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Budapest New Year opening hours: Dec 30, Dec 31, Jan 1 – attractions and concert halls, restaurants, markets opening times

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 2018

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 6pm in all the facilities in Szechenyi Baths. Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 5 pm.  The rest of the major thermal baths in Budapest like Gellert Spa, Rudas Bath, etc. are usually open from 6am to 6pm. Kiraly Bath is closed on this day.

Jan 1: opening hours from 10am 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: 10 am – 6 pm.

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.


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: Closed until 2020
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

The 2018 Opening hours are the following:
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 – 16:00
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: 11:00 – 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 2018 / 2019 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: The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky from 11am and Die Fledermaus by Strauss from 8.30pm.
Jan 1 Opera tours in the afternoon as usual. The evening program has not been announced yet.
Jan 1 in Erkel Theater: “New Year’s at the Opera” gala concert from 7.30pm.

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


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 6pm (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 6 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 21 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. 21 Euros (20 minutes aroma massage at one of the best thermal spas of Hungary! With a bath ticket from 43 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

Buda Castle is one of the most visited attractions in Budapest. The question is if you can visit it during the New Year holidays, how are the opening hours in December, especially around Dec 31, and Jan 1, when several attractions are closed due to the Jan 1, New Year’s Day public holidays (please note that Dec 31 is not a public holiday in Hungary).

Buda Castle in winter snow

Buda Castle in winter – Neil Howard Photography

The good news is that the courtyards of the Buda Castle are always open. Regardless of what season, what time of the hour, or what holidays we are in. The courtyards are not closed off with a fence, so you can take a stroll along the building, visit its courtyards.

You can visit the Buda Castle courtyards free of charge, as only the entrance into the buildings is fee paying, namely the museums residing in the castle buildings:

Each of these museums in the Buda Castle on the Castle Hill has its own independent opening times.

What to do in the Buda Castle?

You can take lots of beautiful photos from the Buda Castle (Budapest panorama photos), and within the walls of the Buda Palace too, e.g. great pictures of the beautiful 19th century romantic statues (our favorite is the Matthias Well, Matyas kutja, a fantastic statue composition with King Matthias chasing a beautiful girl called Ilonka), or the Castle lions on the Lions’ Courtyard, the statue of Eugene Savoya on the Savoya Terrace, the Hunyadi Courtyard with its characteristic Hungarian wrangler statue, etc.

Fireworks in the Buda Castle Budapest?

Buda Castle Opening Hours at Night Budapest

Buda Castle – Rachel Patterson Photography

Unfortunately there are no official New Year city fireworks on Dec 31 / Jan 1 in Budapest, Hungary. Of course, there are several smaller fireworks, typically along the river Danube, which may be observed from the Buda Castle, and the Fisherman’s Bastion. But these fireworks are not so spectacular. The best Hungarian Fireworks show is in summer time in Budapest, on August 20, when we locals celebrate the birth of the Hungarian state, the first Hungarian king (St Stephen, aka Istvan I) and the new bread.

That said, there are lots of nice sights in the city to make it really festive any time in the year: the Buda Castle and the river Danube sights around it are all part of the UNESCO World Heritage, and are breathtakingly beautiful in their night illuminations.

You can find the New Year opening times of the major Buda Castle institutes here:

National Gallery New Year Budapest (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) – closed on Mondays and bank holidays

Budapest History Museum (Budapesti Torteneti Muzeum) – closed on Mondays and bank holidays

Szechenyi National Library New Year Budapest  (Orszagos Szechenyi Konyvtar) – closed on bank holidays

To get an idea of how the inner courts and buildings are arranged in the Buda Castle take a look at this simplified map of the Buda Royal Palace (green lawns, rectangular buildings and sand colored courts):

Buda Castle Courtyards

Buda Castle Courtyards


Hungarian Parliament Budapest New Year

While the Hungarian Parliament is open on most days in a year (except for parliamentary sessions, or on the day of special delegations), the days of Christmas are some of the exceptional public holidays in Hungary when the Parliament in Budapest are not open for visits. Book a Parliament tour online to make sure you get in for a guided tour inside the 3rd biggest parliamentary building in the world.

Parliament in winter Budapest

Parliament in winter Budapest – Neil Howard Photography

New Year Opening Hours

Dec 31: Open until noon (12pm)

The general opening hours of the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest in the winter months are as follows:

Opening hours of the Orszaghaz between October 1 and April 30, including November, December, January, February

Monday–Friday: 8 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 2 pm

You can also enjoy the views of the beautiful Parliament building from the Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion or from a Budapest river cruise (cruises go in winter months, including December and January too).

Hungarian Parliament - New Year Budapest

Hungarian Parliament – New Year Budapest

National Gallery Budapest

The Hungarian National Gallery, which takes up most of the space of the Buda Castle in Budapest is a very nice place to visit to see some of the best Hungarian fine art pieces, especially the 19th century Hungarian paintings.

Hungarian National Gallery

Hungarian National Gallery – redteam Photography

If you wonder what the Buda Castle might be from the inside, or what the views are from its windows, it is also worth visiting the National Gallery, even if you are not a museum fan or gallery goer. The entrance fee to the National Gallery in the Castle is very cheap, it has a nice cafe, and the exhibitions will not bore your for an hour. More about the National Gallery in Budapest here: Hungarian National Gallery

New Year Opening Hours 2018 – 2019

Dec 31 open from 10 am to 4pm
January 1 open from 12pm to 6pm

In general, the National Gallery (Nemzeti Galéria) opening hours during December (except for Xmas and NYE, see below) are as follows:

the general opening times of the National Gallery are as follows (almost all days in December)

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

National Gallery Budapest

National Gallery Budapest – Jaime Silva Photography

Budapest House of Terror Winter

Is the House of Terror open at New Year? See the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day holiday opening hours of the popular museum below. The House of Terror Museum in Budapest is really special museum, one of the very few places in the world where you can get a spine chilling feel for what it may have been living under a totalitarian dictatorship behind the Iron Curtain in the Cold War era, and what it was like to endure the cold-blooded cruelty of the Communist secret police, and the Nazi regime.

House of Terror, Budapest

House of Terror, Budapest – Anthony Citrano Photography

New Year Opening Times

December 31: Closed
January 1: Closed
January 2: Open as usual, i.e. the regular opening hours apply, from 10am to 6pm (except for Mondays).

Anyway, here you can find the House of Terror Christmas Holidays opening times. Once you are in Budapest do not miss the Terror Háza. It is a one of a kind history museum with lots of thought provoking sights.

Museum of Ethnography Budapest

If you plan to visit the Hungarian National Museum, one of the most visited Budapest museums, during the New Year holidays, please take into account that many museums in Budapest have modified opening times at this time of the year.

Hungarian National Museum

Hungarian National Museum – Kotomicreations Photography

New Year Opening Hours

December 31: Closed
January 1: Closed.
On other dates, the regular opening hours apply (from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 6pm, closed on Mondays)

In 2018, the temporary exhibitions in the Hungarian National Museum are as follows:

  • Seuso Treasure (until Jan 31, 2019)
Museum of Fine Arts Budapest Winter

The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest is definitely the leading classic fine arts museum in Hungary. Its Roman, Egyptian, Renaissance, Baroque artworks are some of the best in Europe from international artists from Spain, Italy, etc.

Museum of Fine Arts Budapest

Museum of Fine Arts Budapest – Robcam Photography

New Year Opening Hours

Dec 31, New Year’s Eve: Closed (most museums in Budapest are closed on New Year’s Eve)
January 1, New Year’s Day: Open from noon (12pm)

Budapest Museum of Fine Arts (Szepmuveszeti Muzeum) offers a good New Year start for art fans who wish to see high quality European art works from the past few centuries.