Summer in the City

Experience how comfortable it is living in Budapest, by knowing the past through experiencing the present. Having lunch in Rómaifürdő on the Danube after kayaking, spending the afternoon on Margaret Island on bike and getting know its history, dining in Városliget after a really nice and refreshing walk.

Budapest has many open-air baths and swimming pools to refresh yourself.

 

Budapest SPA Capital

 

Budapest has a fairly unique quality, being among the very few large cities in the world that is rich in thermal water - so it is also called the city of spas, and has been a well known balneological center since the 1930s.

Visitors can choose from a wide range of local thermal springs, where many different treatments and wellness services are available.

Budapest is a spa capital, and loyal to its name there are many types of spas from historic Turkish and roman to medical and party spas. More than 12 baths and strands to choose from.

Hungarian water is not just for splashing – it can be soothing too. The country is blessed with an abundance of natural thermal springs, which emerge at a temperature of 86°F/30°C and are full of salts and minerals.

Hungarian springs have supported a bathing culture dating back to Roman times. Whether you're after relaxation, refreshment, rejuvenation or recovery, Hungary will not fail to meet your needs. Many towns have thermal baths of some sort, providing not only the chance to soak away those aches but also to take advantage of massages, saunas and perhaps more advanced treatments such as pearl baths and Kneipp treatments. The water can be used to ease specific medical complaints (including muscular, arthritic, gynecological and skin conditions) or simply to pamper the body, to be subscribed by your doctors if you have a health insurance card. In addition to the public baths, over 50 spa hotels have been constructed, allowing guests to tailor their holidays around the beneficial effects of the springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rudas Bath

 

What makes being Hungarian is very appealing is that we can have SPA treatments prescribed by the doctor.

The Rudas Thermal Bath was established in 1566 during the time of the Ottoman occupation is the typical Turkish bath that will make you go back again and again.

Its central part includes an octagonal pool covered by a 10-meter diameter dome.

At the end of the 19th century, a therapeutic swimming facility and a sauna were added. The bath also has a daytime outpatient hospital with a complex physiotherapeutic section, as well as a drinking hall, offering drinking cures from three water springs: Hungária, Attila and Juventus.

On weekdays it is man only with the exception of Tuesday when it is for ladies only. The weekend is mixed. Rudas is our favorite bats in Budapest.

 

Margaret Island tour

 

The Knights of St. John settled on the island in the 12th century. Among the present historical monuments of the island are the 13th-century ruins of a Franciscan church and a Dominican church and convent, as well as a Premonstratensian church from the 12th century. Members of the Augustinian order also lived on the island. Named after King Béla the 4th’s daughter Margit, the island was dominated by nunneries, churches, cloisters, and rabbits until the 16th century. During the Ottoman wars, the monks and nuns fled and the buildings were destroyed. In the 18th century, it was chosen to be the resort of Palatines. It was declared a public garden in 1908.

Everyone is surprised by the significance of Margit Island in Hungarian history. Bike with us on this long time Royal park, leave yourself to its history, imagine her noble buildings, majestic allées and of the Lords of the island, human or rabbit. The island, which for centuries was only for gentleman and gentlewoman, today it is a place to relax for everyone. Let’s enjoy it!

 

Városliget tour

 

City Park is the largest park in Budapest. The first trees and walkways were established here in 1751 and it is the Worlds first public park open to everyone Since 1810. In the first decades of the 19th century, a park was created. In 1896 the Hungarian Millennium Celebrations took place here, leaving many attractions behind.

Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest zoos on Earth. Here the hypo has thermal water, just like everyone else in the neighboring Széchenyi bath. After a relaxing bath dinner in Gundel restaurant is just a treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budapest Zoo

 

The Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest in the world with its almost 150 years of history. The first idea of the foundation dates back to 1820-30s but the 1848-49 Revolution and War of Independence and the era of Oppression did not favor the idea of founding a zoo in Hungary. Finally, the initiation of a group of patriots took form in 1866 and the first Hungarian Zoo opened its gates to the sound of the midday bell on August 9th.

Besides Hungarian species, the zoo housed several rare species of monkeys, lemurs, parrots, camels, kangaroos, and other special animals. It had neither lions nor tigers or elephants at that time. The first giraffe arrived two years after the opening in 1868. It was donated to the Zoo by Queen Elizabeth's intervention.

The zoo was almost entirely destroyed in the Second World War: none of the animal houses remained intact with only 15 surviving animals from 2000 specimen after the siege of Budapest.

The hippopotamus is very lucky to get a perfect thermal bath every day, the water is almost identical to the river Nyle, which makes it even nicer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Széchenyi Bath in the City Park

 

Széchenyi Baths built in 1913 and enlarged in 1926 is the most visited and much-praised attraction in Budapest: relaxing, fun, affordable and, at night, romantic. In addition to the marvelous medicinal natural hot spring waters in the 18 pools, there are 10 saunas/steam cabins, several massage therapies, facial treatments, and more. Szechenyi Spa Baths are in the biggest green park of Budapest, in the City Park, close to a bunch of Budapest attractions. The  Neo-baroque palace was specifically built for hosting Szechenyi Baths as Hungary has been the country of baths (and Budapest the City of Baths) for many centuries: starting with the Roman settlers who built the first spa baths, through the 16th century Turkish occupiers who built many of the famous and revived Turkish baths in Budapest to the 19-20th century natural medical trends that promote aqua therapies and their deeply beneficial effects. The beautiful building of the spa baths was started to build Széchenyi Bath in May 1909.

Enjoy your time in Budapest in Szechenyi Spa Baths, in a beautiful, richly decorated palace. The perfect place to chill out, to get to know locals, make business deals and fall in love.

 

Buda Hills and the Pilis

 

One of the easiest escapes from the very lively capital that Budapest is. Hiking on Hármashatár-hegy in Buda provides you with a beautiful view and clean air. It has a protected wild mini iris that is flowering in springtime.

You can visit the Pálvölgyi cave in hot summer days, having a nice lunch in Fenyőgyöngye Restaurant, going on the old pioneer's train, or hiking on János-hegy to the Elisabeth tower or Csillebérc.

In the Pilis you'll be amazed by the silence in Dobogókő, but it is very easy to get to Visegrád or Szentendre as well.

 

Orczy Garden and Füvészkert Botanical Garden

 

If you feel like leaving the urban jungle behind for a day spent with climbing trees and sky-high poles, hanging on ropes and balancing on planks, just take the metro to the latest adventure park in Budapest, in Orczy Garden. The little ones can find their obstacles on the ground, and the older the kids are the higher they can climb on the ropes and ladders. And if you’re only after some extra adrenaline rush, whoosh down for it from the 10-meter-high canopy.

Fűvészkert, the oldest botanical garden in Hungary, is also nearby.

 

Fűvészkert is the oldest botanical garden in Hungary. Eötvös Loránd University's Faculty of Medicine established the garden in 1771. Its location was changed several times since the 18th century and the present site was purchased in 1847.

If you are zealous about cactus shows, orchid days or botanical clubs, this magnificent garden is your place to be. Here, you’ll find the largest water lilies in town capable of bearing the weight of an adult woman. 

The story of Füvészkert arches back to the 1700s; in its heyday, it was home to more

than 12,000 plant species. The garden was also an important location in the world-famous Hungarian novel “Paul Street Boys” by Ferenc Molnár.

Füvészkert, still managed by the university, has over 200 endangered plants, including 150-year-old ginkgo trees, a palm house with tropical and subtropical plants and a Japanese garden, which hosts a cherry blossom festival every April.

 

Kopaszi Dam & Park

 

The Birth of the Peninsula After the great flood of 1838, the area of Lágymányosi Bay began to transform. Gellért Hill is a historic hillside in Budapest. To its south, the shore that accommodates some of the city’s main transportation lines was built, giving birth to Lágymányosi from the Danube River. Around 1870, a dam was erected at the narrow peninsula and named “Kopaszi Dam”.

Nowadays you can rent all sorts of boats, having a nice walk, dining here is a treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Óbuda and Rómaifürdő

 

The district of Óbuda, up the river bank to the north, is the oldest part of Budapest, though that’s hardly the impression given by the factories and high-rises that dominate the area today, hiding such ancient ruins as remain. Nonetheless, it was here that the Romans built a legionary camp and a civilian town known by the name Aquincum, later taken over by the Huns. This developed into an important town under the Hungarian Árpád dynasty. With the growth of Buda the original settlement became known as Óbuda (Old Buda) and was incorporated into the newly formed Budapest in 1873. Aquincum ruins lie further north, in the Rómaifürdő district, they revived many Roman customs like the Flower festival in springtime.

Rowing or kayaking is very easy, if you want to have a bit you will enjoy your food just like a local.

Óbuda has many museums, one of the most interesting is the Vasarely Museum, dedicated to the father of op-art, the Hungarian born Victor Vasarely.