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Terrific fun in an old world spa, taking the waters, in many different baths of varying temperatures. The steam baths went up to 80 degrees C!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had the massage too. Don't miss the city park where the baths are and plan on taking the whole day.
Zsuzsi was the best! We covered an amazing amount of territory in a day. Her knowledge of the city made it highly informative. Lunch in the city park was a highlight. In spite of a terrible cold Zsuzsi gave us an amazing experience. The cycling was pretty easy except for the trip up the hill. Great!
Doing what: Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Bike with Lunch
Quite possibly one of the best bike tours I have been in a long time. It wasn't for the scenery but that was helping immensely, it was mostly the tour guide biker I had, Laszlo, who had a very funny, interesting and entertaining stories to tell about the history of Budapest and the people that lived in it. We started out on our way to Heroes Square and then to the city park and then to the Szechenyi Baths. Along the way, Laci was telling me various tales and tid-bits about the inhabitants of the city. My personal favorite was while we were at Heroes Square, he told us of the tale and the origins of the Hungarian people with its funny tid-bits. We passed by the City Zoo and also Terror Haza, which he shared his perspective of it during the communist period. Next we went for a light snake and rest from the biking with some spectacular Hungarian pastries. My personal favorite was the poppy seed strudel, which was quite delicious. During the meal, Laci went on about his theories about the origins of the Hungarian people and he shared with us a folks tale music with his flute!! So for the next ten minutes, he was playing a delicate song that has its origins from the first Hungarians that arrived to Europe from the east. It was a sad song but it trully humbled us. Being it was extremely hot outside, the cool wine cellar downstairs helped with the room temperature and making us quite comfortable. We next ventured to the Jewish Synagogue and also the Bazilika Church where he shared with us his stories again of the Hungarian people. The stories weren't controversial nor slanderous but just very interesting when one puts the various hypothesis together. There was comical stories about various people that lived in Budapest and their experiences and that was quite a laugh. The bike ride to the castle on the Buda side was fascinating and it was at a leisurely pace. All in all, I was just wanting to kill some time but this was quite possibly the greatest way to see BUDAPEST!
Doing what: Budapest Bike Tour
The Parliament tour itself is outstanding, but the only thing the company does is transport you there and buy a ticket for you. The lady leading the initial part of our tour was pleasant but appeared constantly bewildered. She met us at the Parliament gift shop to walk us back to the bus for the city tour but she promptly got us lost, and we walked right past the bus and did not connect for about 20 minutes. Needless to say, the people who were already on the bus for the city tour they had not done the Parliament portion were quite angry about the delay. Then, the next portion city tour takes you around the Pest side without stopping, so take your pictures from the bus window. On the Buda side, you get out for about an hour, which is not long enough to actually go through the castle complex or into the church--just enough time to do some souvenir shopping and take a couple pictures. You could easily accomplish this tour by getting to Parliament yourself and then rent a bike to ride over to the Buda side. If you are staying on the Buda side, don't bother. Go to the castle complex yourself, and rent a bike to ride around heroes square and city park on the Pest side. You can stop and take pictures at your leisure and buy your own ticket to Parliament. Parliament building is impressive and worth the trip.
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