Are you still hesitating if you want to spend the Christmas holidays in Budapest? Don’t. The city is beautiful, festive, and there are lots of things to do in Budapest even in winter time, lots of sights to absorb and enjoy. Start to look around for ideas, tips, things to do, concerts and Christmas shows on Budapest Christmas.
Budapest Christmas Light Painting 2012 on Basilica (Kardos Ildiko Foto)
Budapest Christmas breaks will make you feel like a time travel to the warmth of country town Christmases, mixed with the grandeur of a once glorious 19th century cosmopolitan city.
BudapestChristmas.com is the most comprehensive Budapest Christmas Break guide out there with tons of info about the
Budapest Christmas Markets
Budapest Christmas Concerts
Budapest Santa Claus events
Even Xmas opening hours in Budapest are included on the site. Give it a thumb up like on Budapest Christmas Facebook too to help others find their ways around in Budapest at Christmas.
Probably the only thing we miss from this awesome Budapest guide for any December visitors is the list of Budapest Christmas Parties. But you know what? There are some, even if not strictly on Dec 25 or Dec 26.
Just check out some of the cool bars of Budapest and you are bound to bump into a cool Budapest Xmas Party. Or go ahead and taste the winter Cinetrip party: Szechenyi Bath New Year’s Party is an annual event, which should not be missed.
And if you have missed Budapest Christmas one year, definitely put it in your calendar for the upcoming year to enjoy some of the best Christmassy things that can happen to you. Oh yes, I am totally biased. But you will still say it was wonderful!
October 23 is a public holiday in Hungary, but there are still lots of things to do in Budapest, and many things to see are open. But it seems that tourists who visit Budapest on this particular day realize that they may not be able visit some or all Budapest attractions. Maybe some outdated Budapest travel guides do not know that things have changed in Budapest?
Well, it seems that many tourists think that everything will be closed, but it is not true, there are many things to do, and the first of them is to avoid the political rallies.
October 23 Budapest Parliament Panoramio
Otherwise they are not violent, but in 2006, the Socialist government made such a big mistake that the peaceful rallies turned into more violent clashes between the police and the local protestors. So avoid the rallies. But the city is otherwise nice as usual, and there are many things to do in Budapest even on Oct 23.
- Museums in Budapest? OPEN. And free / discounted for EU citizens.
- Parliament in Budapest? OPEN. And free / cheaper for EU citizens. Big crowds. Not a good day for a visit.
- Restaurants in Budapest? Most of them OPEN.
- Baths in Budapest, Turkish Baths? OPEN, Lukacs Baths, Szechenyi Baths, Rudas Bath, Gellert Spa, Kiraly bath are all open with weekend prices.
- Churches in Budapest? OPEN (not the Grand Synagogue though! But the Matthias Church or the St Stephen’s Basilica are)
- Movies? Theaters in Budapest? OPEN (not that many Hungarian plays would attract tourists, so pick a musical, an opera, etc.)
- Stores? Shops in Budapest? CLOSED (but there are many 24/7 little corner shops in Budapest called Nonstop. f you look for a NONSTOP store, you will find that each and every major metro station has a good little grocery store with the basics, for example on Astoria, Szell Kalman square) etc.
- Great Market Hall in Budapest? CLOSED
- Banks in Budapest? CLOSED (but ATMs are open, which you would most likely use abroad)
- Post offices in Budapest? CLOSED (but who goes to post office to send a picture postcard, instead of sitting in a wifi cafe and posting a photo on flickr or a blog?)
What is October 23?
In Budapest it is a day for demonstrations and recreation (sounds strange, right? Some enjoy the holiday, but the opposition is always having concerts, speeches on the political squares Kossuth ter, March15 sq, Bem sq, etc. on Hungarian national holidays).
Most importantly it is a remembrance day in Hungary, as we commemorate the sad moment of losing the 1956 revolution against the Soviets and the happy moment of winning the silent revolution in 1989, and be able to breathe again as a young, democratic country.
Our Budapest tips for October 23 in Budapest:
again, do not try to visit the Parliament building on this day
Where can you get the best travel tips for Budapest?
Budapest Travel Tips
Luckily there are several sources to use for planning your Budapest holiday and you don’t have to rely only on guidebooks to the Hungarian capital (Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, Rough Guide, Only in Budapest, TimeOut Budapest, etc.)
Budapest Travel guides – online travel guides with updated travel tips
The advantage of web based travel guides to book guides is that they can be quickly updated and you will get more info about upcoming events in Budapest
BUDAPEST TRAVEL GUIDES
Some of the Budapest travel guides we have found useful are:
Budapest forum for Budapest travel trips
There are two lively communities, Budapest forums:
- TA Budapest: one chatty and helpful forum is on TripAdvisor
- VT Budapest: the other Budapest travel forum is on Virtual Tourist.
- LP Budapest: Lonely Planet also has a Budapest forum, which is useful but its layout currently is not so great.
Visitors with young kids: check out the Facebook group of Budapest moms, their community is strong, fresh, helpful for any parent coming to Budapest with babies, toddlers, small children.