Relaxation in this city seems to be second nature, and from the soaring architecture, quiet pace of life, thermal baths and excellent spas, Budapest is one of the best European city destinations to unwind and get away from everyday life. It is said to have more than 1,000 hot springs thanks to super-thin earth crust. Take a break at one of Budapest’s hot-spring spas like Széchenyi thermal baths, where outdoor pool temps reach about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
It was a pleasure staying in at Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget. The hotel is located in a beautiful part of Budapest, surrounded by lovely greenery. There is a scenic running trail along the river bank on the island, which makes a perfect spot for long morning walks or a speedy work-out run. My room was located on a recently refurbished floor and boasted a very large, clean bathroom, plenty of cabinet space, and a comfortable bed. The treatments are excellent and the pool and sauna facilities were pristine. The spa has great thermal pools which truly add to the experience. The breakfast was rich, delicious, and satisfying. The Budapest Parliament House is a stunning and worth seeing both in daylight and at night and on sunny days, you can see the reflection of the building in the river. Then to the Fisherman’s Bastion where you can take photos of the Danube river.
The Gellert Spa in Budapest is amazing! The pools, as well as the building, are gorgeous; they truly make you feel as if you’re relaxing in a pool during the Roman or Ottoman Empire’s heyday. If you like massages, you’ll get excellent treatments here!
The Chain Bridge, which connects Buda and Pest. This is easily one of the best ways to see Buda and Pest and the beauty of the Danube in all its glory. Now then headed for the Citadel. This is a wonderful place to visit to learn the history of Budapest. It boasts an amazing view of the Pest side of the city, bridges, and fantastic architecture. Next on our list was castle Hill. It’s a plateau containing many of Budapest’s most important historic sites and attractions and is definitely a fantastic area to explore. The most prominent building is Buda Castle, which dominates the hill and offers exceptional views of the river Danube. Like much of Budapest, it’s a great area to explore at night, as it’s lit up in a spectacular way. Do not forget to see the Castle Funicular Railway, which departs from the Buda end of the Chain Bridge.
Our journey continued to Hevis via Lake Balaton, which has the largest lake and the most popular summer destination in Central Europe. We drove along the south shore of the lake and took the ferry over the Tihany, where we had the opportunity to stop for coffee, enjoyed a spectacular view of the lake, and checked out the Benedictine Abbey. Danubius Health Spa Resort Hévíz, a five-star hotel with picturesque green surroundings, is only a 5 minute- walk from the largest natural thermal lake in Europe and is now completely renovated – it has over 30 years of tradition and experience in treatments.
It is a perfect place for relaxation, wellness, beauty, medical treatments, and de-stressing programs with doctors and lifestyle specialists. It is a neat hotel with great views and excellent proximity to the Thermal Lake and Center. You can enjoy the 3 indoor pools – one for swimming and two hot thermal pools (32-34C / 36C). Additionally, there are several types of steam rooms, saunas, and cold plunge pools, including a warm outdoor pool and a Finnish sauna. Remember to bring along your own slippers & bathing suite. The crowd is generally mixed central European and Eastern European.
The next day was a treat at Lake Heviz. With its 4.5 ha water surface, it is the world’s second-largest natural thermal lake – and the largest that is suitable for bathing. The hot springs feeding the lake are rich in sulfur, radon, and therapeutic minerals, while mud dredged from the lake bed is used for medical and wellness packages, among other rejuvenating treatments. The astonishingly healing waters are naturally replenished every three days by a sizzling hot geothermal spring 38m below the surface. The waters are scientifically proven to be beneficial for a whole array of ailments. There are plenty of wellness options to choose from to keep you happy all day. It’s what I call the “Thermal Paradise in Heviz.”
On our return, we stopped in Balatonfured. There are many nice cafes and restaurants where we enjoyed coffee and desserts while overlooking the lake.
Budapest provides you with everything from culture and architecture to the wonders of nature, as Hungary is a country with an extremely rich history and blessed with natural wonders. The country currently has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven in the cultural category and one in the natural category.
When you plan your next visit to Hungary, be sure to team up with Danubius Hotels and Tradesco Tours for the ultimate combination of discovering the country’s extensive past, natural wonders, and for the rejuvenating waters! Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is an ideal holiday destination for refreshing both body and soul.
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