Spending a long weekend in Budapest is just enough to see the major sights, but if you want to visit a few museums, I think you have to make some choices (or to spend more time over there !). After visiting the town, Buda Castle District and Gellért Hill, we deserved to chill out and relax a bit !
It is said that Budapest has more thermal and medicinal water springs than any other capital city in the world… with its 118 springs all over the town, no wonder why. Most of them are private, but there are more or less 15 public spas where you can enjoy different baths, with temperatures ranging between 21 and 78°C.
We chose to try Szécheny Bath, despite being the most popular one (it is the largest medicinal bath in Europe), mainly because of its architecture and colourful design. It has 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools. Nonetheless, I have to admit that it was a bad choice.
Despite the impressive building (I took the pictures with my phone, I didn’t dare taking my SLR over there), I wasn’t too impress by the obvious lack of hygiene from most of the tourists. Showers are compulsory, but I’ve seen several people skipping them. Almost all visitors do NOT follow the hygiene guidelines displayed everywhere in the place. People with shoes and without can take the same paths… I let you picture the disaster.
I was in the 38°C inside pool, and all I could think of was bacteria, bacteria and more bacteria. I couldn’t even relax. I was crossing my fingers not to get any skin infections or other horrible stuff (ok, maybe I was a bit paranoid, but if you had seen what I saw…)
So, if I had to do it again, I would only go there for sightseeing, take pictures the exterior, because it is truly beautiful but I would go to a quieter and better maintained place to enjoy a relaxing soak. You are warned ! :-)
I’m leaving for London tomorrow, I’m quite excited even if it’s for work, I’m sure I’ll be able to sneak in one visit or two :-)