BUDAPEST by 01/12/2019 - 05/12/2019

Christmas Fair

One of the most popular winter activity in Budapest , the Christmas Fair on Vörösmarty Square, welcome the visitors with traditional and re-imagined designer artisan products and outstanding gastronomical offerings. No less visited and with a similar offer is the Christmas Market opposite St. Stephen's Cathedral.
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Mercure Budapest City Center Hotel

The completely renovated Mercure Budapest City Center is located in the heart of Budapest's historic and business center, in the middle of the famous Váci pedestrian street. The Danube River, museums, Vörösmarty square, Av. Andrássy, sophisticated restaurants and thermal baths are within easy reach on foot.

Nigth Walk

Evening stroll through the city of Budapest , on the banks of the Danube River. We are dazzled by the brightness of the city with the illumination of its historic buildings and the beautiful bridges that connect the banks.

Amazing Snow Day

The city woke up painted white, all covered with snow. And it continued to snow for most of the day, making the tour a unique experience. What beautiful images we brought back from memory!

Great Market Hall

Built in the late 19th century, the Great Market Hall is an institution of Pest, an art noveau monster in front of the southern opening of Váci utca. It is most impressive seen from the outside, with its ornate roof, while inside there are stalls spread over three floors.

Cave Church

This chapel is on a small hill directly opposite (north of) the landmark Danubius Hotel Gellért and baths. It was built into a cave in 1926 and was the seat of Hungary's Pauline order until 1951, when the priests were imprisoned by the communists and the cave sealed off. It was reopened and reconsecrated in 1992.


The Citadella is a fortress that never saw battle. Built by the Habsburgs after the 1848–49 War of Independence to defend the city from further insurrection, the structure was obsolete by the time it was ready in 1854 due to the change in political climate.

Buda Castle

In the early afternoon we arrived at the Garden Bazaar, where we entered the Buda Castle. From up there the view over Pest all covered with snow was breathtaking. We then proceeded to Szentháromság tér where it was possible to contemplate the Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion.

Walk to the House of Parliament

Sunny morning after a snowy day, ideal for a stroll along the banks of the Danube River. The views are impressive!

House of Parliament (Outside)

The neo-Gothic creation of Imre Steindl won the contest to build the Parliament , the main project among several commissioned to coincide with the thousandth anniversary of the arrival of the Magyars. The influence of the London Parliament is notorious on its slender, spiraling spiers, but Steindl also included a round baroque atrium and a dome.

Changing of the Guards at the


During our visit to the Budapest Parliament we were surprised by the changing of the Guard , a ritual that is always appreciated and that differs from country to country.

A walk through the House of


Of the twenty-eight staircases in the House of Parliament , the tour begins with a climb up the decorative, gold-plated City Side Staircase XVII to the most spectacular floor of the building, the main floor. The tour of the House of Parliament continues with a visit to the other pearl of the building, the Grand Stairway. The 96 stairs that dominate the space covered with red carpeting leads from the main entrance to the Dome Hall, the geometric centre of the House of Parliament and the symbolic centre of Hungary. This is where the Hungarian Holy Crown and the Coronation Insignia. Afterwards we pass through the Lounge of the Chamber of Peers and finished the visit at the hall of the former Chamber of Peers and now hosts conferences and meetings.

Andrássy út

Andrássy út starts a short distance northeast of Deák Ferenc tér and stretches for 2.5km, ending at Heroes’ Sq (Hősök tere) and the sprawling City Park (Városliget). Listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site in 2002. Along the way, we can find the stunning New Theatre, the cafe Művész Kávéház, the chilling House of Terror and the beautiful Kodály körönd, a square just over halfway to the park.

Basilica of St Stephen

Budapest ’s neoclassical cathedral is the most sacred Catholic church in all of Hungary and contains its most revered relic: the mummified right hand of the church’s patron, King St Stephen. The basilica is rather dark and gloomy inside.

Margaret Island

Margaret Island - between the Árpád and Margit bridges - is one of the favorite summer places for the inhabitants of Budapest. We reached the island on foot through Ponte Margarida on a beautiful sunny day that highlighted the beautiful winter landscape, showing that this time of year is one of the places that is well worth visiting.

Vajdahunyad Castle

Erected for the 1896 millenary celebrations originally in canvas and later built in stone, the castle was modelled after a fortress in Transylvania but with Gothic, Romanesque and baroque wings and additions to reflect architectural styles from all over Hungary.

Heroes' Square

Heroes’ Sq is the largest and most symbolic square in Budapest . It is dominated by the Millenary Monument (Ezeréves emlékmű), a 36m-high pillar topped by a golden Archangel Gabriel, holding the Hungarian crown and a cross. At the column's base are Prince Árpád and six other Magyar chieftains who occupied the Carpathian Basin in the late 9th century. The 14 statues in the colonnades behind are of rulers and statesmen from King Stephen to Lajos Kossuth .It was designed in 1896 to mark the 1000th anniversary of the Magyar conquest of the Carpathian Basin.

House of Terror

The headquarters of the dreaded ÁVH secret police houses the disturbing House of Terror , focusing on the crimes and atrocities of Hungary's fascist and Stalinist regimes in a permanent exhibition called Double Occupation. The years after WWII leading up to the 1956 Uprising get the lion's share of the exhibition space (almost three-dozen spaces on three levels). The reconstructed prison cells in the basement and the Perpetrators' Gallery on the staircase, featuring photographs of the turncoats, spies and torturers, are chilling.

One Last Walk

On the day of Budapest 's farewell, there is still time for another walk along the Danube river and take a last look at the landscapes of Buda and Pest.

Széchenyi Baths

These thermal baths are particularly popular with visitors. There are 15 indoor thermal pools (water temperatures up to 40°C) and three outdoor pools, including an activity pool with whirlpool. The baths are open year-round, and it's quite a sight to watch the contrast between the warm water and the snow. The whirlpool and Jacuzzi jets in the outdoor pool are enormous fun.