Two things occurred to me upon waking on my final day in Budapest: first, how very much I’d seen and second, how very much I still had to see. As it was abundantly clear I wouldn’t be able to tick everything off my list, I prioritised the famous thermal baths and Heroes’ Square.
Unfortunately, despite the irrefutable beauty of Szenchenyi baths and the benefits of the thermal water, I was rather put off by the bustling, dank changing rooms and general grottiness. After alternating between the warm and freezing baths, I was all too glad to shower and be on my way.
Only a stone’s throw from the baths lies Heroes’ Square. The huge square containing a monument dedicated to those who ‘gave their lives for the freedom’ of the Hungarian people flanked by two large colonnades is pretty spectacular and well worth visiting if you find yourself nearby.
Also a moment away is Gundel – a traditional restaurant that opened in 1910. A little stuffy for my liking (many white tablecloths and overzealous waiters), the food, once it finally materialised before us, was tasty and it was a nice insight into the pomp of historical Hungary.
Szenchenyi Baths /
Heroes’ Square /
… And here’s a little vlog I made on the go…