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BUDAPEST THERMAL BATHS, CASTLE VAJDAHUNYAD

Budapest Thermal BathsTHERMAL BATHS

All over Hungary, there are thermal springs. Budapest has over 100 thermal springs, gushing from the earth’s interior. Not only of varying temperatures, these springs have excellent mineral properties and have therapeutic value for certain complaints such as arthritis,

The Hungarians take their baths seriously and regularly visit one. This practice was started by the Romans, enhanced by the Turks and continued on during the Habsburg days

The largest and most popular baths with Budapest citizens is the Szechenyi Baths in City Park (see below). It has nine pools, some indoors some outdoors, and with a range of temperatures.

One of the most famous baths is the Gellert Baths accessible from the side of the Gellert Hotel. These baths are maintained at a constant temperature of 44 degrees. You can also have other services at these baths such as massage, ultrasound treatments etc.

There is also the Rudas Baths, originally built by the Turks in the mid 16th Century as were the Kiraly Baths. The Baths in the Hotel on Margaret Island are in a very modern setting.

In most bathhouses you must wear a bathing suit but bathing suits and towels can be rented out at the public baths.

CASTLE OF VAJDAHUNYAD AND CITY PARK

City Park is off Heroes’ Square at the top of Andrassy Street. Nearby to Heroes’ Square is the Castle of Vajdahunyad. This strange complex of buildings has a touch of the fairytale Castle to it. It was specially created for the 1896 Millenary Celebrations. Originally it was intended as a temporary structure but it was so popular it was rebuilt in stronger materials.
Each part of the Castle is copied from other famous and historical Hungarian Castle and Towers.

Make sure to see the Statue of the Anonymous – who passed on details of the Middle ages – it is an unusual statue, shrouded in a cloak and hood.

The surrounding area includes the City Park, Szechenyi Baths with the huge pool at the back of the Baths – a swimming pool in the summer, an enormous ice skating rink in the winter (it is currently under renovation (October 2004) but is expected to reopen for winter 2004).

City Park also houses the Budapest Zoo, an Amusement Park and the Municipal Circus.

BUDAPEST TOP 10 SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTIONS– The sights below are “must do’s” on any visit to Budapest. After you’ve been, you’ll have your own list. Budapest has a wide range of important sightseeing options but many people go without a pre-prepared list of what they want to see – this is wise because around every corner in Budapest is something likely to appeal to someone. Another point about sightseeing in Budapest is that many people don’t have a mental picture of the magnificent buildings such as the Budapest Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace in Budapest, etc – despite the fact they are stunning.

1. Spend some time on Castle Hill, Buda Castle, Royal Palace, Obuda
2. Go to the Budapest Citadella and The Freedom Monument
3. Walk up Andrassy Street to Heroes Square
4. Grab a bit of Culture in BudapestOpera, Concert, Folk Music, etc
5. Look at the wide Danube River and cross over the Chain Bridge
6. Take a trip to somewhere outside Budapest – Danube Bend, Visegrad,
Esztergom, Cruise on the Danube, Szentendre (St Andrew) etc
7. Soothe your aches in a Thermal Bath, visit Vajdahunyad Castle and
City Park (Varosliget)
8. Go on a trip to Statue’s Park
9. Visit some Churches, the Great Jewish Synagogue, St Stephen’s
Basilica, St Matthias Church
10. Admire the Houses of Parliament but make sure to take a tour of the
interior

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