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HUNGARY

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Budapest
16 Nov - 31 Dec 2013

14 Nov - 24 Dec 2014

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Rising prices mean Tallinn has lost its top spot to Budapest in the annual Post Office Travel Money Christmas Markets Barometer, published this week as Advent markets get underway across Europe. Tallinn, the 2012 best buy, now costs 59 per cent more for a two-night break than this year’s bargain choice, Budapest

At Ł529 for a two-night break for two in early December, Budapest emerged as cheapest of 12 European cities, costing around 39 per cent less than Munich or Basel (both around Ł866). These were the most expensive cities surveyed for the Post Office Travel Money barometer, which includes two evening meals with wine, coffee, festive drinks and snacks, two nights’ B&B accommodation, return travel and airport-city centre transfers.

The festive atmosphere of the Christmas Fair is due to the unique pavilions and the exclusive goods available in them: almost 100 craft stands offer goods, special gifts and folk art and craft decorations certified by the panel of experts of the Association Of Hungarian Folk Artists.

For visitors who have a taste for traditional gastronomic delights the city centre location of the fair is a real heaven: the smell of the fresh bread baked in the traditional clay oven, the stands of caramelised pastry horn makers and strudel makers, traditional country food baked in clay ovens, friendly meat grills attract anybody walking near the fair.

If you like good mulled wine, you should also be there in the Vörösmarty Square : after drinking it, you can take home the special mug it was served in: the Christmas Fair Mug gets a new design every year.

Visitors are continuously entertained by cavalcade of Hungarian folk music, folk dance, classical music, children's programmes and concerts.

On the windows of the Gerbaud House facade, one of the most beautiful buildings of the square, is the Advent Calendar is where the calendar is represented, in which 24 contemporary artists exhibit their paintings, and every day a new window opens, accompanied by a fanfare.

The city's other Christmas market is on Vaci Utca (the main shopping street)

The organizers have prepared special surprises and accompanying events for the anniversary year, making this years Christmas in Budapest a truly unforgettable experience.

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Gödöllő Royal Palace
Just 30 klm from Budapest
Advent Palace Days

The Palace has a special programme this Advent which includes the following:
  • ‘The porcelain of aristocracy’ exhibition by the Herend Porcelain Manufactory
  • Handicrafts for children: making candles, presents, face-painting
  • Sledging in the park
  • Manger and animal fondling in the park
  • Sling-shot of ‘Paprika Jancsi’
  • Period- delicacies: barbeque, roasted chestnut, hot boiled wine, etc.
  • Christmas market of arts and crafts
  • Christmas specialities in the Café of the Palace
  • Photos of visitors in period dresses
XII ADVENT PALACE DAYS

The Royal Palace of Gödöllő also celebrates this most intimate time of the year. In preparation for Christmas, we offer a great number of events and things to see for all our visitors. Special visits, performances and craft workshops are organised for children, for adults there are Christmas concerts and opera performances.

QUEEN ELISABETH’S CHRISTMASES

In the 1870s, the royal family enjoyed spending their Christmases in the Palace of Gödöllő. In the period between Christmas and New Year, visitors to the Palace are welcome to attend the event ‘Queen Elisabeth’s Christmases’. This cultural family programme may be construed as a Christmas present, as a lot of exciting activities are also provided for children. We reserve the right to modify events and dates.

Further information:
+36 28 410-124
informacio@kiralyikastely.hu
www.kiralyikastely.hu
Access to the Palace:
By car: M3, M0 highway, main road No 3
By local train (HÉV): from Budapest, Örs vezér tér to Gödöllő, Szabadság tér station
By train: from Budapest, East Railway Station (Keleti pu.)
By bus: from Budapest, Stadion Bus Station


Gödöllő Royal Palace
Tel.: +36-28/410-124
informacio@kiralyikastely.hu
www.kiralyikastely.hu

The Budapest Christmas market
How to say "Merry Christmas" in Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket

Good buys: Traditional products worth looking out for include folk art, embroidery and ceramics, wall hangings, painted wooden toys and boxes. Also look out for feather or goose down items.

Local dishes: Goulash, stuffed cabbage and fish soup top most menus in Hungary. There are also cakes and pastries to satisfy the sweetest of teeth. Wash them down with Bull’s Blood red wine, the stronger Tokaj or apricot brandy.

Funny fact: Hungarians introduce themselves by telling you their surname first and Christian name second - like James Bond.

FIVE “HUNGARIAN” GIFT IDEAS

Tokaji Wine : Only white grapes tend to be grown in the Tokaj region of northeastern Hungary, ranging from dry to sweet. The most famous sweet wine from the region is the Tokaji “Aszú” dessert wine. The various qualities of it are graded from 3 to 6 puttonyos; the higher the grading the more expensive the price.

Unicum : This is a bitters sold in a distinctive round black bottle. Its origins are over two centuries old, and it is best drunk cold. ( www.unicum.hu)

Red paprika : in a cloth sachet: Although paprika itself is of American origin, the grinding of it is a particularly Hungarian invention. It is an absolutely essential ingredient in traditional Hungarian cooking.

Modern print of a 1930’s photograph : Several of the world’s historically most renowned photographers came from Hungary. But whilst they were making their names abroad, their lesser known contemporaries stayed behind. Now, beautiful prints of their photographs are available at very reasonable prices from the Mai Manó Ház bookshop (VI. Nagymező utca 20. www.maimano.hu.)

Herend porcelain : The history of Herend porcelain goes back over two hundred years, and over that time the factory has produced some 12,000 different types of handmade objects and ornaments. The Herend shop in Budapest is at: VI. Andrássy út 16.


Things to see and do in Hungary

Castle District Budapest
Towering above the city on Castle Hill this atmospheric area is the historic centre of the city. It’s here you’ll find the Royal Palace and a number of the city’s top museums and gallery spaces, all boasting a stunning variety of artefacts, treasures and works of art. You can catch the cable car up to the palace from Clark Adam Square.

Esztergom
Home to Hungary’s largest church, this small town on the Danube used to be the country’s former capital. Today its picture postcard perfect looks combine with a rich history to make it one of the most interesting places in Hungary.

Municipal State Circus Budapest
This is the only circus in Europe that’s up and running all year round. If you like acrobats, clowns and trapeze artists then this is where you should be. If you’re looking to run away and join the circus, be warned, the entry requirements are quite high at this one.

Lake Heviz
Europe’s largest thermal lake and its accompanying spa draw in the crowds all year round. Heated by underwater volcanic craters, the water and mud are said to be good for various medical conditions.

Szentendre
Located on the banks of the Danube, this beautiful little market town is packed with charm. In addition to winding cobbled streets and picturesque squares, the town has a distinctive Balkan appearance thanks to its many Orthodox churches.

Parliament Buildings Budapest
You can’t really miss this beautiful gothic masterpiece as it literally dominates the Budapest skyline. The largest building in the city was built back in the 19th century and was designed to rival the style of the Houses of Parliament in London.
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