Santa Claus is coming to town- tonight?
You may be surprised at the intensity of "Christmas-fever" in Hungary at the moment. Shops and even makeshift stalls are heaving with chocolate figures of Father Christmas, chocolate bells, bars, stars and gift bags filled with, you guessed it, chocolate. What (or who) is behind this choccy chaos?
Caravaggio to Canaletto exhibition
The Caravaggio to Canaletto exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, is a treat for lovers of fine art. Even the British Telegraph Newspaper has written a glowing review of this rare opportunity. We think Its even more accessible through the great Budapest Winter Invitation offer!
Hungary in the press
From time to time, Hungary is mentioned in the press and online. Here's our ongoing list of links to web articles about Hungary: Latest addition: CNN's guide to Hungarian signature dishes (link below)
Concerts, parties and events in 2013
Browse our compilation of the best parties, most exciting events and classy concerts in Hungary for 2013. Prepare for all of your senses will be pampered to the max!
Roll the Dice - "Euroshorts" winner
In 2013, The European Travel Commission (ETC) ran a competition for a short film about travel in Europe called Euroshorts. A winning film was selected from 24 applications, and it happened to feature Hungary!
Shopping & more at Christmas markets!
As Christmas approaches, you may notice Christmas markets popping up like mushrooms everywhere. These are great places to spend a romantic evening tasting local seasonal specialties, wandering the stalls and perhaps picking up a few souvenirs-cum-Christmas presents for those back home.
Festive Fun in Budapest
Christmas is a favourite time of year in Hungary, aside from the religious significance (and Hungary is a pious mostly catholic country) it is also a wonderful time to be together with your nearest and dearest. The run-up to Christmas is in fact a very lively time here and so we have gathered a few traditional and contemporary things to do and see here then.
Thermal Baths by day - BWI Discounts
Through the wonders of the Budapest Winter Invitation, watery experiences in Budapest can be far cheaper or even free this winter! All this in addition to the standard one night's accommodation free that is being ofered by more than 50 participating hotels.
Thermal Baths by night - Cinetrip Budapest
Cinetrip is the tradiional name for a particular type of party event, held at Budapest's Historic Thermal Baths. The baths will be opened to ticket holders to party into the night, enjoying the steaming thermal waters, music, lights and a great party atmosphere! There are Cinetrip, now called "Magic Bath" parties at the Lukács Baths every Saturday through the Winter.
The Hungarian National Anthem
The unusual Hungarian National Anthem, known as the Himnusz, provides an interesting insight into Hungarian culture. Here we look at the background to the words and music, and the story of this most Hungarian of compositions.
New Hungarian Tourism Promo Video
Here at the Hungarian Tourist Board, we have a new image film or promotional video, showing the wonders that await visitors to Hungary.
Castles and Magical Places
Hungary is blessed with a great wealth of castles, palaces and stately homes. Here we present four of the country's most popular sights, all within a short drive of the capital city, Budapest.
Spicing up the paprika market!
Hungary is the home of spicy red paprika. It is an essential ingredient of most of our national dishes and one of the top souvenirs for tourists, but recently actual sales figures for this great product were disappointing. Read about the new drive to spice up the paprika market.
Budapest Marathon in October
Would you like to run a marathon suggested by CNN? Than come to Budapest! CNN has an annual running calendar, which is suggests one marathon for each month from all around the World. The Budapest Marathon is recommended for October 2013.
Sept and Oct at "MŰPA"
The Hungarian Palace of Arts - Művészetek Palotája (often shortened to MŰPA ) is offering a range of very varied music and cultural performances this Autumn. Here are details of some of the delights that await culture vultures in Budapest in September and October.
Local events for World Tourism Day 2013
The international day of tourism or "World Tourism Day" will be on 27th September 2013. A plethora of special events and activities will happen around the globe, with a special emphasis on WATER. That is something very important in Hungarian culture, so there are many events here!
Gastronomy & Wine Routes
The food of Hungary is intricately connected to the land of Hungary - the flat plains, where unique breeds of Cattle, sheep and pigs roam, criscrossed by the rivers and lakes full of pike-perch and catfish. The land guided the traditional lifestyle, which in turn gave rise to the cuisine. What better way to explore Hungarian Gastronomy then, but on a tour of Hungary!
The "National Gallop"
The word "vágta" literally translates as gallop, and this event does indeed have at its heart a horse race - as riders in costumes from the olden days, race at breakneck speed around a course to the cheers of an appreciative crowd. There are many such events at towns across the country through the summer months, but none capture the imagination quite like the Nemzeti Vágta, or so-called „National Gallop."
Musical Fountain on Margaret Island
Margaret Island is one of the focal points of the city for tourists. An easy place to reach, it is very pleasant to hide there from the heat of the Summer beneath it's leafy boughs, or to sweep through the piles of golden beech, oak and chestnut leaves in the Autumn. Here we draw attention to a great water-based attraction there...
International Wine Festival
The Buda Castle hosts the Budapest international wine festival each autumn, where producers and wine experts mingle and represent and taste great wines from wineries new and old, in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Palace in the Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary. There are also a great many cultural performances and wine-related events.
Taxi tariffs 2013
Taxis in Budapest have undergone a great standardisation. Now they all have the same yellow design, and charge the same standardised rates, no matter where or when you order them.
Budapest listed as a honeymoon hotspot!
We are delighted to announce that our romantic capital has been awarded a "best bargain" award for honeymooners! It was named as one of the top 50 honeymoon hotspot destinations in the world by online magazine "The Knot!"
Sziget Festival reloaded
The Sziget Music Festival, on Óbudai Island, was held this year August 5-12. The largest of all Hungarian music festivals has now spread over 250 acres on this normally-quiet island in the north of Budapest.
Three "must-see" museums and exhibitions, 2013
Museums are everywhere in Hungary, and especially Budapest, offering a range of historical and cultural attractions, as both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Here we highlight 3 unique settings and 3 unusual collections that you really must see!
Unesco World Heritage List suggestions
Unesco's World Heritage list is a collection of places of special interest across the world. Hungary has seven locations listed in the cultural category and one in the natural category and another eleven locations on the tentative list. Hungary is blessed with so many very special places, it's easy to think of even more! Here we look at some other sights that we believe should also be praised for their unique properties.
MOL Fencing World Championships 2013
Flashing blades, lightning thrust and parry; the duels will be fast and furious at the World Fencing Championships in Budapest this August! More than 1100 competitors will take part in this 8-day extravaganza, not hosted in Hungary since 1991!
Best ruinpubs in Budapest
What is this ruin pub madness in Budapest? Why they are so special and popular? We give you the answers and the list of the best ruin pubs in the capital.
Mini-Hungary Park Opened
A new attraction awaits visitors in the Szarvas Arboretum, a miniature city called Mini-Hungary, where you can walk as a giant among the most beautiful buildings of the country.
Budapest Summer Festival 2013
It is our pleasure to invite you to the Budapest Summer Festival 2013, to celebrate with us the 75th anniversary of the Margaret Island Open-air Stage.
Top 5 most beautiful palaces in Hungary
In the past, when nobles and royal families had money and style, a wealth of romantic palaces and hideaways were built everywhere in the country. We collected the best 10 of these stunning buildings, so reminiscent of ancient times.
Playgrounds in Budapest near sights
Family holidays are great bonding events, but young children have very different needs, and even the most interested junior sightseers can have "had enough" well before the adults. Some time at a nearby playground with one parent can be just ticket, to allow everyone to enjoy the day! Thankfully Budapest has a wealth of great playgrounds many of them perfectly situated for this purpose:
Why choose Hungary for your honeymoon?
Honeymoon is usually about romanticism and idyll. If you are tired of the sickly-sweet, too perfect honeymoon destinations known from the movies, consider Hungary , it makes for a classic and balanced romantic trip.
Gold medallist Hungarian wines
Hungarian wineries won 11 gold medals at the annual Wine Challenge in Bordeaux, France. This event is said to be the largest wine competition in the world. Congratulations! Applause!
Top 10 parks and gardens in Budapest
Now it's time to show you a new side of Budapest. It's good to know, that in addition to the well known postcard attractions, Budapest has many charming gardens and parks. Here you can read about ten of the best!
Budapest as a top Destination
Budapest is often recognised as a top tourist destination. This week we have been praised by two leading voices in the world of Tourism, Lonely Planet Guidebooks, now celebrating 40 years in business and Condé Nast Traveller, the similarly well-established travel magazine and !
Water fun in Hungary! Aqua parks & watersports
Hungary is a land of waters, healing thermal waters, mighty rivers and tranquil lakes, as well as a wealth of man-made pools and water attractions. There is plenty to do in the water in Hungary!
Flood press release: No threat to tourist destinations
Hungarian Tourism Plc. would like to hereby inform service providers and institutions involved in Hungarian tourism as well as individual tourists that Hungary's key tourist destination areas are no longer affected by the flood of the Danube.
Floods in Budapest
The water level along the River Danube has risen, and peaked in the evening of Sunday 9th June. Though there is some disruption to roads and public transport near the waterfront and caution is advised, there is no danger to the public and almost all of the main tourist sights are unaffected. It is is still completely possible and worthwhile to visit our beautiful capital!
EDEN – Explore Hungary's hidden treasures
In 2006 the European Committee launched a project titled European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) meant to present the diversity of the European continent's natural, cultural and intellectual heritage to tourists. Let us show you the regions in Hungary that were selected by EDEN.
The amazing Lake of Hévíz
There are many spas and hot springs in the world, and a lot in Hungary, but nothing can compare to the natural thermal lake of Hévíz. Here's the chance to learn more about this fantastic natural formation and plan a visit.
Budapest to the sound of Liszt
The Budapest Liszt program is a complex, three-day cultural sightseeing package for Classical Music lovers, starting this October! Encouraged by the 2011 Bicentennial year of Franz (Ferenc) Liszt, Hungary's most-renowned composer, three major urban cultural institutions will collaborate with selected travel agencies to showcase the life, works, and home memories of Franz Liszt.
Lake Balaton & Tihany
100 km from Budapest, you will find Hungary's largest lake surrounded by many fabulous little towns, hills, wineries and beaches.
Marketplaces waiting to be explored
If you would like to buy something really Hungarian, you must visit a local market. Dive deeper, and you will find quality Hungarian food and drinks, traditional handmade gifts and special souvenirs.
Prepare for pálinka!
The annual Budapest Pálinka festival will be held in the downtown. Here we give you some tips and background info you may need before you take a deep trip into Hungarian pálinka-culture.
Eurail travel discount offer
Save money on Eurail Global Passes and see Europe by rail for less! From now until June 12th, 2013, you can get a discount of up to $100 when you buy a Eurail Global Pass!
Summer Festivals 2013
Summer is the time to relax and enjoy live, often outdoor performances of your favourite music. Fortunately Hungary hosts a wide range of musical events every year, so you are sure to find something to your taste. These are the main musical events for the summer of 2013:
12 most popular squares in Budapest
Visitors can learn a lot about Budapest from its public squares. From busy transport hubs to laid-back places to hangout by day or night, here are 12 squares you may encounter on your trip.
World Touring Car Championship 2013
4-5 May, Hungaroring, the by now traditional racetrack of Europe is giving place to the 7th and 8th Race of the FIA WTCC Championship.
The world's best jump roper girl
New video's rising on the internet. In the Jump Rope Girl's fresh video she shows some amazing skills while visiting many charming places of Budapest.
A spanish girl in Budapest
In 2012 we had a Creative Tourist Photo Contest on Facebook. Now we had an interview, with Marta Sánchez Martínez from Spain, who won the first prize, a trip to Budapest in a luxury hotel.
Springtime in Budapest
Good weather is approaching, but are you sure you are well prepared for the spring? Let us suggest you the top 5 things to do in Budapest during springtime!
Gold medalist Hungarian pálinkas
Hungarian pálinkas won 113 medals in Wien, at the annual Destillata International Spirit Awards. Read on for the fresh list of the best pálinkas you have to try!
Big Blog Exchange
Adventurous bloggers required to travel and exchange blogs, lives and cultures simultaneously for 10 days. The contest is on!
Short-film competition - win 20,000 €
The European Travel Commission is seeking a talented new filmmaker to create an inspirational short film about Europe as a tourism destination. If you dream of travelling across Europe and making a great film, this is your opportunity!
The City of Kings
Székesfehérvár developed a QR codes for the must-see sights in the city. Get all the info about the sights on the spot!
Spa-complex of Hajdúszoboszló
Hajdúszoboszló has one of the largest spa-complexes in Europe including a medical-spa, an outdoor strand, a huge aqua park and the Aqua-Palace with experience pools. Let us introduce to you this spa-heaven.
Bridges of Budapest
Budapest has 8 bridges. Here we give you a brief introduction to them, to help you see this beautiful capital as a whole, and by the way this information will also useful, when you visit the city one day.
Top 5 equestrian parks in Hungary
Where to experience the famous Hungarian horse-culture? Well, there are a lot of horse-parks and stables all around the country, and here we suggest you the best five of them.
Best places to taste pálinkas
Now that you heard a lot about the Hungarian pálinkas, it's time to taste them. Here you see the list of the best places in Budapest and Hungary where you can taste, drink and buy the potion of the country.
Foot-races in 2013
If you are in love with running in beautiful ambience or just want to have some active program along with hundreds of nice people, foot-races are for you!
The 25th most visited city on Earth
Euromonitor International set up a list of the 100 most visited cities on Earth, and Budapest is in the 25th place, that means the capital of Hungary came up 20 places comparing to 2010.
Do not settle for less but the best! Here comes the list of the awarded and enlisted treasures of Hungary to help you find what fits your expectations.
City of Pécs on New York Times' toplist
New York Times's 'The 46 Places to Go in 2013' compilation picked Pécs in Hungary as one of the best places on Earth to visit in 2013. Find out why!
Best Medium-Sized Festival in Europe
European Festival Awards announced the best Best Medium-Sized Festival of Europe, and it's the Heineken Balaton Sound in Zamárdi, Hungary. We congratuate!
Top 7 romantic hideaways
You have enough of the vibrant city life and sightseeing? Need some rest just you and your love? Let us show you the secret places of the country where you can getaway from the world for a couple of days and have some luxury pampering.
Matyó embroidery on the UNESCO's list
The 200 years old folk art is finally picked up to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Best Traditional Restaurants
Let us suggest you a list of restaurants in Budapest, which are famous, serving real traditional Hungarian dishes, professionals playing gipsy music as they played in the old times. Whichever you choose you will have a real Hungarian gastronomic experience!
Where to eat pizza in Budapest?
No matter where you travel in this world pizza is a standard. Sometimes you don't want special dishes, gastronomic wonders, just a good, juicy pizza full of cheese. Let us suggest you the top 12 restaurants in the capital, where you will find the best pizzas.
Best winebars in Budapest
There are some lovely bars in Budapest, especially for winelovers. If you looking for a place where you can taste a wide range of Hungarian wines, here we give you some tips!