A stroll down the banks of the Danube in Budapest will tell you all the stories of the city. Buda on one side and Pest on the other, the Chain Bridge showcases the union of the towns that has now become a major capital city of Europe. The Aquincum tells tales of the great Roman Empire, while the Hungarian Parliament and Heroes’ Square narrates the Hungarian Revolution and the persistence to rise above the struggles of independence. Today, Budapest is thronged by tourists who wish to explore its treasures, everything from the architecture to its culinary delights. Budapest in March is shaking off the chills of winter, and the people are gearing to welcome spring. Here is a guide on places to explore and experiences to enjoy in Budapest in March.
Why is Budapest in March a must-visit?
- Goodbye winter – The temperature is steadily rising, and Budapest in March is gearing up for the spring. There are very few rainy days and almost no snow, making it ideal to explore Budapest on foot and venture outside the city on day trips to Danube Bend and towns around it.
- Bona Fide Budapest – Budapest in March is enjoying the shoulder season, the tourists are not yet at their peak which translates to lower airfares, and cheaper accommodation rates. It means shorter queues at attractions and a chance to explore the city like a local. Go on guided tours with smaller groups and enjoy activities like shopping and sightseeing without feeling crowded!
- Time to be a Culture Vulture - From food fairs to parades, folk music concerts to bath parties, there is a lot to experience in Budapest in March. The city has many activities lined up to suit all kinds of connoisseurs, be it culinary, artistic, or those with just a zest for life!
Budapest Weather in March
Budapest in March experiences slightly warmer weather - average highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. You can expect 5 to 7 days of rainfall with a dull cloud cover throughout the month. Daylight increases from 11 hours to 12.5 hours as the month progresses.
Budapest in March : Things to do
The National Assembly of Hungary is an iconic landmark on the banks of the Danube. Completed in 1904, it is built in classic Gothic-Revival style and is the tallest building in Budapest. One part of the building is used as the parliament, while the other symmetrical half is accessed by guided tours.
Daily: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055
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Located within the Hotel Gellért, the thermal spa complex is one of the most popular baths in the city. The complex was opened in 1918 and is built in a beautiful Art-Nouveau style. It houses several thermal spas, swimming pools and saunas that are fed by the spring water under the Gellért hill.
Daily: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Explore the Ancient Capital of Buda
The ancient capital of Hungary, Buda is filled with historic landmarks. All the attractions are located close by making it ideal to explore them on a walking tour. You will cover places like Buda Castle, Citadella, Sandor Palace, Margaret Bridge, Matthias Church, and Fisherman’s Bastion on this tour.
Guided Tours start daily at 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM
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Explore the Touristy Pest
Pest on the other side of Danube has its share of historic landmarks and exciting attractions. The flat city is great for walking and a tour will take you past the Hungarian Parliament, St.Stephen’s Basilica, House of Hungarian Art Nouveau, Liberty Square and other sites along the banks of the Danube.
Guided Tours starts daily at 10:00 AM
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Danube River Cruise
The Danube witnesses the most spectacular buildings and attractions along its European journey in Budapest. You can take a trip on the river and see the remarkable beauty for yourself! Go on unique theme cruises including dinner cruise, sightseeing cruise, lunch cruise, Pizza & beer cruise and craft beer cruise.
Timings vary according to the chosen cruise
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Take a Day Trip to Gödöllő
A 30-min drive from Budapest will take you to the town of Gödöllő whose palace was a favorite of Queen Elisabeth, who was nickname Sisi. The18th century palace is sprawling and constructed in typical Baroque and Zopf style. A tour of Gödöllő will be ideal to explore the palace and surroundings with an expert guide.
Tour starts at 10:00 AM on Thursdays and Saturdays
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Visit the Danube Bend
The Danube River takes a unique U Turn just before entering the city of Budapest and is famously known as the Danube Bend. A scenic tour of the region will take you to the ancient cities of Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre. Take in the panoramic views of the Blue Danube!
Tour starts at 9:00 AM on Thursdays and Saturdays
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Go on a Hungarian Food Tour
Take a walk down downtown Pest and Jewish Quarter to learn about and sample Hungarian delicacies. Visit the market hall, street food stalls and a pub to taste dishes like Langos, Hungarian cheese and beer, Turo Rudi, Kürtőskalács, Flódni, and Kolbász & Hurka. Just bring an appetite!
Food Tour starts at 2 PM on Fridays
Budapest, Báthory utca 21-25, 1054
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Visit the Szentendre Artists Village
Once you step into Szentendre you will not be surprised why the picturesque town is known as an Artist’s Village! The town at the gate of Danube Bend has inspired generations of Hungarian Artists and has ten famous museums and several art galleries. Take a day tour to enjoy this pretty town!
Organized day tours starts at 10:00 AM on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
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Segway around Budapest
Give your feet a rest and enjoy a Segway tour of Pest and banks of the Danube. The flat terrain of Pest is perfect for the Segway and this small group tour (max 6 guests) will take you across landmarks like Vörösmarty Square, Danube Promenade, Chain Bridge, Andrássy Avenue, and St. Stephen’s Basilica.
Tours start daily at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM
Budapest, Andrássy út 22, 1061
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Budapest in March : Events to Look Out For
Budapest Fish Festival
2nd March – 4th March
Far from being a fishy affair, the Budapest Fish Festival celebrates the freshwater fish of the city and its contribution to the culinary tradition. From food stalls to workshops and tasting sessions, there is a lot to do at the festival. Don’t miss out on tasting the spicy Fisherman's Soup!
Flavors of Hungary Gastro Fair
3rd March – 4th March
This semi-annual food fair is your chance to sample traditional Hungarian recipes that have been cooked in homes for centuries. The fair will witness over 150 vendors with homemade foods like cheese, ham, sausage, honey, and pálinka. There are a lot of activities like arts & crafts and entertainment to keep the kids occupied.
Revolution Day is a national holiday in Budapest and commemorates the revolution of 1848 which led to the War of Independence. Several events take place at the Hungarian National Museum, Parliament, Kossuth Square and Capital Hill, and you can enjoy free entry at museums like Budapest History Museum and National Gallery.
St Patrick’s Day Parade
Pick a shamrock and dress in green for the annual Irish celebration of St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Budapest. Starting at the Szabadság Square, this afternoon parade involves dancers, performers and floats celebrating the Irish culture and festivities. After the parade head to the Irish bars for some Guinness!
Budapest in March : 3-day Itinerary
If you're visiting Budapest in March 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.
Budapest Weather in March
Winter is losing its sting in Budapest in March, the temperatures are increasing and the last week of March witnesses highs of around 15°C, however the first week minus temperatures rule. Spring is on its way at end of March with brighter sunny days and more sunshine. The sunrise time changes from 6.25 AM in beginning of March to 5:30 AM end of March, while sunset changes from 5:30 PM to 6:10 PM.
Where to Stay in Budapest in March
The heart of Budapest is at Budapest I or the Castle district with the Budapest Castle and several tourist attractions, it’s an upmarket and quiet area with luxury accommodations. You can choose Maison Bistro & Hotel or the Hilton to stay there. Budapest V or Belvaro is good for all types of travelers, its located near the Parliament, Hotel Rum and Prestige Hotel Budapest are good places to stay. Budapest VI and Budapest VII is where the party is, you will find lots of restaurants, pubs and entertainment venues. It’s also good for budget accommodation and hostels like the Hostel One and Wombat’s Hostel.
What to Pack for Budapest in March
The weather in Budapest varies from the first to the last week of March, so pack accordingly. In the first couple of weeks the weather is colder so carry sweaters, waterproof jacket, warm gloves and socks. The last weeks you can do with a jacket layered in long-sleeves. Additionally, bring a scarf, and ankle-length shoes for anytime of the month. Layering works best for such periods and avoids taking up space in the luggage with bulky winter jackets.
Getting Around in Budapest in March
A majority of Budapest attractions are centrally located and you can easily walk around. You can also choose to take the public transport which connects all parts of the city and suburbs conveniently.
Metro – There are four metro lines – M1, M2, M3 and M4 which cover pretty much the entire city.
Tram – The trams or streetcars are all over the city and you can take the numbers 2, 4 or 6 to access most of the city’s attractions
Buses – There are more than 200 bus routes, buses are cheap and fast, pick the red numbers for faster service.
You can choose to buy a Budapest City Pass for unlimited public transport in the city.
Budapest in March - Must Try Delicacies
While visiting Budapest in March, here are a few seasonal delicacies you must try!
This Goulash soup is an instant pick-me-up in the cold weather of Budapest in March. The hot soup made of meats like beef, pork and lamb is stewed with vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, peppers, and spices to add that zing! Pasta and potatoes are sometimes added for the extra filling. Where to order: Pipa Etterem
Chicken Paprikas is one of the most famous Hungarian dishes and the perfect dinner dish in the wintry evenings. Made with paprika, this Chicken gravy dish is served with thick egg noodles. The starchy-spicy combo is wholesome and tasty making it the perfect winter comfort food. Where to order: Paprika Jansci Restaurant
Hungarians love their cabbage, and this dish is a favorite at family meals. This baked dish resembles a lasagne and is made with alternating layers of cabbage, sauerkraut, meat, rice, minced pork, spices and of course lots of paprika. It will convert the most cabbage-averse eater into a Káposzta connoisseur! Where to order: Nagyi Kifozdeje
This is undoubtedly Hungary’s most favorite dessert! The dessert starts off with layering sponge cake with custard and raisins, like a trifle, and then scooping it in balls. The balls are then topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. The different textures melt in your mouth, a perfect addition to your meal. Where to order: Stand Restaurant
– No list of Hungarian foods is complete without the mention of sausages! Kolbász is the smoked sausage that is often made with spices and the famous paprika. You can find it at street food stalls or as a part of other meals like casseroles, stews and soups. Where to order: Porc & Prezli Budapest
Tips for Visiting Budapest in March
- The Budapest Dance Festival finale will be held on 2nd March and will be a show by the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble performing at the National Dance Theatre. It will showcase historical events, famous personalities and struggles of the Hungarians through folk music and dance.
- Budapest is known as the City of Baths for its thermal baths that are fed by over 120 natural hot springs. The most popular baths are Széchenyi, Gellért, Rudas, Lukács, Király and Császár Baths. They often have night bath parties on weekends that last till morning.
- You can spend the long evenings of Budapest in March shopping for souvenirs. You can visit the Central Market Hall, Vaci utca, Gozsdu Bazar and Ecseri Flea Market to buy these souvenirs. Some of the uniquely Hungarian souvenirs to pick include Palinka (Fruit Brandy), Tsokaji Aszú (Dessert wine), Szamos Marzipan (Candy), Hungarian Paprika (Spice), and Matyó embroidery items.
- Hungarian Folk Music and Dance is a unique art form and the fast-paced performances are meant to be experienced in person! There are several concerts in March where you can view these Gypsy performances. You can check out the venues at City Centre Venue (Inside Danube Palace), Palace of Arts, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Matthias Church.
- Ruin Bars are very popular in Budapest and they are essentially underground bars located within old buildings and have eclectic decor. It’s the best way to keep warm and dance the night away in Budapest in March. Some of the best ruin bars are Szimpla Kert, Instant, Fogasház, Doboz, Corvin Teto, Grandio, Dürer Kert, and Mazel Tov.
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What are the top things to do in Budapest in March?
Budapest in March brings with it the time of large festivities in the city like the Budapest Spring Festival, Easter, Hungarian Folk Dance Festival, and more! And with it being the shoulder season, you’ll have more time to enjoy the spectacle of Budapest in March!
What is the temperature in Budapest in March?
The temperature in Budapest in April sees highs of 10°C and lows of 1° C. Spring is on its way at the end of March with brighter sunny days and more sunshine.
Are any famous attractions closed in Budapest in March?
All major attractions in Budapest are open in the month of March, and with fewer tourists, you can take more out of your experience!
What is an ideal itinerary for visiting Budapest in March?
Depending on the number of days you’d like to visit Budapest, check out our tailor made itineraries for visiting Budapest in March.
Is March a good time to visit Budapest ?
Yes! From food fairs to parades, folk music concerts to bath parties, there is a lot to experience in Budapest in March. The city has many activities lined up to suit all kinds of connoisseurs, be it culinary, artistic, or those with just a zest for life!
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