Averages for Budapest in September
September is the start of autumn in Budapest, Hungary. The days are still warm but not as hot as in the summer. Expect plenty of pleasant, sunny days in September, but with cooler temperatures.
The average temperature is 17°C, which makes September the fourth warmest month of the year, after July, August and June. The average daytime high temperature is a still comfortable 22°C, while the average nighttime low temp...
The average temperature is 17°C, which makes September the fourth warmest month of the year, after July, August and June. The average daytime high temperature is a still comfortable 22°C, while the average nighttime low temperature drops to a chilly 12°C. Both highs and lows decrease greatly in the course of the month, respectively from 24°C to 19°C and from 13°C to 9°C. The days are still relatively warm so lightweight clothes will be preferred, but it can get a little frosty at night so light sweaters, autumn coats and warmer layers would work perfectly when the sun goes down.
September receives 70mm of rainfall, which is the annual maximum—also observed in August and May. There are 11 days with precipitation this month. Strangely enough, the chance that rainfall occurs in September is the lowest of the entire year, averaging about 43% each day. The most common types of precipitation are moderate rain and light rain, respectively occurring on 45% and 31% of the days with rainfall. Thunderstorms may happen as well—they are observed on 21% of the rainy days.
Sunshine is still high in September—each day has 12 hours of sunshine on average, making it the fourth sunniest month of the year, together with May and after the three previous months. October will be much less sunny, with 10 hours of sunshine left.
September is also characterised by increasing cloud cover. Cloud cover increases from 73% in the beginning of the month to 80% at the end. Additionally, the days slowly shorten in the course of September. September 1 is the longest day of the month with 13.19 daylight hours. September 30 is the shortest day with 11.42 hours of daylight.
Where to stay
Housed in an elegant building that once was the location of Budapest's famed New York Café, a landmark café in the beginning of the 20th century, the New York Palace Boscolo lives up to the building's history. The hotel has a beautiful Italian Renaissance style and still has its own New York Café, a coffeehouse that is as popular as ever, featuring ceiling murals, stucco columns and frescoes. All modern services and facilities are present, including free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre, massage rooms, a spa and wellness centre, a swimming pool, a restaurant and a cigar bar.
Things to do
Budapest's September is full of unique activities. Festivals such as the Budapest International Wine Festival celebrate Budapest's wine industry. National Gallop, the Chocolate and Sweets Festival and Cultural Heritage Days are all to be enjoyed during this month. Baroque Music Festival is a summer festival that starts in August and continues until September 6. Szeptemberfeszt is an event that brings together food and leisure—the stew-making contest is a traditional part of Szeptemberfeszt. With a wide selection of festivals, this month is full of all the excitement anyone could possibly ask for on his or her vacation.
People who want to do some sightseeing should definitely not miss the historic 700-year-old Matthias Church. This great church is located in the Buda part of Budapest and is one of the oldest remaining buildings in that part of the city. In addition to still being a church, it now also is a museum and even a concert venue. It is located in the Castle Hill district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is surrounded by many other amazing sights and sites.
Millenium Monument, Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Dennis Jarvis.
Eating and drinking out
M Restaurant is a cute small restaurant in Budapest, featuring a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Its menu focuses on French and Hungarian cuisine, its food style is innovative and its prices are more than reasonable for what you get in return. This is often considered to be one of Budapest's most intimate restaurants, with its walls covered with drawings and little tables. Because the cooks use fresh ingredients, bought daily at the market, the menu tends to vary on a daily basis as well. M Restaurant is atmospheric and delicious, somewhat like a home away from home—definitely recommended!