This is my last Budapest post! *sob*
We spent our final day on the Buda side of the river.
Buda lies west of the Danube. It’s the quieter and more residential side of the city but still contains some big tourist draws such as Buda Castle, the Citadella and our specific destination, the Gellért Thermal Baths.
Before that though, we nipped to the market one final time to grab some food.
We sat near the liberty bridge to eat our lunch and try to keep the pigeons at bay, whilst looking over at where we would be heading for the day.
Budapest’s Gellért Spa is is one of the most famous thermal spa baths in Europe. The Art Nouveau building is incredible and the eight thermal pools range in temperature from 26°C to 38°C, the water is good for pain in the joints, arthritis and blood circulation.
I didn’t take any pictures inside the bath areas, or at the incredible outdoor pool as it felt a bit uncomfortable taking pictures of random half naked people. You need to google image what they look like though. I’ll let the entryway and little cafe inside the building speak for themselves..
Being British, we, of course, went for the hottest baths.. and it was hot, lovely but HOT. The whole place was so relaxing and beautiful, if you are in Budapest try and set aside a full day to spend there, you won’t regret it.
After a good long soak, a few swims and a sunbathe (for my mom, I’m as pale as a ghost so happily read my kindle in the shade), we had a quick wander around Buda before heading back to Pest for dinner. From the little we saw, Buda is beautiful and definitely somewhere I will spend more time exploring on my next visit to Budapest.
We stopped by our apartment for a quick shower and change before strolling down to the town square for some live music and street food.
We stopped to pick up a bottle of bubbly and took our seats in front of a little wooden bandstand. We thought it was probably about time we upgraded from drinking from the bottle, so we really pushed the boat out and went for.. champagne in plastic cups!
It’s all about being classy when you travel with us two!
We collected food from a couple of different stalls, grabbed a some of glasses of sangria once the champagne ran out and took in the sights of the setting sun behind the beautiful buildings and the sounds of travelers from all over the world chatting in every language imaginable before the music started.
Dave and Chocolate (you can’t really get a better name) played everything from The Animals to Bob Marley to Oasis and got the full crowds singing along all night. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend our final evening in Budapest.
Until next time Hungary… köszönöm és viszontlátásra.