Day 3 & 4: Sightseeing and Medicinal Baths… Budapest, Hungary

After relocating to our new hostel The 11th Hour Cinema Hostel (which is awesome by the way) we got to finally seeing the sights and sounds of Budapest. We walked for miles. Up hills, up steps, down hills, down steps, over bridges, in roads and everywhere in between. The next day, we gave ourselves the day off and relaxed for over 3 hours in a public medicinal spa.

Day 3
First we visited the Fisherman’s Bastion, where the seven turrets, erected in 1905, represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the area. That area now known as Hungary.

Fisherman’s Bastion from the right

Fisherman’s Bastion from the left

The views over Pest from Fisherman’s Bastion
The Parliament Building in the top left

You can actually get lunch up here over looking The Danube. For 11 euros you can have a two course meal of goulash soup, baked leg of chicken and also a soft drink and a coffee. It was a reasonable price to pay for the view and the live string music but we had sammiches with us.

A short walk from the Bastion is the palace and Buda Castle. There was a changing of the guards at 2PM but we missed it. Outside the palace you can practise your archery for HUF500. Coming back down from Buda Castle we found a very cute hill tram that will take you up and down the hill if you struggle to walk (which I do). I didn’t get on it though, the views were better from outside the glass box.

The hill tram
View of Chain Bridge

We walked back across the landmark Chain Bridge. Apparently, the architect was so proud of his work in designing and building the bridge that he challenged everyone to find a flaw with it. It turned out that the stone lions guarding the bridge had no tongues. The architect committed suicide.

The view from Chain Bridge of the Parliament Building

Day 4
We managed to get up quite early that day. We went downstairs to abuse the free tea and coffee and it wasn’t long before we were elbows deep in the new episode of Game of Thrones. Once we had had our minds suitably blown we ventured out to Tesco Express (yes, really) for fresh pastries and to find the Szechenyi Baths.

I made the mistake of wearing flip flops. 5 miles later, at the end of the day, my feet looked like this. WARNING: THIS IS NOT PRETTY.

That’s what flip flops do

However, despite the pain I put myself through, the baths were definitely worth visiting. For HUF8200 for the two of us, we had all day access to the baths and all it’s healing powers. There were pools, EVERYWHERE.

IT WAS AWESOME!

The Szechenyi Baths is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. The water is supplied by two thermal springs containing elements such as sulphate, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, flouride and metaboric acid. Perfect for achy legs after long days of sightseeing.

If you’re visiting Szechenyi Baths you will probably encounter Heroes Square and Andrassy Avenue. Andrassy Avenue is a UNESCO Heritage Site, but other than that and maybe The House of Terror, there wasn’t much there for us to get excited about. Heroes Square however, was the perfect place to take pictures of strangers… and ourselves.

Heroes Square

We returned home quite late after shopping for food staples that would see us through until we left The 11th Hour Cinema Hostel. We had, yet another, early night. What have we become?

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