You’re coming to Budapest in the best season: not only is weather the best, and the trees the most beautiful in color, but with our help you can also add seasonal specialties to your visit. Follow our expert advice on what to do to have the best chocolate, find off the beaten track treasures, and make the most out of your September trip.
Sweet Days Chocolate Festival September 14 – 16
Sweet teeth of the world unite! Welcome to one of the biggest outdoor chocolate fairs in Europe, with free entry for all. All this in bonbon-loving Budapest between 14-16 September 2018. Édes Napok (or Sweet Days) drew a crowd of almost 50 thousand last year, who all came for a good reason: Hungarian chocolatiers have been bringing home the most coveted gastronomy prizes for long years, which you can translate roughly as stands packed with amazing chocolate and candy varieties as long as you can see.
Taste, learn and shop
The recipe for any decent chocolate festival is simple: the best chocolate makers and pastry shops set up camp outside St. Stephen’s Basilica in the heart of the Budapest downtown. The cream of pastry chefs holds sessions for wannabe colleagues. And, as usual, all this with the background music of quality jazz and classical music in the evening for the perfect atmosphere.
Sweet Days is highly recommended for those who know about kürtőskalács (chimney cake) and other Hungarian local delicacies, but are ready to see how expert chefs are experimenting with cakes, donuts, candies, sweet pizza, caramel, hazelnut custard… Not to mention the fine drinks you can try besides the great chocolates, such as pálinka, wine or fresh fruit smoothies. And now if you’re already in Budapest, why don’t you go for the city’s best street food bars?
Pro tip: Hungarian poppy seed bread pudding workshop with Péter Korponai, Sunday at 2pm!
St. Stephen’s Basilica is on the M1 line (near Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út), or also close to the M3 stop Arany János utca.
Accommodation tip: Maverick Hostel or City Lodge (both within walking distance of the venue)
Cultural Heritage Days in Budapest September 15 – September 16
Visiting Budapest in September? Lucky you, you can do your sightseeing in places most tourists don’t even dream of going. A lot of the venues are only open for the public on this special weekend, or offer tours or sights that they usually don’t have on their venue. This is the weekend when you can wander into the most enchanted of places easily all over Budapest and beyond.
Butterfly Museum, State Security Archives and more.
A weekend with open gates – the idea of the Cultural Heritage Days is that a bunch of really interesting buildings stay open so you can wander around freely and explore what you wouldn’t normally see. It’s really cool because this not only means the National Museums and the other big museums/churches, but also the Communist surveillance-themed State Security Historical Archives, the Butterfly Museum (which also has other insects, don’t worry), jazz concerts in a café, exhibits on exciting stuff such as revolutions and wars, and of course magical crafts for children. Plus much-much more – for example, if you’re willing to go beyond Budapest, the Fort of Monostor by the Danube and the Open-Reel Tape Recorder Museum in Terény, Nógrád county (my favorite highlight!).
The event is part of the European Heritage Days, and happens every September in Budapest. When you browse these titles in the program, you know immediately that you’ll have enough food for thought for your whole trip:
· Secrets from the Duna Palace to the Michael Jackson Memorial Tree
· Calligraphy workshop
· Gods on the Road: Vehicular Art in the Indian Subcontinent
What else to do while you’re in Hungary
Instead of a cultural heritage overkill, here’s what I suggest: pick your favorite 1 or 2, and give them quality time and attention. This way in the rest of your time, you can still be a regular tourist. September in Budapest is the best season for strolls by the Danube or the Castle district in Buda, be it a guided tour or just a casual walk around. Kossuth tér (the square on which the Parliament stands), a fasor (tree-lined promenade) by the City Park, wine tasting in the old Jewish quarter (reinvented as the party district), classical or jazz/pop concerts at amazing venues – so many opportunities to complete the regular tourist circuit.
Date: September 15-16
Venue: Cool buildings of all kinds around Budapest
Accommodation: Maverick Hostel or City Lodge in the city center