Celebrating the new year in Budapest is a special experience. There are fire works and people everywhere, celebrating the end of the year as well as the beginning of something new. The fire works are best to watch from the Gellért Hill. Undoubtedly, many suburban municipalities, and local residents shoot off their own celebrations, hence we can see hundreds of bursts as the new year rings in.
On the streets masses of people flow around like waves crashing in front of the bars and clubs. The party doesn’t finish until well in the next day, you will still see people wondering around in the afternoon on the first of January.
All the hospitality providers will be full on this special night, so make sure to come up with a plan in advance, otherwise it is easy to get stuck outside in the cold – and cold it is usually on this night, since it is the middle of the winter here, meaning minuses are flying around.
There are many events to choose from though, and the city itself has to offer a lot. Inside or outside, with our loved ones or without, there are plenty of opportunities. It is definitely hectic but a wonderful experience.
Perhaps it would make sense to relax in one of the famous spas before the big night, as there is nothing better than having time off before conquering the night life of the city. Vörösmarty Square is one of the places to be where you can expect crowds, DJs and live bands. Public transport runs all night and most bars and restaurants lay on ticketed parties and special events.
On the first day of the new year, have a traditional plate of ‘kocsonya’, that is a dish of jellied pigs-feet – a true Hungarian new year delicacy. It is eaten to ensure wealth and prosperity over the coming year..