Budapest in December

December 2016, Thierry and I explored, in shockingly frigidity temperatures, Budapest. It was a special trip because neither of us had been to Hungary before. Budapest is clean and breathtaking elegant at night because the buildings and bridges are lite up. Hungarians are kind and conveniently speak English. Additionally, Hungarian cuisine is delicious and affordable.

Once you disembark the plane, purchase a Budapest card at the kiosk. There are 24, 48 and 72 hour cards available. Not only do you have access to public transportation, but with this card you gain entry to a number of museums, spas and seasonal attractions.

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The classic teal train will take you from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport to Budapest City Centre (45-50 minutes)

We were very pleased at this Airbnb in District 7. The apartment features high ceilings and is in an old building with a spiral staircase, beautiful red tiles and a central courtyard. If you do travel to Budapest in the winter, be sure to pack your winter jacket, gloves, hat, scarf, the works. Upside of visiting during the winter: lack of tourist!

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Our Airbnb was equip with red wine and Netflix!

Recommended Restaurants:

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Déryné Bistro
  • Déryné Bistro – Great atmosphere, food and service
  • Molnár’s kürtőskalács – For the famous chimney cake and coffee
  • Faust Wine Cellar at the Hilton – Intimate space with only a couple tables. Let’s rename it The Cave of Wine
  • Hungarikum Bistro – Authentic Hungarian cuisine in an upbeat restaurant. The traditional Langos will not disappoint
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    Molnár’s kürtőskalács

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  • If you go in December, you will be fortunate to experience the Budapest Christmas Market at St. Stephen’s Basilica. With your Budapest Card you receive a Christmas Mug filled with mulled wine! The market features rows of vendors selling little trinkets to bring home to friends and family
  • Enjoy the views at Halászbástya, AKA Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Stroll across Széchenyi Chain Bridge
  • Take a couple hours and explore Budapest History Museum
  • Visit Shoes on the Danube; read about the subtle memorials significance, here
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    Holocaust Memorial, The Shoes on the Danube Bank

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Things to do Next Time:

  • Ruin Pubs
  • Thermal Spas
  • Bakeries!

Keep traveling,

Taylor

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Budapest History Museum
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Budapest History Museum
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Courtyard at the Budapest History Museum
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Hungarikum Bistro – Make Reservations
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Széchenyi Chain Bridge
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Fisherman’s Bastion

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View of the Hungarian Parliament Building from across the Danube at Fisherman’s Bastion
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Christmas Market at St. Stephen’s Basilica

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Faust Wine Cellar – Make Reservations
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I am obsessed with the joy radiating off the little girl in the purple/pink snow suit

 

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