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  • Relax in a Budapest bath house

    2010-05-28

    Each European city has its own unique culture and traditions. In Budapest, Hungary, the culture is built around the city's famous bath houses.

    Budapest is actually two cities ("Buda" and "Pest") divided by the Danube River. Beneath the foundations of the city lie thermal springs.

    When the city was occupied by the Turks, they brought their love of relaxation to Budapest by building bath houses on top of these springs, many of which are still standing and are quite beautiful works of art in their own right.

    Economic travelers can take advantage of public bath houses, where they'll rub shoulders with locals. The culture around these places is similar to pub culture in England - nearly everyone comes to unwind after work. There are also modern spas built around the springs, which charge a fee but also offer the traditional extras like massages.

    Bath houses are the perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing. Visitors who plan their trip during the summer might want to consider the second week of August, when the Sziget music festival will be in full swing, headlined by bands like Muse and Iron Maiden. The bath house is the perfect cap to a day of hard rocking.

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