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If you follow the blog on a regular basis, you probably already know that a few months ago I spent a week in beautiful Budapest (take a look at the highlights of my trip here). I was lucky enough to have the best guide ever, a very dear Hungarian friend, who showed me the city through the eyes of a local – the best way really to experience any place in the world!

One of the best parts of my trip was our visit to the Szechenyi Baths, the largest medicinal thermal spa in Europe and the first one to be built on the Pest side. The baths are housed in a Baroque-style grandiose building at the edge of City Park (Városliget) and are a favourite relaxation spot both for visitors and locals. The main attractions here are the numerous indoor and outdoor pools, which are open throughout the day and even during winter. There’s nothing better than chilling in an outdoor bath enjoying the healing water on a cold night – in fact, it’s one of the rare occasions where I believe that the colder the weather, the better the experience!

One of the most surreal moments ever: enjoying the hot outdoor pool (the water temperature reaches 38°C) while playing chess on a particularly freezing late evening – simply amazing!

Address: Állatkerti körút 9-11, 1146 Budapest, Hungary
Telephone: +36 1 3633210
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Sandy (@smarksthespots)