Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest Blog
Many around the world marvel at the number of national holidays Hungarians have. They’re not just nice to have but express a part of the national identity and commemorate important historical events.
As you plan your break in Budapest, it’s worth bearing in mind that these are not just singular days, because if the national holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, the preceding Monday and/or the following Friday also becomes a vacation. These are blissfully quiet days to enjoy! However, while shops’ opening hours are liberal on regular days, on public holidays, the shops remain closed.
National holidays in Hungary
15 March: in memory of the 1848-49 revolution of independence against the ...
If Hungarians like something, they dedicate a festival to it. Be it art or food, Hungary stages multi-day theme events all year round, from international culture to goose liver, and they are not only fun but easy to get to in a couple of hours, even outside Budapest.
Budapest Spring Festival, Budapest – April
Get your tickets ready for the 39th Budapest Spring Festival, Hungary’s pre-eminent annual showcase of international and local artistic heavyweights. Held between 5 and 22 April 2019, the line-up features a diversity of genres, such as classical music, opera, jazz, world music, dance, contemporary circus, theatre and the visual arts. Spread across the whole city, locations are just as ...
There’s hardly a livelier city in the world than Budapest in summer, as the streets and parks fill with restaurants, clubs, festivals and events, with people relishing every minute of it!
Hungarians are natural-born foodies and harbour sentimental passion for their comfort staples. Little wonder that throughout the year, there are several gastro festivals dedicated to specific genres where you can sip and savour, and enjoy informed indulgence.
Spring Horse Race and Food Truck Show
4-6 May 2018
Some 50 food trucks line the passages of Kincsem Park, along with the main horse and greyhound derby event, plus children’s programmes, street art show and street music.
11-13 May 2018
City Park (Városliget) serves all varieties of wine, with rosé and sparkling wine in focus. A true spring picnic, and you can even get a blanket to sit on!
OTP Bank Gourmet Festival
18-21 May ...
Outdoor restaurants and bars in Budapest and at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
Talk about a winter of discontent. Spring beckons late this year, which is why the launch of the Budapest terrace season is taking on a significance comparable to Sakura. For Budapesters can’t be without outdoor restaurants and terraces – so much so that at this stage, there’s no self-respecting business without one. Should the evenings turn cold, worry not: they’ll provide funky colourful fleece blankets to wrap up in.
Bazilika Square remains one of the mustn’t-miss terrace destinations. DiVino is exactly what it says on the tin, or rather, the bottle, while Platz sprawls over a 100 sq m terrace.
St. Andrea Wine and ...
As spring heralds a boost of new energies, the city of Budapest too comes visibly alive to enjoy the refreshing sun and breeze of the season. Come out with us!
15 March, a national holiday, marks the anniversary of the 1848-49 revolution, and every year special programmes make it a fun day besides the official commemoration. Visit Parliament and view the Holy Crown and Jewels, or stroll up to the castle to enjoy folk music and dance.
The delicacies of Hungary might not leap off the shelves of culinary speciality shops like Asian or Italian foodstuffs, but can we just say this: the snails and truffles – yes, truffles – you buy back home might very well come from this neck of the woods!
More self-evident is Tokaj wine, the eponymous region’s trademark variety, which now comes as dry wine, not just a sweet dessert drink; and Zwack Unicum, our own herbal bitter, as well as Bikavér, or Bull’s Blood, a blend notoriously difficult to make but all the more rewarding in the hands of a new generation of creative vintners.
Paprika is Hungary’s national treasure status spice – you can buy it as a garland of vibrant red, dry paprika ...
Not only its architecture, culture and thermal baths are attracting visitors to Hungary, but the blooming gastro scene, too. Great food is everywhere you turn in Budapest, plus the year is full of food-related events, from delightful gastronomy festivals to smaller culinary occasions.
Hungarians are so proud of their food, so when in Hungary, the fastest way to get to their soul is certainly eating and drinking. Hungarian food is wide-ranging and diverse, and during its history the cuisines of many nations became intertwined in the country’s gastronomy.
The first thing that pops up in your mind in the context of Hungarian cooking is… its richness! The unabashed luxury of nutrients runs riot ...
5 UNMISSABLE WINTER EXPERIENCES IN BUDAPEST - Enhanced with remarkable Kempinski moments
CITY OF LIGHTS
Nothing compares to the Christmas-infused excitement of the winter season – and the lights seem to shine brighter and brighter every year! A seasonal Budapest staple is LED light-laden trams that illuminate their routes splendidly, bringing instant smiles to passers-by and travellers alike. All the pedestrian streets and avenues receive the light treatment… going easy on Christmas-themed lights. One step out of the hotel, Fashion Street is lit true to its spirit: glamorously.
Budapest has, through time immemorial, been an organic habitat for musical talent. Internationally noted composers such as Ferenc Liszt, Zoltán Kodály, Béla Bartók, Ernő Dohnányi and Imre Kálmán as well as the opera composer Ferenc Erkel all hail from Hungary.
The Palace of the Arts
The award-winning multi-hall edifice on the southern bank of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danube waterfront brings together the many and diverse disciplines of the arts by providing a home for classical, contemporary, popular and world music, not to mention jazz and opera, as well as contemporary circus, dance, literature and film. Featuring state-of-the-art infrastructure, the building is also highly ...