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5 UNMISSABLE WINTER EXPERIENCES IN BUDAPEST - Enhanced with remarkable Kempinski moments
CITY OF LIGHTS
Nothing compares to the Christmas-infused excitement of the winter season – and the lights seem to shine brighter and brighter every year! A seasonal Budapest staple is LED light-laden trams that illuminate their routes splendidly, bringing instant smiles to passers-by and travellers alike. All the pedestrian streets and avenues receive the light treatment… going easy on Christmas-themed lights. One step out of the hotel, Fashion Street is lit true to its spirit: glamorously.
SPARTY = SPA + PARTY
In case you’re time-starved and wish to kill two birds with one stone, Budapest Sparties are the way to go… Those are the parties to go to, to be precise, as you get to party and go to the spas at the same time. Parties in the city’s historical baths have been around for a while, but in winter, the go-to sparty is undoubtedly Széchényi Bath’s gig, as it is alfresco, giving steamy a whole new layer of significance.
It might be the staple of European winters but perhaps none of the Christmas fairs have earned so many accolades as Budapest. Is it the artisan ware ranging from sheepskin vests and jumbo knit all-wool slippers to ceramic pots and wooden spoons? Or is it the heart-warming and belly-filling local produce like fresh breads and juicy sausages with crisp pickles, and of course spicy mulled wine? Or is it the spectacular giant Christmas tree bringing warm, festive lights to the early, chilly dark? All of the above aside, Christmas markets bring family and friends together to relish a moment of love and joy. It’s that spirit that makes Hungarian Christmas markets the one and only – like our loved ones.
Follow your nose – the region’s festive cake leaves a trail of irresistible sweet perfume, and the prize is pure delight. Kürtőskalács is a hollow, cylinder-shaped cake, hence its alternative name “chimney cake”, and while it’s ubiquitous throughout the year, it is a Christmas treat. As it’s made fresh, you can watch it in its creation: a strip of sweet dough is wound around a spit, baked and rolled in sugar, which caramelises on the surface. There’s your chimney cake, which you unwind as you tear bits off. And because it’s generously sized, it’s best savoured with company! Originally unfilled, it’s now offered with fillings by bakers.
THERMAL BATHS & SPAS
If you have tired of the season’s chill, dip into hot water. The Danube on the Buda side is lined with historical baths, harnessing the healing powers of natural thermal spring water available below them. Gellért remains the most opulent, built in bold Orientalist style, while Rudas has recently been renovated. Király and Veli Bej date back to Ottoman times, and Lukács even has hammam massage. On the Pest side, Széchenyi awaits the not-so-faint-hearted: it has an outdoor pool, with steamy-enough thermal water to keep you warm and comfy, winter or otherwise.
What to do at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest in Winter?
The season of lights captures like no other the most festive passion of celebration as we decorate our city and our home in the colourful splendour of love and host joyful parties throughout December. Kempinski Corvinus’ Yuletide ornaments run sensational riot all over the Lobby and The Promenade, while the restaurants in Gastronomic Quarter Downtown Budapest prepare Christmas treats. Add festive spirit to your favourites: heart-warming hot chocolate at The Living Room… delightfully creative cocktails at Blue Fox The Bar… Perky speciality coffee at ÉS Deli… a long lunch at Nobu… endless hours of pampering at Kempinski The Spa… It’s all happening at Kempinski Corvinus! Click here to find out about all our seasonal offers.
Venture outside and you won’t have to go far either. Kempinski Corvinus is flanked by Fashion Street’s shops, while in front, the Ferris wheel takes you to the top of the city.
Be sure to head back to our Local Information page to discover more of what to see and do in Budapest. Of course, our Clefs d'Or Member concierges and our entire staff at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus will be more than happy to assist in any way they can during your stay too.
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