The joys of bathing
Visiting Budapest without making a trip to the baths is a little like going to Paris without having a coffee in a café: you have missed out, because you can splash around at 39 degrees when its freezing outside. Relax by gossiping away, playing chequers or sharing memorable clubbing stories. These baths are a social hub, whilst being neither old-fashioned nor clichéd. The most beautiful include: the Széchenyi, in the Varosliget area. Built in 1909, in a neo-renaissance style, the setting presents Hungary as a mini-Europe. As well as the outdoor baths, which are postcard pictures in themselves, navigate your way inside between pools at various temperatures, hammams, saunas and aqua-gym lessons…the water comes from the deepest pure water source in Budapest. Unmissable. Plan ahead, and go in the morning.