Budapest Travel Blog

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Traveling around in the “Spa capital of the world” has been truly enjoyable. There is so much to see and experience. I loved the spa/bath culture in this city. Not only are they relaxing but also help alleviate certain medical ailments. My favourite baths are the Turkish ones, the Gellert Hotel, and the Szechenyi ones. All are very unique and offer great décor.
The Szechenyi Furdo (Bath) is the largest of its kind in Europe. The city also boasts the largest synagogue in Europe and the third largest parliament building in the world. To get to Szechenyi Furdo I took the oldest Metro line on continental Europe to Heroe’s Square. The square commemorates the 1,000 anniversary of the Magyars arriving in present day Hungary. On both sides of the square are two museums – the Fine Arts Museum and the Palace of Arts. Beyond the square is the City Park and Vajdahunyad Castle (worth checking out). It is through the City Park that one finds the Szechenyi Medicinal Baths.


After relaxing in the many, MANY different pools, steam rooms, and saunas I went to the parliament building. Built in a neo-gothic style, it is very impressive and imposing. Make sure to check out the inside as well as it is even more beautiful on the inside and the Hungarian Crown Jewels are also to be found inside. Not too far from the parliament is the beautiful Saint Stephen’s Basilica, where the Holy Right Hand of the founder of Hungary, King Saint Stephen is on display.

All of the above are located on the Pest side of the city. The most beautiful and historic part of the city however is located on the Buda side of the Danube, more specifically on the Castle Hill. It is here where you will find the former Royal Palace. Nowadays it houses two impressive museums. You will also find 700-year-old Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion, from which you have a stunning panoramic view of the city. The views of the city are especially beautiful and romantic at night time when all the major sites are lit up…it is for this reason that the city is often referred to as the “Pearl of the Danube.”


The second day I spent in the city I visited Margitsziget, an 2.5 km island in the middle of the Danube. The island is an oasis where tourists and locales alike get away from the hustle and bustle of the large metropolitan city. Most people come here to enjoy the swimming pools, biking trails and to picnic. Medicinal spas and thermal baths can also be found on the island.
In the evening I went to do some shopping  on the pedestrian street of Vaci utca. At the end of the street there is Vorosmarty square where one can find the famous Gerbaud Pastry House where you can eat delicious pastries in a beautiful turn-of-the-century setting.


The city of Budapest was amazing. Although more tourists are beginning to discover the city it still isn’t as touristy as many other European cities and thus maintains a certain amount of charm and authenticity that many other cities have lost.


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