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Rudas Gyógyfürdő és Uszoda

1013- Budapest
Döbrentei tér 9.


The history of this spa begins with the late 14C, when the first baths were built here. After, in the 16C Ali, the Pasha of Buda, and his successor Sokoli Mustapha, had new baths constructed. The octagonal pool, vaults and dome all remained from that time

Place of interest

After taking a rest in Rudas Baths, you should take a walk up to Gellért Hill and its surroundings. The peaceful gardens, the great views and the historical and cultural monuments here are worth a visit.

The spa is at the bottom of the hill, by the end of Elisabeth Bridge. Nearby, there is a pump-room, where you can taste the medicinal waters of the local springs. You are not allowed to take pictures here, but if you are lucky, you might see some old people sitting around and talking, with steins in their hand, full of medicinal water.

First you should take a walk to the green area below Gellért Hill, known as Tabán. In the 17C many Serbs fled here from the Turks. The Tabán became a densely populated, poor area, unhealthy because of a sewer that ran through it. At the beginning of the 20C the city council decided to demolish the area, but the work was finally completed only in the 1930s. Nowadays only a few buildings remain from the old Tabán, like the Tabán Parish Church on Attila út. At summer time, you may visit some great festivals here.

After crossing the road behind Tabán, you should walk up to Gellért Hill. First don’t take the steps next to the waterfall. Walk up by the road until you find an other way. If you walk up from here, you’ll see an interesting sculptural group known as The Garden of Philosophers. It was made by Nándor Wágner a Hungarian sculptor, who lives in Japan. The excellent views from here are also worth a visit, especially after dark. From here you can walk through the hill, and reach the St Gellert Monument, a work of Gyula Jankovich from 1904. From here you can see the Elisabeth Bridge. This modern white bridge was completed in 1964 to replace a former chain bridge which was destroyed under the Second World war.

At the top of the hill, by the foot of the Liberation Monument, you can see all over Budapest and the Danube Bank. This statue was erected to mark the liberation of the capital from the Germans in the Second World war by Soviet troops. After the political transformation in Hungary in 1989 the city council decided to leave the monument standing contrary to other Soviet monuments in Budapest, but removed the figure of a Soviet soldier which has stud below the main statue. Behind the Liberation Monument stands the fortress known as the Citadel, which was built by the Austrians in the 19C. With this building they wanted to symbolize their power following the defeat of the Hungarians in the War of Independence in 1948-49.

Opposite the entrance of the famous Gellért Baths, stands the Chapel in the Rock. The chapel belongs to the Hungarian Pauline order. It dates back to 1931. During the Communist Regime it was closed and later sealed up. It reopened only in 1989, near the political transformation in Hungary.

If you decide to take the other way from Rudas Baths, you can have a pleasant walk by the Danube. If you cross the small subway under the Elisabeth Bridge, there is a small park with a seated statue of Empress Elisabeth. She was the wife of Franz Josef I. She was very popular in Hungary. She spent a lot of time here and even learned the language. From here you can easily reach the promenade by the river, and walk until you reach the beautiful Chain Bridge. After crossing the bridge you may continue your walk on the other side of the River. The esplanade here known as The Corso is a popular spot, and the views from here of the bridges and Gellért Hill are fantastic. Nearby the Chain Bridge on Roosevelt tér stands the great building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the next one is the imposing Grasham Palace and the Interior Ministry. By the side of The Corso are some elegant Hotels, like the Atrium-Hyatt Hotel or the Inter Continental Hotel.. If you reach half way of the promenade, you’ll see the impressive Vigadó Concert Hall on Vigadó tér. Near the Elisabeth Bridge there is the statue of Sándor Pet?fi, a great Hungarian poet, who was known as “The people’s poet”. If you sross the road here, you can enter an open-air museum called Contra-Aquincum. This was the name of the Roman fortress built here in the 3C. The display shows the system of Roman fortifications here.

From here it is easy to reach the Inner City (Belváros), where you can walk around shopping or just take a little rest in one of the restaurants or bars of this district.



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