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  • Location:Budapest, Hungary
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Budapest Christmas Markets Tour

Feel festive on this 2.5-hour walking tour of Budapest’s Christmas markets. Follow a guide through the city streets to see the famous Andrássy Avenue, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Hungarian State Opera House. Then stop at a cellar for tastings of three local wines, such as the celebrated Bull’s Blood and Tokaj. Afterward, head to the Christmas markets to peruse handmade mementos and Hungarian treats. You’ll be treated to a complimentary cup of mulled wine at the end of your tour.


  • See the best Budapest Christmas markets with an expert, English-speaking guide
  • Visit top Budapest sights such as the Opera House on the festively decorated Andrássy Blvd, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in a downtown restaurant
  • Complimentary drink of hot mulled wine
  • Learn about Hungarian Christmas traditions and facts

What You Can Expect

Budapest Christmas Markets Tour

See the festive lights in Budapest!

Get the local’s point of view on Budapest's Christmas traditions and see some of the best inner-city sights. Meet your knowledgeable guide in central Budapest to visit three Christmas markets on this walking tour. En route, marvel at the holiday decorations of the Opera House along the UNESCO-listed Andrássy Blvd and St Stephen’s Basilica.

Along with a great introduction to Budapest's popular landmarks, you also get a 3-tier wine tasting in a downtown restaurant! Take a break in the middle of the tour to sip famous wines from Hungary such as Bull’s Blood and Tokaj. At the end of the guided tour, you'll get a taste of a seasonal mulled wine.

Once you're finished relaxing over wine, your guide takes you to Budapest's biggest Christmas market in Vorosmarty Square to finish your tour. Afterward, your guide directs you to nearby Váci, a famous walking street dotted with shops that offer traditional gifts and souvenirs. Here, you can spend time at leisure. Also included in this tour is a visit to the Basilica and to the Christmas Market. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Brilliant. Tamas was fantastic - charming, articulate, funny, knowledgeable and engaging.
He clearly loves his city and that feeling is passed to the group.
The wine and strudel tasting was a great treat.
We only had a day to see Budapest and he covered a huge variety of information - made our day and we will definitely return and hire him again for one of the private tours - worth every penny and then some!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

The guide was very good. The tour included a wine tasting and a trip to two markets in Budapest. We were also shown others points of interest which we were not expecting. Overall the tour exceeded our expectations. Well worth the asking price.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

First a lesson on wines of Hungary and a wine tasting, excellent. Guide was a college student named "Barbie", a rough English translation. Then on to St Stephen's Church, also excellent on the history. Then on to the Christmas Market and hot punch. All around superb.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

We really enjoyed our tour, The wine testing was really good as it was held in a cellar which gave it atmosphere. Our guides English was very good and her knowledge of Budapest was excellent.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2011

Tour guide was excellent and very informative. She knew so much about the city and it's history. Quite impressed. However, there was also wine tasting included which I had attended on the day before so we skipped out on it. You can do the tour on your own but I would recommend using the tour guides as they will inform you of things you never would have expected.

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2014

Preceded by a Hungarian wine tasting and tutorial in a charming off street local book and media shop, followed by a fascinating visit to St Stephen's cathedral where perchance we were privileged to hear a rehearsal of the choir performing a Christmas cantata. The Christmas market was our favorite of mArkets visited in four countries largely made so by the sharing of personal favorite stalls and their offerings by our guide.

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2013

Tour was good but we only went to 2 of the 3 Christmas markets advertised. However that may well have been due one of the party feeling the cold and wanting to go back to her hotel.

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3 star rating: Worth doing December 2012

Great guide, good English would have liked to have found out more about tradition ,etc walked thru the Opera House, St Stephens on our way to the market. If you're there at Christmas do the market on your own, its fun and real easy. Good street food !! a local delicacy ,Rooster Testicles, Yummy!!!

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