Program tips for 20 August, foundation of Hungary 1017 years ago

What do we celebrate

As we wrote this week in connection with the St. Stephen Ceremony, on August 20, one of Hungary ‘s most important official national days. We celebrate Hungary’s constitution, and on this day we also remember István I. St. Stephen, the first Hungarian king who is said to build a country from some uninvented tribes, recognizing the importance of Christianity and the allies . Other established European kingdoms. A well-known Hungarian rock musician describes the story that Stephen had to bend his relative, the pagan Koppány. In the year , He was crowned on 25 December 1000 or 1 January 1001 with a crown sent by Pope Sylvester II. .

István, the scene of a royal rock musician (Stephen, the King) :

Bread and Wine Festival, Siófok, Balaton 16–20 August

Siófok is the southern capital of Europe’s largest lake. The town is always busy with holiday makers, but these days the centre and the boat station will be even busier, because the largest summer festival will take place. Folklore and popular world music, folk dance, family programs, a fair/flea market and gastronomic experiences will be available. Guests can also look forward to the consecration of bread, choosing of the city’s wine and of course, fireworks to end the night on Sunday (22.00). Before the fireworks we strongly recommend the show one one of the most talented Hungarian world music band called Kerekes Band.

The event is free.

If you happen to visit the festival, we suggest you to visit some wineries of the South Balaton region, for example the state of art modern Kristinus winery in Kéthely and Garamvári Vineyard (Winemaker of the Year 2016 and Winery of the Year 2016 in Balatonboglár).

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Festival of Folk Arts, Buda Castle, Budapest, 17–20 August

One of the most prestigious events every summer in the capital is worthwhile attending for all ages. This colorful 4-day event will include stage programs, children’s programs/games and the artisan fair. The traditional fair takes place in the Castle of Buda, the historic royal palace of Hungary. You can also take part in the parade and the blessing of the bread. The festival takes place in the Buda Palace area, from 17–20 August. The event’s main topic is embroidery, one of the richest and most varied branch of the Hungarian folk arts. In the Festival of Folk Arts’ embroidery workshop they show the diversity of the folk and gentle embroidery of raw materials, motifs, and stitching techniques.

A daily ticket costs 2500 HUF (8.20 euros)

Fine Dining and Fireworks, 20 August, Budapest (20.00–22.00)

Aria Hotel is relatively new, but since its opening it has achieved the best evaluations, among others it was announced the best hotel according to Trip Advisor early this year. On the national holiday the Sky Bar on the hotel’s top terrace will wait for those who want to enjoy the best gastronomic experience along with the stunning view of the city and the fireworks. The food is provided by the team of Michelin star Onyx restaurant,

Price: 29 500 HUF (97 euros), which includes the dinner and unlimited drinks for the two hours. Advanced booking is necessary.

Saint Stephen Wine Feast, Nagymaros, 19–20 August

As we wrote a few days ago, the picturesque Nagymaros in the Danube Bend, not far from the capital is well worth a visit these days.

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