20 December 2016

#TravelTips: Christmas time in Budapest

Hello everyone!

Christmas is approaching, I love this time of the year, do you?! All the lights and the festive energy are so contagious! A date that brings people together, oh how I love it!

On my last trip to Eastern Europe I was delighted with the vibe of Budapest during Christmas. This was the second time I had been to the city this year and I lived two very different moments. In April I circled to a very quiet and serious city, with very few lights and slightly gray. However, in December, it was like a total different city! Fully lit up and happy. Flashing lights on every corner, decorated streets and many markets are fitted specially for the occasion in the main areas of the city. And i’ll tell you that even being chilly with a bit of Danube wind chastising and the days getting darker very early, the streets were filled with people until late at night. Such a privilege to visit the capital of Hungary during this time of the year.

Budapest is divided into two parts separated by the famous Danube river. On one hand, the agitated Pest. This is the largest portion and the most lively city center. On the other hand, Buda. Quiet, high on a hill. In the past, they were two distinct cities. They were only joined in the late 19th century. And even being formed from two cities, it is not very large and its main points of attraction can all be easily reached by foot.

A good starting point is the Danube river. From wherever you are, the sight that has the opposite bank is always spectacular, mainly during the sunset. For this reason, a nice place to stay is the Four Seasons hotel located in front of the Bridge of chains or Széchenyi Lánchíd (you can tell that the Hungarian language is pretty hard), one of the main postcards of Budapest and background image is of the beautiful Buda Castle. Ah! I’ll give you another nice tip!  As the winter in Hungary is very cold, soups always fall very well. The Kollazs restaurant, on the ground floor of the Four Seasons, has an onion soup of  the “gods” and with a breathtaking view if you sit close to the window.

NATAL EM BUDAPESTE colaboradora Claudia Liechavicius camila coelho blog12

NATAL EM BUDAPESTE colaboradora Claudia Liechavicius camila coelho blog12

NATAL EM BUDAPESTE colaboradora Claudia Liechavicius camila coelho blog12

NATAL EM BUDAPESTE colaboradora Claudia Liechavicius camila coelho blog12

NATAL EM BUDAPESTE colaboradora Claudia Liechavicius camila coelho blog12

NATAL EM BUDAPESTE colaboradora Claudia Liechavicius camila coelho blog12

NATAL EM BUDAPESTE colaboradora Claudia Liechavicius camila coelho blog12

NATAL EM BUDAPESTE colaboradora Claudia Liechavicius camila coelho blog12

NATAL EM BUDAPESTE colaboradora Claudia Liechavicius camila coelho blog12

To eat well in the city is very easy. My favorite restaurant is the Rosenstein. It serves Hungarian food made with love by a family that has been working together for several generations. It was recommended by two friends who live in the city and I chose it as a favorite. Everything is so good; it is far from the old center but close to the train station. You have to make a reservation because it is alway crowded and it is not a tourist location. Three other wonderful restaurants with great ratings are the Costes, Onyx and Nobu.

Now let’s get to what you cannot miss in Budapest:
1. Visit the Parliament of Pest on the outside and inside. Its elegance is impressive.
2. Go up on a funicular and check out the Buda Castle, the Bastion and the beautiful church of St. Matthias.
3. Go up to the imposing Basilica of St. Stephen and climb up the dome to view the city from up high.
4. Circulate through the jewish quarter and Synagogue of Budapest, the largest in Europe.
5. Taste the local wine – Tokaji – it is so traditional that is even mentioned on the National Anthem.
6. Go through the Central Market Csarnok. It sells Hungarian food, but what is most interesting is its iron structure similar to the Eiffel Tower.
7. Stroll along the banks of the Danube river and observe the sad Shoe Memorial.

Budapest is a city with a bold past. If you are interested in knowing more about the history of the Nazi occupation (its devastating, but I highly recommend it) visit the Museum of Terror. It is located on Andrassay Avenue, which by contrast, is the most elegant of the city, where designer shops and the Opera House are located. At the very end of this street is the Heroes’ Square and the Szechenyi Baths, one of the many thermal spas in the city.

And when you want to take a break, sit in one of the most traditional cafés in the city: New York Café (voted one of the most beautiful of Europe) or the Café Gerbaud with its wonderful sweets.

Budapest is a charming city. Did you enjoy the tips? I hope so.  Leave me questions on the comment section below and let me know which places you would like more information on.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, lots of pace and love!

XoXo, until next time.

Claudia Liechavicius





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gravatar Priscilla
1
20 de December de 2016 às 7:50 pm

Amei !! Dicas inscriveis , qual será da próxima semana ,acompanho tudo e amoooo bjs 🙃

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21 de December de 2016 às 4:20 pm

@Priscilla, Obrigada, Pri. Lindo Natal para vc. Bj

gravatar Isabel
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20 de December de 2016 às 8:02 pm

Amei! Suas dicas de viagens são uma preciosidade única, da próxima vez que for na Europa com certeza vou seguir à risca suas dicas. [dance]

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21 de December de 2016 às 4:21 pm

@Isabel, Isabel, espero que a Europa entre em breve na sua vida. Quem sabe em 2017? Beijo

gravatar Ivona
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20 de December de 2016 às 8:47 pm

Dear Camila,
Next time when in (European) neighbourhood, you should definitely visit the Zagreb Christmas Fair (in Croatia, south from Hungary). And of course, the Croatian coast in summer [cool]
Greetings from Zagreb! [kiss]

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21 de December de 2016 às 4:23 pm

@Ivona, Hi, Ivona. Croacia is a lovely place. I have already been to this beautiful country and I hope to go back soon. :)

gravatar Cínthia
7
20 de December de 2016 às 8:50 pm

Linda Cami… 😘
O belo post!!! [dance]

gravatar Jacqueline
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20 de December de 2016 às 9:03 pm

🤔🤔 vontade de ir

gravatar Sandra Guiomar
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20 de December de 2016 às 9:23 pm

Por acaso é uma cidade que adorava conhecer! Obrigado pelas dicas!!
Vem a Lisboa, a cidade está cheia de luzes lindas!!! A zona histórica está muito bela!! Se vieres um dia diz-me! Bjs

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21 de December de 2016 às 4:24 pm

@Sandra Guiomar, Guiomar, estou doida para rever Lisboa. Espero que 2017 me leve até sua adorada Portugal. Beijos e ótimo Natal para vc.

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21 de December de 2016 às 1:48 am

Wow! Loving all the intricate architecture!

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gravatar Andreia
12
21 de December de 2016 às 7:19 am

Camila, Perfeita as dicas!

Adorei…. principalmente porque tem uma musica do George Ezra – Budapest, lindíssima!

Beijos e Feliz Natal

gravatar Tânia Silva
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21 de December de 2016 às 8:57 am

Oi, Cláudia!
Linda Budapest,não conhecia, as fotos estão lindas. Sempre que você fala sobre os restaurantes e os pontos turísticos, dá logo vontade de conhecer. Você realmente sabe passar para nós toda a emoção de conhecer uma cidade nova é muito lindo. Então semana que vem tem mais emoção,não é? Um grande beijo, fica com Deus e que seu Natal seja de muitas alegria e muito abençoado, com muita saúde para você e toda sua família.

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21 de December de 2016 às 4:26 pm

@Tânia Silva, Muito obrigada, Tânia! Desejo um Natal de muita luz e um 2017 maravilhoso para vc. Bj

gravatar Cristina Moniz
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21 de December de 2016 às 10:07 am

Ola Camila , Também tens de visitar uma ilha onde eu moro, S.Miguel fica no arquipélago dos Açores. É uma ilha linda. Bjd

gravatar eliana
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21 de December de 2016 às 5:04 pm

amei tudoooooooooooooooooooooo, viajei nos seus comentarios…muito bom.

gravatar Franci Pacheco
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23 de December de 2016 às 12:04 pm

dicas e lugares maravilhosos, como sempre

gravatar Marianamfs
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27 de December de 2016 às 9:53 am

Cláudia amo ler suas postagens porque re lembro desses lindos e apaixonantes lugares pelos quais também já passei. Realmente é um lindo lugar , culinária deliciosa e além de tudo achei super em conta, aliás , o leste europeu todo é assim.
Parabéns pelo seu trabalho!

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3 de April de 2018 às 6:10 pm

Adorei as dicas. Muito obrigada.
Me animei em passar lá o Natal.
Precisa alugar um carro ou tem codução fácil, táxi, uber, onibus, mêtro.
Obrigada

gravatar Zulmira
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3 de July de 2019 às 8:12 pm

Olá Camila!
Adorei as suas dicas sobre Budapeste.
Sabe dizer-me quando começa o mercado de natal este ano lá?
Obrigada!!!
Beijinhos

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