A Guide For Travelling to Budapest in Winter

IMG_3730Travelling to Budapest, during December can also be as fun as travelling during the sunny months. This is my travel guide for visiting Budapest in December.

Christmas Markets

The Christmas markets are so unique, fun and have a friendly atmosphere. Whether you are trying new Hungarian food, looking at souvenirs or just chit chatting drinking beer there is something for everyone in the family. Not only does it go on during the day it finishes around 11pm so it goes on for the evening too. Depending on location there are a variety of small and large Christmas markets – the biggest one we visited was at Vörösmarty Square.  My personal favourite snack from the Christmas market was a Kürtőskalács – its a sweet spiral shaped Hungarian pastry which can be flavoured with vanilla, cinnamon or almonds. They are delicious.

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Chain Bridge

This bridge brings together the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ side to Budapest. It is again a sight not wanting to be missed. After walking across the bridge, you enter the ‘Buda’ side of Budapest. You can walk up hundred of steps and I mean hundred to get the beautiful view of the city from up high – and not forgetting a pit stop for a hot chocolate and a beer.

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Széchenyi Thermal Bath 

The thermal baths are a definite must when visiting Budapest. Now as it was winter and freezing I was extremely worried about how I would feel taking a dip in the freezing cold, however it was a magical experience. From just wearing a towel outside to walking into these hot warm baths was luxury. We decided to visit late afternoon and it was a perfect time. We were lucky to watch the sky turn beautiful colours as the sunset in the evening. Definitely worth going late afternoon/evening just for these views and colours of the sky.

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Air BnB

Our first time experiencing Air BnB and what a lovely experience we had in Budapest. From the first day of messaging our hosts up until weeks after we left, we were treated like royalty. The hosts met us at the doors with the keys, showing us how everything worked and gave us some advice and tips on what to do and what to see. Our hosts were available to call or text through out our whole trip so knowing we had support felt amazing and left our trip at ease. If you are considering Air BnB then please please do, it creates a completely different experience to staying in a hotel. The beautiful buildings on Budapest are ones not to miss.

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Safe travels.

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