Top Ten Things to Do in Budapest in Winter

Rudas Bath Budapest is a city for all seasons. These winter ideas will warm the body and soul, even if it’s freezing cold in the Hungarian capital and the “Budapest Winter Invitation” promotion help you to make the most of your winter escape.

Thermal baths
Budapest is the spa capital of Europe, so it is easier to stay warm here than anywhere else. Relax in one of the 16th century Turkish bath’s steaming waters – Rudas Bath, Király Bath or Veli Bej Bath, or take a dip in the hot water in Gellért Bath or even play chess in the hot, outdoor pools of the Széchenyi Bath, both were opened in the early 20th century.

Goulash Traditional Food and Wine
Hungarian food is famous for its spiciness and as many traditional dishes can be quite hearty, winter is the perfect time to taste them. Order a hot bowl of Fishermen’s Soup or Goulash Soup and try Stuffed Cabbage, our traditional Christmas meal.

New York Cafe Cafe Houses
There is nothing more comforting than a hot beverage when it’s chilly, and one thing Budapest does not lack is beautiful and interesting cafes. You can treat yourself to a traditional one, in the New York Cafe or the Gerbeaud House or even in the Lukács Cafe, but you can also hide away from cold with a good book in the Lotz Hall hidden on Andrássy Avenue above the Alexandra bookstore.

Museums
There is no better time to get into Budapest’s cultural scene than in the cooler months. During the day Budapest offers a plenty of museums to discover. Visit the Rembrandt exhibition until 15th February at the Museum of Fine Arts or learn about Hungarian art at Hungarian National Gallery`s current exhibition on Rippl-Rónai and Maillol.

Opera, theatre, concerts
Opera House For a magical evening browse the program of the Hungarian State Opera, the Operetta or book a ticket for a classical concert in the Liszt Academy. If you are into something more contemporary, visit the Palace of Arts or the Budapest Music Centre.

Hungarian Parliament
The Hungarian Parliament is rightly considered among the most beautiful parliament buildings in the world. During your visit you can discover the building of legislation and the Hungarian Holy Crown.

Hungarian Parliament Danube cruise at night
One of Budapest’s most beautiful views is from the river at night. See Budapest’s famous buildings and bridges lit up, whilst enjoying a Danube cruise with a traditional Hungarian dinner and music.

Danube cruise at night Food Festivals
Budapest has a wide range of festivals during the winter months. Try some tasty Hungarian specialties at the Mangalica Festival (6-8th February) or the Fish Festival (19-22nd February).

The Carnival Season
It`s called “Farsang” in Hungarian. It is marked as loud and colourful celebrations that take place between January 6th and Ash Wednesday.

Ice rink City Park Ice Rink
An active option to embrace the cold and warm up on the ice. One of the most beautiful places in Budapest in winter is the City Park Ice Rink. Grab a pair of skates and head down behind the Heroes’ Square and the Vajdahunyad Castle.

For city breaks to Budapest, Silver Travel Advisor recommends Kirker Holidays.

129 people found this helpful
17455

Share Article:

Silver Travel Advisor

Leave a comment

*

Sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest travel tips on top destinations.

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Most Recent Articles

Hidden gems await among the islands of the Caribbean Sea, secluded spots that are off the beaten track and offer…
Rich in exotic wildlife, tropical forests, white-sand beaches and lost civilisations, Belize really is a diverse pocket of overlooked beauty….

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.