National Gallop Budapest 2023

Nemzeti Vágta/National Gallop-An Equestrian Contest & Festival

Dates: September 30 – October 01, 2023

Location: Szilvásvárad

Note: The National Gallop moved from Budapest to Szilvásvárad town in 2022. It’s located in Northern Hungary in the vicinity of Eger. Please viist the official website of the event for more details.

The National Gallop is a celebration of Hungarian traditions and the countryside including traditional Hungarian horseback riding and hussar traditions.

a sand covered course with horse racers racing on it at Heroes' Sqr's monuments
Heroes’ Square Turns Into A Gallop Course For The Weekend

The main attraction of the event is the horse riding race to which any Hungarian citizen aged 18 and older can enter, male or female without weight limitations.

Each year around 100 settlements nominate for the Vágta out of which riders are chosen through regional contests.

The spectacular event takes place on the vast historic plaza, Hősök tere (Heroes’ Square), close to City park.

TIP: Accompanying programs – gastronomy and craft fair – will take place on Andrássy Avenue – the hip Parisian-style thoroughfare starting at Heroes’ Sqr.

If you had enough of the horses and the crowd you can also head for the Zoo or enjoy the hot pools of the Széchenyi Bath .

Remember to also explore the renewed City Park with its numerous new attractions.

2 horse racers competing, part of the Museum Of Fine Arts in the background
Equestrian Racers


  • Heroes’ Square/Hősök tere, Budapest


  • Free,
  • Grand stand tickets if you want to watch the race: 3.000 – 4.000 HU

Apart from the horse riding race, the National Gallop is a large-scale cultural festival that enriches the colourful event palette of Budapest.

The “Kitchen of Hungary” (Magyarország Konyhája), and the “Wine Garden (Borkert)” offer a taste of local gastronomy and drinks.

Program Schedule (Will Be Announced Later)

Folk Dance House on Heroes’ Square

Entry: free

Date & Time: has not been announced yet.

Come and celebrate the 13th birthday of the National Gallop!

Join the dancers on Heroes’ Square and whirl away to the local tunes, taste our food, wines and bee. It’s a great program to get a genuine feel of Hungarian culture.

More Information: Event website.

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