A trip to Budapest is not complete without a day (or two) at the Gellert Baths (In Hungarian they are called Fürdő) These historic facilities are ornamented with original marble, mosaics and glass in an Art Noveau style which reflect the era of old while you swim for exercise, have a chat with a neighbor while lying around or just relax in the thermal or tepid indoor or outdoor pools. The day I went I met up with people from many different countries...luckily, I knew some of their own languages (Italian, French, Hungarian, Romanian) to have a little vacation conversation. There are saunas, steam rooms, thermal bathsand an ice tub,dip, along with salt scrubs, stone massages, herbal soaks, facials and pedicures which are available for extra fees. There are spacious poolside lounge areas and in season, a gigantic wave pool, that will leave you exhilarated and as amused as if you were a kid at any age. The whole experience is ever-so-soothing. Like me, I'm sure you'll want to come back again and again. There are many things you can spend your money on here in Budapest, and this is one at the top of my list. As for my travel advice: First, pack two of your favorite bathing suits as many times you won't be able to find that perfect fit while on holiday and you surely don't want to miss out on pool time hunting one down. Second, not only the weather, but customs, traditions and religious beliefs may be different than what you are used to so always do a bit of research before you pack for any country. Third, go light on the shoes in your bag and heavy on the enthusiasm in your heart. Élvezze az üdülés!
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