New Year holidays in Hungary

Understand

Travellers mix

For the case you'd like to follow your citizens (or alternatively to escape them for your New Year holidays), here's how travellers from different countries typically celebrate New Year and spend time on the holidays:

Drink

Hot wine/glintwein is sold everywhere in Budapest and every touristic destination, starting from 110ft in small towns to 250ft and more on the streets in Budapest.

Budapest

Get In

Consider Malev's Budapest Winter Invasion special offer: see Budapest:GetIn:ByPlane.

Get around

Auto traffic is not high in the last days of December, jams in the tourist part of the city are really rare these days.

On NY night, night buses are not following the schedule perfectly, and can be easily late 10 or 15 minutes.

See

Skating rinks

Baths

Eat

Rule of thumb for dinner on Dec 31 is: either a restaurant is open all night (and is closed for NY program well before it starts), or it doesn't work at all on Dec 31 (and maybe even Jan 1). Therefore, you're very unlikely to find a dinner even for 7pm or 8pm without buying an overnight program.

Dinner prices range from 15.000ft (in restaurants at Liszt Ferenc tér) to 25.000ft (Rivalda on Castle Hill in Buda) and higher.

Street food

For Christmas and New Year days, there're food stalls set up at Vörösmarty tér offering skewer meat, pancakes, sauerkraut and grilled sausages, vegetable mix with good ratio of onion, and hot wine. In winter time, they "live" few minutes until get frozen, though.

In winter time, all touristic streets are full of grilled chestnuts.

For mass winter gatherings (like skating rink at Roosevelt ter), sweets are also cooked on the streets, like rolled kalacas (tubes of pastry rolled over a spill, and then grilled similar to doner kebabs).

Mid-range

Most restaurants/clubs at Liszt Ferenc tér have some program for New Year night (NY06/07).

Besides, the following restaurants have an overnight program (NY06/07):

Ground floor and gallery: Set menu 19900ft includes a welcome drink, 7 course dinner before midnight (each is small and light enough to not overfull you) plus 3 courses after 1:30am, if you stay so long. Visitors mix: mostly well over 30, majority are locals.
Downstairs: Buffet for 14900ft (13 dishes); place where DJ plays all the time, and most fun can be found. Visitors mix: bit younger crowd.
Before midnight: nothing happens outside people having their meals; surprisingly, Turkish pop music (not lounge easy-listening) is played all the time and is mostly annoying. Short period of belly dance.
After midnight: the dance starts at downstairs about 12:15am, disco music starting with ABBA and not going to anything more advanced.

The following restaurants are closed: Malomto in Buda-Dec 31..Jan 1 (NY06/07).

Drink

Eger

Do

The concert attracts the creme of the town--therefore evening dress is strongly recommended. At the entrance, welcome champagne is served.

Sleep

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