Things to Do in Budapest in March 2016

Budapest Event Guide March 2016

Our things to Do in Budapest in March page brings you a list of events and interesting things to do in this lovely city in March.

Spring is here and it means tons of fun things to do in Budapest. Fairs and exhibitions, the Budapest Spring Festival, opera and theater performances, concerts, St Patrick’s Day parade and much more.

Weather in Budapest is still cold in March but bringing gloves, a scarf, a warm jacket, warm and comfortable shoes, especially for sightseeing you will be fine. Do not forget a bathing suit, as you shouldn’t miss the thermal baths!!

Please find below our top picks’ list of things to do in Budapest in March, you might be interested in doing something else besides sightseeing while visiting Budapest.

Budapest Restaurant Week

When: March 21- March 27, 2016

Where: Over 30 restaurants in Budapest

The Budapest Restaurant Week is taking place for the third time in this lovely city. It is a culinary festival that offers everyone the opportunity to have a great dinning experience at some of Budapest’s top restaurants at affordable prices.

During the Budapest Restaurant Week you can enjoy a three course menu for only 3300 Forints (about €10,50). The menu includes an appetizer, an entree and a dessert.

Take advantage of this opportunity and have a great time in one of the top noch restaurants of the city.

Some recommended participants are: Robinson Restaurant (International, Hungarian), Krízia Restaurant, Karpathia Restaurant,Remíz Café and Pub, Abszint Restaurant. Online reservation is required.

More information: Check the for the list of participant restaurants as well as online reservations.

Classical Music Concerts at Budapest Basilica

When:   March, 2016. 8:00 pm.

Where: St. Stephen’s Basilica

Cost:  32 Euro

Saint Stephen’s Basilica is one of the most stunning neo Classical buildings of Budapest.

Its great acoustics makes it the perfect place to enjoy a series of beautiful classical music concerts where the organ and the flute are the main players together with outstanding performers.

How to get there: The best way to get the Basilica of Budapest is taking Blue Metro Line 3 and getting off at Arány János station.

More information: Check the Basilica’s organ Concerts Website Basilica’s organ Concerts Website for detailed information on dates, concerts and prices.

Dining Cruise with Live Music

When: Every day in March, 2016

Where: Meeting Point. Danube Palace, Zrinyi u. 5.

A romantic dinner cruise with live music on the river Danube is a wonderful thing to do in Budapest in February. These cruises offer a great 4 meal course of traditional Hungarian food created by the well known Hungarian chef, Klöter Gregor-Grex.

The musicians, members of the Zoltan Kodaly Orchestra, as well as the famous violinist Zsigmond Vidák entertain guests with melodies of classical and traditional Hungarian music as they witness fabulous night views of Budapest at the background.

Do not miss the opportunity to get enchanted by the spectacular night views of Budapest world cultural heritage panorama. From a river tour like this, you see Budapest from a different perspective: the illumined bridges, the Parliament,the Buda Castle and Citadella are simply stunning at night.

More information: Check the Dinner Cruise Website for detailed information on dates, menu and prices.

Night Spa at Rudas Baths

When: Every Friday and Saturday Night of March, 2016. From 10:00 pm to 4:00 am.

Where: Rudas Baths – Budapest 1013, Döbrentei tér 9.

Price:  4,600 ft.

Rudas Baths is one of the remaining Turkish baths in Budapest. It was built during the 16th century and still preserves the unique architecture, its Ottoman interior and Turkish character.

It opens its doors every Friday and Saturday night to enjoy a quiet spa experience. Visiting Rudas baths at night can be a unique thing to do in Budapest in March. Currently, renovation works are taking place but services are open to public.

How to get there: The best way to get to Rudas Baths is taking trams 18 or 19 (from Bathyanyi tér Red Metro Line) as well as buses 5, 7, 8 and 86 to Dobrentei tér. (at the foot of Elizabeth Bridge on the Buda side).

St Patrick’s Day Parade in Budapest

When: March 20, 2016. 13.30 pm

Where: From Szabadság Tér to Pilvax utca (Guiness House).

Whether you are Irish and want to celebrate your heritage or love Irish culture, or just want to have fun, don’t miss the St. Patrick’s day parade in Budapest.

Everyone is welcome to wear green and join the parade that starts at 13.30 pm at Szabadság tér and ends at Guiness House Irish Pub approximately one hour later on Pilvax utca.

StPatricksDayBudapestSaint Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on March 20. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It originated as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. It has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland’s culture.

It is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and celebrated widely in many countries around the world.

Cultural Night at the Budapest Opera House

When: March 2016

Where: Hungarian State Opera House. Andrassy út 22

Time: 19:00-22:30

The Hungarian Opera House proudly presents the following performance in March:

-Turandot. Puccini, G. Opera in three Acts. March 1, 3, 5, 9, 14, 16, 17, 2013.


-Gone with the Wind Dvorak, A. / Rácz Z. / Pártay , Ballet in three acts. March 3, 7, 10, 16, 17, 2013. 11:00 am.

-Don Giovanni. Mozart, W. A. March 8, 9, 10, 2013.

-Bánk bán. Erkel F. Opera. March 13, 16, 19, 23, 2013.

– The King’s New Clothes. Ránki Gy. Strauss, R. Fairy tale Opera in three acts. March 23, 24, 2013.

-Eugene Onegin . Csajkovszkij, P. I. Seven Lyrical scenes. March 8, 10, 12, 17, 20, 2013.

-Onegin Csajkovszkij, P. I. / Stolze, K.-H. / Cranko, J. Ballet in three acts. March 21, 22,24, 27, 2013.

How to get there: You can reach the Budapest Opera House easily using the yellow metro Line 1. There is a station right across the Opera house , as you come up the station the opera House is just in front of you on Andrassy út 22.

Budapest Palace of Arts

When: March 2016.

Where: Komor Marcell u. 1, Budapest IX District

xPalaceofArtsofBudapest.jpg.pagespeed.ic.f1R-zwJkfcThe Budapest Palace of Arts offers an amazing variety of cultural events all year round. Musical concerts from diverse genres, opera, dance performances, art exhibitions and art workshops among many other kind of events take place in the Palace of Arts.

If you are interested in any type of art, visit Budapest’s Palace of Arts and enjoy Hungarian’s rich cultural life.This is truly one of the things to do in Budapest in March you shouldn’t miss.

How to get there: The best way to get the Palace of Arts is taking tram number 2 and getting off at Közvágohíd (Millenium Kulturalís Központ)

More information: Check Palace Arts Events for detailed information on current programs.

March 15th – Hungarian National Day

March 15th is a public holiday in Hungary when Hungarians commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of the Revolution and War against the Hapsburg Monarchy that took place in 1848/1849.

HungarianNationalHolidaySeveral official ceremonies take place during this day . It traditionally starts by raising the Hungarian flag in Kossuth square (in front of the Parliament House)followed by other commemorative acts that take place at the National Museum where at the time of the revolution, Sándor Petőfi followed by young Hungarian protesters held a mass demonstration on the first day of the revolution in 1848.

There are different events taking place in different locations of the city during March 15, for example the Hussar parade to the Buda castle where there are usually handcrafts exhibitions and folk music concerts. Each year on March 15, the Hungarian tricolors of red, white, and green are widely displayed all over the country, in households and schools. Even Hungarians wear them in cockades attached to their outfits.

On March 15th the Parliament House is usually open to the public and the Holy crown and the royal jewels are on display free of charge.

Since March 15 is a Hungarian National Holiday all shops and offices are closed. Most restaurants are open and public transport run according to the holiday schedule.

Janos Hill lookout by Chair Lift

When: March 2016.

Where: Zugligeti út 97.

János Hégy is a wonderful place located in one of the most beautiful areas of the Buda Hills from where you can get stunning views of the entire city of Budapest.

You can reach János Hill by chairlift (libegő).

The ride takes about 15 minutes through a leafy green forest with fantastic views of surrounding neighborhoods and Budapest.

JanosHillLookOutBudapestJános hégy is the highest point in the Buda Hills where you can walk up to Elizabeth lookout and enjoy 350°breathtaking views of the city and surroundings, have a relaxed walk or even take a ride back to the city on the children railway.

The chairlift to János hegy (John’s hill) works daily from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Sundays and Public Holidays.

The chairlift runs depending on weather conditions ( It doesn’t operate on windy, stormy, foggy or rainy weather)

Cost: 850 ft per adult per ride. And 550 ft per child per ride.

Return Ticket: 1,400 ft for adults and 800 ft for children. Children under 3 years old can travel free of charge.

How to get there: The easiest way to get to Zugligeti Libegő station is to take bus number 291 at Nyugati Station, get off at the last stop and walk up about 200 mt. On the right side you will find the Zugligeti Libegő station (Next to Zugligeti campsite where there is a yellow tram car that works as a campsite shop).

Handmade Hungarian Flavors Fair

When: March 19-26, 2016

Where: Erzsebet ter. Budapest

Entrance fee: free

Do you want to taste the truly original Hungarian flavors? Then the Fair of the Handmade Hungarian Flavors is for you. Meet the best selections of domestic cheese, sausage, jam, honey,dried fruits, chocolates, wine, ‘pálinka’ and all other quality food that is uniquely Hungarian.

Manufacturers from seven Hungarian regions are proudly showcasing their best products with all who are open to the handcrafted Hungarian cuisine.

Besides tasting, each region will be promoting their tourist attractions. Additional programs – like folklore dance, sausage filling, butter making and honey extraction – will make the fair an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.

Cooking shows, concerts, a kids’ playing corner, surprises and gifts will be also on display.

More information: Check the the Fair Website for detailed information on programs and exhibitors.

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