Bathing in Budapest

Our last full day saw us having a little lie in before heading to the Széchenyi Thermal Baths (Széchenyi Gyógyfürdő és Uszoda). This is quite a famous spa situated at the end of Andrássy út, and is the largest medicinal baths in the whole of Europe.

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The Beautiful Szechenyi Baths

Now, we had seen the buttercup yellow building, looking like a mansion but had no idea what it was going to be like inside. We had our ticket booked and hopped on the metro from Blaha Lujza tér which stopped directly at the baths (Széchenyi fürdő)

We entered inside, and it was indeed like a stately home. We were given plastic wristbands which were coded to a particular “cabin” This was basically a changing room, where you could store all your belonging securely, and only your band could get you in and out.

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Inside Beautiful Szechenyi

I changed into my Ewa Michalak bikini and we headed outside. Walking out of the main doors, my mind was blown. I think my chin hit the floor. I certainly never expected the pool area that I saw in front of me.

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An amazing sight!

Széchenyi has three large outdoor pools; a swimming pool, adventure pool and thermal sitting pool) and  have temperatures between 27 to 38 °C (81 to 100 °F). In the thermal sitting pool, guests play chess whilst submerged. It really is a sight to see!

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3 Outdoor pools – up to 38c

Inside there are 15 more pools and numerous sauna and steam rooms. The pools have combinations of natural chemicals in, making them ideal for various conditions; including calcium, magnesium, sulphate and even fluoride.

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Lounging about

Boo and I spent the initial period outside, the sun was shining and it was quite warm. We dipped in and out of the pools as we saw fit. We then decided to go across to the indoor section and check some of them out.

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Amazing Ewa Bikini

We watched as a group of elderly people did a class with weights in a certain pool. It really was like something from years gone by! We tried all the different pools, but were so warm we decided against the saunas.

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Boo and Me!

Heading back outside again, we entered the adventure pool were there is a Jacuzzi and a lazy river. Random jets of water come on and off, and I really could feel the whole benefit of the thermal waters.

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Lane Swimming

Sadly it was soon time to leave, and we went back to our cabins to change. The weather was looking decidedly dodgy, so we made the choice to go back to our hotel. We could have a leisurely hour or two, then get ready and go out for dinner.

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Hair and Make Up done!

As we were leaving the next day, we did a little packing, and decided on clothes for the night. As we were going to go out for a nice meal, and then the Ruin Bars, I decided to wear my Pin Up Girl Clothing Tiki dress in red and orange. I matched my accessories and hair flowers and felt pretty good about myself.

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Pin Up Girl Forever

We decided to go to a nearby Italian restaurant, Il Terzo Cerchio. Now normally you eat the food of the country you are in, but we were craving cheese. And Pasta.

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Boo and T hit the Pasta

The restaurant was like a cellar, with vaulted ceilings and Italian decor. We hadn’t booked a table and it was pretty busy! However, the staff found us a quiet table and we had a good look at the menu.

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Fabulous Italian in Hungary!

I decided to have a portion of Spaghetti Carbonara as a prima piatti, and went for a pizza for my main course.  I have to say, both of my meals were absolutely scrumptious. Fresh and so very tasty, I would heartily recommend a visit if you are in Budapest.

Eventually we finished our meal and headed out. One of the places I wanted to visit the most was the “Ruin Bars” and had been told that Bar Szimpla was the best one to go to.

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Bar Szimpla – Ruin Bar Extraordinaire

It wasn’t that far from our hotel, so we walked down to find it. You couldn’t miss this place! A huge ramshackle building in the middle of a small street. The premise of the Ruin bars is that a derelict building is transformed into a usable space, in this instance, a bar.

Advertised as being full of vintage decor, and quirky objet d’art we thought it was our cup of tea!

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Trashed Trabant

Now, bearing in mind that I have already said about how out of place we felt in certain parts of Budapest, we thought we would fit in perfectly in the Ruin Bar.

The bar wasn’t filled with vintage treasures, but random “tat” beheaded dolls, rusty cars, old childrens toys, and a wall full of white masks. Everything was covered in graffiti and there was a concrete stairwell lit with only candle tealights; health and safety wasn’t really thought about!

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Graffiti and Masks

I am not going to talk too much about our experience here, as I have written a whole post about it which will be publishing soon. Needless to say, The Ruin Bar was a different kind of night out. I will leave it at that, but do read my follow up post for more details.

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Bizarre Decorations

We left the bar feeling very unsettled. Returning back to the hotel, we sat in the bar again and then went to our room to finish off all our packing as we flew home the next afternoon.

Getting up early we got ready to check out and spend our last couple of hours in the City.

We left our luggage with the hotel concierge and went to do a little souvenir shopping and of course, something to eat. Purchasing little gifts, memento’s and postcards, I managed to cross off quite a bit on my list, before hunger eventually got the best of us.

We headed back to Cicero and this time tried their burgers. I have to admit it was pretty damn good and filled a gap.

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More Ice-cream!

For dessert we made our way to Gelarto Rosa again, and this time I went for Basil-Lemon, Strawberry-elderflower, Peach and finally Mango.

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The Rose of Happiness

A little more shopping and last minute sightseeing, we hopped on their tram system and had a ride along the Danube before returning back to where we started. It was lovely trying out another form of public transport, and again was as cheap as chips.

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Tram time

Eventually it was time to head back to the airport, our Budapest Stay very nearly over.

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Gee Wizz!

I have to admit, I loved nearly everything about Budapest. The hotel, facilities, public transport, sights, spa’s and food were out of this World. What I didn’t like was some of the attitudes of people within the City.

But the good far, far outweighed the bad, and you can’t tar everyone with the same brush!

If you are looking for a City Break that doesn’t break the bank, you really should give Budapest a try. It is a stunning City and there is so much to do. You won’t be able to fit everything in, but it worth giving it a go!

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Beautiful Budapest

I am certainly glad I did.

Till next time

Tx

Leave a comment

  • John Franklin

    What a fantastic trip, we keeping saying we need to go to Budapest and never get round to it. You’ve inspired me to try and change that. The Baths look amazing every time I see them.

    • Tanya Brannan

      You really should John, it is a beautiful City! xx

  • Oh my goodness that is such a stunning bath house and that pool WOW! Absolutely loving your swimsuit as well you look amazing in it xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Sarah! The bath house was amazing and Ewa Michalak created another miracle with the bikini xx

  • LaaLaa

    You really sold Budapest, I just never would of thought. It sounds like a place to definitely visit, as always lovely as ever and the ice creaaaaam! xo

    • Tanya Brannan

      Glad you enjoyed reading all about it. I would go back just for that ice cream!! XX

  • Jo Wiggins

    I’m so jealous, those baths look gorgeous. And don’t even get me started on that Gelato x

    • Tanya Brannan

      The baths were simply out of this world…. as was the Gelato! xx

  • I am actually searching for deals right now to visit Budapest and this post has just helped me push the button. Looks like you had fun

    • Tanya Brannan

      Ooooh sounds fantastic to me!! Did you book?? xx

      • Finalising with a friend so hopefully soon, if they cancel on me I wil go alone as always lol

  • Gosh it looks like you had an amazing time and that ice cream is stunning. Mich x

    • Tanya Brannan

      We really did. Next stop…. Prague! xx

  • Your swimsuit is lush hun I love it and how amazing is Budapest. Its perfect for families, couples and solo travelers alike!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you honey! And I agree, there is something for everyone in Budapest xx

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    It looks like such a fab trip, I’m so jealous! I love that swimsuit too, very stylish 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really was honey xx

  • I really want to visit Budapest, looks like you had a fab time!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I highly recommend it! We had a couple of ups and downs, but the City on a whole is amazing xx

  • I desperately want to go to Budapest, your posts have definitely got me wanting to even more so now as well. Them baths look amazing too, you look so stylish in your bikini as well xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      I recommend it so much Charli! And if you do go… make sure you visit those baths xx

  • Nikee Rayner

    I’m getting a sense of dread waiting for your last post, but again you’ve thoroughly helped me catch the travel bug. I WANT TO GO!!!!!!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is coming next week….. and it is important you read it first before booking! xxx

  • Hayley Ann Stewart

    Oh my goodness! You guys look like you had the best time. I am totally in love with that rose of gelato! And the trashed car. Amazing! I want to go!
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    • Tanya Brannan

      We had such a great time, with the odd up and down, which I post next week! The ice cream was to die for xxx

  • I loved my time in Budapest and love visiting the Széchenyi Thermal Baths x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Aren’t those baths just so wonderful? xx

  • Ruin bars are more night out material than a quiet drink I found. Glad you loved the baths, I went to these ones on my first trip there x

    • Tanya Brannan

      The baths were one of my highlights. The ruin bars were not… more to come on this in next weeks post xx

  • I have never been to Budapest before. Would love to one day.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is such a beautiful City, I highly recommend it xx

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    This is something I really wanted to do in Budapest, but we didn’t get round to it. It’s a reason to go back again 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is indeed and I highly recommend it xx

  • Joanna

    I’ve never been to Budapest before but I love your photos it looks like u had a lovely time.

    • Tanya Brannan

      We really did! If you get a chance, you should give Budapest a go xx

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Ive never been to Budapest but everyone that I know who has been, has loved it x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I am not surprised! It is beautiful xx

  • Teresa Bowen

    Love the sound of those thermal baths, I want to go to Budapest just to experience those.

    • Tanya Brannan

      They were amazing! There are a couple of others I would have loved to give a try too xx

  • We would love to visit Budapest one day, the thermal baths sound great x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Highly recommend it honey! The baths are one of the highlights too xx

  • I would love to go to Budapest. I love the sound of the baths xo

    • Tanya Brannan

      They were the highlight of the trip for me xx

  • I love the sound of the baths! And I love your style too!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much honey xx

  • Mellissa Williams

    I haven’t long come back from Budapest myself and went to the Széchenyi baths. The outdoor pools were lovely and wow, what architecture.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really is a stunningly beautiful place! xx

  • Natasha Mairs

    This looks really great. I can just imagine myself relaxing by that pool. An that rose ice cream is amazing!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Isn’t it pretty? Tasted so good too xx

  • My friends have just come back from Budapest and it sounds amazing. This post has made me even more jealous of their adventure!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I hope they had as good a time as I did!! xx

  • Francesca Nelson

    Oh wow love the sound of Budapest!!! Its a place I’d one day love to visit! I live the cellar restaurant!!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I highly recommend it and hope you get to go one day xx

  • Shannon Ritchie

    Looks like a lovely city 🙂 It’s on my bucket list of places to go!

    • I highly recommend it. It is a stunning city with amazing views xx

  • Paula

    Looks like you had so much fun!! I would love to go to Budapest, my boyfriend have been and says it’s amazing 🙂

    • It really is Paula, I hope you get to see it one day xx

  • You look stunning in the bikini, looks like you had a very successful trip I have never been to Budapest before! 🙂

    • Thank you honey! If you get the chance, try and go. It is so so pretty xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    The pools sounds great and it must be fun to watch people playing chess from the pool.

  • Jazmin Williams

    Ah wow, this is gorgeous! I love the photos you’ve taken and you are WORKING that bikini, girl!

    • Awww hush now! It is amazing though, isn’t it? xx

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    This looks incredible and you look great as always! x

  • Cassandra Mayers

    Wow that flower dessert looks amazing!! And that pool! I so want to be there right now!