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Budapest Christmas Markets
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Budapest Christmas Markets

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Discover the beauty of Budapest in the Winter time as you travel to this fantastic city to take in the Christmas Markets. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, it is easy to see why Budapest is considered one of Europe’s most magnificent cities.

The glorious architecture of Hungary’s parliament building, UNESCO World Heritage site Andrásy Avenue - starting from the historic Heroes Square and stretching almost as far as the St Stephen's Basilica, housing the mummified hand of St Stephen - and the gothic castle of Buda are some of the fabulous sights that this truly amazing city can boast.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Forint (Ft)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Budapest Ferihegy Airport is located 24km southeast of Budapest, approx. 30 minutes from your hotel.
Climate

Budapest has a temperate, transitional climate and the weather is generally very pleasant. Winters can get cold however. 

Food & Drink
Hungarian food is hearty and comforting with stews, goulashes, dumplings and cheeses common features on the menus. Meals are usually washed down with one of the cool refreshing beers that Hungary is famous for. There are also numerous international restaurants throughout the city, whatever your food preference you won’t go hungry in Budapest.  
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 356.00 Ft
  • Beer: 370.00 Ft
  • Glass of wine: 450.00 Ft
  • Light meal: 1,500.00 Ft
  • Soft Drink: 259.00 Ft
  • Bottled Water: 150.00 Ft

 

€1 = approx. 300 Ft

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor

The Last Frontier by Alistair MacLean

The City of Earthly Desire by Francis Berger

Holiday highlights

Budapest Christmas Markets

Commonly regarded as one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. The fair takes place on “Vörösmarty Square”, in the heart of the city. Visitors can browse over 122 stalls displaying handmade gifts and fantastic dishes. An enormous Advent calendar on the facade of the glamorous “Gerbeaud” building, exhibitions, live entertainment and food & wine are also a feature of the festivities.

Castle Hill

The chief destination for many visitors, it holds many of Budapest's most  notable monuments and museums. There are excellent views of Pest across the river Danube. The walled area contains the Old Town and the Royal Palace.

City Park

The entrance to City Park is Heroes' Square, which has the nation's most solemn monument - an empty coffin representing one of the unknown insurgents from the 1956 Uprising. To the north is the Museum of Fine Arts, which houses the city's outstanding foreign works, while to the south is the ornate Palace of Art.

Royal Palace

The Royal Palace has been burned, bombed, razed, rebuilt and redesigned at least six times throughout the past seven centuries. It's now an 18th and early 20th century amalgam reconstructed after the last war. Take a stroll through Ferdinand Gate or under Mace Tower to the Turkish cemetery, or relax in the palace gardens behind the Budapest History museum.

Turkish Baths

There are various Turkish Baths scattered around Budapest and with their thermal waters reputed for their healing qualities, are a perfect setting for relaxing in and letting the city’s charming atmosphere soak in.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Forint (Ft)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Budapest Ferihegy Airport is located 24km southeast of Budapest, approx. 30 minutes from your hotel.
Climate

Budapest has a temperate, transitional climate and the weather is generally very pleasant. Winters can get cold however. 

Food & Drink
Hungarian food is hearty and comforting with stews, goulashes, dumplings and cheeses common features on the menus. Meals are usually washed down with one of the cool refreshing beers that Hungary is famous for. There are also numerous international restaurants throughout the city, whatever your food preference you won’t go hungry in Budapest.  
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 356.00 Ft
  • Beer: 370.00 Ft
  • Glass of wine: 450.00 Ft
  • Light meal: 1,500.00 Ft
  • Soft Drink: 259.00 Ft
  • Bottled Water: 150.00 Ft

 

€1 = approx. 300 Ft

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor

The Last Frontier by Alistair MacLean

The City of Earthly Desire by Francis Berger

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Hungary

Morning

Travel to Hungary

Depart from your airport for Budapest. You will be met by our local representative in the arrivals area of the airport before being transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 - Budapest City Tour

Morning

Budapest City Tour

Today you will enjoy a half-day tour, exploring one of the most historically rich cities in the world. The tour will take you up Castle Hill, which offers stunning views of Pest and its bridges. You will also visit Buda Castle and get a real insight to the Hungarian capital. The rest of the day can be spent at your leisure.

Day 3 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today will be free for shopping at the glittering Christmas Markets and sightseeing of your own choice. See the Hungarian Parliament buildings or relax and have a coffee by the Danube. 

Day 4 - Return Home

Morning

Return home

Depart from your hotel by coach for your transfer to Budapest Airport for your flight home. 

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Novotel Budapest Centrum 4

With its impressive Art Nouveau façade and interiors, Novotel Budapest Centrum has true atmosphere and character, along with well appointed, comfortable accommodation. There is a metro station close by, for trips around the city and visits to its many historic landmarks. The hote... read more read more read more

With its impressive Art Nouveau façade and interiors, Novotel Budapest Centrum has true atmosphere and character, along with well appointed, comfortable accommodation. There is a metro station close by, for trips around the city and visits to its many historic landmarks. The hotel's well-known Cafe Palace offers traditional and international menus in elegant surroundings, with live piano music. 

Hotel address
Novotel Budapest Centrum
Rakoczi ut 43-45


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