Revolution Day in Budapest is an exciting time to be in the city. On March 15, the entire city dresses up in red, white and green to commemorate the Revolution and Independence from the Austrian Empire in 1848-49. It’s probably the most important day for Hungarians because it recognizes revolutionaries who protested for new freedoms like religion and free speech for future generations. (Other similar revolutions were sweeping Europe at the time too).
Today, there’s free music, folk dancing, a massive street parade, traditional Hungarian food and of course mulled wine to warm up to. It’s also the only day to get a free tour of Parliament. Different events take place around the city all at once from Heroes’ Square to St. Stephen’s Cathedral but the best place to celebrate Revolution Day is at Buda Castle.
How to get there: Take the Funicular from the Chain Bridge, Várbusz bus from Moszkva tér, or walk one of the many paths leading up to Castle Hill.
When to go: March 15.
Where to stay: We really enjoyed our stay at this award-winning boutique hostel in Budapest.