Best time to visit Hungary

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Best time of year to visit Hungary

Picturesque Lake Balaton, the Danube cruises, exploring nature in Hortobágy National Park—there are many things to do in Hungary at any time of year. The best time to visit Hungary depends on your travel interests. November and December are excellent for birdwatching and holiday shopping at Budapest Christmas Market, as well as dipping in thermal baths. In February or early March, visitors can see Busójárás, a 500-year-old​ festival with bonfires and scary monsters. Hungary's most popular Sziget music festival is traditionally held in August.

9 THINGS TO DO IN HUNGARY (DECEMBER 22 - DECEMBER 31)

Ruin Pubs

Ruin Pubs

all year round • activity

Most ruins across the world are about age, but ruins in Budapest are about pubs

Széchenyi Thermal Bath—Winter Warm-up

Széchenyi Thermal Bath—Winter Warm-up

November–March • activity

Chilly winter days are perfect for a swim in an outdoor bath in Budapest

Kelenföld Power Station Visit

Kelenföld Power Station Visit

all year round • activity

The collision of Art Deco architecture and abandoned technology under one roof

Flea Markets

Flea Markets

all year round • activity

Punk fashion, vintage watches, and 18th-century​ cups are waiting for their new owners

City Park Ice Rink

City Park Ice Rink

late November–February • activity

Sliding, gliding, skating, and skiing in front of a Neo-Baroque castle

Budapest Christmas Market

Budapest Christmas Market

mid-November–early January • event

Open an Advent calendar's window and welcome Christmas with Hungarians

Christmas Bejgli

Christmas Bejgli

December 24–December 25 • food

Poppy-seeds and walnuts are baked into specialty pastries for Christmas Eve

Mézeskalács or Honey Biscuits

Mézeskalács or Honey Biscuits

December 24–December 25 | February 14 • food

Sweet honey delicacies for a sweet Hungarian Christmas or St. Valentine's Day

Pálinka

Pálinka

September–May • food

Hungarians say "Pálinka in small amounts is a medicine, in large amounts a remedy"

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Busójárás

Busójárás

February 20–25, 2020 • event

500-year-old​ traditions with bonfires and parades of fearsome monsters unfold on the bank of the Danube making one of the strangest and most unforgettable events in Hungary

Sziget Festival

Sziget Festival

August 05–11, 2020 • event

The island of freedom is where almost half-a-million people from around a hundred countries meet

Húsvéti Locsolkodás or Wet Monday

Húsvéti Locsolkodás or Wet Monday

April 13, 2020 • event

'I was walking in a green forest, I saw a blue violet, it had started to wilt, may I sprinkle it?' – this is what the men ask the women on this holiday before sprinkling them with water

The Red Bull Air Race

The Red Bull Air Race

July 13–14, 2019 • event

When getting too tired from walking around the city, take a train to Zamárdi on Lake Balaton

CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

October 02–18, 2019 • event

Feel the spirit of Contemporary Art on the streets of ancient Budapest

Budapest Timewheel or Időkerék

Budapest Timewheel or Időkerék

December 31 • event

Time is a flow of glass particles in a Budapest park through the choke of a giant Timewheel

Festival of Folk Arts

Festival of Folk Arts

August 17–20, 2019 • event

Challenge yourself in blacksmithing, woodcarving, or feltmaking!

Flora of Sas-hegy

Flora of Sas-hegy

April–May • nature

Meet the gentle flora of the Ice Age on top of one of the Buda's hills

Cruising the Danube

Cruising the Danube

March–October • activity

A romantic way to see the greatest sights of Budapest

Mangalica Festival

Mangalica Festival

February 07–09, 2020 • event

Hungarian pigs are fed only with pasture plants, potatoes, and pumpkins in order to enhance the flavour of their meat

Paprika Harvest

Paprika Harvest

September–October • food

Add some spicy "red gold" to your visit in Hungary

Balaton Sound

Balaton Sound

July 08–12, 2020 • event

Don't miss the chance to see some of the biggest names in electronic music

Blooming of the Tisza

Blooming of the Tisza

May–early June • nature

Millions of mayflies emerge from the river, creating a spectacular fog. Don't miss this incredible nature phenomenon, which lasts for three-four days only

Hungarian F1 Grand Prix

Hungarian F1 Grand Prix

July 30–August 02, 2020 • event

Hungaroring, a tough and spectacular narrow circuit near Budapest, is loved by drivers and viewers

Easter (Húsvét)

Easter (Húsvét)

April 10–13, 2020 • event

The feast of Húsvét in Hungary is a cultural celebration involving folk arts and traditional foods

Lavender Fields and Butterfly Valley

Lavender Fields and Butterfly Valley

June–August • nature

Blooming lavender and dancing butterflies is a perfect combination for a romantic and magical trip

Margitsziget

Margitsziget

April–October • activity

A green gem of Budapest in the middle of the mighty Danube

Országos Kéktúra

Országos Kéktúra

August–September • activity

Challenge your feet and walk the oldest long distance path in Europe—the National Blue Trail

Aggtelek Caves

Aggtelek Caves

April–October • activity

Get acquainted with the underground world of Hungary and see huge stalactites above your head

Hortobágy National Park

Hortobágy National Park

March–November • nature

Hortobágy is the most traditional Hungarian landscape with its endless plains and archetypal houses

Kürtőskalács or Sekler Cake Festival

Kürtőskalács or Sekler Cake Festival

October 11–13, 2019 • event

You can't say you have been to Hungary, if you haven't tried this pastry

Hiking in Budapest

Hiking in Budapest

May–September • activity

Some light hiking within the city limits is a great activity between tasting Hungarian cuisine

Michael Jackson Memorial Tree

Michael Jackson Memorial Tree

August 29 • event

Celebrate Michael Jackson's birthday near his memorial tree

Hortobágy Birdwatching

Hortobágy Birdwatching

October–November • nature

Dress warm and prepare your camera for impressive pictures of gorgeous wild birds

Honey Relishing

Honey Relishing

September • food

Hungarian producers offer quite a variety of honey

Easter Food

Easter Food

April 12, 2020 • food

Sweet bread with salty ham and spicy dressing can be very extravagant for many, but not for Hungarians