Bars and spas of Budapest

Liberty monument Budapest, Hungary
Liberty monument

When it comes to city views, Budapest offers more than most, with countless classical Baroque spires, the domes of the basilica and the colossal parliament building all on the Pest side alone. On the other side of the river stands Buda, high above the city with its magnificent palace and Castle Hill looking down across the city. Dissecting all of this is the Danube itself, cutting a wide silver swathe between the two. It’s a spectacular city, although a little hidden by mist today.

Fisherman’s bastion, Budapest
Fisherman’s bastion

Actually the royal palace really did always look across the city, having been originally constructed to enable the city rulers to keep the populace at bay and quell any thoughts of uprising and revolt.

Budapest’s other historical attraction and claim to fame are of course its hot water spas, there are several giant versions of varying character around the city. We visited the largest of them today, Széchenyi, and enjoyed the unusual experience of bathing outdoors with a water temperature of 29 and an air temperature of 5 degrees, and wallowing indoors in waters up to 38 degrees. The indulgent massage we experienced afterwards was pretty good, too.

Széchenyi Spa Budapest, Hungary

These days, Budapest is equally renowned for its status as a stag destination, and even on a cold Sunday night in February the bars of the Jewish quarter are again busy with revellers. Drinkers on tour. Like us.