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Szentendre market

During my research I saw somewhere that Szentendre has a Christmas market thru the first week of Jan. Would this be correct or wishful thinking? Also, do we pre book a river cruise up the Danube bend or can we just walk up and get tickets?
Thanks!!

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@worldinbetween: Yes, stops in September which is why the "But.................well, sorry." because she will see it when she goes to the website. If you are spending anything less than 3 full days in Budpaest (a full day is when you go to bed and wake in the city), then you really ought to consider concentrating on Budapest and saving the side trips for the next visit.

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Thanks for the info! We will be in Budapest for 5 days. I thought maybe add in a day trip to see a bit more. When I saw the later Christmas market I got excited. I also thought coming back in the early evening would be a great way to see the parliament in its glory. We haven't been to Budapest but I thought having a short excursion idea in case the guys want to see a bit more of Hungry. Always hard to know time wise but my excitement is building thanks to you both!
Thx!

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Thanks! I do love the markets, I will definitely check this one out.
:D

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Budapest, the bridges, the Parliament and Castle Hill are all very, very special when seen from the river; particularly at night when all lit up. Unfortunately the river taxi to Szentendre stops running in September. You could do an evening cruise on one of the tourist boats. Some have dinner, others not. I've done it a couple of times while entertaining friends and to be honest, as touristy as it was, I enjoyed it. There is better food than the boat food, but you know, for what it is it wasn't half bad.

FINALLY, someone spending enough time in Budapest. When do you arrive / depart?

With 5 days a trip to Szentendre (or Vac) is worth the effort. The trip to Szentendre is maybe a tad less intimidating as the departing station is very simple to navigate.

You often hear about Buda and Pest becoming Budapest. There is a third town that joined the other two in the union that generally gets overlooked: Óbuda. It's a pretty fascinating portion of town replete with Roman Ruins. Óbuda also has a market that you might do some research on. You might find that the Óbuda market is more Hungarian and less Tourist. http://budapestchristmas.com/advent-fair-in-obuda-budapest. It high on our list for this Christmas.

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Oh cool, thanks James. I must check out the ruins. Love ruins. We arrive early (hoping to) Dec 30th and fly out Jan 5th.
We are arriving from Gyor. I was reading on another site I should buy the train tickets earlier than travel day, is this correct?
Also I saw Gyor has buses that go to Bratislava. So there must be buses from Bratislava to Gyor right? The Student Agency buses were sold out so I am trying to figure out how to get tickets on these other buses. Shorter than train is my thought.
Thanks for your help guys!

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The Roman ruins are fairly marginal, but fainting in they Budapest was a pretty remote outpost. Together with a trip to the Obuda market and maybe Szentendre it would make a nice day. Obuda has some nice art galleries too.

When you wander Budapest make note of the quantity of live performance theaters, book stores and art galleries. It's a reflection on the culture.

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The Roman ruins are fairly marginal, but interesting in that Budapest was a pretty remote outpost. Together with a trip to the Obuda market and maybe Szentendre it would make a nice day. Obuda has some nice art galleries too.

When you wander Budapest make note of the quantity of live performance theaters, book stores and art galleries. It's a reflection on the culture.

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Great, Thanks!! May I ask another question? The train from Gyor to Budapest, would it be fine to buy that ticket when we first arrive to Gyor? No problem with filling up on the 30th? Sometimes I think I am nuts to try and hit authentic small towns between cities. EEK! We by chance, came upon Poschiavo in Switzerland on our travels and realized what a hidden gem we found. Now we always try and find another gem in each new country we explore. :D
James, so glad you mentioned that hotel. It was the one I had booked earlier. Yay! Glad it is a great pick. :)

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@Julie if you find yourself walking the street between the Opera House and Kadarka's Wine Bar on Kiraly utca, and if you notice a bright yellow apartment block, its our part time home; wave and yell hello. But chances are we will be further up the street at Kadarka's receiving expert education in the subtle art of Hungarian wine.

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@worldinbetween: you do write beautifully and I am definitely long winded :-) Too much walk up this street, turn right and get on the 47 tram sort of stuff. Guess I should trust they can read a map? I might be too old to change so I will just accept that those with a desire for a short and beautifully written read will go to your blog. I know I enjoyed it. Wish I could write like that.

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Oh awesome James, just might take you up on that . :D