WHAT TO DO IN BUDAPEST IN MARCH 2020
We always wait for the first month of spring with excitement, craving for long, sunny days after the winter. Finally, we want to break out of our homes and recapture the city and its spaces. That’s the vibe that you will experience if you choose this month to visit Budapest. It is one of those periods of the year when locals populate the streets, parks, restaurants, and museums of the city before the crowds of tourists overflow it again in the summertime. That’s why we, at Urban Adventures, always recommend travelling outside of peak seasons. Believe us; this makes a real difference; people around you make it different, better, more enjoyable!
And don’t worry for even a minute, there are many things to do in Budapest in March! Here are just five quick ideas off the top of our heads.
1. Support underprivileged communities
Every Sunday, magic happens in the heart of the Jewish District. The place that was filled with people having deep conversations over a few drinks the night before is occupied by local farmers and the crowd who arrives to buy the healthiest, most delicious products for the week. This place is the most famous ruin bar of Budapest, the Szimpla Kert. Most visitors don’t know about the daytime activities of Szimpla; however, the owners have been emphasizing the importance of supporting each other from the day they started this business. Small producers, designers, organizations helping the ones in need and people from the neighbourhood have the chance to become more acquainted and trade the resources they have.
For this reason, they invite an organization every Sunday to raise money for a good cause with a charity cooking. On 8 March the employees of Rés Alapítvány (Gap Foundation) will prepare lunch with the help of our guides from Budapest Urban Adventures. Come and see us, lunch is from noon! By buying a menu (non-vegetarian: rich betyár soup, vegetarian: lentil curry), you will also support a temporary home for families and a women’s night shelter. And we would be more than happy to talk about the work of Rés Alapítvány or anything else you are interested in about life in Hungary.
2. Taste Baja style Fisherman soup
Attention Foodie Travelers! Hungarian cuisine is so varied and plentiful. But doing more in-depth research and explore something more than gulyás leves (goulash soup), paprikás csirke (chicken paprikash) or lángos (langosh) is not always that easy. It will be on 13 March between 12:00 and 9:45 PM, though. Because at the foothills of Gellért hill, a charming little bistro, called Czakó Kert will wait for their customers with an excellent traditional Bajai Halászlé (Baja style Fisherman soup). This Friday they will set up the cauldron in their garden to cook this very simple, but delicious soup from carp filet served with home-made noodles. You better see and taste it for yourself!
Book your table to be sure to have your share: write an email to [email protected] and leave a note that you arrive to have some Halászlé. The price of the menu is 2,390 HUF (approx. 7 EUR).
Address: 1016 Budapest, Czakó str. 15.
Date: March 13, 2020, 12:00 – 9:45 PM
3. Remember the Hungarian Revolution of 1848
15 March is a national holiday in Hungary, the day of the breakout of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. It started as one of the many European revolutions of the time, and it soon turned into a war of independence from the Austrian Empire.
The young liberal intellectuals marched through the mid 19th century Budapest vocalizing the twelve demands of theirs (among others: the abolition of censure, accountable ministries in Buda and Pest, an annual parliamentary session, and the freeing of political prisoners).
This remarkable event was also the beginning of a long journey which led to the autonomy and cultural flourishment of Hungary.
15 March is the day of commemorations at the most crucial parts of the city like Heroes’ Square, Liberty Square, or in front of the Parliament building besides the many family programs organized in the renewed garden of the National Museum and around the Buda Castle.
4. Enjoy some classical music in Matthias Church
Matthias Church is one of the top touristic sights of Budapest, located in the marvellous Castle District. Visiting this church dating back to the 13th century is a must. You can do it with our local guide, who will tell you all the little secrets that only #localsknow, join our Lonely Planet Experiences: Buda Castle Explorer tour.
Or what if we tell you that there is a way to experience it outside of the regular visiting hours? Organizers take advantage of the church’s exceptional acoustics and magnificent interior by choosing it as the venue for the monthly concerts of the Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the most famous Hungarian chamber orchestra. So, two birds with one stone: see the tourist-free church and its surroundings with the city lights on and enjoy exceptional classical music.
The next event is on 21 March, and tickets can be purchased on this website, from 3,900 HUF (approx. 10 EUR) to 19,900 HUF (approx. 60 EUR) depending on the chosen seats and the inclusions. Find more details about it here.
Address: 1014 Budapest, Szentháromság square 2.
Date: 21 March 2020, from 8 PM
5. Explore ELTE’s botanical garden
If we can make predictions based on the weather of February, we would say March would be sunny and pleasant. Which means you will want to spend as much time outside as possible. Also, Women’s Day falls on 8 March, isn’t it better to see live flowers and learn about them than buying a bouquet?
The botanical garden of Eötvös Lóránt University was founded in 1771 as the first one in Hungary and has moved to its current place in 1847. It is the perfect place when you need to get away from the noisy city, a little paradise in an up-and-coming part of Budapest. Eighty-five endangered Hungarian species are preserved and displayed here, but even certain scenes of the world-famous book, The Paul Street Boys from Ferenc Molnár, are set up in this garden. So if you see a little boy’s statue in one of the pools of Victoria house, don’t be surprised, he is Ernő Nemecsek hiding from the rival gang, the Redshirts.
Enjoy nature by walking through specific areas like the Gallery Forest, Mediterranean plants or find a shelter in the warm, green Palm House. Top the experience by taking Ferenc Molnár’s book with you and spend a few mindful hours at this hideaway.
To get there, take metro line 3 (the blue line) from the city centre (Deák Ferenc tér for example) in the direction of Kőbánya-Kispest, until Semmelweis Klinikák stop. From the metro, it’s only a 10-minute walk, and the entrance fee is 1,200 HUF (approx. 3.5 EUR).
Opening hours: every day 9 AM – 4 PM
Address: 1083 Budapest, Illés str. 25.
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