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24 Photos that’ll Inspire You to Visit Budapest in Winter

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If you read my fall and winter travel plans, you’ll know I was super stoked to visit Budapest again. I fell in love with Budapest two summers ago, but only had 36 hours to experience the Hungarian capital. Not enough.

Staying a week in Budapest was a fantastic decision. I could take my time in cafes, meander through the main tourist attractions, relax at the hotel if necessary, and intimately learn about the city’s complex history.

Sure, there were downsides. Jet lag kicked my butt both ways. I also have a wicked cold now, a stupid plague I probably caught from the damn recycled air flowing throughout the anxiety machine of doom – erm, the plane.

But Budapest’s frosty magic? So worth any aggravation. These 24 photos will inspire you to visit Budapest in winter and fall in love, too.

Soon you’ll grab a guidebook, practice Hungarian, and spend Forints!! I’m not kidding. This city = irresistible. Come along with me!

visit budapest in winter

Welcome to Budapest. After a nap, we explored the city in all its illuminated glory.

visit budapest in winter

winter in budapest

Budapest’s Parliament Building is stunning – both inside and out. I loved that it was still decorated for Christmas. Even though it was after Christmas Day, the holiday spirit never left me.

visit budapest in winter

Who could say “no” to a tram covered in lights? Not me.

visit budapest in winter

visit budapest in winter

visit budapest in winter

The Christmas Markets were still hoppin’ in the square around St. Stephen’s Basilica. Be sure to research online or read a guidebook for other awesome winter events in the city.

visit budapest in winter

visit budapest in winter

Budapest Central Market was also decorated for the holiday season. The city’s biggest and most popular market is a great place to grab a bite to eat.

visit budapest in winter

visit budapest in winter

Um. Can we talk about how awesome this outdoor vendor is? I want allllllll the shiny books!

visit budapest in winter

visit budapest in winter

visit budapest in winter

visit budapest in winter

visit budapest in winter

Castle Hill and Fisherman’s Bastion are certainly pretty in the frosty air. Check out these 15 Awesome Things You Can’t Miss in Budapest!

visit budapest in winter

This gorgeous gingerbread house was on display in the Budapest Hilton. Budapest has so many choices for accommodation at any price. Last time I stayed at Wombats Hostel and loved it!

visit budapest in winter

I kinda wanted to ice skate but knew I’d fall on my butt so I didn’t attempt it. Sorry. 

visit budapest in winter

visit budapest in winter

Budapest is known for its thermal spas. Széchenyi Thermal Bath was steamy and amazing, and still open outside!

visit budapest in winter

visit budapest in winter

visit budapest in the winter

visit budapest in the winter

So, yeah, book your winter adventure to Budapest. Experience snow, spas, and schnitzel for yourself. Trust me, it’s such a great trip, and Budapest is now one of my favorite cities. 

What are YOUR favorite cities during the winter season? Do you also love Budapest? Share below.

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6 Responses to 24 Photos that’ll Inspire You to Visit Budapest in Winter

  1. Stacey January 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    All signs keeping pointing me to Budapest for 2017…I might just have to listen to them!

    These photos are definite inspiration to visit and I’m with you on that cart of books. One of each please! 🙂

    • Rachel Elizabeth January 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

      Stacey —

      Doooooo it! Budapest is amazing! I wouldn’t mind going back a third time, haha.

  2. Rachael January 14, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    I visited Budapest for the first time last year and fell in love with it. I can only imagine how pretty is must look in the winter and christmas season!

    • Rachel Elizabeth January 15, 2017 at 7:05 am #

      Rachael —

      It’s seriously wonderful during the Christmas season. I fell in love! Thanks for visiting!

  3. Elizabeth January 26, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    I have family in Budapest but have only visited them during summer time! Winter looks amazing! It’s been a long time since I’ve been, but the baths look awfully familiar. Your photos definitely make me want to go back.

  4. Julia November 15, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    Hey Rachel!

    You have such a great eye; you really did capture the positive winter-atmosphere in Budapest! I’m a Budapest local and actually am in a love-hate relationship with the city winters, but your photos just put me back to the love-site. Especially the one with the statue of Saint Stephen and the Liberty Bridge in the background. Sometimes, even a foggy day can be so beautiful!

    I have actually written an article about 28 wintery things to do in Budapest; I hope it can serve as an inspiration for your next trip! 😉

    Love from Hungary,
    Julia

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