Recently, luggage company Radical Storage analyzed nearly a million TripAdvisor reviews to find out which cities are the most disappointing and which pleasantly surprise tourists. The research proved that the city that clearly exceeds visitors expectations the most is none other than Budapest. The research examined evaluations of the world’s 100 most popular cities, including Budapest.
Analyzing phrases such as “I was pleasantly surprised” or how “wonderful” a city is, the study found that Budapest had the highest rate of reviews with positive comments (96.17%) and the largest share of global reviews apostrophizes the city as a “fascinating” and “beautiful” place. Travelers mainly mention Budapest’s impressive architecture and the beauty of the Danube, which bisects the city.
The Hungarian tourism sector is of course very happy with the results of the research, as we are all working to share the beauty of not only Budapest, but the whole of Hungary for our very welcome foreign visitors. This is topped off by the fact that this is the first Christmas after the Covid pandemic, when we can again enjoy the atmosphere of the Christmas markets without a mask, just like in the previous years.
Photo: Szabó Gábor – We Love Budapest
Although Budapest offers its visitors countless experiences and sights in every season, one of the most special and magical times is when the city prepares for Christmas towards the end of the year. In such cases, in addition to the attractiveness of the colorful fairs, we have countless opportunities to have a good time.
December is a really special time in Budapest. It tempts you to travel. Christmas lights make the Hungarian capital festive, hot tea and mulled wine warm our hands and our souls, while walking among the wonderful buildings of the city, new experiences await us. These events are not only about shopping, but the lights shining in the dark, the smell of mulled wine and chimney cake create a feeling of festive ancipitation for most of us.
Photo: Csudai Sándor – We Love Budapest
The Advent Basilica became the best Christmas market in Europe for the third time with a record number of votes!
The competition is organized by the website European Best Destinations every year, anyone who was interested in Christmas markets could vote online for each fair. This year, you could vote until December 8, and the winner was the Advent Basilica, which had already triumphed twice before (in 2019 and 2021) in the prestigious field.
The city center of Pest is also home for not just one, but for two christmas markets. Beside of the Szent István tér Advent Basilica, the Vörösmarty square Christmas market is dressed in a new decoration, awaits Adventists under the name Vörösmarty Classic Xmas. A grandiose Christmas tree greets the festive crowd coming from Váci utca to Vörösmarty Square, which is resplendent in green and red colors.
The gastronomic points and handcrafted wooden houses set up on the Vörösmarty square welcome visitors with a renewed image. The gastronomic exhibitors offer the values of the traditional Hungarian food and drink culture related to the Christmas festivities, and the craft exhibitors also select their products in the spirit of preserving tradition.
In addition to the exhibitors presenting the colorful, typically Hungarian craft object culture that will appear at the event, the craft house will be set up as an interactive, educational venue, where visitors can take part in a session showing a different craft trick every day.
Organized by our ETS, the capital hosted a group of tourism specialists from Airtours, with whom we toured Budapest’s gypsy district after a champagne reception on the Margaréta Halászbástya terrace. We ended the sightseeing tour at the Vörösmarty square Christmas market, with a mug of mulled wine and chimney cake tasting.
Advent Basilica is open until January 1st, Vörösmarty Classic Xmas until December 31st.
We warmly welcome all our returning and potential guests in the capital and at all of the Hungarian Christmas markets.