Christmas in Budapest

Hi guys! I want to tell you about Christmas in Budapest,
an absolutely beautiful city, and they really, really know how to celebrate Christmas. I want to start by telling you
about the main Christmas market. They have markets all over the city and you’ll
find them just as you’re randomly walking around but the main Christmas market is in Vörösmarty Square- I hope I’m saying that correctly – and it is absolutely magical and it was there that I actually found the best smelling, most fragrant booth of all of the
Christmas markets that I visited in Europe so it is worth mentioning. They were selling these beautiful garlands
of fruits and spices that had been dried out and, my God, they smelled incredibly good. You really could smell them from a few booths away and I had so much fun sniffing all the garlands myself and watching other people who just
could not resist going and taking a sniff as well, so it was kind of funny to people watch there. They were made of oranges and paprika, cinnamon sticks, cloves – all of those smells that really
put you in the Christmas frame of mind. They also at this market had a little stage
where musicians would play and I even saw people doing
traditional Hungarian dancing and getting some of the kids involved
which was very cute to watch. One of the highlights of this market for me was trying traditional Jewish-Hungarian
plum and poppy seed cake. It’s called Flódni and this is
not only special at Christmastime – people eat it all year round – but it is very popular and,
if you see it at the Christmas market, you really have to try it. It’s baked in layers and tastes delicious. Ah that is really good. You can barely get your mouth
around this thing, it’s so big. It’s not often where I try eating something
and the memory of the taste really stays with me. I can honestly say this for the marzipan that I tried
at one of the booths at this Christmas market. The marzipan looked so beautiful. Each one looked like a little tiny jewel and I had a really hard time picking
and I’m sure you can understand why. In the end, I kind of went with my inner child
and got a bubblegum marzipan that had rainbow sprinkles on top and, even though it only lasted
two or three bites, they were unforgettable. One of the best parts of eating and drinking is reading
the menu and deciding what you’re going to have. And you know that feeling when you
read the name of something and it sounds like poetry? Well that’s what happened to me
when I was deciding on something hot to drink. So they had sour cherry beer
and black currant rum punch. Doesn’t that just sound like Christmas? I had to try it. I don’t usually like beer
but Marc and I were sharing them and because the cherry was a bit sweet
I did actually like the sour cherry beer. The black currant rum punch
was delicious but extremely strong. Ooh that’s really strong! The other main market that you’ll find in Budapest
which is a little bit smaller but equally as charming is in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica and what I loved most about this market
is the light show that they coordinate with music that’s projected onto the basilica itself. There’s a countdown clock which tells you
when each new show is beginning and we were there through a few of the different shows
and they were all a little bit different, which I loved. So if you’re spending the evening there
make sure you look up and see how it’s different and which music they’re using. And it had this magical feeling
of just gathering people together because, as soon as a new show would start, you would see people who were
milling about stop and turn around and we all had this kind of shared experience
of looking up at the basilica. The other activity that you don’t want to miss
at the St. Stephen’s Basilica is the skating rink which is right in the centre. It’s built right around the central Christmas tree,
which is beautiful, and there’s nothing like
looking up at St. Stephen’s Basilica and the tree on the other side and being able to skate in that beautiful environment. But if you’re in Budapest at Christmastime
and you want to go skating you really have to go to the biggest one in City Park. It’s in front of Vajdahunyad Castle and it’s gorgeous. I hear it’s actually the biggest
outdoor skating rink in Europe and I mean with the castle as the backdrop
I don’t know how it could get any better. Those were some of my highlights
from being in Budapest at Christmastime. I also made a separate video where I tried a bunch
of different traditional Hungarian Christmas foods. So if you’re interested in seeing that I will link it up here. I really hope that you guys enjoyed this video. Please leave me a comment down below. If you like this video,
don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe and I’ll see you in my next video. Bye!

32 thoughts on “Christmas in Budapest”

  1. Super cool find! Loved tagging along in your travels! Keep the cam vlogging and new episodes coming. Super glad to discover your channel. Will binge a bit on your other episodes, lol. Following you now!

  2. It's been 11 years since we visited, but what a city! The cake shops were amazing, the goulosh was wonderful, and the history and architecture is epic.

  3. Also the safest Christmas markets in Europe by far. Sad that it needs to be brought up, but it's the nature of todays world.

  4. It would be so great if you had some Budapest travel videos. Seems to be a serious lack of quality travel videos on YouTube for that gorgeous looking city!

  5. Eileen, I love you! LOL! Thank you so much for this video. I'm Hungarian, I live in a small town next to Budapest (called Budaörs) and I love our country and our capital so much. I'm really grateful you spread the word that Hungary and Budapest is worth visiting. Btw… my soon-to-be-husband is 100% Canadian from Calgary and he wants to stay in Hungary forever 🙂 Next time you visit Hungary it would be absolutely a great experience for you to visit the city of Pécs, located to the South of Hungary. I know you would be amazed 🙂 Big hugs from Budapest!

  6. Thank you so much! Very very beautiful! The lights were like a piece of Heaven. I also loved the ice rink with the castle!!! How beautiful!

  7. I think you are the sweetest, dearest little girl I have ever known. I am an 87 year old expatriate, I thank you for loving my home town so much.

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  9. We went to the same Xmas market you guys went to at Vorosmarty Ter. We discovered it by accident as we were making our way to Vaci st. And since we watched your videos before we arrived in Budapest last November; we ate the same foods you guys ate at the market! Thanks for the tip!

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