New Year's Eve in Hungary is both a night of celebration with the rest of the world and a night of Hungarian traditions. While opening a bottle of champagne and counting down until the clock strikes midnight are a usual part of the Hungarian New Year's Eve celebrations, some Hungarians still enjoy practicing the customs of their ancestors. New Year's Eve in Hungary is called Szilveszter, or Silvester.
With the Danube River as its pulse, Budapest beats to a rhythm of indomitable spirit cloaked in beauty and charm. And no wonder. The Hungarian capital is exquisitely laid out on both sides of the Danube, claiming one of the most spectacular panoramic views in all of Europe.