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Budapest Danube River Cruise, Central Market Hall Shopping

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Eastern Europe Day 2: As the sky turns dark at 4.30pm in winter, evenings in Hungary are characterized by enchanting illuminated sights. One way to marvel at the grace of Budapest is going on a sightseeing cruise along Danube River, which I will be highlighting at the end of this post. This city, packed with fortifications and buildings from Roman times will fascinate you.

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Budapest Great Market Hall aka Central Market Hall is located at the Pest side near the City Centre. Striking Zsolnay tiles lay over the massive roof structure, making the three-storey market the most spectacular element of the building from afar.

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Be it rain or shine, the Central Market Hall is one of the most visited tourist attractions. It is centrally located in the city center just at the end of Vaci Utca. This is the place to buy Hungarian souvenirs, beautiful handmade porcelain clocks like these, or traditional food home for your family and friends.

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Here, you can find Hungarian wines, exotic spices, sausage and ham, plus lots of souvenirs. You will go gaga over their wide variety of Hungarian embroidery like table linens, and their arts and crafts. * Note: Central Market Hall is closed on Sundays.

hungary famous dessert wine tokaji aszu hungarian paprika
Hungarian Paprika and Tokaji wines are some of the recommended local products to buy. Paprika is a spice made from air-dried fruits of the chili pepper family, and it is the secret ingredient to all of Hungarian traditional dishes. Hungary's most famous dessert wine is Tokaji Aszu, the legendary sweet elixir. This is a sweet dessert wine from Hungary’s famous wine region, Tokaj.

The Hungarian currency is the Forint. Although Hungary is part of the European Union, it does not use the Euro as its currency. Be sure to take some cash with you to cover your trip, as most businesses there are still largely cash-based. Except for touristy attractions, I found many items cost less in Hungary than in Western Europe.

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Budapest's most famous street Vaci utca ( Vaci Street ) is where you will find more Hungarian souvenirs, located in the District V with neighboring streets like Fashion Street housing brand names like Hugo Boss and Max Mara. The walk from Central Market Hall to Vaci Street is about 20 minutes. If you are suffering from jet lag or tired after a day of walking, you can easily spot some Thai Massage outlets in the area. My travel buddy and I went for a 60-minute aromatherapy massage for 35€. Definitely a good place to stretch and relax after so much walking.

budapest world heritage site andrassy avenue designer shopping
Recognized as a World Heritage Site in 2002, the Andrassy ut ( Andrassy Avenue ) is one of Budapest's main shopping streets lined with fine cafes, restaurants, theatres, and carries some of the upscale boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Gucci. This Avenue is an elegant 2.5 km long tree-lined street that covers the distance from Deak Ferenc ter to the Heroes Square.

hungarian golden goose liver pate foie gras
When visiting Hungary, one of the must-buy items is Foie Gras. The goose liver pate is one of the best known gourmet products of Hungary. Although most people know only the French goose liver which is the Foie Gras, the Hungarian goose liver producing and eating has a much longer history than the French.

There are many grades of foie gras, look for the best which is the Golden Label containing 99% goose liver. The Golden Goose Liver is the only goose liver which is made without force-feeding, which means the geese eat and live the natural way.

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The evening Danube River Cruise gives you the pleasure of enjoying the splendid panoramic views of Budapest’s UNESCO World Heritage, the River Danube along with its historical sights. The Danube stretches over two thousand miles through 10 countries, including Germany, Austria and Romania.

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See Budapest by night, explore the magnificent architecture while sipping champagne onboard the river cruise.

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Check out the Hungarian Parliament House bathed in the dazzling light. The Danube River cruise in Budapest will let you see the most captivating sights of the historical city of Budapest, promising an evening you will never forget.

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After an evening cruise, go for a traditional Hungarian Folk Show dinner to savour special cuisines like the Hungarian Goulash.

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hungarian folk show dinner crispy duck
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The popular Goulash is a Hungarian original, made with beef, potatoes, vegetables and plenty of paprika. We paid 50€ each for the 3-course Folklore Show cum Dinner with Crispy Duck as the main course.

So, what do you think our our Hungarian shopping and Danube River Cruise? Next up, I will be taking you to Slovakia: Bratislava Castle and Old Town Walking Tour! Here's wishing all Happy Holidays! xoxo

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  1. Shirley, I really enjoyed this tour, and your photos are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas to you! :)

  2. The parliment house is so beautifully lighted. Love the market tour too.

    Merry Xmas to you and family.

  3. beautiful collection of photos, how many beautiful things

  4. Thanks for taking us along on your tour of Budapest!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Shirley!

  5. Great information! Bet you have bought a lot of those foie gras haha! Merry Christmas to you and your family Shirley!

  6. Looks like such a lovely time! Nice shots :)


  7. Lovely Danube river cruise!!!!!
    Merry Christmas my lovely friend!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  8. This looks like an absolute amazing place to visit i do enjoy hungarian food. Have a splendid holiday.

  9. What a fantadtic place darling!
    Wish you an happy and great Christmas, kisses

  10. amazing place and delish food
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    I wish you a * Merry Christmas *
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  11. What a beautiful city! Love the photos!

  12. Great post!!!I wish you a * Merry Christmas *!!!

  13. you look so adorable with that striped scarf and that cute beanie! I'm not used to seeing you in Winter clothes:) Charming travel look.

    This river cruise seems like a great experience. Thank you for sharing your Budapest experience with us.

  14. beautiful photos!! kiss

  15. WOW, I can see why that is one of the most visited tourist attractions!! FANCY! <3 - htttp://

  16. They sell too many beautiful things at that market! I love the wall clock!

  17. This looks like a shopping and dinning paradise. Splendid scenery too. The souvenir clocks are so unique. Very nice!

  18. Such lovely and colourful sight to see there. :)

  19. Owh My Gosh! What a lovely place to go to! How I wish I could go for holidays as well!!

  20. Those colors and designs are so beautiful! It reminds me a little of the things I grew up with in Ukraine. Gorgeous pictures as always.
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    1. Love to visit Ukraine some day too! Merry X'mas, babe! xoxo

  21. Such a gorgeous pictures! It looks that you had a lot of fun!

  22. Wonderful pics, Shirley!!!
    Happy Christmas, dear :)))


  23. Those clocks are so pretty! I love the local pieces at supermarket!

  24. Great post! Merry Christmas dear!

  25. Shopping area has some cute stuffs.

  26. Ohhh~ I have only done thai massage once. It was awesome!

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  27. This post is tempting me to go there soon :-P The night shot of the Parliament House is splendid ! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  28. What a wonderful tour you have taken us on Shirley. Simply amazing!!

    Thank you so much for sharing...Enjoy the rest of your vacation and a Merry Christmas to You and Yours! Louise

  29. Yes, it's true. Budapest is beautiful, but a little bit expensive city. But I can come back there more and more...

  30. Amazing pictures my dear :-) I like Tokaji wine because is sweet :-)Merry Xmass :-)

  31. Great pictures! I love Budapest
    Happy Christmas!! xxx

  32. Oh very gorgeous pics darling!
    Happy Holidays~

  33. These pictures are lovely ! Budapest is a fascinating destination !
    Merry Christmas !

  34. O my my awesome pictures!! Loved all of them and you look lovely Shirley <3

  35. Amazing pics, hun!
    You really enjoyed this beautiful city! :)

  36. Shirley, I totally enjoyed your tour! Thanks for taking such stellar photos of the sights. The market offerings (cleverly and appealingly displayed) and beautifully lit landmarks (and Hungarian paprika & goulash, yum) didn't outshine YOU, however! :) Travel agrees with you and it shows. SO glad you shared your adventures! xo

  37. fantastic post and pictures my dear, really nice!! :D xoxo

  38. Beautiful photos :)
    Maria V.

  39. Wow! Amazing pictures and great post:)

  40. Their markets are outstanding! So many cute things I would buy. What a fabulous cruise! You looked so cute :D

  41. Beautiful photos. Looks like you had a wonderful time.=)

  42. So fun and beautiful!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire


  43. believed you had a blast there! love the place. so beautiful.

  44. Your photos are always colourful and well taken at the right angles.
    I love their Hungarian souvenir designs and your dressing! You should be an Image Consultant too.

  45. Such a beautiful place to go for a holiday, Shirley! Aah ..the lovely memories that come with.

  46. Oh wow! I'm sooo envious of the holiday! I've never though of visiting hungary before but I love the sights you're sharing! Those ceramics and handicrafts are so pretty! Also the foie gras and that food you had for dinner looks absolutely delish! Glad to know you ladies had a great time!


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