Nights are getting darker, days are getting shorter and everyone is just getting into the Christmas spirit slowly. We have to spend more and more time inside, since we cannot handle the cold as well as people in the north.
Time to make sure you make the most out of your Budapest trip – we collected the must visit Christmas fairs and some extra interesting facts and attractions that you shouldn’t miss out on while you are in the Hungarian capital.
Budapest in the winter is not the same without Christmas fairs. This is something that has to be seen by every tourist who comes here, because it is one of a kind. Not just the locations, but also the sortiment of the stands in the fair – you cannot find these products anywhere else in Europe.
The two biggest fairs are the Vörösmarty square Christmas market and the other one is the one in front of the famous St. Stephen Basilica, which is very close to the Parliament building and also from the other square. Both are open until late December, but around Christmas is the most beautiful time to visit it.
The Vörösmarty Square Christmas market is also recognized internationally. The city hosts many tourists, who are coming only for the market at this time of the year.
They have organized this market since 1998, so the traditions last for years now.
You can buy everything you need for Christmas. Handcrafted art, ceramics, vases, jewelleries, art, cookies, handmade chocolate and everything else you can dream of! People from all Hungary gather here, but only the best of the best. Good quality, good prices and a wide range of products.
Then now comes the indoor option, as after an hour or two spent at the fair, a little party can spice up the day.
A variety of unusual experiences built into your vacation schedule can spice up your time away from home. - This is our philosophy.
After looking at the fair, getting the gifts for everyone, there may be a little excitement.
Head to a good ruined pub, join a pub crawl in downtown Budapest.
We know, you could survive with another mulled wine in your hand, but this will be better. Relax all night long! Sure, you're guaranteed to warm up here.
The day after, if some hangover hits you, we have to start the day with a little bathing. Head to the famous spa of Budapest, the Széchenyi Bath. With outdoor and indoor pools, the gates of the spa are open all year round, even in winter and summer, and even during the Christmas period.
There are 21 pools to choose from, so you won’t get bored here, all filled with water that comes up from the 1246 meters depth well.
What is interesting about this spa?
Hungary has been the country of baths (and Budapest the City of Baths) for many centuries: starting with the Roman settlers who built the first spa baths, through the 16th century Turkish occupiers who built many of the famous and revived Turkish baths in Budapest to the 19-20th century natural medical trends that promote aqua therapies and their deeply beneficial effects. The beautiful building of the spa baths is the design of Győző Czigler who started to build the Széchenyi Bath in May 1909.
You don't need more than that! We’ve planned it, all you have to do is walk through the little Christmas tour we figured out for you.
Join for the pub tour of the century and drink around the city with us - but this time in a Christmas mood!