5 places to visit in Budapest to get into the Holiday Spirit
It’s that time of the year again and Budapest in the holiday season is truly magical. The downtown is full of christmas markets and you can always warm up in a coffee house or over a bowl of Goulash soup. We hope our little guide helps you in planning the perfect winter trip.
Budapest is famously known for the best Christmas Markets in Europe. The two main ones are at St. Stephen Basilica and at Vörösmarty Square. You will find endless stands of craft goods and festive local street food like chimney cake, grilled sausages and roasted chestnuts. The fairs are both located in the center, so you can easily walk to one another in a few minutes, while sipping mulled wine to keep you warm.
The Christmas markets are open from November 19th until December 31st.
City Park Ice Rink
The lake of the City Park in winter time turns into a huge outdoor ice rink. With the Christmas lights and Vajdahunyad Castle in the background it’s a truly magical sight. There are many fun winter things to do around town, but ice skating at Városliget is definitely one of our favourites. Skate rental is available on spot.
Address: Budapest, Olof Palme road . 5, 1146
The main street in the trendy XIII. district, favoured by the locals. Walking down from Jászai Mari square you will find a huge number of new-wave coffee houses with christmassy desserts. If you are craving for hot chocolate or cake this is your place.
Andrassy Avenue and Fashion Street
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Budapest, Andrássy boulevard is one of the most beautiful Christmas attractions. The boulevard is decorated with lights and a huge Christmas tree, usually from December 1st. It is one of the main venues for celebrations and parties on New Year's Eve. Fashion street runs between Deák Ferenc square and Vörösmarty Square. This street has become one of the main tourist attractions during Christmas thanks to its spectacular decoration.
Szentendre is a romantic town by the Danube only 40 minutes from Budapest. It’s filled with museums, art galleries, Hungarian designer shops and restaurants. During the holidays they decorate it with lights and small Christmas markets can be found all over the old town.
Visit the Christmas Museum and Shop in the Hubay House (Szentendre, Bercsényi street 1., 2000.).