Programs in the Last Month of Autumn
You can choose from many things to do in Budapest in November: one of the most important days of November is 11th, St. Martin’s Day when we celebrate the new wine and everything goose.
A couple of festivals, gastronomy programs take place on this day.
Most restaurants prepare with special goose menu for St. Martin’s Day and often for the week preceding it.Quick Links:Christmas/Advent Fairs – Hungarian Dinner and Folk Evening – WAMP Design Fair – Concerts – Sightseeing TIPs – Thermal Baths – Museum TIPs – TIP: Hungarian Cooking Class
The main Christmas Fair of the city on Vörösmarty Square kicks off early this year on 10. November, Friday.
Other Christmas Markets and Advent Festivals (at the Basilica, in Városháza Park, in the Palace Quarter, Erzsébet Square, Óbuda/distr. III.) begin around the last weekend of November.
If the weather allows you can admire autumn colours in the parks, and gardens.
For rainy days we recommend a visit to one of the thermal baths, going on sightseeing tours on the Danube, and a classical music concert for the evening.
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Venue: Vörösmarty tér, district V., M1, M2, M3 metro lines, tram 2 Vigadó tér stop (a couple of minutes walk form there)
The official Christmas Fair of Budapest launches in mid-November. The holiday fair offers a wide range of
- cultural programs (around 200 concerts in various genres from folk to jazz, children activities, craft workshops) on the central stage and
- a taste of Hungary’s culinary delights (goulash, stuffed cabbage, roasted and grilled meats, cheeses, Sekler cake, strudels, artisan chocolates, gingerbread, beigli).
You can browse among hand-crafted products offered in around 120 stalls, a great opportunity to get unique, quality Christmas presents for your loved ones.
You can also learn about Hungarian folk traditions and craft from wood carving, blue dyeing, to pottery and leather crafting.
Learn more about the Christmas Market at Vörösmarty Square.
TIP: Budapest has some other Christmas Markets that you might want to check out. The Advent Fair and Festival in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica starts on 22. November and lasts till 01. January 2020.
Christmas Market Tour with Guiding
Dates: every day at 13.00, between 22. Nov – 31. December 2019.
Absorb the city’s holiday atmosphere on a guided tour that takes you to two popular Christmas Markets, and the pálinka museum (tasting included).
Have some chimney cake, the locals and tourists favourite pastry and rinse it with some fragrant hot wine! All included in the 3-4 hour long program
Slow Gastro Market in Anker’t, 18. November
Address: Anker’t: Paulay E. u 33., district VI. (a street running parallel with Andrássy Av. and Király Str.)
Opening Hours: 10.00 – 16.00
Food and organic green market in the name of slow lifestyle! Craft foods from local farmers:
- dairy products (cheese, yogurt)
- pastries and cakes
- all-natural jams and preserves, fruit syrups
- organic desserts by Franziska
Opening Hours: 17. November/Sunday, 10.00 – 18.00
Location: Bálna/Whale Building, 1st floor
The popular market showcasing the work of Hungarian designers as well as artisan gastro products kicks off the Advent season in the Whale (Bálna) Shopping Centre.
A great place to get some one-of-a-kind presents, handcrafted ornaments, accessories or toys for the kids.
A varied program makes the event even more worthwhile:
- cake and cookie workshops organized by famous food bloggers, 14.00-18.00
- stamp making with Arti Stamp between 10.00 and 14.00
- necklace making
- crafting candle holders and wooden ornaments.
If you bring your kids they can play in the Story Box/Mesedoboz play area throughout the day.
- Venue: Vajdahunyadvár, Városliget (Vajdahunyad Castle)
- Getting there: M1 underground (yellow line), Széchenyi fürdő stop,trolley buses: No. 72, 73, 75, 79
- Opening Hours: 10.00 – 19.00
- Admission: 2 500 HUF/prs, includes tasting of all the wines and cheeses presented on the festival, a glass with the logo of the event, admission to the exhibition of the Musuem of Hungarian Agriculture
The end of the month is still about wines: this time paired with cheese.
The new wine of 2018 by Hungary’s prestigious wine makers will be in the limelight in the halls of Vajdahunyad Castle that also houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture over the last weekend of November.
If you have an iterest in all things agriculture you can visit the Hungarian Agriculture Museum’s exhibition with your festival ticket.
The current permanent exhibits include:
- The History of Hungarian Agriculture in the Carpathian Basin – from the beginning till 1945.
- The Horse – National Horse Exhibition – learn about Hungarian horse breeds and see the skeleton of the famous Hungarian race horse, Kincsem. Recommended for children!
- Domestication of animals – the domestictaion of wild animals in the Neolithic era was an important milestone in the establishment of farming and agricultural practices.
- From the Kingdom of Plants – an introduction to the Forestry and Natural Resources exhibit.
Organ Concerts in St. Stephen’s Basilica
Venue: St. Stephen’s Basilica, M3 metro Arany János utca stop
- Dates in November: 08. 15. 22., 39.
- Dates in December: 06. 13. 20. 27.
Enjoy an enchanting organ concert in the Basilica of Budapest.
The neoclassical church has outstanding acoustics providing an ideal venue for classical music concerts.
A flute performance is included in the program ensuring a memorable evening in Budapest.
Learn more about the organ concerts in the Basilica.
Organ & Choir in St. Michael Church
Address: Váci utca 47/B., (Belvárosi Szent Mihály Templom)
Dates in November 2017: 04., 11., 18.., 25.
Tickets: ful price: 18 EUR, student: 16 EUR (can be bought in the church on Tuesdays , Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10.00)
This lovely church in the busy Váci Street hosts organ and choir performances on Saturday evenings strating at 19.00. with the professional ETUNAM Chamber Choir.
Program include works:
- Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor,
- Mozart: Lacrymosa,
- Händel: Halleluja, etc.
Folk Dance Programs
- Dates in November 2018: 03, 10, 17, 24
- Dates in December 2018: 01, 08, 15, 22, 26, 28, 29
Hungary has a rich folk traditions and folk dancing is still actively practiced today at various dance houses.
Folk songs, music, dances and traditional folk costumes look back to long history and numerous musicians and other artists had travelled the countryside to collect and preserve them.
Here’s the chance to watch three of the country’s most talented folk ensembles (the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, the Danube Folk Ensemble and the Hungaria Folk Ensemble & Orchestra) in a live show.
Date & Time: Fridays at 19.00
You can enjoy a classic Hungarian dinner of 4 courses, accompanied by 3 glasses of local wines matching the dishes.
A live folk music and dance show starts at 20.00 showcasing authentic Hungarian folk dances to the tune of a string orchestra and dulcimer (cimbalom).
Find out more about the Hungarian Folk Night with Dinner program.
Classical Music Evenings in Matthias Church
Date: 17. November, Saturday at 20.00
Address: Szentháromság tér 2., Buda Castle, district I.
Tickets: in 6 categories: between 3 900 – 23 900 HUF
The Zsolnay-tiled famous church in the castle regulary gives home to concerts. In the Classical Music Evenings program
- the Solti Chamber Orchestra performs with
- Ildikó Szakácssoprano opera singer,
- László Jekl bass singer,
- Bertalan Hock organist, and
- Ferenc Bangó violinist.
The program features works by famous composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, Albinoni, Mozart, Sibelius, Bizet etc.
TIP: Boat Excursions on the Danube
The best and most convenient way to admire the World Heritage-listed vista of the two riversides is a boat trip on the Danube.
The Danube sigthseeing programs are available
- during the day – November is ideal for an early afternoon tour starting at 14.00 or
- you can go in the evening (at 19.00) the night tour (at 22.00).
You can plan ahead and choose one that best suits your schedule and most importantly the weather in November.
Some days are really nice with plenty of sunshine, but on most days it’s cold, rainy, foggy and windy not too mention the shorter days.
You can have good quality four-course buffet meal at the Lunch, Evening and Night Cruises.
The air-conditioned boat will take you on a 1.5 or 2 hour tour during which you’ll the most famous monuments of our city
- the Parliament,
- Buda Castle with the Royal Palace,
- the Gellért Hill with the Citadel perched on its top,
- the Chain Bridge (Széchennyi Lánchíd) and
- other bridges (Margaret, Elizabeth, Liberty, Petőfi Rákóczi).
TIP: Jewish Walk Tours – History & Culture
Explore Budapest’s rich Jewish Heritage on a guided tour.
Discover the main synagogues and other monuments, sights in the historic Jewish Quarter
Dates in November 2017: English-language tours: every day except Sunday at 10.00.Book Tour
The district has a range of good restaurants, and cafes and should you want to discover the world of Hungarian wines you can go for a wine tasting in a historic cellar.
TIP: Do visit the newly renovated Bell & Lookout Tower of Matthias Church to enjoy the fantastic view. The tower can be visited between 10.00-17.00 every day, hourly.
Tickets: full price: 1 400 HUF, students/retirees: 1 000 HUF. 197 steps lead up to the lower lookout terrace that is at 47 m height.
A Walk on Margaret Island
Despite late autumn, you can catch great sunny days in Budapest in November that are ideal for a walk in the green parts of the city.
Margaret Island (Margitsziget) is the local’s number one spot for long walks and jogging.
The Water Tower hosts exhibitions, and other cultural events and the cupola offers a fine panoramic view.
The island boasts some historical sights as well – remains of medieval monastery.
Excursion to the Gellért Hill or the Buda Hills
For some light hiking Gellért Hill (Gellért-hegy) is the best and closest destination to the city center.
For more greenery, and cleaner air head for the Buda Hills.
Normafa is a highly favored place among locals (can be reached by bus No. 21 or 21A from Széll Kálmán tér (M2 metro or tram 4).
János Hill (János-hegy), the highest point of Budapest, is also close by offering a wonderful view from the top of the Erzsébet lookout tower.
For a unique experience descend from János Hegy by the Chairlift (Libegő).
The Chairlift operates from 10.00 till 15.30 throughout November.
- one-way: adults (from ages 19): 1 000 HUF, children – between ages 3 and 19: 600 HUF,
- return ticket: adults: 1 400 HUF, children: 800 HUF).
A journey on the Children’s Railway (Gyermekvasút) is an ideal way to discover the Hills of Buda.
Each of the seven stops of the rail track are favored recreational areas:
- Széchenyi Hill (Széchenyi-hegy),
- János Hill,
The Fogaskerekű (Cogwheel tram, it is in fact tram No. 60) (see timetable here) is another peculiar means of transportation to get you to and back from hilly Buda.
Some stops have buffets offering some simple, quick meals, snacks and drinks.
Buffet at Szépjuhászné station: open from Tue-Fri: 10.00-22.00, Sat: 8.00-22.00, Sun: 8.00-20.00 all the year round, there is a buffet at Széchenyi Hill called Kőbüfé offering meals a la carte, it is open from 9.00 to 21.00 every day).
See more activities for children in Budapest.
Visiting at least one of the world-famous thermal baths of Budapest is a must, especially in a cold month like November.
The Turkish Baths (Király, Rudas and the recently opened Veli Bej Baths) date from the Ottoman era in the 16th-17th centuries, the Gellért, Széchenyi, and the Lukács Baths were built more recently, at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries.
Buy Tickets Online and Skip Queuing at the Bath Entrance
TIP: Do drop by the renewed Rudas Bath that was expanded with a new wellness department with 4 thermal pools, and an awesome jacuzzi on the rooftop where you can enjoy a fantastic panorama of the city while soaking in the hot water.
Exhibitions in the Várkert Bazár
The Castle Bazaar and Royal Gardens at the southern foot of Buda Castle regularly gives home to unique exhibitions.
You can explore
- the Great Market Hall on a guided tour (optional), followed by
- a cooking class when you learn to make typical Hungarian dishes in a modern cooking school.
You’ll be preparing a 3-course meal with the expert aid of an English speaking chef.
At the end you’ll eat what you cooked.
Fun, exciting program for all ages!
Past November Events
Opening Hours: 17.00 – 23.00
Venue: Hotel Gellért and Gellért Bath, Szent Gellért tér 1., district I.
- Beer before wine anytime – A Boutique beer fest in the Gellért Brasserie 08. November (18.00 – 22.00): 4 490 HUF
Included are: a beer course from 19.00, unlimited tasting of 20 draught craft beers, 3 snacks
- Festival Ticket Friday, 09. Nov: 7 490 HUF,
- Festival Ticket Saturday, 10. Nov: in advance: 8 490 HUF,
- entry to the festival
- 1 tasting glass
- wine & pálinka tasting between 17.00 – 22.00,
- After Party on both days: 22.00 – 24.00.
Special Sunday Brunch 10. Nov/Sunday, 12.00 – 15.00:
Tickets: adult: 9 990 HUF, kids (aged 3 – 12 yr): 4 990 HUF
Venue: the Hotel’s Panorama Restaurant and Duna Hall
- buffet lunch with goose dishes
- unlimited drinks (wine, beer, champagne, soft drinks, coffee, non-alcoholic champagne and fruit juices for kids),
- wine tasting at the booth of Winelovers.
Tickets can be purchased at the reception of the Hotel Gellért (0 – 24.00) or online.
The festival will be showcasing the cream of the crop of
- Hungarian wineries,
- award winner wine and pálinka makers.
Unlimited tasting, conversation with the wine makers, other programs in the various suites of the historic hotel and the halls of the bath.
After Party starting at 22.00 in the hall of the thermal bath closes the programs on both days. More information…Related: September Programs – October in Budapest – Halloween in Budapes – Holiday Season Program Tips – December Things To Do