Exploring Budapest for the Third Time and Experiencing its Christmas Market

I can’ t get enough of Budapest so I decided to visit it again for the third time. Hungary’s capital is for me one of the most beautiful cities I visited in Europe. My recent visit was quite interesting because I had the chance to experience the Christmas market in this city.

After visiting the Christmas market in Bratislava, Slovakia the night before, our next destination the next day was Budapest, Hungary. I have to set my  alarm in my hotel room at 7:00 that morning because the bus will be leaving at 9:00 AM. After  getting myself ready, I went  to the restaurant of   Baronka hotel to take my breakfast.  After eating, I went back to my room to brush my teeth, did some personal necessities and get my bag and cameras ready for the next trip.

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The Christmas market in front of the Basilica in Budapest, Hungary.

After  over two hours of trip from  Bratislava, we arrived in our destination which was Budapest. I was quite excited because that was my first time visiting their Christmas market. But before I did it, I  explored again the Castle hill part of this city. 

The bus driver dropped us at the back of Intercontinental hotel which is not so far to go walking up to  this hill.  I crossed the Chain  Bridge that time and  when I reached the other side of the bridge, I changed my mind. Instead of walking up to the hill, I decided to take the funicular. I did it so I can saved my time in walking. We were only given 5 hours to explore the city including the visit to their Christmas market.

You can smell the scent of traditional honey cookies, mulled wine, cinnamon and fir from afar. The rich fragrant simply lures you to the market.


View of the Parliament of Budapest from the Fisherman’s Bastion. The Fisherman’s Bastion and lookout terrace (Halászbástya). For impressive views across the Danube to Pest. This neo-Gothic construction was built in 1905 by the architect Frigyes Schulek. It is composed by seven towers that are symbolizing the seven magyar clans’ leaders that came in the Carpathian Basin at the end of the IX century.
I had a walked on the  Castle including the Royal Palace (Királyi palota), National Gallery (Nemzeti Galéria), Fisherman’s Bastion and lookout terrace (Halászbástya), Savoyai Terrace and the many museums in this part of the hill. After  taking some pictures, I decided to go down again and ride the funicular. I believed I paid  around 7.00 Euros for the return ticket.

My  sightseeing  ended  in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica. This is where you can find one of the Christmas Markets in Budapest and was first organised in this area in 2011. There is

The one in front of the St. Stephen’s Basilica was organised for the first time in 2011. slender 8 m high Christmas tree, tasty nibbles, a free ice-skating rink and a wide range of gifts are the main attractions of this Xmas bazaar.

Visiting the markets, you can smell the scent of traditional honey cookies, mulled wine, cinnamon and fir from afar. The rich fragrant simply lures you to the market.

Gastronomy: besides the usual fair delicacies (kürtös kalács, bread pizza baked in clay oven, roasted chestnut) you can taste traditional Hungarian Christmas dishes: stuffed cabbage in , roasted goose thigh, pork knuckle, grilled sausage and meat.

You can various products in many wooden stalls in Budapest Christmas markets.

More Christmas Markets can be experiened at Liszt Ferenc Square, in Deák Ferenc Utca (Fashion Str.), in Vajdahunyad Castle, and in Óbuda. You can also visit Vörösmarty Square which turns into a festive market place. The location is ideal; the Square is in the heart of the city at the end of Váci utca.

Visiting it for around 5 hours is still not enough but I had a great time during my visit. One of these days, I know I can visit Budapest again. I simply love this city. I hope to share more photos from my trip in Budapest. Cheers!


5 Responses to “Exploring Budapest for the Third Time and Experiencing its Christmas Market”

  1. Eileen Says:

    Honey cookies and cinnamon! Yummy! I would be hypnotized and follow the scent. haha. Oh, I love your shot of the Parliament building. The architectural design is just tops!

  2. Jhari Says:

    Thanks for sharing these photos. I’ve always love to travel around the world, but of course everything is just a dream. Budapest, beautiful place!

  3. Ria C Says:

    I am looking forward to visit Europe during Christmas time. This is still a hot item to be ticked in my bucket list.

  4. chubskulit Says:

    Just gorgeous! I wish I could visit Europe one of these days.

  5. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen Says:

    Budapest is in my bucket list of places to visit.


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