If you are in Budapest it is a given that you should visit one of the many thermal baths that are located in the city. As we were staying just across the mighty Danube from it, we chose the Rudas Baths.
The baths date back to a time when the Ottoman empire controlled the area of Budapest around 1550 and had undergone a recent renovation project. As you leave the more contemporary changing area and enter the area of thermal pools you can transport yourself back to another time in history and I could imaging Otoman generals discussing plans for world domination whilst sitting around the octagonal main pool and soothing their battle weary bones.
Four smaller pools, of varying temperatures surround the main pool and a sauna and steam room lie adjacent with buckets of cold water alongside to cool and refresh at the pull of a rope. You can relax for hours and are bound to leave with a spring in your step and a smile on your face.