A restorative soak in the thermal spas of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, might be your choice rather than visiting its many landmarks. Over 15 million gallons of water flow daily into the many springs and thermal spas throughout the city. If exploring is your preference, there’s plenty to keep you satisfied.
Bisected by the Danube, the 19th century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where you can trace city life from Roman times onward at the Budapest History Museum. In Trinity Square visit the 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, from which you will have a sweeping view of the city below. The Fishermen’s Bastion, located adjacent to the Buda Castle. It is thought that this part of the castle was protected by the fishermen’s guild, who lived under the walls in a town called Fishtown. While spectacular in the daytime, get your cameras ready in the evening when the Parliament Building is lit up to show all its splendor as you dock across the Danube to take in its finery.