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Budapest attractions to be seen at New Year (NYE and NYD)

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

Swing & Boogie New Year’s Eve Party – not confirmed yet

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

The number one Hungarian jazz and boogie band, the Group’n Swing will be playing international

Swing & Boogie NYE Party

Swing & Boogie NYE Party

greatest hits from Ray Charles, Sinatra and many more.

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

Tickets with Dinner: not confirmed yet.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Budapest Fishermans Bastion Night

The Fisherman’s Bastion in the Buda Castle Quarter is one of the few Budapest attractions that are open all year round, even on public holidays like New Year. You can also take night photos of the city celebrations from the Bastion. The even greater news is that it is free to visit the Fisherman’s Bastion from Oct 15 to March 15, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day too.

Fishermans Bastion at Xmas

Fisherman’s Bastion at Xmas – Ben G Hancock Photography

There will be a smaller Fireworks show in Budapest on the Pest side, which you can enjoy from the bastion terraces. You may also consider a beautiful winter dinner on the Budapest dinner cruise on the Danube, enjoying the same city sights from a boat. Or even better, book a whole night program on the Budapest New Year Cruise boats.

Both on Dec 31 and on Jan 1, the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halaszbastya) viewing terraces are open all day and all night, from Monday to Sunday, which makes it one of the easiest attractions to fit in any Budapest itinerary, especially among your New Year Budapest break or among your Budapest Christmas things to do list. From the Bastion you can see the ship of the Budapest New Year’s Cruises passing by under the many historical bridges, past beautiful attractions.

The Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the best lookout towers in Budapest. No doubt, this is the place to take a sweeping look at the UNESCO World Heritage site and the modest New Year’s Eve fireworks. Indeed, the NYE Fireworks are humbled by the big summer fireworks on August 20 (best seen from the Budapest Fireworks Cruise), which is sort of the birthday party of Hungary.

Budapest Fishermans Bastion Snow in Winter

Budapest Fisherman’s Bastion Snow – Philippe Clabots Photography

On Fisherman’s Bastion you can take fantastic panoramic photos to capture the December sights of the Pest side, the city with its Christmassy and New Year decorations and her “regular” beauties like the Hungarian Parliament, the Gresham Palace, the domes of the St Stephen’s Basilica, the Chain Bridge over the river Danube, the Great Market Hall of Budapest, etc.

On New Year’s Day, or even at Christmas, the Fisherman’s Bastion can seem slightly deserted, which is ideal for those who do not like crowds of tourists flocking around a beautiful sight.

Generally speaking, the Buda Castle hill is not a party place on NYE, but there are some restaurants in the Castle District (including a restaurant in the Fisherman’s Bastion), which will serve NYE dinner menus. Most parties are, however, taking place on the more eventful and exciting Pest side of BudaPest, there are also some clubs on the Obuda Island, etc. but typically the Buda Castle Quarter, including the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halaszbastya), is a calm place, and an excellent venue to take great Budapest riverfront photos from (just like the cruising boats on the river where going up to the upper decks or side balconies offers a captain feeling and viewpoint).

Budapest Winter

Budapest Winter – Marta Troicka Photography

If you look at the photo, you can imagine easily what the Fisherman’s Bastion look like: 7 turrets, several romantic arcades and ramparts. Not a real fortification, not a “boring” museum. It is an open air attraction, with some closed spaces and roofed balconies.

Szechenyi Bath New Year Opening Hours

Szechenyi Baths in Budapest will be open during New Year in Budapest. The opening hours of Szechenyi Baths are a bit shorter than the usual generous opening hours, finishing around 6 – 8 pm.

Szechenyi Bath Budapest New Year

Szechenyi Bath Budapest New Year – James Guppy Photography

Both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are quite popular in the thermal bath: book a fast track Szechenyi bath ticket online. If you want a massage in Szechenyi Baths too, reserve it weeks before the NYE holiday, otherwise you will not get a free appointment. You can book a 20 minute aroma massage from approx. 18.3 Euros, or buy your ticket online in advance with a private cabin and fast track entry.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day opening hours

  • Dec 31: opening hours from 6am to 6pm (all the facilities in Szechenyi Baths, Budapest)
  • Jan 01: opening hours from 10am to 10pm (all the facilities in Szechenyi Baths, Budapest)

For young tourists under about 40 years of age, the New Year Bath Party in Szechenyi Baths is a must do experience, so if you have nothing to do on December 30, book your NYE Sparty ticket (Dec 30 is not a typo, it is a party before the party)

Szechenyi Bath Spa Party at New Year

Szechenyi Bath Spa Party at New Year

Gellert Spa Hotel by Gellert Hill Budapest

Are you planning to visit the Gellert Spa in New Year Budapest break? Yes, you can. Even the outside pools are open at Gellert Baths (if the weather stays above the freezing point).

Gellert Bath at Christmas

Gellert Bath Budapest – You Flavio Photography

Many Budapest travel guides say that Budapest is quiet or dead on New Year’s Day or at Christmas Budapest is silent, but this is not true any more. Budapest Baths are actually open, and are a lot of fun and relaxation for any Budapest tourists in Hungary. Do not miss the Gellert baths in December or January either!

Gellert Bath is open throughout the New Year holiday, you can buy Gellert Spa tickets online in advance or even book a massage in Gellert Spa. See the current NYE and NYD opening hours:

New Year’s Opening Hours

Please check the actual opening hours before making a visit.

  • Dec 31: on New Year’s Eve the opening hours of Gellert Baths are as follows: Gellert Bath is open from 6 am to 6 pm. Great way to get some strength for the New Year’s Eve parties in Budapest! Dec 30 Budapest Bath Party will be held in Szechenyi Baths, not in Gellert Spa.
  • Jan 1: on New Year’s Day, the opening hours of Gellert Bath are as follows: the baths are open from 10 am to 8 pm. What a perfect way to cure any hangover and welcome the new year with healthy resolutions! You can even listen to a concert on New Year’s Day to make January 1 in Budapest really beautiful.

Massage from 16 Euros at Gellert Bath

Luxury Manager Massage Gellert Bath Budapest

Luxury Manager Massage Gellert Bath Budapest

Did you know that you can book a massage at Gellert Bath from approx. 18.3 Euros (20 minutes aroma massage at one of the best thermal spas of Hungary! With a bath ticket from 37.5 Euros! Budapest can be cheap, but this is a really a superb Christmas Deal, we think!) Do not miss out on this fabulous opportunity. Book now in advance, or others will instead of you (Christmas and New Years can get really booked in Budapest, this applies to many New Year’s Eve Parties in Budapest, or Budapest New Year cruises, or massages at Gellert Bath too).

Romantic VIP Bathing at Gellert Baths Budapest

Are you in a mood to splurge with your love of life? You can even book a private bath at the beautiful Art Nouveau complex. The champagne and fruit bowl is included in the price (which is more in the luxury category). See the details of the private bath hire at Gellert Spa here.

Cinetrip New Year Party Budapest Szechenyi Baths

Cinetrip New Year Party Budapest Szechenyi Baths

In general Gellert Bath is also open during the Christmas holidays, i.e. Dec 24, 25 and Dec 26 too, but the opening times are modified.

Related: Budapest Bath Parties

Budapest New Year Bath Party in Szechenyi Baths

Turkish Dome Rudas Bath Budapest

Is Rudas Bath, one of the most popular Turkish baths in Budapest, and the only gender separated Budapest bath open during the New Year holidays? Can you visit the thermal pools and enjoy the medicinal pool facilities? Yes, Rudas Baths is open on New Year too, though the opening hours are somewhat shortened on the holidays.

Rudas Bath in winter

Rudas Bath in winter – Guillaume Baviere Photography

Rudas Baths, just like Szechenyi Baths and Gellert Spa, is open throughout the New Year holidays in Budapest, with the following opening hours:

New Year Opening Times

  • Dec 31: open from 6 am to 6 pm. Enjoy some amazing days in Budapest in a stunning historical building (the old Turkish baths have been expanded with more modern pools and facilities of course)
  • Jan 1: Rudas bath is open from 10 am to 8 pm. Visiting ‘the Rudas’ is a popular way to get over the New Year’s Eve party symptoms (hangover, stress of the new year, etc.), so the earlier you go there, the better the chance to enjoy a less crowded thermal bath

The opening times above have been basically the same at Budapest Baths for the last ten years or so. If you are planning your Budapest New Year trip, you can count on the thermal baths being open on the public holiday dates in December and January in Hungary.

Rudas Bath was one of the party scenes of the awesome Cinetrip parties.

Kiraly Bath Budapest Winter Thermal

Is Kiraly Bath, one of the most popular Budapest baths and the oldest Turkish bath in Budapest, open during the your Budapest New Year holidays? Can you visit the thermal pools and enjoy the thermal and pool facilities in late December and early January? Kiraly Bath is definitely a different experience than Szechenyi Bath or Gellert Spa.

Kiraly Bath Budapest

Kiraly Bath Budapest

Yes, Kiraly Bath is open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day too, though the opening hours are somewhat changed on the public holidays in winter.

Many Budapest travel guides say that Budapest is happy and open on New Year’s Eve, but too calm and closed on New Year’s Day, but this is not true any more.

Kirlay Baths, similarly to the two big baths in Budapest, Szechenyi Baths and Gellert Bath, is open throughout the New Year times, with the following opening hours:

New Year Opening Hours

  • Dec 31: the Kiraly Bath is open from 9 am to 6 pm. Enjoy some amazing days in Budapest in a stunning historical building (the old Turkish baths have been expanded with more modern pools and facilities of course)
  • Jan 1: Kiral bath is open from 10 am to 8 pm. Visiting ‘the Kiray’ is a nice way to get over the New Year’s Eve party symptoms (hangover, stress of the new year, etc.). As Kiraly has not been restored yet (unlike Rudas, Gellert or Szechenyi Baths) it is the most authentically ruinous and historical baths currently in the city of Budapest

Kiraly means King in Hungarian, say kee-raay

The opening times above have been basically the same at Budapest Baths for the last ten years or so. If you are planning your Budapest New Year break, you can count on the baths staying open on the public holiday dates in December and January in Hungary.

Budapest Christmas Market Advent Days TopBudapestOrg

Budapest has several fantastic Christmas markets. One of them, which stands out as the top, is the Budapest Christmas Market by the Basilica (aka St Stephen’s Cathedral), see the photo below.

Basilica Christmas Market Budapest

Basilica Christmas Market Budapest – Ildiko Kardos Photography

In 2016 / 2017, the Budapest Christmas market is open on Dec 31 and Jan 1 too. There are two nice markets next to each other and despite the Christmas holidays, the markets reopen on Dec 27 to keep open until Jan 1.

Budapest Christmas Market Vorosmarty Square

Budapest Advent Market St Stephen’s Basilica
On Dec 31 besides the usual nice programs, there is usually a charity event.

If you are enjoying your New Year break in Budapest, Hungary, visit the last days of the festive Budapest Christmas Market in the city center of Budapest on St Istvan Square. You can see the domes of the Basilica from far away on the flat Pest side of Budapest.

St Stephen’s Basilica is one of the top Budapest attractions.