10 Experiences With Kids In Mind During The Lockdown In Budapest

I have listed a few excellent experiences for kids during the lockdown in Budapest that they will love. And hopefully, events will soon start again so everyone can go out finally. As of writing this, all the shops and experiences listed below are open and available to enjoy. For more information, check their websites.

Current Coronavirus Rules In Budapest And Hungary

Coronavirus rules in Budapest

I have collected and listed the current, up to date Coronavirus rules in Budapest in force in this post. There are links to official sources of information on Covid too, and you can also find links to news sites covering the latest on Covid 19. Links to information in English to Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport are also available.


Current rules in force in Budapest and Hungary

The government has reintroduced the state of emergency. From Tuesday midnight on November 10, for the time being, the following measures will be introduced for 30 days:

Update: 7, December 2020 - The current curfew and strict measures (below) will stay for another month, until 11, January 2021. The prime minister said that there would still be a curfew between 8 pm and 5 am. The government will decide about restrictions on Christmas Eve later this month.

  • There is a curfew between 8 pm and 5 am. An exemption is only possible when returning home from school and work, or in exceptional cases.
  • Wearing a mask is also mandatory in public areas, except during sports activities, in parks and green outdoors.
  • All gatherings are forbidden.
  • Restaurants will be closed, and only home delivery is available, factory canteens may be open.
  • Shops and hairdressers and other small craft providers can be open until 7 pm.
  • Hotels can only accommodate business guests, not tourists.
  • A general ban on events has taken effect.
  • Up to 10 people can attend family gatherings and private events.
  • Weddings are only possible with persons necessary for the ceremony, witnesses, parents and siblings may attend the church and civil ceremonies.
  • Up to 50 people can attend the funerals.
  • Sports matches can be held behind closed gates only.
  • Outdoor sports are allowed, but amateur team sports are prohibited.
  • Leisure facilities (fitness rooms, indoor swimming pools, museums, theatres, zoos) must be kept closed.
  • Higher education can only operate online, and colleges remain closed.
  • In high schools, there is digital education above eighth grade. Nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools will remain open to those under 14 years of age.
  • Hospital staff, school teachers, kindergarten teachers and nursery staff are tested weekly in a targeted rapid test.
  • Seniors can shop at any time, but from 9 am to 11 am Monday to Friday, and from 8 am to 10 pm on weekends they are the only ones allowed to shop.

Other Coronavirus rules in Budapest currently in force:

  • Public transport services have been operating on a tighter schedule since September.
  • Parking is free again.
  • Regular mask wear is mandatory when using public transport. 
  • Throughout Hungary, masks are mandatory in shopping malls, cinemas, theatres, museums, libraries, postal and other customer services, as well as in addition to public transport, in their stops, waiting rooms and sports facilities. Non-compliance with the rules can be sanctioned, the operators can call on the person to wear a mask, but they can also ask for police help. Also, they can be inspected by public health professionals in government offices. A scarf or shawl is no longer enough, a regular mask should be worn.
  • The entry restriction is still in place.
  • The official home quarantine period will be reduced from 14 to 10 days.
  • The official price of the tests was maximised at HUF 19,500.
  • Health, social and public education events can only be held online.
  • Nightclubs are closed.


Official source of information on Covid in Budapest and Hungary


Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport Covid Information


Links to Hungarian non-government news sites covering Coronavirus in English


Why don't you read my latest blog posts, too?

  1. Budapest Tours: The Definitive Guide
  2. Which Budapest Bath To Choose? The Ultimate Guide On Spas
  3. Buda Hills For Kids: The Ultimate Guide



15 Experiences Not To Miss In September While In Budapest

September events Budapest 2020

There are still many live concerts to enjoy in September in Budapest, despite of the COVID situation.  The city is about to host short film- and wine festivals and offer many new dining experiences. Market lovers: an independent label fair and The market day will both take place this month.

September events Budapest 2020 - music concerts, festivals, dining experiences, Independent Label Fair and more.

Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra create Caribbean atmosphere by playing pulsating ska, smoky reggae, domestic folk flavours, and drifting Balkan themes. This bomb-proof mixture works in all conditions, in summer, on the waterfront, and with a cold drink; they make you feel ecstasy. They are festival favourites, and you can listen to the ten-member band now in Kobuci Garden.

When: Monday, 07. September 2020
Where: Kobuci Kert, III. Óbuda, Fő tér 1., Zichy-kastély udvar
Cost: 3,000 HUF

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble concludes this year's short but meaningful summer program series of the Castle Garden with a concert entitled The Folk Music of the Carpathian Basin in the Name of Togetherness. The show will feature the diverse, always captivating, unique music of Transylvania, Transcarpathia, the Highlands and the South.

When: Wednesday, 09. September 2020
Where: Castle Garden, 1013 Budapest, Ybl Miklós tér 2-6.
Cost: From 2,000 HUF

Uniquely versatile Hungarian singer and songwriter, Veronika Harcsa's current project is an acoustic duo with guitar player Bálint Gyémánt. Visitors to the concert can witness a unique encounter between contemporary jazz and improvisational pop music. Why don't you read my recent interview with Veronika to learn more about her?

When: Wednesday, 09. September 2020
Where: Kobuci Kert, III. Óbuda, Fő tér 1., Zichy-kastély udvar
Cost: 2,000 HUF

A little beyond the Roman Coast, the BP BARbq, which has been operating in Akácfa Street, has opened a new location at Pünkösdfürdő (Pentecostal Bath). The BP BARbq Terrace is a sizable terrace, with a slightly more comprehensive selection than downtown, and really in a much more attractive setting. For a larger company, it is worth ordering a large bowl with at least one piece of meat from the entire supply. It is an ideal destination for a short bike ride.

When: open now
Where: Kossuth Lajos Üdülőpart 115 Budapest, 1039

The 8th Fresh Meat, the Budapest International Short Film Festival will be held in Toldi from 10 to 16 September. There will be films specifically for children and the elderly, with a focus on horror and LGBT, both at home and abroad, and even SZFE exam films that are currently struggling to survive. Because the movies are short, there are a lot of them. Find the complete list of short films here.

When: 10-16 September 2020
Where: Toldi Art Cinema, 1054 Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 36-38.

The Independent Label Fair, which takes place on Saturday, 12 September, is the largest annual event of Hungarian underground record labels, where small publishers from various genres come together to present the current exciting Hungarian publications together. This year, more than 40 domestic and cross-border publishers will sell in Gólya, covering dozens of musical styles. This year's ILF is exceptional in that the situation caused by the coronavirus has worn out small publishers as well, so in addition to browsing new music, the fair aims to present small labels more thoroughly.

When: Saturday, 12 September 2020
Where: Gólya Presszó, 1089 Budapest, Orczy út 46-48
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In Nagymező Street, in an almost depressingly spacious room, there is a new restaurant, Lokum, operated by the Turks. Lokum might be the first place in Budapest where you can comfortably spread out around tables packed with small bowls to eat well. They serve breakfasts throughout the day. On the menu, there are tapas-sized salty and sweet dishes, stum tahini, but it is also worth choosing at least one of the salty cheeses. Two people can eat seven or eight bowls, so make sure you have enough time.

When: open now
Where: 1066 Budapest, Zichy jénő utca 30.

Dunapark Café, one of the longest-serving restaurants in all of Budapest, now has a great kitchen. Dunapark has been known for its representative appearance and guests so far, so it is a novelty that with the help of chef Gábor Mogyorósi, you can finally have a good meal here. The kitchen of the renewed Dunapark offers simple Hungarian and bistro classics, not even expensive compared to the surroundings, but at a very high level.

When: open now
Where: 1137 Budapest, Pozsonyi út 38.

There is a special edition of the Budapest Wine Festival this year due to COVID; a smaller-size yet high-quality event between 10-13 September at the Hunyadi Courtyard of the Royal Palace.

When: 10-13 September 2020
Where: Buda Castle, 1014 Hunyadi Courtyard

The Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery will once again hold Museum+ evenings offering exclusive museum experiences. The traditional event in September will feature popular guided tours, creative workshops, live music throughout the evening, and contemporary dance. Featured artist in September: Raffaello.

When: Thursday, 10 September 2020
Where: Museum Of Fine Arts, 1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 41.

Qui on Arany János Street opened on the site of an Indian restaurant, partly reusing its decoration. The menu includes some Vietnamese and more Thai dishes, from bun cha to various curries. There are several dishes, such as a soup called kuay tiew tom yum or a unique form of xoi Chien sen made from sticky rice and minced pork. Trendy place, reservation recommended.

When: open now
Where: Arany János utca 13 Budapest, 1051

On Sunday the 13th, Elizabeth Square will once again host the Market Day, where a bunch of well-known Budapest markets will come together from WAMP to Pancson to Gozsdu, and you will be able to get pretty much everything. Design, vintage, antique, retro, unique clothes, accessories, jewellery, natural cosmetics, zero waste products, gastronomic specialities, the most delicate Hungarian vegetables and fruits, cheese, meat, honey, syrups and all kinds of backyard products from domestic primary producers.

When: Sunday, 13 September 2020
Where: Elizabeth Square, 1052 Budapest
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Not one night, not only an exhibition but also a fair: whoever counts in contemporary Hungarian jewellery, participates. You can attend opening events and impressive performances on weekdays, and visit nearly 30 venues on Saturday, 19 September, during the extended Night of Jewelry Budapest.

When: 14-20 September 2020
Where: at various locations

Csík Band turns the remarkable heritage, Hungarian folk music, into contemporary art and living urban folklore. They can play almost all musical dialects of historical Hungary; folk music that is one of the most colourful and diverse of its kind in Europe. And theirs has successfully integrated rock music, preserving the authentic values of traditional tunes. 

When: Wednesday, 16. September 2020
Where: Kobuci Kert, III. Óbuda, Fő tér 1., Zichy-kastély udvar
Cost: 4,000 HUF

Brains, a concert band playing electronic music returns to the A38 Ship with a kicking double gig. Their music features several styles from drum & bass to hip hop, dancehall to rock, and ragga to folk. They have collaborated several times with international performers on both their records and concerts: their returning guest is Sian Evans, Kosheen singer, but they have also made joint tracks with Dynamite MC (ex-Roni Size), Topcat and Tenor Fly.

When: Thursday-Friday, 24-25. September 2020
Where: A38 Ship, 1117Budapest, Petőfi híd, Budai hídfő
Cost: From 4,490 HUF