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Have you decided yet where to celebrate New Year’s Eve? If you plan to celebrate in Budapest, first of all it’s important to ensure good fortune in 2016 by following some Hungarian traditions. Eat roast pork and lentils on New Year’s Eve and you’ll be lucky throughout the year. But alas, if you eat poultry or fish, they are said to run away with your fortune…
So now you know what to do to be fortunate all year in Hungary, let’s see where is best to celebrate.
New Year in Budapest: Unusual and Unique
What could be better for a mega Pre-NYE party than the Széchenyi Baths Budapest on 30th December? What you can expect: a fabulous and unusual event, electronic music, an amazing light show and crazy swimwear designs, apparently. It promises to be anything but boring.
New Year in Budapest: For Hotel Fans
Most Budapest hotels offer special packages for the New Year’s Eve period. Choose a hotel in the city centre and you’ll find many places of entertainment within walking distance. But be careful, you have to book a table well in advance.
For example one of Budapest’s most stylish hotels, the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace hosts a fabulous party on NYE. Latin rhythms, oysters and champagne, plenty of elements that certainly go a long way towards guaranteeing a spectacular and elegant event.
New Year in Budapest: for Outdoorsy Types
There are three major focal points for outdoor festivities and of course, spectacular fireworks to welcome the New Year:
On Vörösmarty Square a three-day celebration awaits revellers. On 30th-31st December and on 1st January live bands from different countries will perform
At Nyugati Square Hungarian pop-rock bands will entertain anyone who braves the cold weather
At Oktogon an outdoor celebration will take place till dawn featuring popular Hungarian DJs.
The good news is that in Hungary, firecrackers are banned but paper horns are welcome and plenty loud enough in our opinion.
New Year in Budapest: the Classy Venues
What could be more enjoyable than a boat ride along the glorious Danube surrounded by festive lights, fireworks and in a warm and cosy environment?
A NYE Dinner Cruise with Piano Show in Budapest could be a really chic option. Classical melodies, frank Sinatra songs and champagne certainly help to set the tone. There are many river cruises on the Danube on NYE, just choose a theme from jazz to gipsy music.
The impressive building of the Vigadó Hall on the Pest bank of the Danube is home to an exclusive New Year celebration. You may opt for a shorter two-hour concert, or enjoy a full seven hours of fun and merriment.