15 Things To Do In Budapest – In The Winter

Budapest has become one of the trendiest European destinations in recent years. It attracts a diverse range of tourists from stag and hen do’s to families and couples and has attractions to suit all ages. Recently we spent 4 days in this amazing city absorbing the culture, fitting in as many activities as possible and eating everything in site. Continue reading for 15 things to do during winter in Hungary’s capital, Budapest!

We booked this holiday through British Airways on their European Christmas Market Breaks website in total it cost us £390pp for return flights, baggage, 4 nights in a 4 star hotels junior suite and breakfast which is absolutely fantastic. This is our second winter break with British Airways and both have been flawless from take off to landing.

The hotel we stayed at was spectacular. We had high expectations before we arrived due to the excellent dominated tripadvisor reviews but these didn’t even justify the service, cleanliness and coziness of the boutique accommodation. When booking Hotel Palazzo Zichy through BA we opted for a junior suite and then contacted the hotel to enquire about the possibility of accessing our room earlier than their usual 3pm check in and to see if we could have a room with a balcony. They replied to me swiftly and promised to cater to our requests if they could but warned us it depended on previous guests as they were a small hotel and only had one room with a balcony. When we arrived at around 1:30pm we were told our room was ready for us and it was stunning. 2 large double windows flooded the space with light and in the corner, our balcony! From then on we were met with comfortable, quiet night sleeps, delicious breakfasts including Prosecco and smoked salmon, a fabulous bathroom with the worlds best shower and generally helpful, happy staff. If we ever return to Budapest we will be staying here again.

Smiling at first site of the room
Snowy view from balcony

Now without further ado, Continue reading for 15 things to do during winter in Hungary’s capital, Budapest!


1) Evening Danube River Cruise

One of our favourite things to do in Budapest was the Danube River Cruise. This trip was over an hour and took you on a headset tour pointing out some of Hungary’s most famous buildings which were stunningly lit up on the banks. The trip included a complimentary drink of champagne, beer or wine and was undercover but also had the option of sitting and standing outside which we took up for a few minutes to grab some pictures but then hid inside from the cold. As the cabin is dark the reflection from the windows don’t interfere with the views or the pictures which was my initial worry. My advice for these boat cruises is to arrive early for the best seats although we were late and found our less desirable seats didn’t affect our experience one bit.

Budapest Parliament Building

View of boarding the boat

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