Archive for December, 2016

Learn about the special opening hours at New Year in Budapest, on Dec 31 and Jan 1 to plan your NY holiday ahead in Hungary for NYE and NYD.

New Years Dinner with Bar Piano Battle in Budapest Hungary

NY in Budapest

There are many programs on offer for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, so we hope you will find your way to spend a great end of the year in Budapest.

There are many parties, cruises, and other programs, but booking for most events and attractions is essential.

Opening Hours at New Year in 2017

Budapest Baths New Year Opening Hours

Szechenyi Bath Budapest New Year

Szechenyi Bath New Year – by James Guppy

Dec 30: opening hours are as usual on Dec 30, with the exception of Szechenyi Baths, which will feature a very special pool party to prepare folks for the big NYE parties on Dec 31. On Dec 30, the bath will re-open its gates at 10.30 pm, and you can enjoy an amazing futuristic thermal bath party until 3 am in the morning of Dec 31. Pre-NYE Party in Szechenyi Bath and booking tickets online on the link.

Dec 31: opening hours from 6am to 2pm in all the facilities in Szechenyi Baths. Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 1 pm.  The rest of the major thermal baths in Budapest like Gellert Spa, Rudas Bath, etc. are usually open from 6am to 2pm. Kiraly Bath is closed on this day.

Jan 1: opening hours from 6am to 6pm in all 3 outdoor pools, and most of the thermal section with 15 pools, saunas, etc. in Szechenyi Baths. Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 5 pm. Also from 6am to 6pm on December 25 other Budapest baths are usually open: Lukacs Baths, Kiraly Baths, Gellert Bath.

Buda Castle – New Year Opening Hours

Winter Buda Castle Hill

Winter Buda Castle – Photo by Neil Howard

The open air historical courts of the Buda Castle are open all year round. You can find the NY opening hours of the and buildings: Buda Castle December Holiday Opening Hours

There are many winter tours in the Buda Castle District on the Castle Hill, so make sure to book one as the New Year events in Budapest are attracting many tourists to Hungary.

Museums

Museum of Ethnography Budapest

Museum of Ethnography Budapest

Many of the museum buildings in Budapest are worth a visit just for their architecture, even if you are usually bored by museum displays, they can be a treat.

Budapest History Museum: December 31: 10am – 6pm
Hungarian National Museum: December 31: 10am – 2pm
Hungarian National Gallery: December 31: Open 10 am – 4 pm (latest entry at 3 pm)
Museum of Ethnography: December 31: 10am – 6pm
Hungarian Agricultural Museum: December 31: 10am – 5pm

More information about Budapest Attractions at New Year.

Parliament Tours & Opening Hours at Christmas

Hungarian Parliament Budapest in Winter

Hungarian Parliament Budapest in Winter

The House of Parliament in Budapest will be closed during Christmas Days (Dec 24, 25 and 26) but will be open again from Dec 27. More information: Parliament Opening Hours.

Booking a Parliament Tour in Budapest in advance is warmly recommended.

Fisherman’s Bastion in Buda Castle

Budapest Fishermans Bastion Winter

Budapest Fishermans Bastion Winter – Philippe Clabots Photography

The Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the best places to take a view of the winter landscape of Budapest and the river Danube. An all day, any hour alternative for a winter holiday in Budapest.

Dec 31: from 0-24
Jan 01: from 0-24

Don’t miss the New Year’s Fireworks Show on the Fisherman’s Bastion.

More info on Fisherman’s Bastion Christmas Opening Hours.

Restaurants Opening Hours

NYE Party with Latin and RocknRoll Music

NYE Party with Latin and RocknRoll Music

Budapest Restaurants usually have special opening hours for the Christmas holiday. You can check them on the following page: Budapest Restaurants Christmas Opening Hours Many of the restaurants will offer Christmassy dinners or lunches with traditional Hungarian and international delicacies. Special NYE Dinner Programs are available for booking online, such as the NYE Swing & Boogie Party, and 3 ultimate parties with live entertainment at a standing ship restaurant by the river Danube: NYE Party & Gypsy Music, NYE Latin& Rock’n Roll Party and NYE Karaoke Party.

Andrassy Avenue

Andrassy Avenue features beautiful 19th century – Paris style – buildings, a long line of trees decorated with festive lights, and a range of luxury shops with the big brands putting their winter offers throughout the New Year period.

Andrassy Avenue Christmas

Andrassy Avenue Christmas – Krisztian Bodis Photography

There are several attractions along the avenue, like the Opera House, Miniversum (mini city), the Kodaly House in Budapest or the Heroes’ Square with the Millennial Monument.

Christmas Attractions and Sights in Andrassy Avenue

Ice Rink in the City Park Budapest

Skating Rink by Vajdahunyad Castle

Skating Rink by Vajdahunyad Castle – Ben G Hancock Photography

Although the weather is chilly, the City Park is a great place to mix relaxation with fresh air activities. Just pop in Szechenyi Thermal Baths to get soaked up in hot spring waters after a refreshing walk around the Vajdahunyad Castle and the Ice Rink.

Enjoy the warm thermal water of Szechenyi Baths near the City Park. Book your Szechenyi Baths Massage in advance for a full relaxation.

For a cup of coffee or a hot soup with nice meals take a visit to the restaurant residing in the Ice Rink Palace. Great
Christmas Opening Hours of the Ice Rink

Discover the attractions of the City Park on a guided City Park Budapest Segway Tour.

Budapest Christmas Markets Opening Hours

Budapest Christmas Market by St Stephen's Basilica

Budapest Christmas Market by Basilica – Tunde Lovei

2017 Opening hours have not been confirmed yet.
Hungary’s capital is famous for her fascinating Christmas events, including the Budapest Christmas Markets in various parts of the city. On Dec 31 and Jan 1, most of the craft stalls are already closed, but food stalls will be open as the opening hours below shows:

Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market opening hours of the oldest and most central Christmas Market in Budapest:

Dec 31: 10:00 – 22:00
Jan 1: 14:00 – 22:00

St. Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market opening hours of the amazing, also centrally located Christmas Market in Budapest:

Dec 31: 10:00 – 22:00
Jan 1: 10:00 – 20:00

Budapest Christmas Streetcar Schedule

Budapest Christmas Streetcar

Budapest Christmas Streetcar

Taking the public transportation in Budapest at winter is an easy way to get around the city and go past the most important landmarks. But you can do more than that. You can even take a special Christmas Streetcar to enjoy the city views from the tram in a festive, somewhat vintage vehicle. But what is the Budapest Christmas Street Schedule?

December 31: no trams
January 01:
Tram no. 4, from 5 pm

You can find the full Christmas Streetcar Schedule here.

Traditionally, the Christmas Tram of Budapest runs along the river Danube after sunset (Tram 2 and 19), which is 4 pm in winter time. The last trams / streetcars leave at about 9pm.

Normally, regular fares are charged, there is no need to buy a special Christmas Streetcar ticket.

Shopping at New Year in Budapest

Budapest Mammut Christmas 2012

Budapest Mammut Christmas

Should you wish to go on a shopping spree, or just buying some necessities in the city of Budapest, we have good news.

Budapest has several groceries, boutiques,  and shopping malls, which we call Plazas. Some of the most popular ones are located close to the city centre, like Mammut Shopping Mall, or West End City Shopping mall. Groceries are scattered all over the city, you will definitely find some in the vicinity of your hotel / accommodation.

Dec 31 – usually open until 2pm

Jan 1 – closed

Most importantly, shops tend close earlier on December 31 at about 2 – 4 – 6pm (depending on places), and open later in the afternoon, or not at all on January 1. In Shopping malls, Jan 1 is the day when only catering units (restaurants, bars) and bowling bars or cinemas are open.

24/7 shops (in the city centre too) are absolutely open even on the night of New Year’s Eve, and at dawn of Jan 1, while normal stores stop to operate. These shops get busy with buyers aiming for the 18+ shelves of alcoholic drinks, and a wide range of sparkling wines and chips.

Budapest Opera House New Year Shows

Nutcracker in Hungarian Opera House at Budapest Christmas

Nutcracker in Hungarian Opera House at Budapest Christmas

Although the Opera House will soon undergo a major architectural and structural change, the 2017 / 2018 opera season will not be ruined by the scheduled construction works. Booking is essential.
Dec 31 Opera tours in the afternoon as usual, open for the opera. The evening program has not been announced yet.
Dec 31 in Erkel Theater: from 3pm and from 9:30pm, The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, ballet in 2 acts.
Jan 1 Opera tours in the afternoon as usual. The evening program has not been announced yet.

If you did not get into the Opera House, and you wish to book a nice New Year’s Eve Concert in Budapest or New Year’s Day Concert in Budapest, visit Budapest Concert guide for more updated details.

Budapest Card Tourism Office Opening Hours

Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport Terminal 2A
December 31: 8.00 am-6.00 pm
January 01: 10.00 am-10.00 pm

Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport Terminal 2B
December 31: 10.00 am-6.00 pm
January 01: 10.00 am-10.00 pm

Budapest Card Office Budapest Deak Square

Budapest Card Office Budapest Deak Square

Deák Ferenc Square
2 Suto str., Budapest H-1052
December 31: 8.00 am-8.00 pm
January 01: 10.00 am-6.00 pm

Ice rink building
5 Olof Palme promenade, Budapest H-1146
December 31: 9.00 am-7.00 pm
January 01: 12.00 pm-7.00 pm

Budavár (Holy Trinity square pavilion)
15 Tarnok str, Budapest H-1014
December 31: 9.00 am-6.00 pm
January 01: 11.00 am-6.00 pm

 

Most Budapest attractions have special opening hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. You can find the list of the most important museums and other tourist attractions of Budapest on Dec 31 and Jan 1 below.

Budapest Baths at New Year

Szechenyi Bath Budapest New Year

Szechenyi Bath New Year – by James Guppy

Dec 30: opening hours are as usual on Dec 30, with the exception of Szechenyi Baths, which will feature a very special pool party to prepare folks for the big NYE parties on Dec 31. On Dec 30, the bath will re-open its gates at 10.30 pm, and you can enjoy an amazing futuristic thermal bath party until 3 am in the morning of Dec 31. Pre-NYE Party in Szechenyi Bath and booking tickets online on the link.

Dec 31: opening hours from 6am to 2pm in all the facilities in Szechenyi Baths. Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 1 pm.  The rest of the major thermal baths in Budapest like Gellert Spa, Rudas Bath, etc. are usually open from 6am to 2pm. Kiraly Bath is closed on this day.

Jan 1: opening hours from 6am to 6pm in all 3 outdoor pools, and most of the thermal section with 15 pools, saunas, etc. in Szechenyi Baths. Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 5 pm. Also from 6am to 6pm on December 25 other Budapest baths are usually open: Lukacs Baths, Kiraly Baths, Gellert Bath.

Highlighted Budapest Attractions at New Year

Buda Castle District

Buda Castle in Winter - photo by Neil Howard

Buda Castle in Winter – photo by Neil Howard

Some Buda Castle Guided Tours run every day during the holiday season (on Dec 31 and Jan 1 as well): the Castle Walking Tour and the Buda Bus Tour are both available.
More Buda Castle Attractions in December.

Matthias Church

You can visit the Matthias Church inside as part of the Buda Castle Church Tour.

Hungarian Parliament

Hungarian Parliament Budapest in Winter

Hungarian Parliament Budapest in Winter

December 31:  Tours starts from 9:00am – 2pm
January 01: Closed

Faust Wine Cellar in Buda Castle

December 31: Operates as usual (7.30 am – 10 pm)
January 01: Closed

 

 

Tasting Attractions – Foods & Drinks

Wine Tasting Cruise (Danube side attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage):

NYD Cruises Budapest

New Year Cruises Budapest

December 31: 2pm
January 01: 2pm and 7pm

Craft Beer Cruise (Danube side attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage):

December 31: no cruise
January 01: 7pm

Great Market Hall

December 31: 6am – 3pm
January 01: Closed

Chocolate Museum

Great Market Hall Budapest

Great Market Hall Budapest

December 31: Closed
January 01: Closed

Zwack Museum

December 31: Closed
January 01: Closed

Top Museums in Budapest at New Year

Budapest History Museum

December 31: 10am – 6pm
January 01: 10am – 6pm

Hungarian National Museum

December 31: 10am – 2pm
January 01: Closed

Hungarian Agricultural Museum

Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest in Winter

Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest in Winter

December 31: 10am – 5pm
January 01: Closed

More info about Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest

House of Terror Museum

December 31: 10am – 4pm
January 01: Closed

Hospital of the Rock

December 31: Closed
January 01: Closed

Underground Railway Museum

Underground Railway Museum Budapest

Underground Railway Museum Budapest

December 31: Closed
January 01: Closed

Holocaust Memorial Center

December 31: Closed
January 01: Closed

Hungarian National Jewish Museum

December 31: Closed
January 01: 10am – 6pm

Hungarian Railway Museum

Santa Claus in Budapest Railway Museum

Santa Claus in Budapest Railway Museum

December 31: Closed
January 01: Closed

Museum of Military History

December 31: Closed
January 01: Closed

Hungarian Natural History Museum

December 31: Closed
January 01: Closed

Pinball Museum

Pinball Museum Budapest

Pinball Museum Budapest

December 31: Closed
January 01: Closed

Miniversum

December 31: 9am – 5pm
January 01: 12pm – 5pm

House of Houdini

December 31: 10am – 7pm
January 01: 10am – 7pm

Book Tickets

Liszt Franz Memorial Museum

Poster in House of Houdini Museum

Poster in House of Houdini Museu

December 31: Closed
January 01: Closed

Also check the Concerts in Budapest Liszt Music Academy.

Art Galleries & Museums in Budapest at New Year

Hungarian National Gallery

Dec 31: Open 10 am – 4 pm (latest entry at 3 pm)
Jan 1: Open 12 pm – 6 pm (latest entry at 5 pm)

Museum of Ethnography

December 31: 10am – 6pm
January 01: Closed

Further Hungarian Folk programs in Budapest: Budapest Hungarian Folk

Ludwig Museum Budapest

Ludwig Museum Budapest

Palace of Exhibitions (Kunsthalle)

December 31: Closed
January 01: Closed

Museum of Applied Arts:

Not published yet.
December 31:
January 01:

Ludwig Museum

Not published yet.
December 31:
January 01:

Outdoor Attractions at New Year Budapest

Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market

Budapest Christmas Market by Basilica

Budapest Christmas Market by Basilica

December 31: 10 am – 4 pm (food stalls only)
January 01: 2 pm – 10 pm (food stalls only)

Christmas Fair at St Stephen’s Basilica

December 31: 10:00 – 22:00
January 01: 10:00 – 20:00

Memento Park

December 31: 10am – 4pm
January 01: 10am – 4pm

Fisherman’s Bastion

Fisherman's Bastion Budapest by Night

Fisherman’s Bastion Budapest by Night

December 31: 0-24
January 01: 0-24

Funicular

December 31: Operates as usual (7.30 am – 10 pm)
January 01: Operates as usual (7.30 am – 10 pm)

Ice Rink

December 31: 10 am – 2 pm, closed in the afternoon
January 01: 4 pm – 8 pm, closed in the morning

 

 

Hungarian Parliament - New Year Budapest

New Year’s Eve Dinner in Budapest – December 31

New Year’s Eve Dinner cruises in Budapest are the most sought after events in our calendar, as they provide a one-and-only chance to welcome the New Year in the magic lights of the city over the magnificent river Danube.

Book your place for a special NYE cruise with Dinner and live entertainment, but hurry up, tickets are selling out like hot cakes!

Budapest New Year’s Eve Party Cruise & Folk Show

NYE Danube Cruise in Budapest with Dinner and Live Music

NYE Danube Cruise in Budapest with Dinner and Live Music

4-course Gala Dinner (plus a midnight dinner with a traditional Hungarian dish), unlimited drinks, live gypsy music, folk dance show with fun and party all night long and much more.

This cruise is suitable for groups with shared seating at tables.

You can now reserve your place for the New Year’s Eve dinner & party cruise by paying a deposit of €70 (approx. 1/3 of the full price).

Budapest Cruise on New Year's Eve

Budapest Cruise on New Year’s Eve – Furanda Photography

New Year’s Eve Gala Concert and Party in Budapest

The NYE Gala Concert and Party offers a smart, sophisticated way to enjoy the magic of New Year’s Eve, as you will be served a 5-course Gala Dinner, followed by the two hour New Year’s Eve Gala Concert and Show with classical music, ballet, and even folk music.

Budapest Pesti Vigado Gala Concert Show collage

Budapest Danube Palace Gala Concert Show

The event also includes an after midnight party with an open bar (wines, beers, soft drinks), and 2 traditional Hungarian NYE meals.

The NYE Gala Concert and Party will take place in the biggest hall of the magnificent Danube Palace, right in the city centre.

Tickets are almost sold out, so hurry up and secure your place now.

NYE Cruise with Buffet Dinner and Retro Party

Budapest NYE Retro Cruise

Budapest NYE Retro Cruise

Celebrate the new year on an unforgettable retro party cruise, including buffet style dinner, unlimited drink package and live DJ.

Budapest Candlelit Dinner Cruise on Legenda

Live Music Candlelit Dinner Cruise Legenda Ship Budapest

Live Music Candlelit Dinner Cruise Legenda Ship Budapest

Enjoy an a la carte dinner cruise in Budapest on the river Danube from 7 pm on 31 December, on the beautiful Legenda ship.

Live music, candle lit dinner and delicious meals will make this cruise even more memorable.

Swing & Jazz New Year’s Eve Party – SOLD OUT

Swing right into the New Year on a Swing & Jazz NYE Party in the Budapest Balna Event Hall.

NYE Swing & Jazz Party

NYE Swing & Jazz Party

The so called “Duke of swing”, the Voice Hungary, Balázs Gájer and Gyula Éliás, alias Éliás Jnr, one of the most decisive and most versatile personalities of Hungarian club life and swing music will perform on New Year’s Eve, playing the greatest hits from Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé and Louis Prima, as well as covering of old-time favourites.

Enjoy the classic hits in a modern place in Budapest and dance till dawn.

Tickets with Dinner: HUF 22,990. – SOLD OUT

Must see events on 30 December

100 Member Gypsy Orchestra in the Budapest Congress Center

The traditional and renowned Music-Wine Gala Concert of the 100 Member Gypsy Orchestra is one of the best ways to say goodbye to the old year in a fantastic mood. The concert can also be topped up with a delicious dinner.

New Year Day’s Dinner in Budapest – January 1

Why not welcome the New Year of 2018 in exactly the same way as you said your fairwell to the old year? That is on a wonderful Budapest Dinner Cruise on the Danube with either a la carte or buffet style dinner with live music.

Budapest Candlelit Dinner Cruise on Legenda

The leisurely and romantic dinner cruise is 2.5 hours on the Danube, with a served pre-paid 4-course A la Carte dinner for €73 per person.

This high-end dinner cruise is one of the most loved ones by the guests, so this is a perfect choice to start the new year with.

New Year’s Day Dinner Cruise & Piano

Bar Piano Dinner Cruise Budapest

Bar Piano Dinner Cruise Budapest

2 hour cruise on the river Danube with live bar Piano music, 4 course dinner from 6 pm and from 9 pm.

Have a happy and relaxed start for a cheerful New Year, especially if you upgrade your ticket with the unlimited drink package option.

With city central boarding & arrival, this option is ideal for thos who partied until dawn.

Tickets with Dinner are starting from only €55.

 

Budapest Evening Cruise with Gypsy Music

This 2 hour cruise on the river Danube includes Buffet Dinner, music by an award winning Hungarian Gypsy trio and 2 drinks.

This dinner cruise is reported to be the highlight of many tourists’ Budapest visit, therefore book your tickets in advance as this program often run full house.

Tickets with Dinner are starting from only €49.

New Year’s Day Gala Concert with optional Dinner Cruise

This Gala Concert with an optional Dinner Cruise is an elegant way to enjoy all the magic of New Year’s Day with a wide repertoire of musical styles such as gypsy music, operetta, classical music and ballet featuring a special Hungarian folk instrument (hammer dulcimel).

With 3 categories to choose the tickets from and with an option of a Buffet Dinner Cruise, everyone will find the perfect option.