I choose to do an article about the baths of Budapest. Indeed, they are really important for the city and its inhabitants. Budapest is very famous for these baths.
Several centuries ago, inhabitants of Budapest discovered the benefactions of the thermal baths. The basements of Budapest abound in sources of beneficial hot water. They really developed further to Ottoman occupation. Turks bequeathed their rich thermal culture to the inhabitants of Budapest.
The thermal water has of numerous benefactions for the health, a lot of people suffering from respiratory disorders or from muscle pains go to baths. The thermal baths also have an important social aspect, old people who spend their day to play chess in the water are the proof (and it’s really true, I saw them ).
For the greater part, the thermal establishments of Budapest, former as recent, contain a whole series of covered, warm and hot thermal ponds, with hammams, saunas, ice-cold baths and massage rooms. Some establishments also extend outside by swimming pools and installations of jets and spa baths.
In certain baths, there are days and hours reserved for the women or for the men, but also the mixed time in most of the thermal establishments. Some of them are mixed permanently.
First of all, there are Széchenyi baths. They were built between 1900 and 1913 in a style neo-revival. It is the biggest thermal complex of Budapest.
I love this one because the bath who is outside is really hot (38°C) and when we went to there during winter, it was so nice !
Then, there are Gellert baths. Situated in one of the most beautiful hotels of Budapest at the foot of the Mount Gellert and a few steps away from the Danube, they opened their doors in 1928. The architecture is magnificient.
I like a lot this one also because outside there is a swimming pool with waves, it's really funny and it's at 26°C, so we can swim during summer !
There are Rudas baths. The central dome of these baths was built more than 500 years ago by Turks. They are really beautiful.
There are also Lukács baths. They are more centred on the care than on the leisure.
Finally, there are Király baths. Like bath Rudas, bath Király were built by Turks. Contrary to the other baths, this one has no appropriate source, its water comes from baths Lukács.
When we come to Budapest, go to baths is inevitable. This is a really strong tradition and a very good experience. I loved going to baths with my friends and also my family when they came. Everybody liked it.
After hours in baths, we are relaxed and we feel good. Now, I understand effects of thermal water, I can say I'm a real inhabitant of Budapest
Thanks to my erasmus experience in Hungary, I travelled a lot. Indeed, I visited five countries :
- Poland, Cracow
One of my friend was also in erasmus in Cracow, so I saw her there. I think it's a really cute city where the nightlife is very cool. I went there in March. I stayed only three days.
- Bratislava, Slovakia
With my erasmus friends from Budapest, we decided to visit Bratislava because it's really close by bus. So, we went there during a day in March.
We saw the castle of Bratislava, and a beautiful view from there. It was a nice day with erasmus guys but Bratislava isn't a really great city..! There are some pretty squares, and the castle is nice, but I don't like it very much. By the way, it was funny !
- Brno, Czech Republic
I went to Brno to see another erasmus friend, in May, for a week-end. Coralie, my friend, showed me a beautiful city and she told to me lots of legends of Brno.
We went to the castle by night, it was really nice evening.
We also rise to the church and we have a beautiful view of Brno :
The last day, we went to the lake of Brno. It was a pleasant and sunny day.The place was very nice.
- Zagreb and Split, Croatia
First, with 5 other friends, we went to Zagreb, in the end of May. We wanted to take advantage of the good weather, but unfortunately, we had a bad week with rain except for the first day..!
By the way, I think Zagreb is a nice city, but the nightlife wasn't animated...
We also went to the lake of Zagreb.
Then, we went to Split, to see the sea !
There is an old center, like some ruins, who is very nice to visit.
- Vienna, Austria
At the beginning of June, with two of my friends, we went to Vienna. I really loved this city ! It's very beautiful and I think all the buildings are great. There are a lot of magnificent monuments.
The first day, we just visited the center of Vienna.
The second one, we visited the castle of the famous Sisi, Schonbrunn castle ! It's also magnificent, with some bigs gardens. We loved seeing it.
But also, the nightlife compare to Budapest was not at all animated...
I think Vienna is the most beautiful city that I visited during my erasmus experience.
I loved travelling during my semester and discovering new cities and countries.
THIS IS THE END...
I think I have just something to say to Budapest : THANK YOU !
My erasmus in Budapest was the best experience that I lived.
I met a lot of great people, my flatmates, other erasmus students, other frenchs, and so much nationalities...
The city Budapest is just amazing, perfect to have an erasmus experience.
The nightlife is crazy, it's quite cheap, it's in the middle of Europe that it allows to travel, and there are nice persons !
I lived more than 4 months there and I don't regret anything. I think my erasmus trip was awesome and perfect !
Now, I am in love with Budapest
It was a great experience because I improved my english a lot, I developed my capacity of adaptation, my open-mindedness and I dicovered new cultures and countries...
I come back home with so many memories...
Thank you to Budapest and thank you to all people that I met.
I loved so much my erasmus in BUDAPEST !
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