Your tour begins at Deák Ferenc Square, a favorite hangout of Budapest locals, where you’ll greet your guide and get into the festive spirit. Your first stop is the Christmas market in Obuda, where you’ll hear about Hungarian Christmas traditions while browsing stalls selling local produce.
Stray from the beaten path as you cross the Obuda River, and head to a local haunt to sip mulled wine, a festive drink spiced using cloves and cinnamon. Then, proceed to St. Stephen’s Basilica, a neo-classical cathedral whose twin clock towers create a striking image, before arriving at your second Christmas market.
Here, you’ll sample Christmas cake and learn about Hungarian holiday traditions, including why locals eat fish on Christmas day.
Your tour concludes in downtown Budapest, at one of the city’s most charming markets, where you can continue browsing independently.