budapest city park

Budapest has a huge city park, located at the end of Andrássy Avenue. Within the park’s compound there’s a square, an ice rink, a thermal bath, a zoo, a castle, a hall, an amusement park, several museums, many statues and hundreds of trees.

Heroes Square and its columns, marking the entrance to the city park.

At the base of the central column are statues of the leaders of the 7 tribes that founded Hungary in the 9th century.

During winter, the biggest attraction at the city park is its ice skating rink. Műjégpálya Ice Rink is the largest and one of the oldest ice rinks in Europe. With the rustic looking Vajdahunyad Castle standing in the background, it is definitely the most scenic ice skating rink I’ve ever seen.

I could hear it calling me… come join us here… down here…

…and let’s skate!

Kids learning how to skate with cones.

Santa Claus on ice.

Vajdahunyad Castle provides a beautiful backdrop.

Hot choc + Cold winter = Heavenly!

Budapest is also famous for its spas. And the city park is home to Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Entrance fee is about HUF 3,500 (MYR 50). I did go inside, but only made to the lobby. Seemed that the place was filled with elderly people. Perhaps the youngsters enjoyed skating more.

Entrance to Széchenyi Thermal Bath.

The spa complex is surrounded by the yellow walls so the public won’t see you splashing around.

On the other side of the road is Budapest Zoo.

This is not a mosque. It’s where the elephants stay. 

Ducks enjoying spa of their own.

As it was our final day in Budapest, we spent the rest of the afternoon shopping. Went to West End shopping mall, which was just like any other big modern malls. Good enough for us to escape from the chilly winter outside though. Had dinner at the food court (found a halal stall, yay!) and grabbed a cup of Starbucks to go.

Good night Budapest. Off to another country tomorrow!

7 comments:

Hjh Noralenna Abbas said...

WOW! More dieya, Aunty dah jawab email.

ahkakbatik said...

tengah bayangkan ally mcbeal.. eh silap. kate moss berbikini sebelah awek mongolia mandi spa dikelilingi itik2..

noornazuha said...

ahhh..dah lama nak g sinii....next yearrrrrr!

Azian Elias said...

salam kenal..

ntah bila lah boleh menjelajah ke bumi europe agaknya yee.....

dieya said...

aunty nora,
got it! :-)
it's okay aunty, maybe bila dieya balik kg di lain kali kita boleh jumpa ya.

kaktek,
ala takmo laa mandi ngan kate moss. awek mongolia nak mandi dengan chris hemsworth.. dikelilingi swan putih.. baru hot!

nazuha,
pegi jangan tak pegi! budapest adalah sangat menawan hati, especially the architecture.

azian,
salam kenal! i doakan semoga cepat2 azian jejak kaki ke europe ya.

ReeshReeni said...

Europe in winters is too cold for me...summers reveal a paradise. You seem to have had lots of fun.

dieya said...

reesh,
agreed! european winters are super cold, especially near the alps. but i do love it coz we don't have such weather in my country. quite a nice change of climate for me.