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Budapest Christmas Fair

Budapest Christmas Fair

The Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square is often thought of as the single Christmas market in the city of Budapest, which luckily is not true. However, what is true is that the Xmas fair on Vörösmarty Square is the oldest, richest and the most spectacular of all the Christmas markets in Budapest.

November 11, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017
the Crafts Market of the Budapest Christmas Market is open between Nov 13 and Dec 29, 2015. After that, only the Food stalls will remain open until January 6, 2016

Opening Hours of Christmas Market

Nov 11 – Dec 29: 10 am – 10 pm (craft & food stalls), except Dec 24-26 when the market closes earlieropen
Dec 24: 10 am – 3 pm (craft & food stalls)
Dec 25, 26: 10 am – 6 pm
Dec 27: 10 am – 11 pm
Dec 28 – Dec 30: 10 am – 10 pm (only Food Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
Dec 30 – Jan 1: 10 am – 10 pm (food stalls), except Jan 01 when the market opens later, 2pm – 10 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)

General information about Hungary

General information about Hungary

Area: 93.030 km2
Number of inhabitants: 9.981.865
Capital: Budapest
Official Language: Hungarian (Magyar)
Government: Republic
Time zone: Central
European time (GMT+1)
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Electric Plug Details: European plug with two circular metal pins
Country calling codes: +36

Weather:
Summer: sunny and dry + 25 – +35 C
Winter: cloudy and cold – 10 – +5 C
Spring & Autumn: sunny, mild +13 – +25 C

Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 HUF
Bank notes: 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 HUF
Banks are usually open between 8.00 – 16.00 on weekdays. Some banks are open on Saturday, but all are closed on Sunday. ATM and currency exchange offices are available throughout the country. Major credit cards (AmEx, Visa, Mastercard, Diners, Cirrus) can be used in the member shops and businesses. Look for the logo displayed at the entrance. ATMs operate 24 hours a day. Major credit cards and bank cards are accepted.

The country is home to the largest thermal water cave system and the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grasslands in Europe (Hortobágy).
Hungarian wines are enjoyed throughout Europe.
Hungarian classical and folk music is world-renowned. The names and works of Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály and Ferenc Liszt have won Hungarian culture a considerable reputation. The concert halls of the capital attract not only the best Hungarian artists, but also the greatest performers from every corner of the world. Each year the Budapest Spring Festival and its counterpart the Budapest Autumn Festival host the very best of Hungarian and international music, theatre, film and fine arts.
Aside from the successful operettas of Imre Kálmán, Pál Ábrahám and Ferenc Lehár (Countess Marica, Csárdás Queen, Land of Smiles) playing in the renewed Budapest Operetta Theatre, the programe is also spiced with popular musicals (Funny Girl, Sound of Music).

Cake Of The Country 2016

Cake Of The Country 2016

Since 2007 in august,confectioners of the country challenges themselves against each other to win the title “Cake Of The Country”.

Cakes are introduced on 19th August that everyone can taste before St. Stephens Day (20th August) where Hungary celebrates the foundation of the Hungarian state more than 1000 years ago. The new bread is blessed on this day too.

Countless programs await both locals and tourists all the day round. There will be numerous other exciting things to do, especially for families with children.

Festivities usually starts on 19th August and continue on 20th August with the spectacular fireworks closing the holiday.

The National Trade-Corporation of the Hungarian Confectioners called for tender the “Cake Of The Country” first in 2007. Every confectioner in the country can make a cake, which reflects to the Hungarian relish, judged by a jury, containing confectionery masters.

The trade-corporation that calls the tender tries to side with a social group, or to reflect to a social problem. In 2010, the country’s 1000 pieced cake given to flood-harmed children, in 2012, the first “Sugar-free Cake Of the Country” tender has born.

The Cakes of Hungary in the last years:

2007 – Floating Island Cake by Zila László, Zila Coffee House, Budapest

2008 – Plum Cake of Szatmár by Zila László, Zila Coffee House, Budapest

2009 – Sour Cherry Cake of Pánd by Zila László, Zila Coffee House, Budapest

2010 – Plum Dumpling Cake by Ifj. Sulyán Pál/ Sulyánné Benkó Katalin, Sulyán Confectionery, Veresegyház

2011 – Millet Cake with Peach of Kecskemét by Zila László,Zila Coffee House, Budapest

2012 – Poppy Cake with Apple of Szbolcs by Pintér Zsolt, Koko Confectionery, Veszprém

2013 – Brittle Cake with Honey of Milota by Bacskó Szilárd, Major Confectionery,  Budapest

2014 – Somlói Revolution by Damniczki Gyula Balázs, Damniczki Confectionery, Székesfehérvár

2015 – Hazelnut Cake with Pannonhalmi Apricot Distillate pálinka, by Szó Gellért, Kézműves Cukrászda, Salgótarján

2016 – Green Gold of Őrség, by Szó Gellért, Kézműves Cukrászda, Salgótarján

Cake of the Country 2016

From Amsterdam to Budapest by cruise ship

From Amsterdam to Budapest by cruise ship

2 weeks in 6 minutes video.

Imagine 15 magical days along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. From Holland’s windmill-studded tulip fields to Germany’s fairytale castles, from the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal to the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this epic voyage presents the highlights of Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Savor a decadent Sachertorte in a Viennese café. Enjoy panoramic views of imperial Budapest. Along the way discover the legend of the Lorelei, the ancient art of glassblowing, the music of Mozart and more.

Cruise itinerary from Amsterdam to Budapest

  • Day 1 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Day 2 | Kinderdijk, Netherlands
  • Day 3 | Cologne, Germany
  • Day 4 | Koblenz, Germany & Middle Rhine
  • Day 5 | Miltenberg, Germany

  • Day 6 | Würzburg, Germany
  • Day 7 | Bamberg, Germany
  • Day 8 | Nuremberg, Germany
  • Day 9 | Regensburg, Germany
  • Day 10 | Passau, Germany

  • Day 11 | Melk & Krems, Austria
  • Day 12 | Vienna, Austria
  • Day 13 | Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Day 14 | Budapest, Hungary
  • Day 15 | Budapest, Hungary