I've visited the Christmas markets in Germany and Austria but is this tradition found in Budapest and Prague as well?
As much as I love Budapest, especially at Christmas time I would suspect that that as much as I have enjoyed the Christmas Markets in Budapest I would bet due to tradition that they are as good if not better in most of Germany. Still, Christmas is a remarkable time to be in Budapest.
I haven't visited Christmas market in Budapest, yet. There are several Christmas markets in Prague. The largest and most magical is in Old Town Square especially when it's snowing which happened in 2010 when I was there. All these medieval churches, towers, Christmas lights, Christmas tree, snowflakes, it was like fairy tale. I was also at Christmas markets in Brno. It was OK but it lacked the ambience of Old Town Square. Many years ago I was at Christmas market in Vienna. Beautiful and large but visually Christmas market in Prague Old Town Square was #1.
>"I've visited the Christmas markets in Germany and Austria but is this tradition found in Budapest and Prague as well?" There are Christmas markets both in Budapest and Prague, and the ones in Prague are actually quite good, but they don't have a tradition there and cater mostly to tourists.
I went to the Christmas Market in Prague a few years ago and enjoyed it very much. Christmas markets appear in many places in Europe. There's a good one here in the UK in Bath.
I have been on 3 Christmas market trips with gal friends - this year will be my 4th (hubby tagging along). While Prague and Budapest are wonderful cities and have markets they are lacking compared to many in Germany, especially Bavaria. Still, though, it's wonderful to gather, have a glass of gluhwein and enjoy the spirit of the season! I would rate Prague a little better than Budapest. The two times we were there (Prague) we enjoyed the afternoon and evening entertainment - especially the local children's performances.
As much as I enjoy Budapest if it is the markets you are going for then my impression is that you need to see the ones in Germany and Austria first. Still, we spend about every other Christmas in Budapest and have a wonderful time.