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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 Winter Buda Castle Hill

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and welcome the New Year with a bang in Budapest, Hungary. We have put together some great tips to guide you through the New Year Craze in Budapest, whether it is Dec 31 or Jan 1, or just any day around the end of the year. Feeling young and fun, stylish or classy, evergreen or relaxed?  You will find a wide range of excellent programs to book for (as booking is a must if you want to get in).

Budapest NYE Party on River Danube Boat

Budapest NYE Party on River Danube Boat

New Year in Budapest

Budapest New Year’s Eve is full of parties, special NYE menus in the hundreds of restaurants, street parties, various concerts (from rock to classical), and of course NY cruises on the Danube. Many of the parties sell out by early December, while others only start to open the cashiers in mid Dec. Keep up to date with us to find your best ever NYE in Budapest!

Szechenyi Bath Party Budapest Sparty

Szechenyi Bath Party Budapest Sparty

Is it the best place in Europe to ring in the New Year? Pining for tropical heat? Avoid Budapest in December and come back in July, August. But let’s see the best things about Budapest New Year’s Eve, this love or hate day for many.

In the following list you will find events and ideas for all sorts of interests and age groups.

Budapest New Year’s Eve & Day 2017 – 2018

The end of 2017 is offering some exciting things to do in Budapest. The list is getting longer day by day, so do check back for dozens of more events.

Budapest New Years Eve Danube Cruise

Budapest New Years Eve Danube Cruise – Pic Olympi Photography

  • Party on December 30, 2017: Budapest Bath Party in Szechenyi Baths, the Cinetrip winter edition is the best party you can think of if you are in the 20-40 age gap and love parties. Details: Szechenyi Bath New Year’s Eve Party. The list of Budapest NYE Parties is updated on a daily basis, and there will be more options for those who do not want to splash around in a thermal bath party.
  • Party on Budapest December 31, 2017: if you are attracted by the idea of taking a cruise, and partying on a big ship, with various shows (from Fran Sinatra to Hungarian Folk show), and gobble endless drinks, there are more Budapest New Year Cruise events to pick from, and sail through into 2017 in style. The sights are beautiful (UNESCO World Heritage), and if you love to have your drink, it sounds a good deal. The list of Budapest NYE Parties is updated on a daily basis
  • Dinner on December 31, 2017: enjoy a special dinner with live music on the river Danube, or in one of the best restaurants in Budapest. Booking in advance is everywhere essential, as all places will be full house by Dec 31. It is just that day.
  • Concert on December 31, 2017: say farewell to the Old Year with classical music, salon music, operettas, or opera, or even with a local percussion concert: New Year’s Eve Concerts in Budapest are open for booking from September or October.

Tips for Budapest New Year’s Eve

Budapest Cruise Show Opera Operetta Musical

Budapest Cruise  & Show

Here are some ideas for spending am amazing New Year’s Eve in Budapest, Hungary.

There is a wide range of NYE options in Budapest to choose the best setting for your ideal New Year’s Eve. Some want to do clubbing, others only want to have a nice dinner, a concert, or a festive river cruise in Budapest. There are dozens of excellent clubs (from techno to metal), literally hundreds of restaurants with dinners (and many with shows and live concerts), several nice concerts, and yes, even New Year Eve cruise in Budapest.

Accommodation at New Year in Budapest

First of all, book your NYE flights and accommodation well in advance to save some money. The nearer the NYE days come, the more expensive the hotel / hostel rooms get: check out a hand selected list of top Budapest hotels and for a cheaper budget solution, the best hostels in Budapest. Do check out the rental apartments options as often they will get you a great deal, especially if your are a group of friends visiting Budapest late December for the New Year’s Eve. Once you have booked the basics, book your party / make your restaurant reservation in advance too (3 weeks before the event takes place, many parties and restaurants have been fully booked).

Weather at New Year in Budapest

Budapest Buda Castle Snow

Budapest Buda Castle Snow – Philippe Clabots Photography

Secondly, Budapest winters are quite cold, so hats, gloves, thick coats, boots will help you to have a lovely NYE in Budapest, or to have a peace of mind that you have the basic necessities. While heating in public buildings, metro cars, etc. is warm or often too warm (around 21-25 degrees Celsius), the weather outside is cold, often getting below freezing, especially at night (Dec, Jan and Feb are the coldest months in Hungary). Most parties on New Year’s Eve (pre and post parties too) will have taxis waiting outside. Oftentimes, however, waiting time for taxis increases to 20-30 min on Dec 31 in the city of Budapest.

After Party & New Year’s Day in Budapest

Thirdly, make some after party plans to start the New Year well, relaxed, happy, as we all should. Despite all appearances, there are many things that are open on January 1 in Budapest, even though this is a public holiday (unlike Dec 31). Mostly importantly, the Budapest baths are open offering naturally warm and refreshing spring waters and very affordable massages. But places are limited, so if you pick the two most popular thermal baths in the city, make sure to book tickets (fast track) and massages online in advance: Gellert Spa and Szechenyi Baths will be open with shortened opening hours.

Slowing Down on New Year

Fourthly, NYE is the night when the phone lines and Budapest taxis are hyper busy. Do not be surprised if you cannot shout Happy New Year via your mobile phone. Everyone is using their cell phones to text, to send crazy photos, to connect, to skype. With 1.7 million residents plus hundreds of thousands of tourists, the lines are just too busy to be able to handle the traffic.

Budapest Winter Parliament New Year Holiday

Budapest Winter Parliament – Federico Bierti Photography

Do expect to have some telecommunication difficulties when it comes to using your phone between 11 pm and 1 am, the peak hours of Budapest NYE. Try to make sure that you can reach your beloved ones before these phone rush hours, or arrange your taxi before, after that. It does not mean that you will not be able to call a taxi company at all, or get connected, but you may have to try it more times or wait 15-25 min to get hold of a phone line, which is not typical in Budapest at other times of the year.

If you are staying in Budapest on New Year’s Eve with friends, relatives, have a set time at a certain meeting point to avoid losing contact with each other. It is reassuring to have a plan. But if you should lose your original company, never mind. Just join some other party people temporarily, and feel the NYE impetus.

Eating Out at New Year in Budapest

Lentil Dish Hungarian New Year Tradition

Lentil Dish Hungarian New Year Tradition

Eat and drink? You will have plenty to eat and plenty of cuisines to choose from. Budapest is a real cosmopolitan city with hundreds of restaurants and at least 50 great restaurants (from Hungarian through Italian to French or Greek), even floating restaurants on the river Danube with Budapest Dinner Cruises.

Many restaurants have special NYE menus featuring both international and traditional Hungarian dishes. Outside restaurants, what is traditional Hungarian New Year’s Eve food? Well, most Hungarians would have some party assortments, including the must have NYE frankfurters with mustard and rolls, as well as Lentil soup or Lentil fozelek for NYE (the many lentils act as imaginary coins, which can make you rich … Ar we rich? No, but lentil is still good, and the superstition, deeply rooted in Hungarian folk, is still thriving).

Another traditional meal offered on New Year’s Eve is Stuffed Cabbage (cooked cabbage leaves stuffed with a mixture of minced meat and rice, cooked all for a few hours). Restaurants and NY cruises will serve this typically as a buffet style Midnight Dinner option.

Restaurants in Budapest on NYE will typically offer some live entertainment, especially in the more touristy areas of the city, like District V, VI, VII on the Pest side and District I on the Buda side (Buda Castle).

New Year’s Eve Parties in Budapest

Budapest New Year’s Eve parties are all over the city of Budapest, in all genres, for all ages and interests. NYE parties are both inside (cafes, bars, clubs, flats) and outside.

The event starts with a series of pre New Year’s Eve parties in the city, on December 30th, working up your party muscles for Dec 31. The most popular pre NY party is the Budapest Bath Party in Szechenyi Baths on Dec 30.

NYE Parties on Budapest Streets

Free Street Party in Budapest New Year

Free Street Party in Budapest New Year

NYE Parties on Budapest Streets focus on 3 major hot spots in the city, downtown Budapest: Vorosmarty Square, Oktogon Sq (by Andrassy Ave) and Eiffel Square at the Nyugati Train Station. It is hard to predict when these places get really busy, but usually around 11 pm. Entry is free to the street parties.

First of all, in the very heart of the city, on Vorosmarty Square (also the location of the famous Budapest Christmas market), there are hundreds, then thousands of people on and around the square to celebrate New Year’s Eve with bottles of champagnes, wearing sparkly party hats or thick winter hats, and making lots of happy or I-want-to-be-tonight noise. There is a smaller scale Fireworks Show on Dec 31, also visible from the river Danube.

Vorosmarty Square being the most central can get pretty crowded, often with many tourists mixing with the locals. As in any crowd, you may need to stay alert enough to take care of your values and belongings, or not to lose your friends. As mentioned above, you may not be able to reach your own merry company, either because of the many people in the streets, or because of the busy phone lines. If you split up, have a meeting point at a given time.

Eiffel Square Nyugati Train Station Budapest New Year Parties

Eiffel Square Budapest – Ana Freitas Photography

Vorosmarty Square can be a good point to start an NYE walk in the city. Head towards Deak Square (also lots of people on both Deak Square), cross the neighbouring Elisabeth Square (check out Aquarium Club), then take a walk on Andrassy Avenue to Oktogon Square (and Octagonal shaped square at the crossing point of Andrassy korut with the big ring road with the trams 4 or 6). On Oktogon, you will see thousands of more people (especially young guys and girls in their 20s/30s), from here, you can turn left, and in 5 min you will get to Eiffel Square where the third big open air party is at Nyugati Railway Station.
On Oktogon Square there are some live concerts with Hungarian bands, lots of cheering, friendly people dancing, clinking, drinking, and dealing with the cold with a big smile. This is also a good place to be at when the clocks strike midnight.

Fireworks Budapest

Fireworks Budapest

Unfortunately, there is no official website or well published info about the upcoming street parties, so we are relying on the customary party info, and the fact that NYE street parties in Budapest have been running on for many years now.

Budapest New Year Fireworks Show:  many assume that Budapest celebrate the New Year with a huge fireworks show like many other cities on December 31. However, Budapest has the huge fireworks in the summer time on August 20, rather than on Dec 31. That said, there are some smaller scale fireworks usually by the river Danube, but they are not as spectacular as the summer fireworks (see the one in the picture from the summer. Now on NYE if you see fireworks it will be smaller).

NYE Parties in Budapest Clubs and Bars

Basically, all clubs and bars throw a New Year’s Eve party on December 31, and many have pre parties as well as after parties too. See our list of Budapest New Year Parties or the top Budapest bars to get an idea where you could head to, where your will need to book a ticket in advance to be party of the best clubbing on NYE in Budapest. Some of the best Budapest New Year Parties  we have collected here.

New Year’s Eve Parties in Budapest Hotels

Needless to say, many of the best hotels in Budapest are organising a NYE party to say farewell to the old year in style. Luxury Budapest hotels, like Corinthia, Hilton, etc. as well as top tier hotels like Hotel Gellert. Please visit the hotels website to learn more about their New Year’s Eve packages, shows, dinners.

New Year’s Eve Parties on Budapest Ships

Budapest Night Cruise New Year's Eve

Budapest Night Cruise New Year’s Eve

Those who love great panoramic views of Budapest, live entertainments (cruise shows with music or Gypsy music, dancers, etc.), a la carte or buffet dinner and open bars can book their New Year Eve river cruise and party on some of the ships of Budapest. Budapest NYE cruises are quite affordable: check out the vast array of programs for Budapest New Year Cruise on Dec 31.

 New Year’s Eve Parties in Budapest Baths

While the thermal baths of Budapest are open on Dec 31 and Jan 1, and the spa baths are often the venues of amazing, awesome and unique bath parties, on NYE there won’t be spa parties (sparties) in Budapest, sorry. But don’t be disappointed.

  • Dec 30, 2017: a huge and spectacular New Year party at Szechenyi Baths: Cinetrip is over 15 years old, and the party will be unforgettable. Do not miss it. It is a bit of Ibiza in Budapest. One of the best ways to get warmed up for the New Year’s Eve Parties. Mixed ages (20’s-40’s), hiphop, trance music, laser shows and live shows.

Midnight on New Year’s Eve in Budapest

Singing Hungarian National Anthem on New Year's Eve Budapest

Singing Hungarian National Anthem on New Year’s Eve Budapest

At midnight, as if by a magic stroke with a wand, the happy, cheering crowds turn into solemn mood in Budapest for 2 min. Instead of loud cheers, laughs, jumping around, and big hugging, Hungarians, yes, we locals, go singing our national anthem with as much dignity as the consumed NYE alcohol allows. It is an emotional moment for us, Hungarians.

This is a very Hungarian thing to switch from the friendliest party creature into a sort of ‘matter of life and death’ faced, “I painfully love my mother country even if all things seem to be against her” solemn mood. Do not be surprised, once the anthem is over, this shocking insight into the Hungarian national psyche is over, and the party mood is reset, as if nothing has happened.

Budapest NYE Street Party Outdoor

Budapest NYE Street Party Outdoor – Dehir.hu

After the anthem, the smiles, cheers, loud shouting and big hugs come back with full force. Want to hear what we sing at midnight on New Year’s Eve in Budapest? Now, this is the Hungarian anthem, a really solemn hymn (of course, the lyrics is about a plead to God to bless the Hungarians and get help in good or bad, followed by a reflection of hundreds of bad and bloody years. How could we not go solemn singing about such turmoils?).

Budapest Cruise on New Year's Eve

Say Hello to the New Year on the Budapest New Year Cruise. In fact, there will be more of them, parties, shows or simply an elegant dinner on the Danube.

Danube Cruise & Dinner in Budapest on New Year’s Eve, 2017 / 2018

NY Dinner Cruise & Bar Piano Battle

New Years Dinner with Bar Piano Battle in Budapest Hungary

NY Dinner + Bar Piano Battle in Budapest

Chic and entertaining NY Dinner Cruise with Piano Show in Budapest.

The inclusions are generous at the price: 4 course gala dinner, Bar Piano Battle, plus unlimited drinks of wines, beers, juices, fizzy drinks and hot drinks.

Booking in advance needed, no seats will remain for drop ins.

Cruise Party with Gypsy Music, Dinner and Folk Show

Rajko Band Budapest New Year Party Boat

Gypsy Salon Band- Budapest New Year Cruise

Dinner Cruise on Budapest New Year Party Cruise with Folk Show: all night boat party event with live salon music of the Hungaria Folk Ensemble & Orchestra (former Rajko Gypsy) band, Hungarian folk dance show, sightseeing cruising on the river Danube, and lots of drinks and foods (Gala Dinner served to each Guest, plus a special Midnight Dinner of Hungarian specialty Stuffed Cabbage served in buffet style).

The price of the NYE cruise includes an Open Bar throughout the whole program (drink as much as you wish)

Hotel drop off after the NYE Cruise Party & Folk Show is included in the price, buses will take guests home after 1 am (the buses run every hour)

Budapest Night Cruise New Year's Eve

Budapest Night Cruise New Year’s Eve Party Boat

 

 

Elegant Cruise and Dinner with Salon Music

Dinner Cruise with A La Carte Menu in Budapest: 2.5 hour cruise from 7 pm to 9:30 pm with dinner you choose from the menu. Music: salon music with 1-3 musicians on board.

This beautiful dinner cruise is priced as on any other night, there is no NYE surcharge. The cruise is guaranteed to run with full house, so booking is essential.

Live Music Candlelit Dinner Cruise Legenda Ship Budapest

Live Music Candlelit Dinner Cruise Legenda Ship Budapest

Live band is playing pleasant, and for some guests, slightly cheesy salon music. It does blend nicely into the backdrop of Budapest illuminated attractions along the river Danube. Party: NO. It is a dinner cruise, and a great way to start the night on December 31, but there is no party on this dinner cruise.

Plan your Budapest New Year’s Day Cruise too to avoid missing out on boat tours and lively dinners in Budapest on January the 1st. Great pre-booking deals starting from 49 Euros.

New Year’s Eve Party & Booze Cruise

Booze Cruise Budapest Dec 31

Booze Cruise Budapest Dec 31

Enjoy an unforgettable Party Cruise on Dec 31 from 10.30pm to 3 am with Live DJ, dancing and unlimited drinks to say goodbye to 2017! Book your NYE Booze Cruise tickets as soon as you can, and don’t miss one of the biggest parties of NYE.

 

Pesti Vigado New Years Eve Gala Concert Budapest

What could be better and more classy than ending the New Year with classical music and dance at the NYE Gala Concert, or even a nice Gala Dinner or Party if you wish to make it a full night event! You may opt for the 2 hour concert, or enjoy a full 7 hour of fun and merriment.
You may book the event on the following site:

RESERVATION of NYE Gala Event

PROGRAMME OF THE BUDAPEST NYE GALA CONCERT

Budapest Pesti Vigado New Year Concert Show Party with Dinner

Budapest Pesti Vigado New Year Concert Show Party

MUSIC & SHOW: Operas, classical music pieces, ballet, and even folk music will be on the Menu of the NYE Gala Concert and Show.
DINNER: The NYE Gala Dinner will be just before the concert: a 5 course extravaganza of delicious courses and carefully selected matching premium wines.
PARTY: the after midnight party will be all inclusive of drinks (wines, beers, soft drinks), and 2 traditional Hungarian NYE meals in a buffet dinner setting (Stuffed Cabbage and Lentil Dish).
PALACE: The fascinating 19th century palace and concert hall of Budapest by the river Danube called Pesti Vigado will be hosting a spectacular evening for Dec 31 with a Gala Concert and and optional Dinner and Party.
PRICES: Prices for the Budapest NYE Gala Event range from HUF 15,700 to 48,700 (€52.5 – €162.5) depending on which category of tickets and inclusions you buy, from a 2 hour concert, to a 7 hour full night NYE Gala celebration.
TICKETS: the event will be soon sold out, so tickets are essential for getting into the New Year’s Eve Concert / Dinner / Party. There are 5 ticket categories, depending on which part of the evening you choose to participate in: 2 hour concert, or 5 hour dinner and concert, or 7 hour dinner, concert and party, or 4 hour concert and party! Prices range from HUF 15,700 to 48,700 (€52.5 – €162.5)
Booking of the NYE event is recommended:

RESERVATION of NYE Gala Event

 

ADDRESS:
The address of Pesti Vigado is the meeting point of the event.
2 Vigado Square, Budapest, District V
Literally just a few minutes walk from the best hotels in Budapest (Four Seasons, Sofitel, Intercontinental, Marriott, Kempinski, Gerloczy, Prestige, Aria etc.), so you will be very conveniently located.

Ticket Options for the New Year’s Eve in Pesti Vigado

New Years Eve Dance in Pesti Vigado Gala Budapest

New Years Eve Ballet in Pesti Vigado

Tickets are available in various options, depending on what you plan for Dec 31 in Budapest:
RESERVATION of NYE Gala Event

10 pm – 0.15 am NYE Gala Concert + Midnight Cheers – Category 1 Ticket & 1 Glass of Sparkling Wine. PRICE: HUF 21,700 / €72.5
10 pm – 2 am NYE Gala Concert & After Midnight Party & Open Bar + a 2 course After Midnight Buffet Dinner – Category 1 Tickets only PRICE: HUF 32,700 / €109

7pm – 0.15 am NYE Gala Dinner & NYE Gala Concert – 5 course Gala Dinner in Pesti Vigado Restaurant, Category 1 Ticket & 1 Glass of Sparkling Wine PRICE: HUF 41,700 / €139
7pm – 2 am NYE Gala Dinner (5 course), NYE Gala Concert & Party with Open Bar & a 2 course After Midnight Buffet Dinner – Category 1 Tickets only PRICE: HUF 48,700 / €162.5

Pesti Vigado Budapest Stage and Seating

Pesti Vigado Budapest Stage and Seating

Budapest Pesti Vigado Gala Event

Budapest Pesti Vigado Gala Event

 

Pesti Vigado Budapest Gala Dinner Restaurant header

Pesti Vigado Budapest Gala Dinner Restaurant

Budapest New Years Eve Gala Concert Cimbalom Hammered Dulcimer Pesti Vigado

Budapest New Years Eve Gala Concert Hammered Dulcimer

Purchase the Budapest NYE Gala Event Entries in advance, tickets are gone before Dec 31:

RESERVATION of NYE Gala Event

 

 

 

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

Budapest Christmas Market

Budapest winter festivals range from cultural to food, music, or sports festivals in the winter season of November, December, January and February. Even though the weather is cold, the spacious festival venues and beautifully decorated squares allow locals to indulge in winter festivities to conquer the gloom of the cold and short days.

January Festivals

January Festivals in Budapest

Check the exact dates before attending.

International Circus Festival Budapest

Midnight Music Festival

Gluttonous Thursday

Stage Diving Metal Festival

Solo Duo Contemporary Dance Festival

February Festivals

February Festivals in Budapest

Check the exact dates before attending.

Budapest Mangalica Pork Festival

Magic Bath Party Festival

Budapest Carnival Parties

 

Vajdahunyad Castle and Ice Rink Budapest

The enormous and lovely open air Ice Rink of Budapest is an ideal New Year attraction. Skating on the ice rink paired with a night bath in Szechenyi Bath is one of the best winter things to do in Budapest!

Ice Skating Rink Budapest

Ice Skating Rink Budapest – James Guppy Photography

It is also on the top 10 list of Lonely Planet as one of the best places in Europe in winter time, paired with a warm bath in the Budapest baths, and a visit to the cool and hip ruin bars, some of the best bars in Budapest.

The open air Ice Rink is a truly popular venue for skating, skiing, skating classes, ice hockey and even ice parties.

Opposite the Ice Rink Palace you can find the Vajdahunyad Castle (the home of Vajdahunyad Castle Christmas Market in December, and the venue of the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the Hungarian Agricultural Museum all year round)

In the Outdoor Ice Rink Palace you can rent skates, drink some hot drinks, get changed, get warmed up etc.

Address: Varosliget Budapest, near Heroes Square (Hosok tere)

Opening Hours Varosligeti Mujegpalya

The opening hours of the Budapest Ice Rink can change day by day in the winter season, so the following hours are an average general guide for the opening times. After the summer and autumn season, the Ice Rink re-opens from mid November (definitely open from late November!)
Monday – Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, break, then reopens from 5 pm to 9 pm
Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, break, then reopens from 4 pm to 9 pm
Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, break, then reopens from 4 pm to 8 pm

Vajdahunyad Castle and Ice Rink Budapest New Year

Vajdahunyad Castle and Ice Rink Budapest – Gabriel Hess Photography

New Year Opening Hours

December 31: open from 10 am to 2 pm, closed in the afternoon
January 1: open from 4 pm to 8 pm, closed in the morning

Tickets / Prices at Budapest Skating Rink

Full Day Ticket on Weekdays approx. HUF 1200 (including the price of the Cloakroom storage and the Insurance)
Full Day Ticket on Weekends approx. HUF 1500 (including the price of the Cloakroom storage and the Insurance)
Entrance is Free for children under 6 years of age.

Rental of Skates at Budapest Ice Rink

Skate rental prices for the Ice Rink (in HUF or Ft, short for Hungarian Forint, the currency in Budapest, Hungary). The prices are approximate prices, City Park Skating Rink reserves the right to change the prices.
1 Pair of Skates Rental fee: HUF 1,500
Deposit: 5,000 HUF / skates (or you need to leave an ID document, like your passport as the deposit)

There are many fun winter things to do in Budapest, but one of the best ones is surely the popular Budapest Outdoor Ice Rink in the City Park, aka Varosligeti Mujegpalya.

Lonely Planet
about Varosligeti Mujegpalya

Check the current opening hours on the official website here.

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Budapest Skating Rink Video

Last updated info about Budapest Skate Rink in the City Park:

December, 2016

Budapest Winter

Budapest New Year’s Eve events are quite varied, and even though the weather at New Year can be freezing cold, there are many folks outside the streets of Budapest to enjoy the free New Year’s Eve parties, concerts, and to cheer with others. Here are some videos showing the life and street atmosphere in Budapest on New Year’s Eve.

Break Video – Budapest New Year

Budapest New Year’s Eve Street Party Video

Budapest New Year’s Eve Party at White Angel Club

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.