Budapest’s winter wonders – indoors & outdoors, yours to explore! Budapest's winter wonders - indoors & outdoors, yours to explore!

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a city that never fails to enchant visitors with its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. While it’s a fantastic destination all year round, there’s something special about visiting Budapest during winter. We’ve curated some tips to help you make the most of your winter stay in Budapest, whether you prefer the cozy indoors or the frosty outdoors.

Outdoor activities

Ice skating & street food

Glide across the largest outdoor ice rink in Europe, nestled in the heart of City Park (Városliget), just in front of the enchanting Vajdahunyad Castle at Városligeti Műjégpálya

After twirling on the ice, treat your taste buds to an array of Hungarian winter delights such as lángos (deep-fried flatbread typically slathered with garlic, sour cream, and grated cheese) or kürtőskalács (also known as chimney cake, a sweet and spiral-shaped pastry rolled in sugar, and roasted over an open flame)

Lumina Park, Palatinus Lido, Margret Island

Step into a magical journey through Budapest’s history at Lumina Park, celebrating the city’s 150th anniversary. Explore the city’s key periods, reliving the creation of the Rubik’s Cube and the golden age of Hungarian cinema. See Budapest’s history in a whole new light on its special birthday celebration!

Heated Danube cruise

Sail the Danube in winter on a heated cruise. Nighttime adds magic with candles and live music, making iconic sites like Parliament, Gellért Baths, and Széchenyi Chain Bridge glow. Forget the summer myth – these riverboats are cozy even on chilly days.

Indoor activities

Thermal Baths and Saunas

Embrace the warmth of winter in Budapest’s renowned thermal baths. Széchenyi, housed in a Neo-Baroque building, boasts one of Pest’s largest and warmest outdoor pools. For a touch of Art Nouveau elegance, head to Gellért Baths on the Buda side – a beloved spot for locals and tourists alike.

Museums & library tour

Fuel your soul with art at the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery, or the Hungarian National Museum. Discover a hidden oasis in Budapest’s Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library, tucked within a seemingly ordinary modern library. Once the opulent residence of the wealthy Wenckheim family, this 19th-century mansion now houses a stunning public library with beautifully preserved rooms showcasing turn-of-the-century elegance.

Looking for another compelling reason to explore Budapest in winter? Look no further! Mark your calendars for the 24-25 February 2024 as we host the much-anticipated ASEA® 2024 Europe Conference. Join Europe’s largest gathering of ASEA associates. It’s an opportunity to enhance your skills, network with peers, and revel in your accomplishments. Get all the details about our 2024 Europe Conference and make Budapest your destination of success!