Things to Do in Budapest in February 2016

Budapest Event Guide February 2016

Things to Do in Budapest – Events Guide brings you a list of events and interesting things to do in Budapest in February.

February means Carnival (Farsang) season in Hungary, so if you are visiting Budapest in February you might encounter any of the numerous balls and custome parties that Hungarians hold during this time. Farsang for Hungarians is a kind of “Halloween” when people celebrate to scare away winter. Carnival time starts in February with Balls and Festivals and preceeds Lent.

Since winter is about to leave,there are even more things to do in Budapest during this period, the great winter sales are still around, opera and theater performances, concerts, ice skating and much more.

Weather is still cold in February but bringing gloves, a scarf, a warm jacket, a winter hat, warm and comfortable shoes, especially for sightseeing and shopping sales you will be fine. Do not forget a bathing suit, as you shouldn’t miss the thermal baths!!

Please find below our top picks’ list of things to do in Budapest in February, you might be interested in doing something else besides sightseeing while visiting Budapest.

Mangalica Festival

When: February 12-14, 2016.

Where: Szabadság Tér.

Entry: Free

MangalitsaMangalitsa (Mangalica in Hungarian) is a breed of pig, descendent directly from wild boar (but with cute curly hair), which once was considered an endangered species and now breed mainly in Hungary and the Balkans.

The IX. Mangalica Festival offers all kinds of Hungarian specialties made from Mangalica which is actually a low cholesterol kind of meat. Sausages, ham, bacon, pig stews, home made pastries and jams are just a sample of all yummy dishes you can find in this Festival.

MangalicaFestival11The main attraction of the festival is the cooking contest when cooking teams compete to make the best Mangalica stew using the traditional bogrács(a large suspended metal pot for cooking outdoors over an open fire).

Also look for the Arts and crafts stalls, folk music concerts and dances, and spirits and cheese tasting.

If you are in Budapest during this time, come and enjoy one of the many unique Hungarian Festivals.

Dining Cruise with Live Music

When: Every day in February, 2016

Where: Meeting Point. Danube Palace, Zrinyi u. 5.

A romantic dinner cruise with live music on the river Danube is a wonderful thing to do in Budapest in February. These cruises offer a great 4 meal course of traditional Hungarian food created by the well known Hungarian chef, Klöter Gregor-Grex.

xChristmasDinnerCruiseBudapest.jpg.pagespeed.ic.nKz2AtK6beThe musicians, members of the Zoltan Kodaly Orchestra, as well as the famous violinist Zsigmond Vidák entertain guests with melodies of classical and traditional Hungarian music as they witness fabulous night views of Budapest at the background.

Do not miss the opportunity to get enchanted by the spectacular night views of Budapest world cultural heritage panorama. From a river tour like this, you see Budapest from a different perspective: the illumined bridges, the Parliament,the Buda Castle and Citadella are simply stunning at night.

More information: Check the Dinner Cruise Website for detailed information on dates, menu and prices.

Janos Hill Look Out by Chair Lift

When: February 2016

Where: Zugligeti út 97.

János Hégy is a beautiful place located in one of the most beautiful areas of Buda Hills from where you can admire the entire city of Budapest.

You can reach János Hill by chairlift (libegő).

The ride takes about 15 minutes through a leafy green forest with fantastic views of surrounding neighborhoods and Budapest.

JanosHillLookOutBudapestJános hégy is the highest point in the Buda Hills where you can walk up to Elizabeth lookout and enjoy breathtaking views of the city and surroundings, have a relaxed walk or even take a ride back to the city on the children railway.

The chairlift to John’s hill works daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Sundays and Public Holidays.

The chairlift runs depending on weather conditions ( It doesn’t run on windy, stormy, foggy or rainy weather). Information: 06 1 394 3764.

Cost: 1000 Ft per adult per ride. And 600 Ft per child per ride.

Return Ticket: 1,400 Ft for adults and 800 Ft for children. Children under 3 years old can travel free of charge.

How to get there: The easiest way to get to Zugligeti Libegő station is to take bus number 291 at Nyugati Station and get off at the last stop.

Winter Shopping Sale in Budapest

When: January – February 2016

Where: All Budapest’s Shopping Malls, Department Stores, Boutiques.

From January until the middle of February, Budapest’s shopping malls, department stores, boutiques and all kind of shops launch the winter shopping sale offering great bargains that go up to 70% off. Budapest winter shopping sale is the perfect time to find great bargains and update your wardrobe.

Winter Sale in Budapest usually begins on December 26th and lasts for the entire month of January, although some stores keep the sale until the middle of February or until stocks last. This is the perfect opportunity to go shopping in Budapest and find something unique at a great price.

Vaci utca is a great place to start. There you can find lots of worldwide known stores as well as local ones. Shopping centers like Westend, Arena Plaza, Arkad, Mamut, MOM Park and Allee shopping malls are great choices as well.

Ice Skating in Budapest

Ice Skating is one of the coolest things to do in Budapest in February. You can find several great ice skating rinks all over the city, so grab your skates (or rent some at the rinks) and have fun!

Ice Skating in the Budapest City Park Ice Rink is a traditional winter experience for Hungarians and tourists alike. This Ice rink was open for all in December 1876 and since then it has been for generations a favorite winter activity to do in Budapest in December.Recently fully renovated the City Park Ice Rink is the best of all.

The City Park Ice Rink is considered Europe’s largest and one of the oldest outdoor ice skating rinks. In summer it becomes the City Park Lake.

At night, the lights, the music and the beautiful views of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque Vajda Hunyadi Castle make ice skating in the City Park a magical experience.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 9:00 am-1:00 pm and 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

Weekends: 10:00 am-2:00 pm and 4:00 pm-9:00 pm.

Skates for renting are available.

Fish Festival

When: February 12-14. 2016.

Where: 1024 Budapest Millenaris Park, Hall B. Kis Rókus utca 16–20.

halThe fourth version of Budapest’s Fish Festival is taking place at Millenaris Park in the middle of February. Live music, cooking contests, wine and Pálinka tasting, children programs and folk performances will all be part of this unique festival. If you like fish, don1t miss this event where you will find plenty of fish dishes as well as the very traditional Hungarian halászlé (fishsoup).

 How to get there: How to get there: The best way to get to Fish Festival in Millenaris Park is taking Red Metro Line (M2) and getting off at Moszkva Tér station.  Alternatively, you can take trams 4 and 6 and get off at Mammut shopping center’s stop.

Night Spa at Rudas Baths

When: Every Friday and Saturday Night of February, 2016. From 10:00 pm to 4:00 am.

Where: Rudas Baths – Budapest 1013, Döbrentei tér 9.

Price:  4,600 Ft.

xrudasbathnightspa.jpg.pagespeed.ic.ktFFmDlxyiRudas Baths is one of the remaining Turkish baths in Budapest. It was built during the 16th century and still preserves the unique architecture, its Ottoman interior and Turkish character.

It opens its doors every Friday and Saturday night to enjoy a quiet spa experience. Visiting Rudas baths at night can be a unique thing to do in Budapest in February.

How to get there: The best way to get to Rudas Baths is taking trams 18 or 19 (from Bathyanyi tér Red Metro Line) as well as buses 5, 7, 8 and 86 to Dobrentei tér. (at the foot of Elizabeth Bridge on the Buda side).

A Cultural Night at the Budapest Opera House

When: February, 2016.

Where: Budapest Opera House Even if you are not an Opera lover, going to the Budapest Opera is a life experience.

In February, the Budapest opera house is proudly presenting

L’elisir d’amore. Donizetti, G. Opera. February 1,6, 9, 11 , 13, 15..

Il barbiere di Siviglia . Rossini, G. Opera Buffa in two acts. February 11, 13, 15, 16, 22.

Mefistofele . Boito, A. February 9,12, 14, 16,19, 21, 23.

The Abduction from the Seraglio. Mozart, W. A. Opera in three acts. February 8, 12, 14, 16, 20, 25, 28.

Going to the opera in Budapest is an extraordinary experience you shouldn’t miss while visiting this wonderful city.

Erika Miklósa as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The Budapest Opera House is a stunning building, considered one of the finest opera houses in Europe. If you are in Budapest in February take advantage of the very affordable prices and go to enjoy a great Hungarian production.

How to get there: The best way to get to the Budapest opera house is taking the Yellow Metro Line 1 and getting off at Opera station.

More information: Check the Opera house Website for detailed information on performances, dates and tickets.

Palace of Arts Budapest

When: February 2016.

Where: Komor Marcell u. 1, Budapest IX District

xPalaceofArtsofBudapest.jpg.pagespeed.ic.f1R-zwJkfcThe Budapest Palace of Arts offers an amazing variety of cultural events all year round. Musical concerts from diverse genres, opera, dance performances, art exhibitions and art workshops among many other kind of events take place in the Palace of Arts.

If you are interested in any type of art, visit Budapest’s Palace of Arts and enjoy Hungarian’s rich cultural life.This is truly one of the things to do in Budapest in February you shouldn’t miss.

How to get there: The best way to get the Palace of Arts is taking tram number 2 and getting off at Közvágohíd (Millenium Kulturalís Központ)

More information: Check the Palace of Arts Website for detailed information on current events.

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