Wintertime in Budapest
The global warming surely shows its effect in Hungary as well because we don’t really have snowy winters anymore. The average temperature is above zero during daytime and drops under during nighttime. If you are in our city right now, looking out the window and experiencing something different… well, it is all up to you if you consider your situation lucky or unlucky. Anyway, it is always more difficult to come up with a proper idea where to go and how to discover the city before you freeze to death, so here come our top winter suggestions!
Outdoor ice rink in the City Park
Városligeti műjégpálya (don’t bother to pronounce it)
Opened in 1870, Central Europe’s oldest and largest ice rink is located in the heart of the city between the magical Vajdahunyad Castle and the famous Heroes’ Square. The open-air City Park Ice Rink is on the top 10 list of Lonely Planet as one of the best places in Europe in winter time. In the building of the ice rink you will find heated rooms where you can get changed and rent skates as well as eat or drink something hot.
The ice rink usually opens around mid-November, but it depends on the current weather every year, so we would suggest to look up the exact opening date beforehand.
Traditional Budapest Christmas markets
Budapest was voted the most affordable Christmas Market destination in Europe, so if you want to buy something unique for your loved ones, definitely visit the Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival on Vörösmarty tér. The main Christmas Market of Budapest is about shopping for small traditional Hungarian handmade items as gifts, drinking mulled wine, eating Hungarian specialties (like hurka and kolbász) and pastries (like lángos and kürtőskalács), meeting with local people and other tourists, and listening to the lovely Christmas concerts on the stage of the market. The Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival is a wonderland every year.
The Hungarian capital has a number of other fabulous markets with wonderful craft products, tasty local food and drinks as well as great programs – one of them not so far from Vörösmarty tér is actually in front of Saint Stephen’s Basilica.
Christmas Market on Vörösmarty tér (8 November 2019 – 1 January 2020)
Christmas Fair at the Basilica (22 November 2019 – 1 January 2020)