Social Events

 

We’ve planned a variety of Social Events to enhance your visit to Budapest - take a look below; all events are organised to take place during Summer School.  If you would like to book an event please visit the ECPR SSMT local office at the Faculty or send an email to amon_katalin@phd.ceu.edu - please check the sign up deadlines below.  Reservation is confirmed upon payment.  Payable events and trips have a limited number of spaces; therefore it is advisable to book early. Fees do not include getting to the meeting point. You will notice that some costs are in Euros and others in Hungarian Forint, this is because this is the costs we have been quoted by the provider.  The ECPR Summer School reserves the right to make changes to this programme as and when necessary.  In the event that an event should be cancelled, the participant will receive a full refund. 

 

Thursday, 28 July Cost Sign-up Deadline
18:00-20:00

Short City Tour in the Inner City of Budapest

First time in Budapest? Get introduced to the city on a walk around the imposing streets of inner-Pest. Discover its sweetly eclectic architecture and find out about the most momentous episodes of its history. This walk will lead you through magnificent classical and art nouveau buildings, get you a glimpse at the gorgeous Buda panorama and the Danube bridges and a taste of Budapest city life.

Are you a returnee in the capital of Hungary? Walk the cozy, familiar streets with a guide this time and find out more about how people of vision, intellect and courage from the Middle Ages to modern days left their imprint on the city.

The tour will finish at Szimpla Garden where the social programme of the summer university will continue with the Pub Night.

Highlights: Chain Bridge, Gresham Palace, St Stephens Basilica, Erzsébet tér park, Great Synagogue, Szimpla Garden Ruin Pub

3,000 Ft / €10 Wednesday, 27 July, 18:00
19:30

Pub Night in Szimpla Kert

Szimpla Garden is one of the oldest and most famous ruin pubs in Budapest. In 2002, the old factory building was transformed into an open-air cinema and pub. Since then, Szimpla Garden became a concert venue, a restaurant as well, and a hub for various civil projects.

We will meet at 19:30 in front of CEU and walk together to Szimpla Garden. Those who participate in the city tour before the pub night will arrive at Szimpla Garden at 20:00. (Please note that consumption is at your own expense!)

Free Thursday, 28 July, 14:00
Friday, 29 July    
18:15

Brewery Tour, Dinner, Pálinka and Beer Tasting in Kaltenberg Restaurant

Try the “Beer Lovers’ Dinner” at Kaltenberg Brewery and Restaurant! It includes a short brewery tour, pálinka tasting, dinner and home-made craft beer tasting! The dinner includes traditional Hungarian dishes (Beef soup with motza dumpling or with liver dumpling and vegetables, home-marinated and roasted crispy front pork knuckle with steak potatoes and onions, chestnut dessert with vanilla cream). (If you have any dietary constraints or you are vegetarian, let us know, because there are also lactose-free, glutenfree and vegetarian menu options!) The menu also includes the tasting of three types of Zsindelyes pálinka, beer tasting during the brewery tour, and two additional beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks or coffee).

6,600 Ft / €22 Thursday, 28 July, 14:00
Monday, 1 August    
13:30

CEU Campus Tour

Join this short, 25 minute campus tour to find out more about Central European University!

Free -
18:30

Drinks in Ankert

Ankert is a ruin pub and restaurant with a huge open-air space in the inner city. It is a great place to have a cold beverage after a long summer day.

We will meet at 18:30 at CEU, and walk together to Ankert. (Please note that consumption is at your own expense!)

Free Monday, 1 August, 14:00
Tuesday, 2 August    
09:00-12:00

City and Parliament Tour

Hungary’s tumultuous history – the glorious eras as well as the gloomy years all left their mark on the city. Szabadság square was designed and constructed in the most prosperous time of the country’s history as a financial center of the Austro-Hungarian Empire although it has always been a historical center of gravity that symbolically encapsulates Hungarians’ turbulent story in pursuit of freedom. Szabadság tér (Liberty Square) today is a park invigorated by playful children and at the same time is an imprint of past struggles.

On this tour, the legends and memories of this historically- packed place will be revealed through stories from the Hungarian national revival in the 1840s until the democratic transition in the 1990s. We will visit the last Soviet memorial in the city, learn about the heroic saviors of the Holocaust, and spot the bullet holes of the deadly 1956 firing on Kossuth square. We will make otherwise mute buildings confess the secrets and stories of their past by deciphering their peculiar symbolism and hear what it was like for the average citizen to go for groceries during the greatest hyperinflation of all times.

The tour will continue in the House of Parliament with a guided tour through the building that includes the Holy Crown and the Dome Hall.

 

3,000 Ft / €10
plus entrance fee to Parliament
(2,200 Ft for EU citizens / 5,400 Ft for non-EU citizens)

Monday, 1 August, 23:00
17:30

Zwack Unicum Museum Tour with tasting

Have you ever tasted Unicum, the beloved Hungarian herb liqueur? In this museum tour, you can not only have a taste of Unicum and Unicum Plum straight from the oak barrels where Unicum is aged for half a year, you can also learn about the history of the liqueur and the history of the Zwack family.

We will meet at 17:30 at CEU, and take the tram to the Zwack Unicum Museum. At the museum there will be a guided tour in English. After the tour, you can take tram 2 back to the city centre, ot to Fővám tér.

1,700 Ft Sunday, 31 July, 16:00
Wednesday, 3 August    
13:30-15:30

Walk in the Jewish District

Budapest is well-known for the largest synagogue of Europe. But behind the spectacular neo-romantic arches lies a dense and vigorous Jewish Quarter characterized by a colorful religious life and recently by ruin pubs, chief havens of young and ever-young Budapesters by night.

Until the Second World War, Budapest was home to hundreds of thousands of Jewish people of various backgrounds. The extension of civil liberties to Jewish people matched with increasing assimilation to their Christian compatriots until the First World War. Following the trauma of the great war, the blissful days rapidly vanished until the disenfranchisement tragically culminated in the Holocaust. Following the fall of communism – a period likewise marked by further decline - a diverse and creative cultural life has reemerged from the ashes: new festivals, concerts, cafés, delis and markets, art projects and fairs are mushrooming alongside the revived Jewish cultural life.

Highlights: the ‘Jewish Triangle’ (Dohány, Kazinczy and Rumbach Street Synagogues), Remains of the ghetto wall, Jewish Quarter Delis

3,000 Ft / €10 Tuesday, 2 August, 12:00
18:00

Visit to Széchenyi Bath

Széchenyi Bath is the largest thermal bath in Budapest, and one of the largest spa complexes in Europe. It has several pools with thermal water and a large open-air swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms.

We will meet at CEU, and walk together to the metro station on Andrássy Street, and take the metro to Széchenyi Bath.

4,700 Ft Wednesday, 3 August, 14:00
Thursday, 4 August    
14:00-17:30

Urban Slums in Budapest (Walking Tour in Józsefváros and Ferencváros)

Join this tour to get to know Budapest’s most diverse neighborhoods! Józsefváros and Ferencváros are the most colorful and controversial parts of the city. Both districts are going through a process of gentrification, and a lot of inhabitants are being pushed out from the neighborhood. At the same time, these neighborhoods are also the centres of new forms of activism and new civil groups. Learn more about diversity, urban exclusion and activism in this tour led by a Hungarian Sociologist, János Zolnay!

3,000 Ft Wednesday, 3 August, 14:00
18:00-22:00

Wine Tasting in Etyek

Etyek village, located only 30 minutes from Budapest, is the centre of the Etyek-Buda wine region, which is the youngest and the fastest developing wine region of Hungary. Our programmes offer a genuine countryside experience, based on three valuable assetts: quality wines, traditional wineyards and wine cellars and friendly winemakers. Within the small groups of 4-10 people you learn the secrets of wine making, the background of the local varieties and this will make the wine tasting a unique personal experience about the authentic Hungarian countryside hospitality.

19,000 Ft Wednesday, 3 August, 14:00
Friday, 5 August    
09:00-12:00

Boat Trip on the Danube

Did you know that boat trips on the Danube are practically part of the public transportation system in Budapest? For about 2 Euros you can enjoy the view of the city, take a walk in Római Part, a large green area on the Danube shore.

We will meet at CEU at 09:00, and will walk together to the boat station on Kossuth Lajos Square. We will take the boat to Rómaifürdő, walk around for 30 minutes, and take the boat back to Kossuth Square. We will arrive to Kossuth Square at 12:00, and walk back to CEU.

1,500 Ft Thursday, 4 August, 14:00
21:30

Night-bathing at Rudas Bath

Rudas Bath was originally a Turkish Bath which was expanded into a spa with thermal baths, a swimming pool, wellness and sauna world. It is the only bath in Budapest that offers night bathing on weekends. You can enjoy the view of Budapest from a pool on the rooftop of the bath.

4,600 Ft Friday, 5 August, 14:00
Saturday, 6 August    
09:00-19:00

Day trip to Dunakanyar and Szentendre by boat

Danube Bend – an excursion into Hungary's history. This is an unforgettable tour along the "Blue Danube" with stops in Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre.

Esztergom: It used to be the capital of Hungary and is still the centre of the Catholic Church. We visit the largest cathedral of Hungary (also burial place of famous cardinals, like Primate József Mindszenty). Afterwards, we drive across the river to Slovakia and enjoy the view over the Basilica.

Visegrád: After the Mongol invasion a new fortification was constructed here in the mid-13th century. The top of the hill offers a fascinating panorama on the Danube valley. After enjoying the view there is an opportunity to have lunch (not included in the price).

Szentendre: It is a small baroque city built on medieval ruins, located at the gate of the Danube Bend. The town is considered to be the Artists' Village or the Painters' Town. We walk around the historical centre and enjoy the cobblestoned narrow streets as well as the baroque houses. After the guided tour you can also visit some museums (for example the famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum with marzipan figures).

€56 Friday, 5 August, 17:30
Monday, 8 August    
13:30

CEU Campus Tour

Join this short, 25 minute campus tour to find out more about Central European University!

Free -
18:00-20:00

Short City Tour in the Inner City of Budapest

First time in Budapest? Get introduced to the city on a walk around the imposing streets of inner-Pest. Discover its sweetly eclectic architecture and find out about the most momentous episodes of its history. This walk will lead you through magnificent classical and art nouveau buildings, get you a glimpse at the gorgeous Buda panorama and the Danube bridges and a taste of Budapest city life.

Are you a returnee in the capital of Hungary? Walk the cozy, familiar streets with a guide this time and find out more about how people of vision, intellect and courage from the Middle Ages to modern days left their imprint on the city.

The tour will finish at Szimpla Garden where the social programme of the summer university will continue with the Pub Night.

Highlights: Chain Bridge, Gresham Palace, St Stephens Basilica, Erzsébet tér park, Great Synagogue, Szimpla Garden Ruin Pub

3,000 Ft / €10 Sunday, 7 August, 14:00
19:30

Pub Night in Szimpla Kert

Szimpla Garden is one of the oldest and most famous ruin pubs in Budapest. In 2002, the old factory building was transformed into an open-air cinema and pub. Since then, Szimpla Garden became a concert venue, a restaurant as well, and a hub for various civil projects.

We will meet at 19:30 in front of CEU and walk together to Szimpla Garden. Those who participate in the city tour before the pub night will arrive at Szimpla Garden at 20:00. (Please note that consumption is at your own expense!)

Free Monday, 8 August, 14:00
Tuesday, 9 August    
09:00-12:00

City and Parliament Tour

Hungary’s tumultuous history – the glorious eras as well as the gloomy years all left their mark on the city. Szabadság square was designed and constructed in the most prosperous time of the country’s history as a financial center of the Austro-Hungarian Empire although it has always been a historical center of gravity that symbolically encapsulates Hungarians’ turbulent story in pursuit of freedom. Szabadság tér (Liberty Square) today is a park invigorated by playful children and at the same time is an imprint of past struggles.

On this tour, the legends and memories of this historically- packed place will be revealed through stories from the Hungarian national revival in the 1840s until the democratic transition in the 1990s. We will visit the last Soviet memorial in the city, learn about the heroic saviors of the Holocaust, and spot the bullet holes of the deadly 1956 firing on Kossuth square. We will make otherwise mute buildings confess the secrets and stories of their past by deciphering their peculiar symbolism and hear what it was like for the average citizen to go for groceries during the greatest hyperinflation of all times.

The tour will continue in the House of Parliament with a guided tour through the building that includes the Holy Crown and the Dome Hall.

Highlights: St Stephens Basilica, Szabadság Square and its memorials, Kossuth Square and House of Parliament

3,000 Ft / €10
plus entrance fee to Parliament
(2,200 Ft for EU citizens / 5,400 Ft for non-EU citizens)
Sunday, 7 August, 17:30
17:30

Zwack Unicum Museum Tour with tasting

Have you ever tasted Unicum, the beloved Hungarian herb liqueur? In this museum tour, you can not only have a taste of Unicum and Unicum Plum straight from the oak barrels where Unicum is aged for half a year, you can also learn about the history of the liqueur and the history of the Zwack family.

We will meet at 17:30 at CEU, and take the tram to the Zwack Unicum Museum. At the museum there will be a guided tour in English. After the tour, you can take tram 2 back to the city centre, ot to Fővám tér.

1,700 Ft Sunday, 7 August, 17:30
19:00-21:00

Castle in the Night Sky Walk

ndulge in the glimmering nocturnal cityscape after dusk and walk the olds cobbled-stone streets of the noble Castle district. On this walk we will first cross the Chain Bridge and take a light climb up the castle hill to enjoy the medieval atmosphere and picturesque setting  of the lit-up royal palace and state houses. You will hear the legends of the Chain Bridge lions and if the sculptor really committed suicide after its completion or how the miracle of a Mary statue helped Hungarians reconquer the fortress.

The Castle also hides memories of the Second World War when the sweet old streets turned into a desperate battleground. At the end, we will descend back down to the riverside via the perfumed gardens on the hill slopes.

3,000 Ft / €10 Monday, 8 August, 14:00
Wednesday, 10 August    
14:00-19:00

Trip to Szentendre

A getting away from the city vibe of Budapest to the most bohemian and most popular location outside the city: the artistic town of Szentendre!

To get there we take a ride on the local train called HÉV and after having spent a few pleasant hours walking the narrow mediterranian streets  filled with small art galeries, cafés and little shops offering interesting handcraft  works and having tasted a real Hungarian specialty the famous Lángos the app. 5 hour programme ends with a boat ride back to Budapest.

€45 Tuesday, 9 August, 14:00
Thursday, 11 August    
14:00-16:00

Walk in the Jewish District

Let’s walk around in the 7th District Jewish Quarter of Budapest. You will learn about the rich history of the Hungarian Jewish Community. We also show you the changes that took place in the district since the 1990s and how it has become the bohemian quarter of the city regaining slowly-slowly its old character as well. This tour includes the visiting of two of the main historical synagogues: Dohàny Street and Kazinczy Street Ortodox Synagogues.

Entry fee to the Dohány Street and Kazinczy Street Synagogues included.

€35 Wednesday, 10 August, 14:00
18:00-20:00

Beyond the Big Boulevard - Walk in Józsefváros

This 2 hour walk allows you to get a glimpse of the 8th and 9th Districts. Gentrification, activism, minorities and immigrants in Budapest. We take you beyond the glamour of the historical city centre into a very interesting, undiscovered and colorful neighbourhood. Meet the other side of reality! We visit a community center and have a stop at a very special café-pub, a cooperative of young activists!

€20 Wednesday, 10 August, 14:00
Friday, 12 August    
14:00-17:00

Classic Budapest Walk

This 3 hour tour includes both Buda and Pest side and offers an overall view of the city.

We show you Heroes’Sq., Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, the Royal Palace and other sights…

The tour also includes a return public transport ticket for the Millenium Underground.

€25 Thursday, 11 August, 12:00
18:15

Brewery Tour, Dinner, Pálinka and Beer Tasting in Kaltenberg Restaurant

Try the “Beer Lovers’ Dinner” at Kaltenberg Brewery and Restaurant! It includes a short brewery tour, pálinka tasting, dinner and home-made craft beer tasting! The dinner includes traditional Hungarian dishes (Beef soup with motza dumpling or with liver dumpling and vegetables, home-marinated and roasted crispy front pork knuckle with steak potatoes and onions, chestnut dessert with vanilla cream). (If you have any dietary constraints or you are vegetarian, let us know, because there are also lactose-free, glutenfree and vegetarian menu options!) The menu also includes the tasting of three types of Zsindelyes pálinka, beer tasting during the brewery tour, and two additional beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks or coffee).

6,600 Ft / €22 Thursday, 11 August, 14:00
 

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