The weather is cold? Never mind! There are 10 things in Budapest that it’s better to do in winter than in summer.
1. Relax in one of Budapest's famous baths. Baths are something you shouldn’t miss even in winter! Did you know that Budapest sits on a patchwork of almost 125 thermal springs?! ’Taking the waters’ has been a part of everyday life here, so try the thermal water at Széchenyi, Gellért or Rudas bath. They are not only for older people!
2. Enjoy a performance at the world famous Budapest Opera House or in Müpa Budapest. Obviously, Hungarian State Opera is the stronghold of the classic opera and ballet genre in a world famous building, while Müpa has more diverse offer. It’s one of Hungary's best known cultural brands and one of its most modern cultural institutions. It brings together the many and varied disciplines of the arts in unique fashion by providing a home for classical, contemporary, popular and world music, not to mention jazz and opera, as well as contemporary circus, dance, literature and film.
3. Talking about circus: you should definitely visit Capital Circus of Budapest! No, it’s not only for children! The Capital Circus was built in 1889 and now they have a spectacular show entitled Central European Circus Ring.
4. Explore Buda Castle! Not just because it’s the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest, and was first completed in 1265, but because it is beautiful and home to the National Gallery, and also because it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And we dare to say: you can easily spend the whole day here without getting bored.
5. Explore the caves in Buda hill. Yes, it’s the best thing to do in winter, because it’s cold in these caves (2-10 degree), so a warm coat is definitely needed down there. And if cold is raging outside, this 5 Celsius can be more than pleasant. We recommend Pálvölgyi or Szemlőhegyi Cave, they are feasible for everybody.
6. Visit a classic Hungarian restaurant and try the authentic Hungarian dishes paired with vintage Hungarian wine. It’s the best if you chose a small, cozy restaurant with checkered tablecloth. Although we have several Michelin restaurants by now, the original Hungarian spirit is in these small places. Be sure to try the Goulash soup, Stuffed Cabbage, Hungarian strudel and chimney cake!
7. Take a museum tour: visit Museum of Fine Arts and Kunsthale at Heroes’ Square, the National Gallery at Buda Castle, the National Museum, or plan something thematic. For example, choose history-themed museums, cultural museums, music-themed museums, or whatever you’re interested in. We guarantee that you will find at least three on any subject.
8. View the Holy Crown in Budapest's Parliament. This beautiful building is a World Heritage site as a central element in the Danube panorama since 2011. It’s the largest building in Hungary and still the tallest building in Budapest. You can explore a major part of the building on a guided tour and you should also watch the guard of honor.
9. Go ice skating! There are many ice-skate rinks in the city from December to the end of February. Of course, the biggest one is in the city park, on the frozen boating lake, but every district has its own temporary ice rink and even shopping malls have one on the roof or in their garden.
10. Visit Zwack Museum: You have probably heard about the famous Hungarian drink: Unicum. They have a visitor center in Budapest, where you can meet the Zwack family's fabulous reliques and history, see the biggest mini bottle collection of Central Europe (more than 17 000 different pieces) and visit the old distillery. Alcohol warms up the soul. ;)