The ultimate New Year’s Eve guide
Getting ready for New Year’s Eve in Budapest
Around Christmas time and New Year’s Eve, there are lots of tourists coming to discover the Hungarian capital. The city is famous for its Christmas markets, with its typical Hungarian dishes, the mulled wine, and the city lights and beautiful decorations. You can also always find flight tickets for great prices.
It’s the perfect time of the year for seeing the sights of the city and enjoying the nightlife at the same time. If you want a great start to the new year – then have it abroad in this beautiful city.
The best idea is to explore the city during the day, ideally by taking the Absolute Walking Tour from 10 am, it finishes around 14 pm. After that, if you still feel like discovering the hidden gems of the city center, join for the Alternative Tour which takes you around the 7th district, the Jewish Quarter to see lots of murals, street art and to learn more about city life, and about social issues.
After the tour, definitely taste some local dishes, such as goulash (ideal in cold weather), or some chicken paprika, or even stuffed cabbage.
At night, it is recommended to visit some of the city’s famous ruin bars, also popular among locals. A ruin bar is a unique concept in the city: ruined buildings that host bars and clubs, with alternative, creative and colorful decorations.
For late night it is a super idea to book a table in restaurants and bars as they might be full because of the celebration.
Don’t forget to get down to the river embankment around 11 pm as there are huge fireworks over the Danube at midnight. Everybody celebrates with champagne. If you are staying in your hotel/apartment try to get some frankfurter sausages as that is what Hungarian eat on this special day.
The morning of 1st January
Next morning don’t forget to eat some lentils for breakfast or even for lunch as a soup. Lentils are eaten for good luck and it is also thought to symbolize money for its shape – so it will get you a heavy purse, as well.
To learn more about the tours, visit Absolute Tours’ website.