I normally book our holidays quite far ahead and spend a great deal of time researching and making plans. This summer we wanted to go on a trip with our eldest son before his enlistment but had to wait till quite the last minute to find out his date. Once that was confirmed I went online to check out flights. Hungary was one of the least expensive places for a late summer booking yet, once I had booked those flights, I was delighted to discover that several of our friends had been there and everyone loved it!Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion and the President of Hungary's residence Sándor Palace.
The nearby decorative fortification of Fisherman's Bastion, which looks rather like a Disney castle, was built in the 19th century. There used to be real castle walls where now you can take fantastic photos from, but the present day structure has never served as an actual fortification in Buda. The seven turrets of the bastion represent the seven Hungarian tribes who founded the present day country in 895.
William Tierney Clark and opened in 1849. At the time, its centre span of 202 metres was one of the largest in the world. The pairs of lions at each of the abutments were added in 1852. It is popular culture in Hungary to point out that the lions in fact have no tongues.
World War II. The hospital was actively used during the war until July 1945 and then during the 1956 Revolution to treat wounded civilians and soldiers. Between 1958 and 1962 it was expanded to withstand potential chemical and nuclear attacks during the Cold War. Our one-hour guided tour of the hospital was both fascinating and moving.
Part of the famous Hotel Gellért, the Gellért Baths were built between 1912 and 1918 in the Art Nouveau style. They were damaged during World War II but then rebuilt. Besides the outdoor wave pool, which was a big hit with the eldest son, there are 11 other pools of various sizes and temperatures, saunas and steam rooms. Massage treatments are also available. We had a wonderful afternoon at the the Gellért Baths, moving from pool to pool before it was time to start exploring the city once again.