WHAT TO DO IN NOVEMBER IN BUDAPEST
Only real responsible travellers choose Budapest as the destination of their holiday during November, so: congratulations! At Budapest Urban Adventures, we find it very important to learn about the city we visit, try to fit in and give back to local communities. This is the only way to experience the real flavour of a place. We really appreciate your choice and would like to help you on your journey of discovering Budapest, so here are five recommendations for you!
But before that let us tell you that November is a very special month for us, especially in 2019! We are celebrating the 10th birthday of us at Urban Adventures. For that occasion, we would like to give you 20% off of all Budapest tours in November and December. Come and celebrate with us 🙂 Use promo code BP20 when booking your tour.
Remember on All Saints’ Day
The 1st of November is the day of All Saints’ in Hungary. On that day we visit the cemeteries to remember our lost ones. This year this day falls on Friday, and as it is a national holiday, most shops and museums remain closed. The best way to blend in with the locals is to visit a graveyard. Sure, it sounds spooky, but Fiume road graveyard presents 170 years of history, art history, architecture and sculpture, not to mention the rich flora and fauna. It’s often compared to Père-Lachaise of Paris as the most important historical and cultural figures of Hungary are buried in the ground of this 56-hectare cemetery.
Date: November 1, 2019
Address: 1086 Budapest, Fiumei út 16-18
Enjoy a feast on Saint Martin’s Day
According to the saying who doesn’t eat goose on Saint Martins day, will starve all year long. We don’t want that, so we will recommend you a few activities where you can experience Hungarian “Márton napi” traditions. This means to fill your tummy with new 2019 wines and goose dishes.
Saint Martin’s Day is on the 11th of November the last Hungarian holiday before Christmas when no housework is allowed to do because we celebrate and enjoy the result of the 2019 harvest. Starting from the weekend before this day many restaurants wait for the guests with a special Saint Martin’s day menu and many wine festivals are organized as well.
For an excellent and satiety adventure, visit Hotel Gellért’s wine festival (website)! Not only you can taste the best and freshest wines, but many gastronomic celebrations and concerts will entertain the visitors on the second weekend of the month.
Date: November 7-9, 2019
Address: 1114 Budapest, Szent Gellért tér 2
Visit the Christmas Market at Vörösmarty square
The reconstruction of Vörösmarty square has been finished this September, and we are more than excited to see how that will change this year’s Christmas market. The fair will open on the 8th of November and however, the Holidays are almost two months away, by visiting this early you can avoid the crowd. Once you are there, be sure to try some Hungarian Christmas dishes, like the chimney cake (kürtős kalács) or pickled stuffed cabbage (töltött káposzta). Find a real locally made folk art or arts and craft treasure to decorate your home for the holidays! If you want to know more about the Advent fairs of Budapest, read this blog post written by our local guide.
Date: November 8, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Taste some organic wine
On the 16th of November between 12 and 8 p.m. Mitiszol? (What do you drink?) Festival (website) is organized in Bálna Budapest. The event features Central and Eastern Europe’s organic, biodynamic and natural wines from 33 Hungarian and nine foreign wineries. The event aims to call people attention on the quality of the drinks they consume.
Advance tickets are available for 11.900 HUF (approx. 36 EUR) until Nov. 10 or 14.900 HUF (approx. 45 EUR) on the spot, which includes unlimited wine tastings
Date: November 16, 2019
Address: 1093 Budapest, Fővám tér 11-12
Discover a less touristy part of the Buda side for local spots
Bartók Béla boulevard takes you from Gellért spa to the heart of the 11th district. Along the road, you will find many art galleries, restaurant, bars and cafés that undiscovered by most of the travellers. Palack (location) is a new venue at one of the corners of Saint Gellért square, where you can hop in to try a wide selection of wines. You can not only taste but also buy your favourites at Palack wine store. A few meters away, at Bartók Gastropub (location) you can choose from a great variety of sandwiches and eggs in the morning. At lunch, they wait for you with a daily menu. But if you only get there in the evening, that’s not a problem either. From plenty of tapas and a great selection of wines, everybody can find something to satisfy their hunger and thirst. Also, there are many great cafés. A cool one is Mitzi. That is (location) is a brand new tiny caféhouse, as they say: there’s room only for the most delicate stuff. One of the oldest cafes is Hadik Café (location) in Budapest, the meeting point of writers and poets during the 19th century. Nowadays it is a calm, cultural spot of the Buda side. Right next to it, visit Szatyor Bar (location) for the ruin bar experience.