1000 year old history
My favorite places are the thermal baths in Budapest. It is all natural hot spring water coming from deep underground. These baths normally offer a variety of spa services as well like massage, pedicure, medical consultation, etc. Make sure you don’t stay too long in the hot tubs 20 minutes maximum in each tub. It makes you really tired. Sometimes to a point where you can’t even stand up. This thermal water is very good for your nerves, skin, muscles, stomach, etc.
Please don’t drink from the pool. There are places where they serve the thermal water in glasses, warm. It is weird firs to drink warm water but it is truly good for you. Thermal baths in Budapest: Gellért, Lukács, Rudas, Széchenyi, Király, Palatinusz, and there are many more to list.
You must visit the Halász Bástya, Mátyás Templom, Buda Vára, Take a boat trip on the Danube (Duna) river which divides Budapest to Buda and Pest. Have a nice walk on Margit Sziget (Margaret Island) That’s where Palatinusz is found.
. My fondest memory is walking on the streets of Budapest and seeing lots of people. The city is alive and the people are beautiful.
Keep your eyes open when wandering through the streets of Budapest. There are many known and unknown architectural sights.
The Castle District in Buda offers buildings with medieval atmosphere. An example for the Neo-Renaissance style is the Opera at Andrassy utca 22.
Another amazing building is the former Post Office Savings Bank with its colorful tiled roof. This Hungarian Art Nouveau style building can be found in Hold utca 4.
The Maygar Language
The Hungarian name for the language is Magyar. It is considered to be one of the most difficult languages for speakers of English to learn. I wasn't comfortable with trying to read or speak the language. Thank God we had our friend to translate for us.
HUNGARIAN FOLK ART Hungary has...
HUNGARIAN FOLK ART Hungary has some of the nicest folkart! Beautiful embroidered linen and clothing,painted eggs,wooden toys and ceramics. The ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM has a beautiful collection of folk costumes representing the various nationalities and regions in Hungary For more about this museum
For pictures of some beautiful Hungarian costumes from all regions of Hungary ,go to this very nice site! www.hunmagyar.org/costumes folkmap.htm I usually use only my own pictures..but I obtained the picture on the left from this site.
The Telephone Museum (Uri Utca 49 )
This small museum has been open since 1991 tracing the telephones used in Hungary from the beginning to the current. It is housed in a courtyard wing of a protected building once a priory, and then housed the Parliament and the Department of the Interior. It was converted to a telephone switching station in 1924. Ranging from primitive to sophisiticated, the museum is quite comprehensive but the featured exhibit is a working antique dating to the 1880's. A side exhibit features the history of pay phones.
The museum is accessed from Uri Utca through an unmarked entrance gateway into a courtyard. Only a small sign in a corner of the courtyard identifies the entrance. The museum is therefore hard to find and empty. The single woman working there seemed gratified that we came by and gave us an individualized 30 minute guided tour of the museum. We were the only people in the museum. As we left, we were asked to sign the guest register. Looking back on the pages, it would appear that there are no more than 2 or 3 visitors on a busy day and some days none at all. 30 minutes of telephone history was probably a bit more than we needed, but we sure learned a lot about telephone science. In retrospect, a remarkable museum and a very notable experience.