High and low, hike in the many hills of Buda or submerge to the depths of the caves in Szemlöhegy, Palvölgy or the Castle Caves. Water-sports lovers will find plenty to enjoy in heritage baths like the Oriental Gellert, Turkish Rudas, open-air Szechenyi or the brand new Veli Bej. For personal training in the fitness centre or outdoors and more recommendation for sports in Budapest, contact the concierge.
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Carefree locals playing chess in hot thermal water during the freezing winter. You must have seen these images in Budapest guides. I could be in one of those photos, as my preferred thermal bath of the many the city has is Széchenyi Bath in City Park. This one happens to be bright yellow and neo-Classical and is also one of the biggest and most special bath complexes in Budapest. It was recently upgraded and renovated, but there are others that have retained their original Ottoman features and are more indoorsy.
This outdoor pool, open in every season remains to me the definitive experience of the bath. It could be sub-zero temperatures but I’m in there, to enjoy a splash, or a game of chess, outside! But it’s also popular with locals because of its great variety of indoor and outdoor pools, thermal and wellness sections, spa treatments and medical services. My very own personal tip is to go there very early in the morning to be the first in the outside pool. Sit in peace in the steam and relax, with no one around but the almost invisible stone sculptures.
Tamás Takács - Head Concierge
Jogging in the City
I love Margaret Island’s peace and quiet, but what I find especially fascinating is its sports life. The island is plopped in the middle of the Danube, just off the romantically restored and candelabra-richMargaret Bridge, and as soon as you go there it will instantly become your sweet spot. It is my bucolic escape from the city; in its very heart yet splendidly isolated by the river. Another positive for
the island is that car traffic is restricted. To me it’s better than Central Park! I run along the island’s.
Dávid Farkas - Director of Revenue
Golf in Etyek and diversity of Surrounding Vineyards
Let me take you outside Budapest. My favourite “perfect day”
destination is Etyek, a quaint village 30 km (18.6 mi) from the city. Its lush vineyards produce some of the best white wine in Hungary, as it has been made there since Roman times. After a visit to the 18-hole Pannonia Golf & Country Club, I never miss Etyeki Kúria or the Haraszty Vineyards. I could not wish for a better afternoon than to relax and enjoy the beautiful view on the cellar's terraces, which give you the feeling that you are in Tuscany enjoying varieties of delicious wine. There’s another side to Etyek as well – a side that can be seen in its film history. As a matter of fact, Etyek is like Napa Valley and Hollywood rolled into one. It is here in the Korda Studios that Jeremy Irons shot The Borgias, and you can actually book a tour of the studios. After having a light meal at Rokusfalvy restaurant, which I visit for many years, I always return to Budapest with a smile on my face.