|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!