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Dagály Gyógyfürdő
 

1138- Budapest
Népfürdő u. 36.

 



This modern spa is more like a great beach with its aqua park, different kinds of pools and the surrounding park. It is a great place to refresh your self inside Budapest, and to forget about the busy days in the city.


The spa is feed by the springs of Széchenyi Baths since the 70s. The different pools are offering great bathing opportunities for all ages and claims.

Place of interest


Dagály Baths is situated by the side of Danube, near Árpád Bridge. After refreshing your self in the spa, you can take a nice and peaceful walk around the nearby Margaret Island.

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The original name of the Island was The Island of Hares. It was a royal game reserve under the Árpád dynasty. From the 12C it was the home of the Premonstratensians and from the 13C it also gave home the Franciscans and after Dominican nouns. For them Béla IV has a convent built. As the legend runs, he made a promise when the Mongols invaded Hungary in 1242. If Hungary were victorious, his daughter Margaret would be brought up as a noun. She was only nine years old when she was brought in to the Island to the nouns according to his father’s promise. There are legends about her self-sacrificing submissive life and extreme asceticism. She lived here until her death in 1271. The Island got its name from her in the 19C


Until the end of the 19C, when the Margaret Bridge was built, the island was closed to the public. In the 16-17C it was the Turks land, after passed into Habsburg possession. Palatine Joseph had rare vines planted here. He arranged some great vintage festivals on the island, where lots of dignitaries participated.


In the 19C baths were built on the island exploit the natural waters of this land, but all were destroyed under the Second World War. Until 1945 people had to pay for entering the island, but nowadays you don’t have to pay a fee.


If you start your walk from Margit Bridge, you’ll see a stadium and grounds first. This is the Athletics Centre on the island.


After entering the island you’ll see the bronze Centenary Monument. It was erected on the 100th anniversary of the unification of Pest, Buda and Óbuda. The inside of the monument shows important mementoes of the city’s previous 100 years. It was made by István Kiss in 1975.


To the left you’ll reach Alfred Hajós Swimming Pool. The swimming pool got its name after the winner of the 100m and 1200m swimming races at the first modern Olympics in Athens.


Continue your walk this way a little, than turn right and after 500m from the main road you’ll see the Ruins of the Franciscan church. Along the main road is the Palatinus Baths.


If you cross the island, there are great parks and peaceful walks inside. There is also a small reserve of animals. If you walk north from here, you’ll find the ruins of the Dominican church and convent, where St Margaret lived as a noun. North of the ruins are many busts and statues of Hungarian poets, musicians and actors. Take an attention of the interesting trees around. Under the Second World War these trees were also injured, but lived through, and remind you of the terrible devastation of the war. To the left you’ll reach the Open-Air Theatre, where you can visit concerts during the summer. Nearby stands the Water Tower. It was built in 1911. To the northeast of the tower is the Premonstratensian Chapel which was reconstructed in the 20C. At the end of the road stands the Thermal Hotel, which was a sanatorium before. It has own swimming and thermal pools inside


This is the end of the island, from here you can reach Árpád Bridge, and continue your walk to Óbuda which has a great small-townies atmosphere, or simply reach some vehicle of transport and go back to the Inner City. Óbuda is the area on the right bank of the Danube by Árpád Bridge. In the Middle Ages it was the first significant settlement in the region, and some parts of it still has a special, small-townies atmosphere. Other parts have been demolished to make way for modern tower blocks. Before it was an area of royal residences, but after the Mongols invaded Hungary in the 13C, Béla IV moved to Castle Hill, and this area has lost its importance. After Turkish times, this place became a market town up to the 19C. The main sights here include the Baroque Parish Church, the nearby neo-Classical former Óbuda Synagogue. There are some great exhibitions around, like the Budapest Gallery Exhibition House with permanent exhibition of sculptor Pál Pátzay, the Vasarely Museum, the small Kassák Memorial Museum or the Zsigmond Kun Folk Art Collection of items from all over greater Hungary. The centre of this district is F? tér, where you can see the Zichy Mansion built in baroque style in the18C, which houses the Óbuda local history exhibition and the Kassák Memorial Museum. Around and behind the square you can still see some renovated, one-storey houses characteristics of the old Óbuda. Don’t miss to visit the statue composition three women with umbrellas in Hajógyár utca, to the left of F? tér. It is a work of Imre Varga, one of the most prolific of contemporary Hungarian sculptors. There is also a Gallery nearby, where you can see more of his works.

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