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Visiting Budapest In November – The Definitive Guide

Budapest, the Hungarian capital, is the union of two districts, Buda on the west bank of the Danube, and Pest on the east, giving the city its unique flavor. Famous for its thermal baths, the city comes to life with its youthful atmosphere, pulsating nightlife, world-class classical music scene, and legendary ruin bars. Budapest is the perfect juxtaposition of old-time charm and modernization because it is here that ancient castles and palaces meet bridges which connect to a cosmopolitan city. If you can’t decide between munchies or gourmet food, the restaurants here will sort you out. With museums, theaters, art galleries, and many more things to see, the city will leave you mesmerized.

Why is Budapest in November a must visit?


Budapest in November

Budapest is great for visiting in November, if you can handle a little chilly weather. The weather is not as cold as other winter months, and the lack of summer crowds and the sunny skies make visiting the city during this time special. This is the perfect time to stroll around the city in layers of warm clothing, admiring the magnificent sights against the crystal clear sunshine. While the city gears up for Christmas in November, Budapest sees other celebrations too, including the feast day of St. Martin, held on November 11. It is also the ideal time to dine at one of the many restaurants and enjoy traditional duck or goose, paired with Hungarian wine. With November being off-season for tourists, you get to enjoy discounts offered at many places, and crowd-free sightseeing.

Budapest Weather in November


The weather in Budapest in November can be chilly, where peak winter has not yet set in. The average temperature is 5°C, with the maximum being 7°C and the minimum being 2°C. The air is brittle and clear, with an average of eight hours of sunshine a day. Moderate amounts of rainfall and snowfall can be expected during the month.

Budapest in November - weather

Budapest in November : Things to do


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Danube River Cruise

Budapest in November


The Danube is Europe’s second longest river, flowing through ten countries. By hopping on a river cruise, you will have the pleasure of viewing many sights unique to this city, such as the Chain Bridge, the Elisabeth Bridge, the Hungarian Parliament, and more. Experience the wonder of Margaret Island, and see parts of Budapest that cannot be accessed by foot.

November Timings
Depends on chosen cruise

Budapest Cruises
Budapest Sightseeing Cruise - 75 Minutes
upto 7% off
from
€14 €13
Budapest Cruises
Dinner Cruise on the Danube with Operetta & Fo...
upto 5% off
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€65 €61.45
Budapest Cruises
Dinner Cruise on the Danube with Live Piano Ba...
upto 5% off
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€63 €59.56
Budapest Cruises
Danube River Cruise with Buffet Lunch
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€40
Budapest Cruises
Pizza & Beer Budapest Cruise
from
€29
Budapest Cruises
Craft Beer Cruise
upto 4% off
from
€29

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Gellért Spa

Budapest in November


Part of the famous Hotel Gellért in Buda, the Gellért Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool is a bath complex in Budapest, which gets its water from Gellért hill’s mineral hot springs. This bathing facility is the most prestigious one in Budapest, visitable during any time of the year. Built in the 1900s, the bath complex is considered to have healing powers. With the outdoors being chilly, November is the perfect time to cozy up and relax in the warm thermal baths.

November Timings
Daily: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location

Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4, 1118
Hungary
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Guided Tour of Buda

Budapest in November - Guided tour of Buda


The best way to explore the city is by opting for a guided tour. Going on a tour saves you the trouble of having to choose between which attractions you want to see, and gives you the added benefit of a guide explaining each attraction. Some of the attractions covered in the tours are the Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Margaret Bridge, Castle District, and more. As the city sees fewer crowds in November, you can take in all the sights without other tourists getting in your way.

November Timings
Guided Walking Tours: Daily, 2:00 PM
2-Hour Guided Tour: Daily, 10 AM & 2:30 PM

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Guided Tour of Pest

Budapest in November


If Buda has all the ancient landmarks, Pest is where Hungary’s more recent history took place! The walking tour takes you away from the crowded tour buses to give you an up close and personal view of Budapest's beautiful architecture, 19th century buildings, and hidden alleyways. The tour through the flat Pest will take you through iconic landmarks like St. Stephen’s Basilica, Hungarian Parliament, Liberty Square, and House of Hungarian Art Nouveau, all of them built in the past century.

November Timings
Guided Tours starts daily at 10:00 AM

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Budapest Parliament Tour

Budapest in November - Hungarian Parliament


Budapest Parliament Tour The Hungarian Parliament building, also known as the Parliament of Budapest, is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, and is a stunning sight. A well-known landmark in Hungary, the building was constructed in Gothic-revival style in 1904, on the banks of the Danube. The building holds the honor of being the world's third-largest Parliament building, with its interiors just as magnificent as its external architecture.

November Timings
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 AM

Location

Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055
Hungary
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Danube Bend Tour

Budapest in November


The Danube Bend is a part of the river surrounded by hills, and nestled with the villages of Esztergom, Visegrád, and Szentendre. Esztergom used to be the capital of Hungary, and is still the centre of the Catholic Church. Visegrád offers panoramic views of the Danube valley. Szentendre is a small baroque city built on medieval ruins, located at the gate of the Bend. The tour will take you by bus to the Bend and return by boat from Szentendre to Budapest.

November Timings
Tour starts at 9:00 AM on Thursdays and Saturdays

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Budapest Food Tour

Budapest in November - Food Tour


Get a taste of Hungary by going on a food tour with a local guide, where you will be taken on the off-beaten path to local eateries. The tour starts at Belvárosi Piac, and includes stops at a local butcher shop, cheese shop, traditional restaurants, and a neighborhood pub. Whatever cuisine strikes your fancy, this tour ensures you try it. Budapest’s restaurants offer many dishes that are unique to the season, making the tour special in November.

November Timings
Food Tour starts at 2 PM on Fridays

Location

Budapest, Báthory utca 21-25, 1054
Hungary
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Budapest Segway Tour

Budapest in November - Segway Tour


The Segway Tour offers a fun alternative to tour the city. Glide your way from one attraction to the other as you explore the city’s attractions. Starting from the neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House, you will roll through the city centre seeing sights, such as the Vörösmarty Square, the Danube Promenade, and the fabulous Chain Bridge. You will also take a look at Liberty Square and the city’s largest cathedral, the St Stephen’s Basilica.

November Timings
Tours start daily at 10:30 AM and 4:00 PM

Location

Budapest, Andrássy út 22, 1061
Hungary
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Budapest in November : Events to Look Out For


Budapest in November - events

Bonusz Electronic Music Festival

Nov 16, 2019
If you prefer dancing to the tune of electronic music, then you should check out the Bonusz Electronic Music Festival. The event starts at 7:30 PM, and goes on till 8 the next morning. Featuring several international artists, the festival has several stages, ensuring you have an electrifying night.

Budapest in November - events

New Wine and Cheese Festival

Nov 28 - 29, 2019
The season’s first new wines are showcased at the annual New Wine and Cheese Festival by winemakers from all over Hungary. Packed with stalls offering spreads of local cheeses and bottles of újbor (young wine from the newest vintage), it’s the perfect occasion to learn about Hungarian wine and nibble on some artisanal cheese.

Budapest in November - events

Müpa: Festival Theatre: Rising Stars: Simon Höfele

Nov 11, 2019
The European Concert Hall Organisation’s (ECHO) series showcases young artists with the most promising fresh talents. These concerts give you a chance to be among the first to hear young musicians who are likely to shoot to fame in a few years. Simon Höfele was seven years old when he started playing the trumpet, and has since won numerous awards. He has performed in several world-famous orchestras, and his upcoming concert programme will consist of 20th-century works.

Budapest in November - events

All Stars Festival 2019, 7th Edition

Nov 1 - 3, 2019
What started off as a small and only Hungarian bachata event, has now become an international bachata, urban kiz, kizomba, salsa and zouk mixed festival. The All Stars Festival has grown year by year, adding more dance styles and involved more international artists, giving a platform to fresh talents. Check out the festival if the idea of quality workshops, brilliant teachers, parties, and a vibrant atmosphere appeal to you.

Budapest in November : 3-day Itinerary


If you're visiting Budapest in November and are looking for an itinerary that you can simply adapt, here's our handcrafted 3-day itinerary. You can also take a look at our 2-day and 1-day itineraries to visiting Budapest.

Day 1

3 days in Budapest
3 days in Budapest
3 days in Budapest

• Széchenyi Thermal Bath
• Budapest Parliament
• Budapest Food Tour
• Danube River Cruise

Day 2

3 days in Budapest
3 days in Budapest
3 days in Budapest

• Danube Bend Tour

Day 3

3 days in Budapest
3 days in Budapest
3 days in Budapest

• Walking Tour of Pest
• Walking Tour of Buda
• Margaret Island

Budapest Essentials In November


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LanguageHungarian

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Time zoneGMT+2

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Country Code+36

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Socket Type C & F

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CurrencyHungarian Forints (HUF)

Budapest Weather in November

Budapest is chilly in November, but not freezing levels. The average temperature is 5°C, with the maximum being 7°C and the minimum being 2°C. The air is usually clear, with an average of eight hours of sunshine that gradually reduces towards the end of the month. As the month progresses, cloudy weather is rampant, along with the chances of rain. The total amount of rain expected is on average 2.5 inches, spread over 13 days.

Where to Stay in Budapest in November

Budapest is generally an affordable city to visit and stay in. Check out these places you can stay in depending on your budget.

  • Luxury - The Corinthia Hotel Budapest is one of the grandest and most romantic hotels in the city. The hotel is centrally located in Pest, and provides easy access to all the main attractions and the train station.
  • Mid-Range - The Continental Hotel Budapest offers an elegant and cozy stay, and is conveniently located. Budapest’s popular attractions and landmarks are within close proximity to the hotel, with the Dohany Street Synagogue, train station and Elizabeth Bridge only a brief walk away.
  • Budget - Conveniently located in the center of Budapest, Gozsdu Court Aparthotel is an apartment-style hotel, which offers easy access to Budapest’s best sightseeing areas,with the Hungarian State Opera House only a short walk away.
  • Hostels - Maverick City Lodge is walking distance to many of the city’s attractions, and offers beds in a shared dormitory, as well as a private room.

Budapest in November - Must-Try Delicacies


Budapest in November - Food
Fisherman’s Soup (Halászlé)

Halászlé is basically Hungarian Fisherman’s Soup. It is similar to fish paprikash, but with more water. It is usually made from carp caught in the river Danube, and gets its spiciness and red color from the traditional paprika powder. You can try this soup in many places in Budapest, for example at Horgásztanya Restaurant.

Budapest in November - Food
Gulyás (Goulash)

Goulash is one of the most famous Hungarian dishes. It is a thin broth or stew made from chunks of beef, onions, tomatoes, and peppers. It is usually served with fresh white bread and chopped hot paprika on the side. Some places replace beef with pork or chicken in the dish. We recommend that you eat goulash at Baltazar Budapest.

Budapest in November - Food
Chicken Paprikash (Csirke paprikás)

Chicken paprikash has everything that characterises Hungarian cuisine: paprika, pepper, onion, garlic, green pepper, tomato, meat, and sour cream. This creamy dish is made by simmering the chicken meat for over an hour. Traditionally, it is served with egg dumplings called nokedli. You can try this at Paprika Jancsi.

Budapest in November - Food
Töltött káposzta (Stuffed Cabbage)

Stuffed cabbage is a popular dish across eastern Europe. The Hungarian version is made with cooked cabbage leaves stuffed with ground pork and beef, rice, tomatoes and sauerkraut, and flavored with paprika. When in Budapest, you should try this dish at Százéves Restaurant.

Budapest in November - Food
Sponge Cake (Somlói galuska)

The sponge cake is one of the most famous Hungarian desserts. This dessert is a trifle made with three different flavoured sponge cakes, cream, raisins, walnuts and chocolate sauce. You can taste this delectable dessert at Gundel amongst many other joints.

Tips for Visiting Budapest in November


  • Christmas markets open up in mid-November, making this the ideal time to buy presents. Vörösmarty Square is among the best and the largest.
  • Get ready to party indoors as due to the chilly weather in November, Budapest's open-air parties move indoors in the winter months.
  • The thermal baths are that much more enjoyable in the cold November weather, so be sure to make the most of it.
  • The Városliget ice rink in Budapest is Europe’s largest outdoor rink. From mid-November, you can rent skates and enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate in the restaurant located beside the main building.
  • November 11 is St. Martin’s Day in Hungary (Márton nap). It's a traditional feast day celebrated by tasting the new wine and eating goose. Throughout November, many restaurants offer special St. Martin’s Day dishes and winemakers provide tastings of their first new wines.

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