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Széchenyi Gyógyfürdő és Uszoda

1140- Budapest
Állatkerti krt. 11.



The neo-Baroque Széchenyi Baths is a great place to refresh you self in Budapest. It was built by the design of Gy?z? Czigler and Ede Dvorzsák in the first part of the 20C. The spa has various pools indoor, and an open-air section which is open throughout the year. It is fantastic at inter time, especially after it gets dark. As special offer, you may play chess in the pool while lounging in the thermal water. You can also take a massage if you like.

Place of interest

The surrounding of the Széchenyi Baths is known as City Park (Városliget) is one of the biggest parks in Budapest. It stretches between Heroes’ Square (H?sök tere) and Dózsa György út. From the boulevard you can reach the square walking through Andrássy út. There are some great old buildings and a few interesting museums in between, like the new Museum of Terror at No.60. Walking around this area is a great day program.

The Heroes’ Square is one of the most impressive spaces of Budapest. On the square you’ll see a complex of statues known as the Millenary Monument. It was built up by the designs of Albert Schickedanz and György Zala. The construction began in 1896. This marked the 1000th anniversary of the Carpatian Basin. Because of some political alterations, and the First World War, it was not completed more than thirty years.

In the center there is a 36m stone column with the Archangel Gabriel at the top. At the base you’ll see equestrian statues of Árpád and other six conquering Hungarian chiefs. The stone block on the ground was placed here in 1929. It was dedicated to the unknown soldiers of the First World War. Nowadays it recalls those who have given their lives for Hungarian freedom and independence. Behind the column there is a two-part colonnade. You’ll see four groups of symbolic figures on the top. These represent Work and Wealth, War and Peace and Knowledge and Glory. Between the columns of the colonnade are statues of Hungarian rulers and princes.

On the north side of the square is the massive neo-Classical building of the Museum of Fine Arts. Opposite this building is the Palace of Arts, with its colorful frescoes and ceramic decoration.

If you’ll cross the small bridge behind the square, you’ll enter the City Park passing through a small lake, where in winter time the Skating Ring is. Beyond this is the Vajdahunyad Castle. The City Park was the site of the main exhibition during the six months of the Millenary celebrations in 1896. More than two hundred were erected to display the industrial, commercial and agricultural life of the country. The castle – by the design of Ignác Alpár – was also erected as a temporary structure for the Millenary Exhibition. The idea was that one wanted to present the different kinds of architectural styles found in Hungary. Later the castle was rebuilt in its present form. The whole complex takes its name from the Vajdahunyad Castle in Transylvania, but only the section facing the ring is a copy of that castle.

Inside in a great Baroque building you can visit the Museum of Agriculture. The famous statue of Anonymous – a work of Miklós Ligett from 1903 – faces the entrance of the museum. Anonymous was an author of a late 12C. He wrote the Gesta Hungarorum, but all we know about him is he was a monk, who’s name began with a “P.”. This way he got the name Anonymous.

To the south stands the statue of George Washington. It was erected from donations collected by various Hungarian-American societies in the USA in remembrance of over three millions of people emigrated from Hungary to the USA in the period 1871-1913.

You may take a rest and a pleasant walk in the park. After, if you reach Állatkert körút, you’ll find different kind of places of amusements, like the Budapest Zoo, the Municipal Circus, the Széchenyi Baths or the Fun Fair. There is also an interesting exhibition in this part of the City Park, in the Transport Museum.

During spring and summer time there are great festivals and concerts in the City Parks, so take an attention to these if you visit Hungary.



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