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Shopping with a romantic touch

Advent in Budapest

Budapest in Advent
Christmas market Budapest

He who associates Christkindlmarkt with the famous markets of Nürnberg or Rotenturm in Germany or the romantic Christmas markets in Salzburg, Vienna and Innsbruck, but does not think of Budapest, is seriously missing out, because the Christmas markets in Budapest have reached world-reknown.


Especially noteworthy is the market on the Stefansplatz, direclty in front of the Stefansbasilika, the St Stephens Basilica. It is opened to visitors from the first advent weekend up until Christmas Day. It offers not only a choice of typical Hungarian handicraft but also looks after your creature comforts with snacks and Negus (a kind of mulled wine made of port with nutmeg, sugar and lemon). For the sporty there is a skating rink in the centre of the square. This market is especially suited to families with children, as there is a bakery where you can learn to make a traditional layered cake and honey cake.


Surely the best market to shop for the last presents for the big celebration is the market on the Vörösmarty square. There is a strict selection, chosen by a jury, of exhibitiors who may offer their goods. In Canada it is known as the largest folk art festival. Another highlight is a nice and varied programme - there are alterning performances with various choirs, marionette theatres, folklore groups, children's show and bands. Children learn to make Christmas decoration in a heated doll's house.


The doubtless most romantic of all the markets lies a little outside Budapest - the former Sisi-Palace Gödöllö. Here there is fun for young and old, especially popular in the last days of advent. Listen to traditional advent songs sung by choirs, enjoy a romantic stroll through the park or relish the Hungarian delicacies in the palace cafe. For children a petting zoo, a Christmas bakery and a fairytale corner are on offer.


Another jewel during the Advent season is the Nagytéteny palace, situated in one of the Suburbs of Budapest. It dates from the 18th century and was the seat of the counts Száraz-Rudnyásky until the end of the 1st World War. There are decorated Christmas trees in the palace, if you like the hand-made decorations you can buy them directly there. Further you can visit an exhibition, listen to Christmas concerts or buy some local honey as a souvenir.


Panorama Tours has put together a package for all Budapest travellers. Enjoy not only 3 nights in a central hotel but also a Budapest Card for reduced entrance fees to the different sites and museums as well as a Panorama boat ride including dinner.