

The fair is special on a gastronomical level too, as it has a serious past and famous chefs take care of the visitors, which only raises its already high quality. We can try traditional Hungarian menus through these professionals presentations, which makes us sure, whatever is advertised as a traditional Hungarian meal, it really is. Numerous Hungarian wine maker also attends this event, which is great because we can taste different wines from various spots of the country in one location.

The Christmas fair at Vörösmarty square is one of the highlights of the capital’s winter.

Shopping

When we are thinking about Christmas shopping the first place that comes to mind is the shopping center.

Design shops

Forget about these for a moment, as in the capital you can find numerous places where you can spend a crazy amount of money on your loved ones. For example the design shops in Budapest. Interior designs, clothes, gadgets, thingies in modern and unconventional designs, and if we would like to surprise our loved ones with something like this, then we must go here.

Galleries and vintage shops

If we are looking for something more classic, then the Pozsonyi and the Falk Miksa streets’ galleries and vintage shops are worth to visit. This area is a treasure box, antic furniture, statues, paintings and many other treasure waits to be found, and they have already proven their durability.

Luxury shops

And if we are in the mood for luxury, then we will have an easy job finding presents at the Andrássy and Váci streets’ luxury shops selling world brands. The most well-known fashion brands, watch manufacturers, tailors can be found here, and if we not only want to give a gift but also show off, this is our spot!

Snow covered Budapest

Although there is no guarantee, but if the weather allows it, the snow covered Budapest is also an attraction in itself. The hills on Buda’s side, the Gellérthegy, Normafa or the Városliget invites us on a walk, and if the sun is out everything pushes us to explore the city by foot, find the best mulled wine and sit at the banks of the Danube to enjoy the view.

New Year’s Eve in Budapest

Let’s not forget about New Year’s Eve either. We can find many new year’s eve parties in Budapest, especially in the 5th district, the party district.

Budapest New Year's Eve

If we don’t like crazy parties that last until dawn, then spend the last day of the year on a romantic boat trip on the Danube! Delicious dishes, unlimited drinks, retro parties and an unforgettable Danube panorama! It’s guaranteed to be the best moment, when on new year’s eve on the middle of Danube, with good company, great music, delicious drinks we get to admire Budapest illuminated in the night lights, while over hundreds of fireworks colour the starry sky.

In the countryside

Hungarian wellness hotels

If we want to steer clear from the crowds of December, thousands of countryside shelters await us. The wellness tourism has greatly improved in the last decade, the quality of the services and programs are constantly growing. We all deserve some pampering, and the workers of the Hungarian wellness hotels not only know this, but also takes on our physical and mental well being.

Whether it’s Mátra, or the immediate neighbour of Hortobágy, the Balaton or Alföld, we can almost find a wellness accommodation that fulfills all of our needs, where baths, professional masseurs, beauticians, personal trainers, physicians, different therapies and excellent dishes-drinks provide the perfect recharge. It’s even more recommended before and after the holidays!

See how quick a year flew by? But we could do so much more! No excuses, you have to come here. You have to see it. You have to try it. You have to taste it. Have to try it on, have to show it off. Have to jump right in. Have to dance to it. Anytime, anything, the point, it’s here: in Hungary!

Monthly characteristics of the Hungarian climate:

Monthly characteristics of the Hungarian climate

How to read the table

  • Record max. temperature (°C):  the highest ever recorded temperature in the given month.
  • Average max. temperature (°C): the highest average recorded temperature in the given month.
  • Average temperature (°C):  The arithmetic mean of the temperatures measured at 06:00, 12:00, 18:00 and 24:00 o’clock gives the average daily temperature, and they use this data to count the average monthly temperature.
  • Average min. temperature (°C): the lowest average recorded temperature in the given month.
  • Record min. temperature (°C):  the lowest ever recorded temperature in the given month.
  • Average precipitation (mm): the average amount of precipitation in the given month.
  • Hours of sun in the month: the hours of sunshine recorded in the given month.
  • Sunrise:  The average expected time of sunrise in the given month
  • Sunset: The average expected time of sunset in the given month

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