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Budapest Christmas Breaks

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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

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
etc.

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!

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Buying Tickets at Szechenyi Baths – Now Online!

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Szechenyi Baths in Budapest is very popular in the summer, actually it is the most popular Budapest bath when it comes to thermal baths or when it comes to Budapest bath parties!.

Szechenyi Baths Budapest outdoor

Szechenyi Baths Budapest outdoor

No wonder it is one of the ‘not to be missed’ or top things to do in Budapest if you are a first timer.

Yet, so far you could only buy tickets by standing in the long line at the spa baths (even though there are multiple entrances where you can buy various tickets) and not on the internet.

Now the good thing is that finally they seemed to have found a way to start selling baths tickets online via a Hungarian tourism company.

Here’s how you can do it: fill out an online form, and get a skip the line ticket at the same price you would buy at the cashiers in Szechenyi Bath.

The Hungarian Forint Bath Ticket is the original price, the Euro conversion may change with the current rates.

Buy Tickets to Szechenyi Baths

Bath Party Tickets in Szechenyi Baths

Outdoor Pool Szechenyi Bath Sparty Budapest

Outdoor Pool Szechenyi Bath Sparty Budapest

I think if you visit Budapest in winter time it may not be necessary to buy tickets in advance (unless your schedule is tight, or you come for the Budapest Christmas holidays) but in summer time when hundreds of thousands of tourists come to Budapest, it may be a very comfortable way to get in (practically almost the same price as bought in person from the baths cashier).

You can also book a massage in Szechenyi Baths (with the original, authentic massage therapists of the baths) in advance. Keep in mind that there are 4-5 private massage companies besides the massage therapists of Szechenyi Baths itself (prices widely differ). So you can never be sure what a Szechenyi Baths massage review is about: is it about the official massage therapists of the world famous thermal baths in Budapest, or is it one of the entrepreneurs renting the place?

Some general tips how to get the most out of  your massage

Anyway, it seems that most guests are pretty satisfied with the massages, and the value for money ratio too. After all they are on holiday and want to relax…

What could be more relaxing than that? Avoiding the ticket lines and lying in a happy haze under the good hands of a fine masseur or masseuse. I would reschedule many things for a good massage. At Szechenyi Baths? Right now!

Here is a video of the fun outdoor pool (a cool wave pool) at Szechenyi Baths (tourist video, a bit shaking the camera)

Budapest Travel Tips

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Where can you get the best travel tips for Budapest?

Budapest Travel Tips

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 FORUMS

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.

Hello world! Hello Budapest!

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We have started our Budapest travel blog. Things to do in Budapest for all seasons. No matter if it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, you will get some great ideas what to do in Budapest. So hello world and hello Budapest!

Here is Budapest at its best:

Budapest by night - things to do Budapest

Budapest by night - things to do Budapest (photo Zsolt Andrasi)