Visit Budapest at Christmas is the best time of the year. What better place to lose yourself in the cobbled streets, drink hot wine or try a kürtöskalác, while buying Christmas decorations in one of its markets.
In addition, this year it has been chosen as the city with the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe. Are you going to miss it?
Read on and discover the best markets, the most beautiful illuminated streets and all the things you cannot miss if you visit Budapest at Christmas.
Christmas Markets in Budapest
Budapest Christmas markets have a big reputation amongst visitors as they have an unbeatable vibe.
Vörösmarty Square: The most famous and popular market and it has been chosen the most beautiful this year 2022. When you visit it you will understand. When you visit it you will understand. More than 100 stalls with Christmas decorations, food stalls where you can try mulled wine.
St Stephen’s Basilica: located in front of St Stephen Basilica is also another great Christmas market to visit. It stands out for having live Christmas music and the projection off different animated films on the facade of the basilica.
Óbuda Advent Market: discover the most authentic local Christmas market, very little touristy. It is made up of craft booths, gifts and gastronomic stalls.
Christmas lighting throughout the city
Budapest has many streets, monuments and buildings decorated for the occasion. The Christmas lights on Andrassy Avenue, Vaci Uta and Fashion Street are the most popular tourist destinations. The shops and businesses of these streets decorate their windows.
Also, the parliament of Hungary, the castle of Buda or the St Stephan basilica shine with special decorations for these dates.
On December, the tram is special as it is decorated with thousands of Christmas lights. In addition, on these dates it extends its hours at night to offer night tours to see the city illuminated. One of the best night activities in Budapest.
They have the largest outdoor iceskating rink in Euope at City Park, situated just steps away from monumental Heroes’s Square in Vajdahunyad Castle.
The best experience to enjoy the best panoramic views of Budapest. During the month of December there are special cruises and many of them include a dinner with a concert on board.
Széchenyi Thermal Baths
Széchenyi thermal baths is the biggest, the most well-known and the most beautiful Thermal baths in Europe. Do you dare to enjoy a bath at more than 40ºC when the outside temperature is below zero?
Hungarian Christmas cuisine
Taste the typical Hungarian gastronomy of this time. Its main dishes are the bean soup with pork known as Jókai – Bablares, the famous Goulash, a meat and vegetable stew and if you love sweet gastronomy, the Kürtöskalács, a caramel puff pastry made on the grill. You will find it at the food stalls of all the markets.
If you have already decided to make a getaway to Budapest for these dates, remember that Aerobús takes you from the center of Barcelona to El Prat Airport, 24 hours a day. Buy your ticket now and prepare your suitcase.