Things to Do in Budapest in Winter
Things to Do in Budapest in Winter
Budapest has a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest, most exciting tourist destinations in Europe. From ruin pubs to Michelin-starred restaurants to incredible music festivals that draw some of the world’s biggest musical acts to the Hungarian capital. All of this, however, does not mean that Budapest shuts down after the summer tourist season comes to a close, nor does it mean that coming to visit in the winter months is a boring endeavor. Rather, coming to the city at this time of year is an incredible experience, since there are an incredible amount of things to do in Budapest during the winter.
A Winter Wonderland
Although the temperatures may dip, Budapest’s spirits most certainly do not. There are, in fact, many interesting events and activities to be found in the Hungarian capital that can only be done in winter. These include such wondrous experiences as ice-skating in Budapest’s city park. With the towering statues of Heroes’ Square behind you, the mysterious Vajdahunyad Castle in front of you, and the magic of a snowy park all around you, skating around on the city park’s lake is as magical experience as one could hope for. In addition, because it is an artificial rink, you can skate all winter long without worrying about the ice melting under you.
In the winter, Hungary’s capital also plays host to a number of unique and delicious gastronomic festivals, ones that those who visit the city during the summer never have the opportunity to see. While there are a number of such celebrations being held this winter, one particularly worth mentioning is the Mangalica Festival, which will be held from February 9-11 in Budapest’s Szabadság Square. This event is, as its name suggests, a celebration of the Mangalica, the famed Hungarian wooly pig, whose meat has become a hot commodity among connoisseurs in recent years. At this festival, you can sample delicious bacon, sausages, and countless other delicacies prepared from this unique pig.
Yet another great thing to do in Budapest in the winter is to warm up and relax at one of the city’s famous thermal baths. While Hungary as a whole has a great number of such baths worth checking out, a few of the most interesting in Budapest include the famous Széchenyi baths, the art nouveau Gellért Baths, and the elegant Rudas Baths.
When looking for a place to stay in Budapest this winter, it is only logical to try to find accommodations close enough to the city center to be able to truly experience all that the city has to offer. In addition, following days of sightseeing, relaxation, and incredible gastronomic experiences, it would only make sense to look for lodgings that provide luxury and comfort; in terms of location, amenities, and favorable off-season rates, Fraser Residence Budapest is a perfect choice.
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The Food is So Delightful
And then, of course, there are the culinary delights that winter brings. Of Budapest’s many winter treats, though, two really stand out. One of these is mulled wine, a wonderful drink that is sure to warm you up on even the coldest winter afternoon. For those unfamiliar with it, mulled wine consists of wine flavored with cloves, star anise, cinnamon, oranges, lemons, and various other spices, sweetened, and then slowly heated until the perfect temperature has been reached, and the flavors of the spices meld with that of the wine. Winter comfort in a mug, mulled wine is a wonderful, soul-warming drink that is a calling card of Budapest during the colder months of the year.
The great Budapest winter food is, of course, the chimney cake. Originally from Transylvania, the chimney cake is made of a strip of dough which is wrapped around a cone or tube-shaped form, and baked on a spit over hot coals. Coated with cinnamon-sugar, ground walnuts, or any of a vast variety of other toppings, these delicious treats are handed to customers as soon as they come off the coals. Sweet, crunchy, fluffy and amazing chimney cakes are one Hungarian delicacy that should not be missed.
Luckily for those looking for things to do in Budapest this winter, both of these treats can be found throughout the city at this time of year, and offer an excellent and delicious way to warm up on a chilly day.