Whether you’re a culture vulture or an outdoorsy type, Budapest has a host of things to see and do, from blockbuster collections of classical fine art and archaeological finds gathered over centuries, to sightseeing cruises on the Danube and narrow-gauge railway rides into the forests of the Buda Hills. It’s worth remembering that Monday – rather than Sunday – tends to be the day when certain attractions like galleries and museums are closed, so do check in advance.
Soak under the stars
The Széchenyi Baths, the biggest ‘medicinal’ spa complex in Europe, sit on a natural thermal spring and have occupied a neo-Baroque mansion in City Park since the early 20th century. Indoor halls contain 16 pools of differing temperatures, as well as saunas and steam rooms, while outside are more pools where bathers play chess on stone boards at the water’s edge. The baths – inside and out – are open all year round.
Insider’s tip: Most tourists visit during the day, but for something special visit at night – the pools are open until 10pm daily throughout the year. Best of all is in the thick of winter, wallowing in the outdoor pools while snow falls around.