New Years Eve in Hotel Gellert 2012

New Years Eve in Gellert Hotel BudapestIf you dreamt about a real New Year’s Eve party in Budapest, don’t search more! Your place is in the Hotel Gellert, where everybody is invited for a delicious Hungarian dinner.

The historical hotel at the bank of the river Danube is inviting everybody with a lot of love to their New Year’s Eve party and banquet. Guests can choose anything from a large buffet of Hungarian dishes, or can choose the VIP or Super VIP pack to celebrate the start of the New Year in the most perfect mode.

We offer this experience to everybody; it makes no differences if you are foreigner or Hungarian. The visitors arriving from the other countries can see how is the New Year’s Eve night with Hungarian dishes and Hungarian artists, obviously in Hungary.

Gate opening is Monday, 31 December 2012, 19 PM in the Hotel Gellert. The dinner will start at 20 PM and at the midnight we celebrate the start of the New Year with champagne and the Hungarian Anthem.
We can anticipate to Hungarian artists, for example Dóra Szinetár and Zoltán Bereczki, tombola with valuable prizes, retro disco and a surprise guest.

More informations:
1111 Bp., Szent Gellért tér 1.

More information about New Years Eve in Budapest

When does the last bus leave from Budapest Airport in the night?

I will arrive to Budapest Airport around 23.30 and wonder how to get to the city center? When does the last public transportation bus leave from the airport?

Public transportation from Budapest AirportThank you for the question! The last bus (200E) that leaves from the airport to Köbánya Kispest (where you can change to the metro) leaves from Budapest Airport at 22.52 every night. That is quite early, but this is timed in such a way that you will get to Köbánya Kispest just in time to reach the last metro leaving from there at 23.15 (if the bus is a bit delayed you will though not reach the last metro).

In your case this means that you will not reach the last bus and be able to use public transportation with such a late arrival. You could therefore consider a private airport transfer, or the usage of the official Airport Taxi or a minibus shuttle at the airport. The usage of the minibus shuttle is probably the cheapest, but then you will not be able to leave the airport at once, but you will have to wait for a while for a group to come together, and only then you will leave the airport, which is not the best, at least not when you are tired and want to get to your hotel in a hurry!

Enjoy your stay!

Christmas in Budapest 2012

In ten days people all around the world celebrate Christmas eve. The same is true in Budapest. What is going on in Budapest during Christmas? Here comes information about programs, activities and other Christmas activities in Budapest.

Christmas in Budapest 2012If you want to visit a museum while in Budapest, most museums are open on December 22nd and 23rd. On December 24th and 25th the museums are closed and then they open their doors again from December 26th.

Most restaurants are closed on December 24th, and many also on December 25th and December 26th. There are though some exceptions and you can find more information about restaurants in Budapest open during Christmas time at this page.

Shops are open until 13.00 or 14.00 on December 24th and then they are closed until December 27th (most shops open 10.00 on December 27th).

The popular baths of Budapest are open every day during Christmas. The Szechenyi bath is open from 6.00 until 14.00 on Christmas eve. It will be open from 10.00-18.00 on December 25th and from early morning until 20.00 on December 26th.

The public transportation will be up and running as normal during Christmas time. Most hotels have open restaurants during Christmas, so if you have nowhere else to dine, eat in your hotel!

Merry Christmas to everyone!

If you know someone who is going to Paris for Christmas or New Years Eve you can find useful information about programs, restaurants and activities there in the Paris Guide.

Where can I watch Hungarian X-Factor online?

I watched some episodes of Hungarian X-Factor while in Hungary on RTL Klub. I would like to keep watching from home. Can you please tell me where I can watch the shows online?

Thank you for the question! The last two episodes of the Hungarian X-Factor in 2012 will be broadcasted tomorrow and on Sunday, so if you want to watch them, you better prepare. It is not at all hard to see the Hungarian X-Factor online. Unfortunately you can not see it live, but RTL Klub very quickly publishes the broadcast, so with 40-50 minute delay you can watch the entire broadcast online. If you want to check it out, you can visit the following page: X Faktor Hungary

As you go there just click the link of the show you would like to see. The Hungarian “Megnézem” means that I want to see it. Just click the link and after some commercials the show will start.

If you are a big X-Factor fan and would like to stay up to date on what is happening in the UK X-Factor as well, then you can watch their broadcasts online on ITV. More information about how to watch ITV online from outside the UK can be found in the article referred to. Enjoy the show, enjoy the stars and go Olah Gergo (our favorite to win the Hungarian X-Factor in 2012)!

X Faktor jury of Hungary
X Faktor jury of Hungary

Paul Cézanne exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts

Great Britian, France, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary. What is similar between these European countries? The answer is culture and art.

Cezanne and the Past in Museum of Fine Arts in BudapestPaul Cézanne, french pictor was born in 1839. He was one of the most famous artists who changed radically the post-impressionism before the modern art age. He said: “I want to make of impressionism something solid and lasting like the art in the museums”. He regularly visited the museum in the small rural town of Aix-en-Provence, and the Musée du Louvre in Paris, while his own collection of his favorite artist served as constant sources of inspiration for his art.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest is going to be one of the most famous museums of the world, witch can give a home for Cézanne’s art.

The various exhibition give an experience of the master’s oeuvre to the visitors. If you want to know, why people called Hungary the Paris of East-Europe, visit the ’Cézanne and the Past’ exhibition between 26 October 2012 and 17 February 2013, so you can get an unforgettable experience.

You can get more information about the exhibition on the official homepage of the museum, buy ticket in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest (address: 1146 Budapest  Dózsa György út 41, phone: 0036 1 469-7100) or order tickets through Jegymester.

Cezanne and the Past
Museum of Fine Arts
October 26th, 2012 – February 17th, 2013

No traffic at Budapest Airport until tomorrow morning!

A message has just been sent out from Budapest Airport containing the following information:

“The relevant services are making every effort to repair the electrical problem in the control tower at No traffic at Budapest Airport at the momentBudapest Airport. Ensuring the reliable operation of the equipment in the tower, guaranteeing the safety of aviation, is of the utmost importance. Consequently, Budapest Airport will remain closed, and will not launch or receive flights, until midnight tonight. At the moment the plan is for traffic to resume at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday 8 December, but this could still be subject to change.

Passengers who hold bookings for flights due to depart this afternoon or tonight are advised not to come to the airport, but to contact their airline. The airlines and Budapest Airport are making efforts to take care of passengers who are already at the airport.”

We have already transported people today back to the town who could not leave Budapest. Check with your airline to get further information on this, and enjoy your extra time in Budapest as good as possible!

Does senior citizens travel free on public transportation in Budapest?

Pensioners on public transportation in BudapestI have seen on another website that Hungarian citizens and citizens of the European union over 65 years travel free of charges in the transportation network of Budapest? Is that truly so?

Thank you for the question. The answer to your question is yes. People aged 65 or more travel free of charge with the public transportation in Budapest as long as they have a passport confirming their age. But, it is not enough that the passport confirms their age, it also needs to show that the person traveling comes from an EU nation or an EEA nation. If your passport confirms your age above 65 and home country (within the EU or EEA), then you can use the public transportation system in Budapest for free.

This question was originally answered in 2012, but as of August 29th in 2017 the answer remains the same. Let us all hope the answer will not change in the near future.

Does pensioners travels free in Budapest?
Do pensioners travel free in Budapest with public transportation?

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What museums are open in Budapest during Christmas?

I am going to Budapest from December 22nd – December 28th. I wonder what museums can be visited during this period?

Museums during Christmas in BudapestWe do not have a full list of museums open in this period, but here you can find some general information which will hopefully help you. What we can tell is this general information:

General museum information
Most museums are open on December 22nd and 23rd.
Most museums are closed on December 24th and 25th.
Most museums reopen on December 26th, though some with only temporary exhibitions available.

Some museums who follow this pattern:
Museum of Fine Arts
Hungarian National Museum
National Gallery

Just for your information:
Most museums are closed on December 31st, but most of them are open on January 1st again.