What to do in Budapest in January?
Discover the numerous events and activities we have selected for your visit to Budapest in January 2024.
The Budapest calendar for January is regularly updated as soon as new events are announced that attract our full attention.
CONCERT ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA – 1st of January 2024
In the center of Pest enjoy an organ or a string concert in St. Stephen’s Basilica, one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings in Budapest. Concert on January 1st, 20h00:
Duration: about 70 minutes. Information on Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica
and tickets – click here
Address: ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA, Szent István ter 1, 5th district, Pest – map –
MATTHIAS CHURCH CONCERT – 2024, January 2nd and 3rd.
Address: Matthias Church, Szentháromság tér 2, 1st district, Buda – map –
Exhibition ‘Renoir – The painter and his models’ until 21 January 2024
The Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay in Parisand the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, is organising a unique exhibition on the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Renoir is considered to be one of the most famous Impressionist painters, whose rich and varied oeuvre spans six decades, from the early 1860s until his death in 1919. This exhibition is both chronological and thematic, exploring Renoir’s relationship with the models who inspired his art, through paintings, graphic works and sculptures.
Address: Museum of Fine Arts, Dózsa György út 41, XIVth district, Pest – website.
Open hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Mondays.
Budapest ‘Városliget’ skating rink
The ’Városliget’ ice rink in Budapest is the largest open-air skating rink in Europe located on the edge of the city’s woodland, the largest green space in the capital with a magnificent view of Vajdahunyad Castle!
This unique ice rink in Budapest is open from mid-November to the end of February.
Open hours: Monday to Friday from 9h to 13h and from 17h to 21h; Saturday and Sunday from 09h to 13h and 16h to 21h (20h on Sunday).
Price: ≈ 6 € entry on weekdays until noon Friday; on weekends ≈ 8,5 €. Skate rental: ≈ 7,5 € – Website.
Address: Városliget’ ice rink, Olof Palme sétány. 5, XIVth district – Map.
Budapest Cruises on the Danube River – Budapest in January
Discover Budapest with a cruise on the Danube (45mn-1h), day and night, to admire Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Hungarian Parliament, Citadel, Hotel Gellért, and more.
You also have the opportunity to dine
during your cruise while admiring Budapest by night!
In the evening departing at 19:00, you can enjoy a two and a half hour cruise on the Danube accompanied by a four-course dinner and the musical performance of local Hungarian artists.
EXHIBITION ‘ILLUSION OF TIME’ – RUTH ORKIN
Until 14 January 2024, the Mai Manó House of Photography is hosting the exhibition ‘The Illusion of Time’ by Ruth Orkin (1921-1985), one of the finest photographers of her time, an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker whose deeply absorbing images capture the charm and intrigue of everyday life. In 1959, Ruth Orkin was named one of the “Ten Best Women Photographers in the United States” by the Professional Photographers of America.
CONCERTS AT LISZT ACADEMY OF MUSIC
January 13 and 19 2024
The Liszt Academy of Music is a jewel for its unique architecture and classical concerts. Located in the center of Pest on the Liszt Ferenc Square, it is one of our favorites and a unique experience even if you are not a music lover. (Tickets from 15 euros for some concerts). The Academy has several concert halls, so check that your concert is in the ‘Great Hall’ (the one shown in the photo).
Dinner Cruise with Live Music and Folk Dance Show
Enjoy the evening views of the city accompanied by live music, while having a great dinner on board. Start and end your journey at the Academia ferry terminal. Spot sights like the iconic House of Parliament, the historic Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, and Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill. Relax while listening to live salon music is performed by 3 members of the Rajkó Folk Orchestra and Ensemble:
National Opera in Budapest
After more than 4 years of renovation, the Hungarian National Opera reopened its doors in 2022! With a capacity of 1200 seats, the National Opera of Budapest inaugurated in 1884 is an iconic place of the Hungarian capital. Discover its architectural beauty and the quality of its representations!
Information about the Budapest Opera, programmes and tickets on this link.
Budapest Opera House Guided Tour
Discover the second largest stage in Europe on this guided tour of the Hungarian State Opera House, a must-see on your trip to Budapest!
A tour of the Opera House of about 60 minutes starts daily at 13.30, 15.00 and 16.30 in English, including a 10mn concert! Booking at least 1 week in advance strongly recommended: