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11 THINGS TO DO IN HUNGARY

Sziget Festival

August 08–15, 2018 • event

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

Flea Markets

all year round • activity

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

Kelenföld Power Station Visit

all year round • activity

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

Ruin Pubs

all year round • activity

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

Cruising the Danube

March–October • activity

A romantic way to see the greatest sights of Budapest

Országos Kéktúra

August–September • activity

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

Margitsziget

April–October • activity

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

Aggtelek Caves

April–October • activity

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

Hortobágy National Park

March–November • nature

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

Hiking in Budapest

May–September • activity

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

Lavender Fields and Butterfly Valley

June–August • nature

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

23 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Busójárás

February 08–13, 2018 • 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

Széchenyi Thermal Bath—Winter Warm-up

November–March • activity

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

Húsvéti Locsolkodás or Wet Monday

April 02, 2018 • 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

Festival of Folk Arts

August 17–20, 2017 • event

Challenge yourself in blacksmithing, woodcarving, or feltmaking!

The Red Bull Air Race

July 01–02, 2017 • event

When getting too tired from walking around the city, take a seat on the bank of Danube and support your favourite air racer

Christmas Markets

mid-November–early January • activity

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

CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

October 06–22, 2017 • event

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

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

Paprika Harvest

September–October • food

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

City Park Ice Rink

late November–February • activity

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

Christmas Bejgli

December 24–December 25 • food

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

Mangalica Festival

February 10–12, 2018 • event

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

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

July 26–29, 2018 • event

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

Balaton Sound

July 04–08, 2018 • event

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

Flora of Sas-hegy

April–May • nature

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

Mézeskalács or Honey Biscuits

December 24–December 25 | February 14 • food

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

Kürtőskalács or Sekler Cake Festival

October 09–11, 2018 • event

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

Hortobágy Birdwatching

October–November • nature

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

Pálinka

September–May • food

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

Honey Relishing

September • food

Hungarian producers offer quite a variety of honey

Easter Food

April 01, 2018 • food

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

Michael Jackson Memorial Tree

August 29 • event

Celebrate Michael Jackson's birthday near his memorial tree