Enjoy the great wines on offer at the Budapest Wine Festival, one of the long awaited events in Budapest in the autumn season. It is more than the Hungarian National Wine Festival as it often reaches out to other nations, featuring a guest country’s wine culture.
The Wine Festival takes place every year in September (but some of the past festivals took place in October), and features a fascinating Harvest Procession in the Buda Castle, besides the many concerts and performances to enjoy your wines better.
The Wine & Sparkling Wine Festival venue is the grounds and courtyards of the scenic hilltop Buda Castle in Budapest.
Wine Festival in 2016
September 8 – 11, 2016
Theme of Festival in 2016: 25 years together – Celebrating the 25th Budapest Wine Festival
Payment at the Festival: Festipay festival card (available on the spot against cash or bank card), or Mastercard PayPass/VISA PayWave contactless bank cards
Wine Festival Days – Opening Hours
Opening Hours of the Budapest Buda Castle Wine Festival days in 2016
Sept 8–9: 2 pm – midnight
Sept 10: 12 pm – midnight
Sept 11: 12 pm – 9 pm
Wine Festival Tickets 2016
Until Sep 1: HUF 2,500 for 1 day, or HUF 4,500 for 4 days
After Sep 1 and on the spot: HUF 3,000 for 1 day, or HUF 6,000 for 4 days
- full day entry to the festival (wrist band entitling to multiple entries, come and go as you wish)
- 1 Crystal Wine Tasting Glass with a carrier bag
- free entry to Budapest History Museum permanent exhibition
- a cup of espresso at the Nespresso stands
- no Budapest Cards are accepted during the festival, sorry
Ten Tips for the Budapest Wine Festival
- Get a pair of comfortable shoes (possibly flat soled), as the grounds of the castle are covered in cobble stones
- Enjoy the Wifi at the Budapest Wine Festival: all areas are covered in festival wifi
- The festival can get crowded by midday at weekends: if you want to enjoy the festival in a more airy style, pick the weekdays, and the hours right after the opening hours
- Bring enough cash to the festival. The local currency exchange rate at the festival may not be so optimal as in some city central currency exchange places
- Don’t forget to keep hydrated: get enough water to keep you balanced
- The castle bus will take you very close to the festival location: Bus number 16 from Deak Sq and Clark Adam Sq, or the Varbusz castle bus from Szell Kalman Sq are both cheap and efficient options. Parking by car in the Castle District is a hassle.
- Do join the fun Harvest Procession: people from all over Hungary take pride in representing the various wine regions in Hungary, plus locals in beautiful folk costumes represent the century old local cultures. There will be lots of singing and dancing as part of the procession. The traditional castle route of the Harvest Procession is: Szentháromság tér – Tóth Árpád sétány – Dísz tér – Koldus kapu – festival main stage.
- The Parade starts at 12.20 pm on Sep 11, Sunday.
- Visit the fully responsive website of the Festival for all information you might need.
- Enjoy yourself!