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Lukács Gyógyfürdő és Uszoda
 

1023- Budapest
Frankel Leó u. 25-29.

 


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This spa is and was popular meeting point of Hungarian writers, poets, actors, artists and other well-known persons. The medicinal spring of Lukács Baths has been used since the 12C. The present building was built in the 19C. After refreshing your self in the spa, you should take a walk around it, because this part of the city has a special atmosphere and there are some interesting sights around.

Place of interest


If you have the time, it is worth it to take a walk to the hillside around. There you can see some nice old and new villas, built around a green and peaceful area. If you reach Mecset utca, don’t miss to visit The Tomb of Gül Baba (Gül Baba Türbe). Gül Baba means “Father of Roses”. He was a Muslim Dervish, who took part in the capture of Buda in 1541. In his memory, the third pasha of Buda had built this tomb. It was rebuilt time after time, and was for a while a Christian chapel, but was finally reconstructed in 1962, and became an important pilgrimage place of Muslims. Nowadays it is surrounded of a nice park, and there is also a small Turkish coffee shop. From here you can get some great views of the city as well.


If you take a walk the other way, you’ll soon reach The Great Boulevard by Margit körút, near the bridge. It is worth it to take a walk around, or just travel around it by the tram Nr.6 or Nr.4. This boulevard is about 4.5 km long. It curves around Pest from Margaret Bridge to Pet?fi Bridge.


The buildings around were all built at the end of the 19C, and give a great example of late Hungarian Eclecticism. Downstairs of the buildings are small shops all around, but try to look behind this strong advertising and shopping dumping, and see also these great houses. Although some of them are quite dirty and would need some renovations, you can still see some nice and interesting designs around. The part from Margaret Bridge to Blah Lujza tér is more interesting and busy. From there it is not so nice, has few sights around, and was later a poorer part of the city. Nowadays there were some reconstructions, so it is getting nicer every day. Lots of young people bought here flats, so it is becoming more popular with its relatively cheap and atmospheric bars, small squares, cafés or other peaceful places. If you would like to see these, you should visit Mikszáth tér or Ráday utca, to the north of József körút and Ferenc körút. These places are quite popular, and lots of students come here to take a rest and talk with friends from the nearby universities. If you come here evening time, there are also some small concerts or other kind of performances to see, in the bars, or sometimes on the streets as well.


If you walk from Margaret Bridge to Blaha Lujza tér, there are some interesting sights around, which you shouldn’t miss to visit. If you cross the bridge, you’ll reach Jászai Mari tér, where the Great Boulevard starts with Szent István körút. Around the bridge is a small park area, where you can see a colored tile mosaique entitled Sin Crying to Heaven. It is a work of Anna Stein from 1990, and recalls that during the fascist Arrow Cross rule in late 1944, many people were killed along this stretch of the Danube. From here you should continue your walk to the Western Railway Station’s imposing building. During your walk, on the northern side you will see the Variety Theatre, built in neo-Baroque style, or you can search for antiques on the small street to the left. Falk Miksa utca is also known as “Antique Row”, having the highest concentration of antiques shops in the city.


From the railway station to Blaha Lujza tér, you can see some nice, imposing buildings around, with small shops downstairs. From Oktogon - if you had enough from the busy boulevard, and you would like to reach the Inner City - you can walk to Deák tér, through Andrássy út, and see the Opera House and this nice road with trees and small coffees around. Or you can continue your walk on the Great Boulevard. When you reach Blahe Lujza tér, you should enter New York Café, downstairs the imposing building of New York Palace. This café is Budapest’s last remaining genuine, classic coffee-house from the pre-communist era.

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