What to do and see in Budapest in November ?
Discover the numerous events and activities we have selected for your visit to Budapest in November. This Budapest calendar is regularly updated as soon as new events are announced that attract our full attention.
Budapest Christmas Markets
Budapest lights up from mid-November with its many Christmas markets in Pest.
It’s an opportunity to discover Budapest in November in a festive atmosphere with beautiful decorations. Among the main Christmas markets in Budapest are the Vörösmarty square market and the Christmas market of St Stephen’s Basilica in Pest.
Find complete information (opening hours, plans, photos, tips, etc.) in our article, ‘The best Xmas markets of Budapest’ on this link.
Also enjoy our article, ‘What to Eat at Budapest Christmas Markets’ on this link.
CONCERTS ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA
In the majestic setting of St. Stephen’s Basilica in the center of Pest a weekly Organ concert is conducted by Miklós Teleki. The arias of the program are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous singers of oratorio concerts in Hungary, and you can also listen to the flutist, Eleonóra Krusic.
Concert every Thursday at 8:00 pm (with program subject to change): Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi, Alessandro Stradella, Tomaso Albinoni, Ferenc Liszt,…
Duration: about 70 minutes. Tickets from 20 €!Information on Organ Concert and tickets – click here
Robert Doisneau: From Paris to Palm Springs.
This superb exhibition takes place at the Hungarian House of Photography (Mai Manó Ház) in the centre of Pest until 10th of January 2021.
In 1960, the American magazine Fortune asked the French photographer Robert Doisneau (1912-1994) to report about the city born in the middle of the Californian desert: Palm Springs. The photographer created his own American dream there, not in black and white but in an explosion of colour. These images from the album, Palm Springs 1960, reveal a little-known side of this great photographer.
The exhibition “From Paris to Palm Springs” presents about a hundred original prints, famous images alongside images that the public has never seen, most of them selected from his studio and from important private collections in France. This vast selection, further enriched by documents and personal testimonies lovingly collected by the photographer’s daughter, offers us an up-to-date critical rereading of the work.
BUDAPEST DUNA STRING ORCHESTRA
You can also attend concerts at the Duna String Orchestra in St Stephen’s Basilica every Tuesday and Sunday at 20:00 at St Stephen’s basilica. On the program (subject to change): Bach (Air BWV 1068), Händel (Rejoice), Albinoni (Adagio), Vivaldi (The Four Seasons ‘Extracts’), Gounod (Ave Maria), Händel (Largo, opera Xerxes), Schubert (Ave Maria), Mozart, Wolfgang (Requiem ‘extracts’), Bizet (Agnus Dei), among others.
Duration: about 70 minutes. Tickets from 35 € in category C.For information Concert Orchestra Duna String and tickets – click here
Address: ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA, Szent István ter 1, 5th district, Pest – map –
Budapest open-air skating rink from mid November
The Városliget ice rink in Budapest is Europe’s largest outdoor rink located on the edge of the city’s woodland, with a magnificent view of the Vajdahunyad Castle!
Enjoy this unique ice rink from mid November to the end of February.
You can rent skates and enjoy a coffee or hot chololate in the restaurant located aside the main building.
Open hours: Monday to Friday from 9h to 13h and from 17h to 21h; Saturday and Sunday from 9h to 13h and from 16h to 21h (20h on Sunday).
Price: 1500 Ft (≈5 €) entry on weekdays until noon Friday; 2000 Ft on weekends (≈7 €). Skate rental: 1800 Ft (≈6 €) – Website – Map.
Address: Olof Palme sétány. 5, XIVth district- Pest.
Matthias Church Concert – Budapest in November
In the magnificent Matthias Church in the historic old town of Buda classical music concerts are held at 19:00 on November 13th with the Budapest Duna String Orchestra performing compositions by Bach, Handel, Mozart and Vivaldi, among others.
Address: Szentháromság tér 2, 1st district, Buda – map .
Cruises on the Danube River – Budapest in November
Discover Budapest with a cruise on the Danube (45mn-1h), day and night, to admire Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Hungarian Parliament, Citadel, Hotel Gellért, and more!
There is also the possibility of a dinner cruise every evening (two hours and forty five)!
In the evening departing at 19:45, you can enjoy a two and a half hour cruise on the Danube accompanied by a four-course dinner and the musical performance of local Hungarian artists: