Things to Do in Budapest in January 2016

Budapest Event Guide January 2016

Things to Do in Budapest in January brings you still plenty of events happening in Budapest and interesting things to do after a long month of celebrations. By the way, Happy New Year!! If you are visiting Budapest this month, you will definitely find lots of concerts, art exhibitions, opera performances and exciting indoor sports. Christmas street lights will be still up for a couple of weeks, all stores are having great sales and if you enjoy snow we might have more snowy days! Weather is still very cold in January 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 January, you might be interested in doing something else besides sightseeing while visiting Budapest.

Dining Cruise with Live Music

When: Every day in January 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 April. 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.nKz2AtK6be The musicians, members of the Rajko 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.

Winter Shopping Sale in Budapest

When: January 2016

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

In January, 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.  January shopping sale is the perfect time to find great bargains in Budapest and update your wardrobe for the New Year. Winter Sale in Budapest usually begins on December 27th 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.

Night Spa at Rudas Baths

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

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

Price:  4,600 ft.

Rudas 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 November. Currently, renovation works are taking place but services are open to public.xrudasbathnightspa.jpg.pagespeed.ic.ktFFmDlxyi

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).

Rudas 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.

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).

Cultural Night at the Budapest Opera House

a0901-xOperaHouseInterior.jpg.pagespeed.ic.JImn6dMaq9When: January 2016

Where: Hungarian State Opera House. Andrassy út 22

If you are in Budapest in January do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the stunning productions at the Beautiful Opera House of Budapest

Die Fledermaus (The Bat) Operetta in three acts in Hungarian, with German and English surtitles. January 02,  03, 08, 09, 10, 13, 17, 2016.


– Turandot  Opera in three acts, in Italian, with Hungarian surtitles 08, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 30, 2016.

– Falstaff. Comic opera in three acts, in Italian with Hungarian and English surtitles  January 23, 27, 29, 31,  2016.

– Romeo and Juliet. Opera. Ballet in three acts. January 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22,   2016.

 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 dates and tickets.


Ice Skating in Budapest

When: December-February

Where: City Park. Budapest 1146. Olof Palme Sétany 5. (Behind Square of Heroes)

There are several ice skating rinks in Budapest but certainly the recently fully renovated City Park Ice Rink is the best of all.

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.

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 4:00 pm-8:00 pm

Weekends: 10:00 am-2:00 pm and 4:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Skates for renting are available.

New Year Concert , Dinner and Cruise

When: Tuesday January 1, 2016. 8:00 pm

Where: Meeting point, The Danube Palace

Have a fantastic evening the first night of 2016, first attending to a great concert at the Danube Palace with the Budapest’s Symphony Orchestra and then cruising along the Danube, surrounded by the magnificent atmosphere of Budapest and enjoying a great traditional Hungarian. NewYearConcertDinnerCruise Have an unforgettable night of beautiful Budapest’s night scenes, great music and a fabulous traditional Hungarian dinner. If you are planning to spend the first day of 2016 in Budapest, this is a very special way to welcome the New Year 2016.

More information: Check the Concert, Dinner and Danube Cruise website for detailed program for the evening, menu, prices and further details.

Buda Hills by Budapest Chairlift

When: January 2016

Where: Zugligeti út 97.

János-hegy is a wonderful 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-hegy is the highest point in the Buda Hills where you can walk up to Elizabeth lookout and enjoy 350°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 János-hegy (John’s hill) works daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Sundays and Public Holidays.

The chairlift runs depending on weather conditions (It doesn’t operate on windy, stormy, foggy or rainy weather)

Opening hours in December: Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

December 9: closed due to maintenance.

December 24: Open from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Cost: 800 ft per adult per ride. And 500 ft per child per ride.

Return Ticket: 1,400 ft for adults and 850 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, get off at the last stop and walk up about 200 mt. On the right side you will find the Zugligeti Libegő station (Next to Zugligeti campsite where there is a yellow tram car that works as a campsite shop).

Palace of Arts Budapest

When: January 2016

Where: Komor Marcell u. 1, Budapest IX District

The Budapest Palace of Arts offers an amazing variety of cultural events all year round.

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If you are interested in any type of art, visit Budapest’s Palace of Arts and enjoy Hungarian’s rich cultural life.

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 this Palace of Arts concert’s site for detailed information on concerts, tickets and current events.

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