What to do and see in Budapest in November
Discover the many events and activities we have selected for your visit to Budapest in November. This Budapest calendar is regularly updated when new events are announced and attract our full attention.
Budapest Christmas markets
Since mid-November Budapest shines with its many Christmas markets in Pest.
This is the opportunity to discover Budapest in November in a festive atmosphere with beautiful decorations. Among the most important Christmas markets in Budapest are the market on Vörösmarty Square and the Christmas market in St. Stephen’s Basilica in Pest.
Detailed information (opening hours, maps, photos, tips, etc.) can be found in our article The best Christmas markets in Budapest, under this link.
You can also read our article What you can eat at the Christmas markets in Budapest.
CONCERT. THE BASILICA OF STEVENABASILICA
In the majestic setting of St. Stephen’s Basilica in the centre of Pest a weekly organ concert takes place under the direction of Miklos Teleca. The arias on the programme are performed by Kolos Kovac, one of the most famous orchestral singers in Hungary, and you can also listen to flutist Eleonora Krusic.
Concert every Thursday at 8 pm (programme subject to change) : Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi, Alessandro Stradella, Tomaso Albinoni, Franz Liszt.
Duration: approximately 70 minutes. Tickets from 20 € ! Information about organ concerts and tickets – click here.
Robert Doino: Paris to Palm Springs.
This major exhibition is held in the Hungarian House of Photography (Mai Manó Ház) in the center of Pest until the 10th anniversary of the birth of the Hungarian National Gallery. January 2021.
In 1960 the American magazine Fortune asked the French photographer Robert Doynot (1912-1994) to tell the story of a city born in the middle of the Californian desert: Palm Springs. There the photographer created his own American dream, not in black and white, but in an explosion of colour. These pictures from the Palm Springs album from 1960 show the little known side of this great photographer.
From Paris to Palm Springs, the exhibition presents a hundred original images, famous paintings, but also images that the public has never seen before. Most come from his studio and from important private collections in France. This extensive collection, enriched with documents and personal testimonies lovingly collected by the photographer’s daughter, offers us a modern and critical reinterpretation of the work.
Address : May Mano’s house, Nagymező you. 20, 6. County, Plague – map – location – FB.
Hours of operation : Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 19:00. It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
BUDAPEST DANUBE STRING ORCHESTRA
You can also attend concerts every Tuesday and Sunday at 8pm at St. Stephen’s Cathedral with the Duna String Orchestra. About the programme (subject to change) : Bach (Air BWV 1068), Handel (Jubilee), Albinoni (Adagio), Vivaldi (Fragments from the four seasons), Gounod (Ave Maria), Handel (Largo, Opera Xerxes), Schubert (Ave Maria), Mozart, Wolfgang (Fragments from the Requiem), Bizet (Agnus Dei) and others.
Duration: approximately 70 minutes. Tickets from 35 € in category C. For more information about the string concert and the tickets – click here.
Address : SV. St. Stephen’s Basilica, St. Istvan Ter 1, 5. Pest County – Map –
Budapest open-air ice rink from mid-November
The Városliget ice rink in Budapest is the largest outdoor ice rink in Europe. It is situated on the edge of the city forest and offers stunning views of Vaidahunyad Castle!
Enjoy this unique skating rink from mid-November until the end of February.
You can rent skates and enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate in a restaurant away from the main building.
Working hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (8 p.m. on Sunday)
Price: 1500 ft (≈ 5 €) during the week until Friday afternoon; 2000 ft at weekends (≈ 7 €). Skate rental: 1800 feet (≈ 6 €) – website – map.
Address : Olof Palme Setani. 5, 14. District – Plague.
Matthias Church Concert – Budapest, 1. November 2009.
In the beautiful Matthias Church, located in the historic old town of Budapest, the 13th anniversary of the birth of the great Matthias is celebrated. In November at 19.00 there will be classical music concerts with the Budapest Duna String Orchestra, performed by a.o. Bach, Handel, Mozart and Vivaldi.
For information and tickets for the concerts of the Matthias Church, click here.
Address : Sentaromsag ter 2, 1. District, Buda – map.
Danube cruises – Budapest in November
Discover Budapest with a boat trip on the Danube (45mn-1h), day and night to admire the Budapest Castle, the Matthias Church, the Hungarian Parliament, the Citadel, the Gellért Hotel and much more!
For more information about a cruise to Budapest – click here.
It is also possible to dine every evening during the cruise (two hours and forty-five)!
in the evening, departing at 7.45 pm, you can enjoy a two and a half hour boat trip on the Danube, accompanied by a four course menu and a musical show of Hungarian artists from the region:
For more information and to book a dinner cruise – click here.
Discover opera, concerts and classical music performances in Budapest in our special article here