Kempinski Blog Article
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.
Budapest Spring Festival is a bacchanalia of diverse artistic diversions, from concerts to exhibitions, showcasing some of the most noted personalities of the art scene. From 30 March to 22 April, zigzag across Budapest to catch as many of the simultaneous programmes as you can, such as Rudolf Buchbinder’s piano recital or Budapest Art Week in several locations. The full programme is available here.
Shopping too moves outdoors: Sunday markets for local vendors take over the otherwise nightlife-heavy ruin pub Szimpla, while WAMP, the design fair, sets up shop. Browse a great selection of mostly Hungarian below-the-radar designers’ artisan work, from accessories to garments.
At Easter, take a trip out of town to the stunning village of World Heritage Site Hollókő and celebrate one of Christianity’s most important events there, while learning to folk-dance or trying the Hungarian speciality szilvásgombóc, and taking part in the customary rite of spring sprinkling, or rather pouring, at the Easter Festival between 31 March and 2 April. More information here.
On 15 April, the annual, now 33rd Telekom Vivicitta Half Marathon takes place, bringing out all sports lovers to take over the city. Registration and more information: https://runinbudapest.com/.
At Kempinski Corvinus, we mark Easter in several outlets of Gastronomic Quarter Downtown Budapest, while The Living Room holds its own Concertini every Saturday, starting at 5:00pm, featuring the budding talents of the internationally acclaimed Hungarian Music Academy.