Budapest

Wow, I just love this city! I love everything about it. You can read about my first opinion from 2014 in here: https://snobhotel.com/2014/09/07/budapest/.

We stayed here: Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection *****

This year I still loved it! But now I have something new to write about it, this time we actually visited Széchenyi Medicinal Bath (http://www.szechenyibath.hu). What is this place? Well Wikipedia has this to say:

The Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Its water is supplied by two thermal springs, their temperature is 74 °C (165 °F) and 77 °C (171 °F), respectively.

Components of the thermal water include sulphate, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate and a significant amount of fluoride acid and metaboric acid. Medical indications are on degenerative joint illnesses, chronic and sub-acute joint inflammations, as well as orthopaedic and traumatological post-treatments.

The bath, located in the City Park, was built in Neo-baroque style to the design of Győző Czigler. The pool construction cost approximately 3.9 million Austro-Hungarian korona. The built-up area was 6,220 square metres (67,000 sq ft). The attendance of spa was in excess of 200,000 people in 1913. This number increased to 890,507 by 1919. At that time it had private baths, separate men and women steam-bath sections, and different men / women “public baths”. The complex was expanded in 1927 to its current size, with 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools. It is now possible for both sexes to visit the main swimming and thermal sections.

After the expansion, the thermal artesian well could not supply the larger volume of water needed, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal spring was found in 1938 at a depth of 1,256 metres (4,121 ft), with a temperature of 77 °C (171 °F). It supplies 6,000,000 litres (1,600,000 US gal) of hot water daily. Between 1999 and 2009 the full reformation of the Széchenyi thermal bath took place within the confines of a blanket reconstruction.

My opinion was that it was soooooo crowded, so many people and a bit dated. We had the opportunity to take cheaper tickets or the expensive ones. The expensive one (45 euros per person) consisted of towels, bath robes, cabana (which actually meant that I could change my clothes at this really small cabin and then I could leave my stuff there too), entrance to the pools and saunas and to this VIP area, where there were WIFI, free fruits, water, tea, private area to relax and also some terraces. It was actually fine in the sense that we basically spent our time there, because the pools and saunas were overcrowded and it felt a bit dirty. Outside was better, but still overcrowded, the bar had this huge queue. 😀 In conclusion, I am really happy I went there, but I’d never go back there, maybe some day, to show my children this place, because it is really historical and I love historical places.

Some historical picures? 🙂 Well there you go:

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So some of the pictures that I made:

We also saw around the Budapest, there is this really sad place to see as well, from Wikipedia:

The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial in Budapest, Hungary. Conceived by film director Can Togay, he created it on the east bank of the Danube River with sculptor Gyula Pauer to honor the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank.

So just to show you the beauty, being the city of Budapest, and the sadness, that it reminded there every single day, I’ll post that picture:

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But there are places that are not so sad as well, so please see around Budapest and try to see the history and the atmosphere of the city itself:

In addition, some really great restaurants to visit, the order is just random:

  • St. Andrea – Wine and Gourmet Bar – I loved this place, the food was amazing and the service was even better. The atmosphere of that place was quite modern and at the same time cosy. They know their wine and the service was amazingly attentive and professional. I was so glad my sister found this place (she looked it up through the Internet). More information here: http://standreaborbar.hu/#
  • Aurum Bistro – this was the place we went to have drinks after dinner, it is near the Basilica, nice service and not that expensive. More information here: http://aurumbistro.hu/?page_id=159
  • Kollazs Brasserie and bar – this is the place we didn’t go, but we definitely should have! It’s the brasserie in the Four Seasons hotel and it seemed so cosy. The prices were not that expensive either. More information here: http://kollazs.hu
  • Rezkakas Bistro – our limousine service from the hotel took us there. By the way, he was amazing, we chose another restaurant at first, but he told that we should have a reservation, which we of course did not have, so he quickly searched us this place and because of his connections he could get us a table in a matter of minutes. So we highly recommend the restaurant and Boscolo hotel’s limousine service!!! The restaurant was great, very elegant and inside there was live music as well. Loved it.

This time that was it for Budapest, so we moved on again. 🙂

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