Wanderlust and Winter Markets: Budapest, Munich, Prague, and Vienna

Your Perfect Winter Escape in Europe with K+K Hotels 

A happy couple taking a selfie in front of the famous liberty bridge during summer in Budapest in Hungary

Europe’s winter season is a true wonderland, offering a blend of snowy landscapes, festive markets, and cosy atmospheres that beckon travellers from all over the world. If you’ve ever dreamt of wandering through the picturesque winter markets of Budapest, Munich, Prague, or Vienna, K+K Hotels invites you to discover the magic with their Winter Escape. 

Exploring the Winter Markets: 

The winter markets in Budapest, Munich, Prague, and Vienna are a quintessential part of the holiday season. As you venture through these enchanting markets: 


Vörösmarty Square’s Christmas Market, opening from 17 November 2023 to 1 January 2024, is a visual delight, with a spectacular holiday light display, artisan crafts, and the renowned Hungarian chimney cake, Kürtőskalács. This market captures the essence of Hungarian holiday traditions, and you can sample an array of local delicacies while enjoying live music and dance performances. 

Vörösmarty Square is only a short 15-minute walk from K+K Hotel Opera, Budapest. 



Marienplatz hosts the Christkindlmarkt, from 27 November to 24 December 2023, where you can relish in the aroma of roasted chestnuts, explore charming wooden stalls, and be captivated by the iconic Christmas market angels. The atmosphere is jovial, with traditional Bavarian music and numerous food and beverage stalls. 

You can take the U-Bahn Line U6 from K+K Hotel am Harras, Munich to Marienplatz, and the journey typically takes around 10-15 minutes. 

Hamburg townhall and Alster river at spring


The Old Town Square becomes a holiday spectacle with beautifully decorated stalls, a towering Christmas tree, and the sweet scent of Trdelník wafting through the air between 2 December 2023 and 6 January 2024. The square transforms into a whimsical Christmas village, complete with the joyful sounds of carollers and the warmth of open fires. 

The Prague Christmas markets are in 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from K+K Hotel Central and K+K Hotel Fenix. 

London. United Kingdom. Circa August 2017. Palm garden in a greenhouse in Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.


The Rathausplatz’s  Christkindlmarkt in front of City Hall is a masterpiece of Christmas spirit, offering a vast ice-skating rink, an extensive arts and crafts market, and a truly magical atmosphere between 10 November and 26 December 2023. The Vienna Christmas Market is known for its stunning holiday decorations and the world-famous Christkindl angel, who opens the market each year. 

Rathausplatz is only 15 to 20 minutes’ walk from K+K Hotel Maria Theresia and K+K Palais Hotel in Vienna. 

’tis the season to indulge in the festive spirit and immerse yourself in these magical winter destinations. But before you go, let’s talk about the weather, the abundance of activities, and where to find the perfect holiday gifts in these enchanting cities. 

Winter in Central Europe brings a blanket of snow, creating a serene and festive atmosphere. The temperatures vary, so it’s essential to prepare accordingly:  

Budapest: Expect temperatures between -1°C to 4°C (30°F to 39°F), making it a chilly yet beautiful winter destination. 

Munich: Munich’s winter ranges from -3°C to 3°C (27°F to 37°F), so dress warmly for your outdoor adventures. 

Prague: December temperatures typically range from -3°C to 2°C (27°F to 36°F), so be sure to bundle up in warm clothing. 

Vienna: Vienna experiences a milder winter with temperatures around 0°C to 4°C (32°F to 39°F). Layering is recommended. 


Beyond the winter markets, each of these cities offers unique winter activities:  

Budapest: Warm up in the thermal baths of Budapest, such as Széchenyi or Gellért. Take a cruise along the Danube River for stunning views of the city lights. The city’s rich history is beautifully illuminated during the winter nights.  

Munich: Delve into Bavarian culture by visiting the Nymphenburg Palace, taking a day trip to the Neuschwanstein Castle, or enjoying traditional German fare at a cosy beer hall. Munich’s art galleries and cultural events are also worth exploring.

Prague: Embrace the snowy charm of Prague by taking a stroll along the Charles Bridge, visiting the Prague Castle, and enjoying a warm cup of mulled wine at the markets. Don’t forget to explore the city’s historic streets and landmarks, which come alive in the winter. 

Vienna: Explore the world-class museums, like the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Albertina. The Belvedere Palace, with its stunning gardens, is a sight to behold. And, of course, attend a classical concert or opera performance in the city of Mozart.  

In these cities, Christmas shopping is an experience in itself. For the perfect gifts, explore:  

Budapest: Shop for Hungarian porcelain, paprika, and hand-embroidered textiles. Váci Street, Andrassy Avenue, and the Great Market Hall offer a diverse shopping experience.

Munich: The Viktualienmarkt is a great place to find gourmet treats. Explore Munich’s boutiques and stores along Kaufingerstrasse and Maximilianstrasse for high-end shopping.

Prague: Seek out local handicrafts and Bohemian crystal at the markets. Wenceslas Square and Na Příkopě Street also feature many shops with unique items.  

Vienna: Visit the charming boutiques in the city centre and explore the shops along Kärntner Strasse. You’ll find exquisite, handcrafted gifts and Viennese delights at the Christmas markets.  

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of European winters. To plan your unforgettable winter adventure, visit K+K Hotels and make your reservations today!  

Embrace the magic of the season, indulge in traditional delights, and create cherished memories with K+K Hotels’ Winter Escape. Your captivating winter getaway awaits!