Category Archives: Vajdahunyad Castle Events

Winter in Vajdahunyad Castle

Winter does not steal the beauty of Vajdahunyad Castle, quite on the contrary, the towers and turrets, the moat and the chapel, the courts surrounded by medieval and baroque wings all convey a special atmosphere, which makes Vajdahunyad Castle one of the most visited attractions in the City Park in Budapest.

Vajdahunyad Castle Snowy Winter Budapest

Vajdahunyad Castle Winter Budapest – Leon de Nemea Photography

When the cold weather sets in, it is usually November (do visit the St Martin’s Weekend and the New Wine & Cheese Festival in the Castle). Both events offer traditional Hungarian tasting opportunities, and some insights into Hungarian cultural traditions, well nurtured in the countryside.

Budapest Christmas Market

Budapest Christmas Market


In December, there used to be some Advent Fairs in Vajdahunyad Castle, but these days the Christmas stalls and craft makers have moved to the two bigger Christmas markets in Budapest to showcase their products, the Budapest Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square, and the Budapest Advent Fair at the St Stephen’s Basilica.
Although there are usually no New Year events in Vajdahunyad Castle, there are many New Year Budapest Events, from New Year’s Eve Parties to New Year Concerts in Budapest, Hungary.

December / January / February in Vajdahunyad Castle

All three months the Castle is open, welcoming visitors who wish to see the permanent and temporary exhibitions inside Vajdahunyad Castle, featuring thematic collections of the Hungarian Agricultural Museum.
Temporary exhibitions have a wide range of themes, not necessarily related to agriculture or farm life in Hungary, for instance, it could be about Hungarian Noblemen’s Treasures.

Summer Music Festival Vajdahunyad Castle

Visiting Budapest in summer time has the advantage of getting the opportunity to enjoy some of the finest summer events in the city, like the Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival in July and August.

Summer Music Festival Vajdahunyad Castle

The dates of the Vajdahunyad Vari Zenei Fesztival change year by year, most probably be set between July and  August based on the customary dates of previous years. Please check back for more details, and booking tickets for the concerts in June.

Summer Concerts in Vajdahunyad Var

Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival

Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival (Source: Hirado.hu)

The summer festival features a series of concerts on the courtyard of the fairy tale castle of Vajdahunyad Var. Not only is the castle itself a romantic venue, but also the surrounding area of the City Park with many of Budapest beautiful attractions, from Szechenyi Baths to the Art Nouveau Budapest Zoo, or the Millennium Monument on the Heroes’ Square flanked by two art museums.

The mostly classical music concerts are staged at the Gothic and Renaissance buildings of the eclectic Vajdahunyad Castle.

The concerts of the Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival (Vajdahunyad Vari Nyari Zenei Fesztival) are in July and August. Most of the concerts are scheduled for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Tickets to the concerts are very reasonably priced (approx. HUF 4,000 / €18). The prices are flat prices, no seats are numbered.

The Summer Music Festival concerts usually start at about 8:30 pm, and most events are scheduled for the weekends.
The concerts include pieces from operettas, classical music pieces, operas, etc. and are often accompanied with dance performances.

A short video about the Vajdahunyad Vari Music Festival (in Hungarian, but it is a good taster of the atmosphere of the festival concerts)

Sunday Services in Jak Chapel Vajdahunyad Castle

Jaki Kapolna Jak Chapel Budapest

Jaki Kapolna Jak Chapel Budapest

Sunday Services at 12 pm in the Jaki Chapel in Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest. The Jak Chapel (Jaki Kapolna) is the Romanesque style building of the Vajdahunyad Var, a 19th century castle merging the various architectural styles and buildings in Austria-Hungary of 1896.

Every Sunday from spring to autumn there are Sunday services from noon in the nice chapel. In addition, during the Advent period, you can attend the Advent services too (and visit the Christmas Market in Vajdahunyad Castle).

There are frequent choir and orchestra concerts in the Jaki Chapel of Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest, here are some videos of a concert, which also show the interior of the chapel.

Schütz: Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz

J. Rheinberger: A-Major Mass

Pergolesi: Stabat mater

The chapel of Jak (Jaki Kapolna) is often showing weddings, as it is a popular and romantic wedding venue in Budapest, Hungary.

The chapel’s gate is a replica of Jak Church near Szombathely, Hungary, while its design is a copy of the Romanesque style Lebeny Church.

Jak Chapel is one of the hidden gems to see in a romantic Budapest visit.

Orchid Festival in Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest

Do you love orchids? Visit the Spring Festival of Orchids and Bromelia in the Hungarian Agricultural Museum residing in the fairy tale like Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park of Budapest.

Orchid Exhibition Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle Cesar Cabrera

Orchid Festival Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle – Cesar Cabrera Photography

The April weekend will feature various orchids and bromelia flowers, as well as orchid workshops and advice on how to keep orchids healthy and thriving, how to replant orchids, how to prevent or treat orchid diseases and more.

The event is frequently organized by the Hungarian Orchid Society. The Orchid Festival in Budapest is a highlighted  Budapest festival, much liked by amateurs and professionals alike,  also organized in the autumn season, some time in mid November.

It was the Renaissance king of Hungary, King Matthias (whose name you can recall from the Matthias Church on the Buda Castle Hill) who had many orchid varieties in the beautiful, Renaissance garden of the Buda Castle Royal Palace in the 15th century.

The fantastic Italian Renaissance gardens made a deep impression on the enlightened king (whose wife Queen Beatrice was from Italy too). While the famous garden survived the attacks of the Ottoman Turks who finally occupied the Buda Castle in the 1541 siege, in 1686, when the Hungarians and Austrians took back the castle from the Turkish sultan, the garden, along with the medieval royal castle was completely destroyed.

In the 18th century Maria Theresa, the Austro Hungarian Empress, had the terraces of the then Baroque Buda Castle turned into a beautiful terrace garden overlooking the river Danube. Then later, in the 19th century the garden was opened to the public by Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary. After the 1849 siege when the Austrians conquered the Hungarian revolution, Franz Joseph had the garden restored. The first greenhouses of the Buda Castle Garden (Budavari Kert, Varkerteszet) were founded in 1854. In the 1870s, the Buda Castle Garden Bazaar (Varkert Bazar) designed by Miklos Ybl (the architect of the Budapest Opera House) made a fascinating and harmonious connection between the Buda Castle and the River Danube Promenade with its Neo-Baroque garden design

Unfortunately, You will not have a chance to see the authentic Hungarian orchid Cattleya hybrids (Blc Budavar) as the glass houses of the Hungarian orchid growing were exploded in the 1944 WW2 bombings. We only know about the hybrid from the documents that survived. But you may see some distantly related local varieties.

The Buda Castle Garden is now waiting for its historical restoration. The gardens of the Royal Palace have special micro climates due to the thick walls and hilltop locations. One of the lesser known garden of the Buda Castle gardens is the New World Garden, which can be reached on foot from the Lion Court, via the closed gardens of the Budapest History Museum.