Budapest Christmas Markets
Each year Budapest hosts one of the most popular Christmas fairs in Europe, when more than 100 wooden pavilions appear on Vörösmarty Square in the heart of the city, and the scent of traditional honey cookies, mulled wine, cinnamon and fir fills the air.
Budapest is a fascinating city at any time of the year but Christmas is an especially magical time to visit.
The special attraction of the Christmas markets there is the focus on traditional rather than the tacky and commercial. Here you will find Hungarian folk art, handcrafts and traditional foods and drinks. Favourite purchases include crocheted items, Hungarian fur gloves and hats, jewellery, pressed flowers and even garden gnomes!
To eat and drink, as well as traditional Hungarian pastries, you'll find handmade chocolate, cinnamon pastries, mulled wine and even a special Hungarian bacon and cheese pizza called 'toki pompos'.
Other popular seasonal activities include watching the regular performance of the Nutcracker by the National Ballet at the State Opera House, and a visit to one of Budapest's many thermal bathing houses to enjoy the sensation of the outdoor hot spring pools when it's cold outside.