30 Apr, 2009

Budapest, an Unusual Mix of Two Cities Joined as One


A day in Budapest could be started at one of the many coffeehouses. A coffeehouse is a very good place to experience the local coffee and a pastry. Turkish bath’s and health spa’s are located all over the city. Most offer steam baths, saunas, massage services and other health related services. Baths are built around the many hot springs and thermal pools. Turkish baths are even party places on weekends. Traditional public baths such as Gellert and Szechenyi are wonderful places to experience authentic bathing with the locals.

The Royal Palace on Castle Hill is now holds three museums and National Szechenyi Library. It is a royal palace that was never lived in by the Hungarian Royal family. The original palace was destroyed in 1686. The current palace was built 1715 and then, added onto and changed over the years. It was reconstructed in 1904 only to be damaged during WWII and never repaired yet again.

Cave walking is an unusual but healthy experience. The Szemlohegy cave, under Buda Hills, is used as a medicinal cave. The air in the cave is humid and 12 degrees Centigrade. It seems to help heal respiratory organs, or at least, help them. Szemlohegy cave has unusual peastone formations that glitter. Peastones form where hot springs run through limestone rock.

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. It is actually the joining of two cities. Buda on the west band and Pest on the east bank of the Danube River combine to make Budapest the city it is. The history of starting out as a Roman town in 89 AD can easily be seen at the Aquincum open-air museum. The remains of amphitheatre can be seen, and the size only marvelled at. Excavations started in 1881 and the museum was created in 1894 and is still going strong, as is Budapest.


Budapest - Buda Castle Quarter

Buda Castle Quarter

Budapest - The Hungarian State Opera House

The Hungarian State Opera House

Budapest - Hungarian Parliament Building

Hungarian Parliament Building

Budapest - Nyugati Railway Station

Nyugati Railway Station

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