What to do in Budapest in January
Discover the many events and activities we have selected for your visit to Budapest in January 2021. The Budapest calendar for the month of January is regularly updated when new events are announced that attract our full attention.
THE END OF THE MATIC CENTRE – 2021 2. and 4. January 2021
In the beautiful Matthias Church in the historic Old Town of Budapest, the 2nd and 4th edition of the International Music Festival takes place. January at 19.00, classical music concert with the Budapest Duna String Orchestra, performed by Bach, Handel, Mozart and Vivaldi, included (from 41 euro in category B).
Information and tickets – click here
Address : Sentaromsag ter 2, 1. Province, Buda – Map –
Robert Doino: Paris to Palm Springs.
This major exhibition is held in the Hungarian House of Photography (Mai Manó Ház) in the center of Pest until the 10th anniversary of the birth of the Hungarian National Gallery. January 2021.
In 1960 the American magazine Fortune asked the French photographer Robert Doynot (1912-1994) to tell the story of a city born in the middle of the Californian desert: Palm Springs. There the photographer created his own American dream, not in black and white, but in an explosion of colour. These pictures from the Palm Springs album from 1960 show the little known side of this great photographer.
From Paris to Palm Springs, the exhibition presents a hundred original images, famous paintings, but also images that the public has never seen before. Most come from his studio and from important private collections in France. This extensive collection, enriched with documents and personal testimonies lovingly collected by the photographer’s daughter, offers us a modern and critical reinterpretation of the work.
Address : May Mano’s house, Nagymező you. 20, 6. County, Plague – map – location – FB.
Hours of operation : Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 19:00. It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
KONCERTNAYA ST. Stefen basilica – 1, 3 and 5 January
In the majestic setting of St. Stephen’s Basilica in the centre of Pest a unique organ concert is offered, adapted by Miklus Teleca. The arias on the programme are performed by Kolos Kovac, one of the most famous orchestral singers in Hungary, and you can also listen to flutist Eleonora Krusic.
Concerts on 1, 3 and 5 January at 8 pm with the programme (subject to change): Amadeus Mozart: Fantasia in F minor K 608, Antonio Vivaldi : 4 Seasons – Winter (Largo), Alessandro Stradella : Pieta Signoré, Tomaso Albinoni, Franz Liszt, Bach.
Duration: approximately 70 minutes. Tickets from 28 €.
Information about the organ concert and the tickets – click here.
Address : SV. St. Stephen’s Basilica, St. Istvan Ter 1, 5. Pest County – Map –
Budapest Skating rink
The Városliget ice rink in Budapest is the largest outdoor ice rink in Europe. It is located on the edge of the city forest, the largest green space in the capital with stunning views of Vaidahunyad Castle!
This unique ice rink in Budapest is open from mid-November until the end of February.
Working hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (8 p.m. on Sunday)
Price: 1500 feet (≈ €5) – weekday to Friday afternoon, then 2000 feet – weekend (≈ €7). Skate rental: 1800 feet (≈ 6 €) – website – map.
Address : Olof Palme Setani. 5, 14. County.
Budapest Danube cruises
Explore Budapest with a boat trip on the Danube (45mn-1h), day and night to admire the Budapest Castle, the Matthias Church, the Hungarian Parliament, the Citadel, Hotel Gellért and other attractions.
Information about cruises to Budapest: click here.
You also have the possibility to dine on the cruise while admiring Budapest in the evening!
CruiseIn the evening, departing at 19:00, you can enjoy a two and a half hour cruise on the Danube, accompanied by a four course menu and a musical show of local Hungarian artists.
Information and reservation – Dinner Cruise – click here.
Discover opera, concerts and classical music performances in Budapest in our special article here