We are not on vacation. We are retired and seeing the world 3 months
at a time. Usually we stay in one place for a month, but for this trip
decided to move every 2 weeks. We're planning on time in Verona,
Salzburg and Zurich as well.
Sounds like a vacation to me.
We are going to be in Budapest on the 4th, but we are leaving on the 10th of January. I had a friend ask the other day if they could come out and join us, I suggested it wasn’t the most exciting time to be anyplace in Europe unless you were into skiing …. Or music and theater. The only special event after New Year is: http://www.mohacsibusojaras.hu/ which last year was in early February, but this year isn’t until February 23 – 28 (always ends on Fat Tuesday).
However, if you enjoy good music, good theater, good wine and good food; you will enjoy Budapest.
Because of the time of year the location of your accommodations is going to be really important. After you get your accommodations tied down I can send you a list of restaurants and some ideas of what to see and do.
Here are some of my favorite music venues. You need to book immediately (or as soon as the January program is published) to get good seats and if you want to live like a local, you need good seats.
Hungarian State Opera: http://www.opera.hu/?lan=en Make sure the performance is in the State Opera House and not the Erkel Theater (the Erkel is nice, but its not what you are going to Budapest for)
Budapest Operett Theater: http://www.operett.hu/operett.php?nyelv=2 Here you want one the first four boxes to the right and left of center. These are the vip boxes and you get invited to the Parlor at intermission to be very local with some very locals…… January program should be up first of December.
Liszt Academy of Music: http://lfze.hu/en/home some of the most memorable performance in Budapest in a stunning venue. January not listed yet.
Opus Jazz Club: http://opusjazzclub.hu/concerts gourmet food and jazz. Outstanding. Some performances in January are up, but watch for more.
Budapest Jazz Club: http://www.bjc.hu/home/ Hungarians love their jazz. January program will be out at the end of November.
Palace of Art: https://www.mupa.hu/en A modern venue, but beautiful and it draws some very good performances.
Spinoza Café has a Klezmer Concert on Friday nights. Worth seeing. http://www.spinozacafe.hu/index_Eng.html and like a lot of restaurants in Budapest, has music every night. VakVarju is one of my favorite for that. http://pest.vakvarju.com/en