By Megan Millisky
Budapest, Hungary is a city just waiting to be explored. Take things slowly by exploring the New Wine and Cheese Festival or checking out a Christmas Market. Or get in the holiday spirit with an ice skating session next to a castle! You won't believe how much there is to see and do in Budapest each November.
1. New Wine and Cheese Festival
Ring in the holiday season with some of the finest wines and cheeses in Hungary. Artisan cheeses are paired with Hungarian wines. A ticket includes a tasting glass and entry to the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture. Tastings take place November 28-29.
2. Concerts at St. Stephen’s Basilica
Head to St. Stephen’s Basilica to hear beautiful organ music! November 7, 14, 21, and 28, hear compositions by Bach, Mozart, Verdi, and Stradella. This beautiful neoclassical basilica is a must-see when in Budapest.
3. All Stars Festival
November 1-3, attend the All Stars festival. There’s a preparty followed by three days of workshops. There are parties in five rooms, including a kizomba party room. You can dance to Bachata, kizomba, and salsa, all led by instructors.
Address: G22X+3J Budapest, Hungary
4. Budapest Christmas Market
Opening November 8, this Christmas market grows in popularity every year. Head to Vörösmarty to enjoy all the festivities. Located in the heart of Budapest, this festival has dozens of vendors and delicious foods.
Address: Vörösmarty tér Budapest Hungary
5. Budapest Bath Party
Join in this awesome Hungarian tradition - bath parties! Put on a bathing suit and head to this heated indoor bath party. Saturdays in November, gather with Budapestians to enjoy this party/spa atmosphere.
6. Ice Skating in City Park
Go ice skating at this famous ice rink in Budapest’s City Park. There’s a picture-perfect view of Vajdahunyad Castle as you circle the rink. Make your trip extra magical all through November.
7. Budapest Festival Orchestra
Hear the sounds of Hungary at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest. The Budapest Festival Orchestra features piano concertos by Dvořák and Beethoven. November 21-23, enjoy a harmonious evening.
8. Baba Mama Expo
November 22-24, shop for your littlest ones! The Baba Mama Expo is a popular shopping excursion for new parents, toddlers, and kids. Find baby clothes, maternity wear, toys, and much more.
9. Noise Anatomy Festival
Noise Anatomy: a blend of poetry, techno, and performing arts. This festival features many performers, from metal bands to poets to visual artists. November 11, discover the underground art scene of Hungary.
10. St. Martin’s Day
Celebrate this important holiday on November 11. It is traditionally celebrated by eating goose and drinking new wine. Many restaurants offer special meals on this day.
Address: Budapest, Hungary