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    A Locals' Guide to Discovering Budapest in Winter

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    EUROPE: In the winter months Budapest, located on both sides of the river Danube, enchants as its numerous bridges light up after dark, making a night walk an absolute must. If you like winter, here are six of our favourite tips to get the absolute most out of your Hungarian holiday.

    Skate Yourself Happy at the Open-Air Skating Rink

    Slide into your vacations on ice skates at the largest open-air ice skating rink in Europe. Situated on the edge of the Budapest city forest, the city's skating rink is open from mid-November to the end of February and offers the best views of the Vajdahunyad Castle. Skates can be rented on site and there's an onsite cafe to warm you up.

    Travel Back in Time to The Café Gerbeaud

    Travel back to the 20th Century at Café Gerbeaud, a place where famous writers and artists found their inspiration and modern-day coffee aficionados find theirs. Our top tip is to order a delicious Hungarian pastry or two - such as a Dobos Torte (a yummy Hungarian sponge cake) and enjoy the wonderful ambience under the inviting light of the antique chandeliers.

    To Market, To Market

    Budapest's large Market Hall is a place where producers, locals, and tourists come together in absolute foodie heaven. Here, you'll be spoilt for choice with countless local delicacies, such as fresh “Lángos”, which are deep fried flatbread seasoned with garlic, tomato sauce and more. The sights, smells, and colourful conversations with passionate merchants ensure a wonderful day out... Plus, you'll get plenty of Instagrammable shots both inside and out of the Market Hall building.

    The Ultimate Shopping Fun

    A shopping expedition in Andrassy Avenue and Fashion Street is a magical experience in winter, allowing you to not only fully soak up the electric atmosphere, but also find souvenirs, memories and an IT piece for your wardrobe in some of the most beautiful boutiques in the city. 

    Bathing at Széchenyi Bath

    The Széchenyi Bath is an architectural highlight and a must-do on any visit to the Spa Capital of the World. Located in the middle of Pest's city forest, you'll find 21 mixed baths - three of which are heated outdoor baths with warm temperatures that make bathing a great experience even in winter. Those who love steam baths or sauna will also enjoy any outing to Széchenyi Bath.

    Christmas Markets are a Must!

    If you are in Budapest between the end of November and the beginning of January, you should definitely visit one of their many varied Christmas markets. You'll come for the delicious traditional dishes and mulled wine, and come back again for the fairy tale setting. We love the famous (and very traditional) Vörösmarty Square or the one near St. Stephen's Basilica.

    No matter when it makes you visit the capital of Hungary, the Adina Hotel Budapest puts you in the heart of the action - close to city sights and the Danube. And, like all Adinas, this apartment-style hotels offers you the chance to combine independence and comfort with our friendly hospitality. What are you waiting for?

    Peace of mind when you stay with us: Introducing Clean Touch.  * Activities listed may be subject to Covid restrictions.