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Titanic International Film Festival

Budapest’s best known and most respected film festival runs for longer than a week. Bringing together the best in contemporary film, both Hungarian and international, the event has grown to encompass many feature movies, plus dozens of shorts in the few decades it’s been going. Each year, a panel of judges will hand out the Breaking the Waves award for best film.

Date: 04 April 2019 - 13 April 2019
Venue: Various venues.

Budapest Spring Festival

Budapest Spring Festival is a two-week cultural celebration covering more than 200 events showcasing Hungarian and international culture. Taking place at several locations around the city, events within the festival include classical music recitals and opera, theatrical and folk dance performances.

Date: 05 April 2019 - 22 April 2019
Venue: Various venues around Budapest.

Prices vary event to event.

Sziget Festival

This week-long music festival, held on an island in the Danube in north Budapest, has become one of Central Europe’s largest, attracting tens of thousands of visitors. Sziget Festival hosts a wide range of international artists and has several stages that showcase a wide variety of musical styles from world music, pop rock and reggae to heavy metal. Facilities and entertainment for children are also provided.

Date: 07 August 2019 - 13 August 2019
Venue: Óbudai Island


Wizz Air Budapest International Half-Marathon

Open to runners over the age of 12, the popular Wizz Air Budapest International Half-Marathon attracts thousands of runners from different countries. Runners and visitors can expect to be welcomed with a warm atmosphere as well as plenty of additional events and entertainment that takes place during the race weekend. The event was first held in 1986 and has become an important event in the city's calendar.

Date: 08 September 2019 - 08 September 2019
Venue: Course through Budapest.

Free to spectate.

Budapest Marathon

Participants in the annual Budapest Marathon follow a route that crosses this fabulous city. Thousands of runners from all over the world compete in the event and a great atmosphere prevails throughout the marathon weekend with plenty of additional events taking place including musical performances in a number of open-air venues.

Date: 28 September 2019 - 29 September 2019
Venue: Course through Budapest.

Free to spectate.

Budapest Christmas Market

As the first Christmas Market to be welcomed into the bosom of Eastern Europe, Budapest’s extensive festive gathering continues to take over Vorosmarty Square towards the end of each year with scores of stalls selling everything from roast meats to mulled wine. With a giant Christmas tree and lit-up walkways, the Hungarian take on the traditional German market also has space for souvenirs and musical performances.

Date: 23 November 2019 - 01 January 2020
Venue: Vorosmarty Square.


Music-Wine Gala Concert of the 100-Member Gypsy Orchestra

This lively event provides visitors with an exciting introduction to Hungary's wine regions during an evening of wine-tasting and supper, with music provided by the world-famous 100-Member Gypsy Orchestra. During the concert, visitors are treated to performances of pieces by Khachaturian, Brahms, Strauss, Bizet, Rossini and Liszt as well as classical folk music.

Date: 30 December 2019 - 30 December 2019
Venue: Budapest Convention Centre

New Year's Day Concert

A great way to see in the New Year, Budapest's New Year's Day Concert welcomes a host of internationally-renowned performers to the stage in various venues across the city.

Date: 01 January 2020 - 01 January 2020
Venue: Budapest Opera House

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Featured Hotels


Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

With unparalleled panoramas across the mighty Danube, the Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge is a hotel that's all about the details. While location may be its first selling point, through its doors it offers a terrace bar, chintzy cocktails and a tinkling pianist in the Bibliotek Lounge. The centrally-located spot also has a serene spa and gives visitors the choice of 301 soft linen sleeping chambers with marble bath tubs, flatscreen TVs and free Wi-Fi in most rooms.

Hotel Parliament

As new boutique hotels carry on cropping up around the Hungarian capital city, the minimal décor of Hotel Parliament continues to stand out. With 64 double rooms to decide on, each comes with air-conditioning, soundproof windows, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Its lobby, wellness retreat and onsite Htel Bar are more modern in design with their sharply-coloured sofas, chandeliers and sleek simplicity, while its Parliament Suite is suited to those on longer sojourns.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Many hotels use the 'palace' moniker without justification, but not the Gresham. Built in 1906, this architectural delight is a masterpiece of art nouveau design, both inside and out. Many of the fittings, including Zsolany ceramics and a stained glass window by Miksa Róth, are original, while the rest were lovingly restored in 2004 when the palace received a glorious makeover. The Gresham has all the trappings of a 5-star Budapest hotel, including a fitness and wellness centre.

Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel

A relaxed saunter from Budapest's pedestrianised shopping area between Váci and Ráday street, the 4-star Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel has all the touches of comfort and quality expected from a chain of this stature. Generous-sized rooms come with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and tea and coffee making facilities, while a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and masseuses are available too.

Continental Hotel Zara

With 272 rooms to pick from, the Continental Hotel Zara isn't shy on size. Between the tall windows and chic, chocolate-coloured design of the sleeping quarters, it doesn't lack style either. All rooms have satellite TVs, soundproof windows and air-conditioning, with Continental Suites and Executive Rooms available for the extra extravagant explorer. The hotel's lavish restaurant and cool little café are worth checking out too, or swap both for a chilled beer on its rooftop garden. Its wellness centre should help with any hangovers or well-travelled legs.

Hotel Palazzo Zichy

Originally built as the residence of Count Nándor Zichy, a 19th century nobleman, the hotel that shares his surname now has ample space for 80, well-proportioned rooms. Held in Pest's palace quarter, the modern simplistic style of the bedrooms has everything the modern traveller could desire from satellite TV and soundproof windows to internet access and large, laptop-sized safes. The hotel also has a gym, sauna and concierge service.