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Travel Tip Thursday – Tips for your vacation to Budapest
Are you traveling to Budapest and want some tips to visit the “City of Spas”? Here are my recommendations about how to transform your vacation to Budapest into the greatest one.
Discover the differences between Buda and Pest
In ancient times, Budapest was actually two divided cities by the Danube River. However, even today when the city is the capital of Hungary, Buda and Pest seem to have different personalities.
You can rent a bicycle to get around faster and efficiently. Once you explore it step by step, you will discover that the Pest part is more modern, expanded and unusual, while the Buda side looks more traditional and bizarre. Make sure not to miss both sides of the river, because they are equally impressive.
Baths are essential
Once you get to Budapest, you can’t miss a few hours spent at one of the capital’s thermal baths. Budapest is well-known as the “City of Spas”. The most popular are Gellert and Széchenyi Thermal Bath. The first one is located on the Buda side and the second one on the Pest side.
A full day ticket at the Gellert Spa costs only 21 euro and a full day ticket with cabin usage at Széchenyi Thermal Bath costs around 19 euro.
Budapest is built on the natural thermal springs. It’s recognized as the only place in the world where the spa’s baths have healing properties. Also, it’s the second destination in the world after Iceland with the largest amount of thermal water per capita. The temperature in the pools fluctuates between 70o and 120o fahrenheit.
Take a ride on the Danube
There are numerous cruise and bus tours organized along the Danube River. For a better experience, I recommend you to admire the city located on the nine bridges from the water.
For example, for just $45 per adult you will have included a hotel pick-up, 3 hours of a guided bus tour, walking tour in Buda Castle District, 1-hour sightseeing cruise with a guide, 1 free drink on cruise and UNESCO World Heritage sights in the city of Budapest.
If you buy a Big Bus Tours ticket, you will benefit from a free walking tour on the Danube River provided by the same company.
Hold your money in HUF (forints)
Even if Hungary is a member of the European Union, the country hasn’t yet adopted Euro as the official currency. Sometimes, you can be tricked by merchants while they are trying to equate the prices.
Also, there are numerous restaurants that do not accept debit or credit cards, so make sure you have some cash.
Budapest is a spectacular city. It holds the best records in terms of SPA facilities. Take your time and explore it step by step. Make sure you are staying more than 1 day in the city, in case you want to discover all the attractions.
Read about our Budapest trip here.
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