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Let’s get packing! Tips for Budapest in winter

Hot lake cold Budapest

*Image: Hot lake in cold Budapest. Photo by Aloa.

If you are planning to visit Budapest during the winter, you can start preparing your luggage according to the activities you are planning to do while there. Hungary, in the middle of Europe, is a great place to visit at any time of the year, but if you are into winter and winter sports you will love to know that the city of Budapest has a wide range of activities waiting for you.

When doing your packing list, remember the following:


Hungary has harsh winters with average temperatures going between 2 and minus 10 degrees (Celsius) and with plenty of snow even in the inner city. When packing, it is very important you don’t forget warm clothes like large jumpers, trousers, ski socks, hats, scarves, winter coats and snow boots or waterproof shoes. As precipitation in the form of slush and snow is not uncommon in the city, wellies, raincoats, ski jackets and even an umbrella will also be handy.

>> Read this article about what to pack for a trip to the snow

Sport gear

Budapest has a wide range of winter activities for both locals and visitors. The Buda hills are perfect for urban boarding but if you prefer skiing, you can also go to some smaller ski resorts around the country from Budapest. If you have your own equipment, you can pack it but take into account you will also be able to rent it for a reasonable price once there.

Ice skating is also one of the best winter activities you can do in Budapest as the city has Europe’s largest ice skating rink in the picturesque surroundings of the City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle and Hero’s Square. Once again, if you have your own ice skating equipment you can bring it along with you, although you can also rent it there.

Spa gear

Even when visiting Budapest in winter you can’t forget the swim suit, towels and flip flops. Being one of the great spa cities of Europe, Budapest has many spa options, from five stars wellness hotels to 19th Century bath houses. No doubt is a great way to relax after a freezing day of winter sports. If you don’t want to pack heavy just bring your swim suit and buy the rest or rent it at the spa.

>> Read the post on what 3 things you can’t forget for Budapest


While visiting Budapest in winter, you can also take advantage of their wide opera program at their famous Hungarian State Opera House. Founded in 1884 is one of the great emblematic buildings of European opera and one with the best acoustics in the world. If you like opera, you can attend one of the many performances they host during the season from just 2€ to 100€ depending on the seats. You just have to take a smart outfit to dress up a little bit on the night you go there. Also remember to take a pair of smart shoes and some make-up.

Budapest opera
The opera in Budapest. Photo by noemigalera

Last tip!

Don’t forget to always bring your passport with you. Identification is always necessary, especially when you travel abroad, but in Budapest is also essential when renting cars, renting sports equipment or booking Budapest apartment accommodation. So if you don’t want to have problems, have it in your bag all the time and enjoy the city!

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