I’m not at all religious, but I make a point of visiting churches when I travel. Spending half an hour or so just sitting in a quiet, peaceful space like St. Stephen’s Basilica, one of the most beautiful churches in Hungary, is a pleasant way to lessen the stress of exploring a new territory.
The big Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival, the one that’s famous, is on Vörösmarty Square. We’ll get to that later.
You can find other Christmas markets, some of them with only a few booths, others quite substantial, scattered throughout the city.
I liked this small market on the plaza in front of St. Stephen’s. Just looking at the picture of the planked salmon makes me wish I were still there.