Sep 07

MEDICAL TOURISM ON MARGARET ISLAND, BUDAPEST (MARGIT-SZIGET)

Ever since the thermal waters have been brought to the surface in 1886 on Margaret Island, the place turned into an important therapeutic spa with natural curative waters with a pleasant climate and a magnificent location in the middle of the Danube and the city Budapest; to all these natural wonders the most modern medical equipment has been added. The medicinal waters of the local hot spring are used by the hotel’s hydrotherapeutic equipment at a temperature of 70 ° C and are cooled to 34, 36 and 40 ° C, maintaining all its curative active ingredients.

The essential element of this water is sulfur, which decomposes slowly and only partially. The solution that is obtained through natural processes is basically an undiluted concentrate that fortunately does not have the typical unbearable smell of sulfur. The remaining minerals and gaseous elements are effective both in hydrotherapy and treatments that involve the consumption of mineral water.

Thermal therapy is helpful for muscles, joints and degenerative nerve diseases; therapies recovery after fractures; bone deformities and disorders of the peripheral circulation. For rheumatic problems, thermal waters are effective on the one hand by the use of therapeutic equipment and on the other by separating curative mineral substances containing key components. Through continuous and regular treatments, good results can be obtained in the case of post-inflammatory degenerative diseases of the muscles, joints and intestines. Rheumatic diseases can be treated with combined therapy programs which include baths, massages, mud treatments, electrotherapy and kinetic therapy.

Good results can be obtained in the treatment of chronic inflamed areas. The gas content of water is significant. After analysis it was shown that the content of water gas bubbles produce a film on the body. The gas emission is not so intense in order to to produce “soda water” in the true meaning of the word, but those who come to bathe on Margaret Island feel that water is not a common one. The effect is comparable to that of a gas carbon baths. It is well known that moderate temperature thermal waters on Margaret Island is good for those who have hypertension due to atherosclerosis and those suffering from diseases of the heart muscle or coronary artery.

As practiced regularly thermal baths have a calming effect, they are useful for therapy of functional neuroses. With modern equipment available to Margaret Island, thermal waters here can be used in all sorts of combinations, such as baths, massages, hot showers, carbon or mud baths, baths with essences of pine nuts and baths with weights – a 100% Hungarian invention. Mud used for mud is brought from Heviz thermal lake, near Lake Balaton. In addition to the treatments mentioned on Margaret Island the spa offers other therapeutic methods such as iontophoresis, galvanic current or waves. To improve the therapeutic effect of the thermal waters massages in gymnastics programs are often prescribed.

Radiography unit is worth mentioning for modern equipment available and allows the most complex exams. Clinical laboratory also owns the latest technology. The pharmacy is stocked with medicines from reputable companies in Eastern Europe and the West. The spa is in close contact with the National Institute of Rheumatology and Physiotherapy, and when needed, renowned specialists are consulted in complex cases. Highly qualified staff collaborates with medical experiments to help patients healing spa.

Thermal water therapy is beneficial in the following conditions:

– Rheumatic locomotor organs (except acute inflammation)

– Arthritis – polyarthritis – chronic arthritis

– Spondylosis (stiffness vertebrae)

– Ankylosing spondylitis

– Disorders of the spine

– Muscle and peritendinous disease

– Post-traumatic treatments

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Aug 01

THE AMAZING VIBE OF BUDAPEST AS YOU’VE NEVER KNOWN IT! (BUDAPEST)

Budapest is the capital of Hungary and the largest city in the country with a population exceeding 1.7 million inhabitants. In addition, Budapest is the main cultural, commercial, industrial, political and transport center, stretching over an area of about 1360 square kilometers. Given the culture and history of the city, Budapest is often regarded as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Eastern Europe. The main attraction is the beautiful Danube River, which winds through the city.

Another thing that Budapest is know for is the nightlife and the artistic environment. Awesome clubs and a great number of festivals make Budapest one of the most sought for capitals in Eastern Europe and not only.

If you plan a trip to Budapest and have never visited the city before, we are offering you some suggestions in order to bind the targets that you are planning to pass through in your itinerary.

Castle District – stylish cafes, museums and historical monuments are common in this part of Budapest. In addition, numerous bridges over the Danube, Matthias Church and the Royal Palace – you can find all of them in this area of the city. Make a visit to Fisherman’s Bastion if you want to see the most spectacular views that Budapest offers its tourists.

Arts Festival – is usually conducted every year in the third week of August and lasts three days, representing a very interesting experience for the whole family, by being presented in the most prestigious achievements of Hungarian culture.

International festival of wine and champagne – as the name suggests, this occasion is tasted the best wines and champagne in the region. It occurs in late summer, mid-September.

The Budapest International Wine Festival is a great opportunity to taste award-winning Hungarian wines, and for this year also the best of Italian wines and gastronomy. This is one of the most favorite festivals in Hungary which you must not miss – some people even go every year. Even if you are not a wine lover you will find something that picks your interest: fine food – there’s a gastro promenade offering quality street food and culinary specialties, concerts, cultural program and even children activities, so it’s for the entire family: overall, here you will encounter a wonderful atmosphere within a historical setting.

Palinka and Sausage Festival – one of the best festivals, which are mandatory to participate with the coming cold days of October. The event takes place at the Royal Palace in Budapest, the Savoy Terrace. It is held each autumn and you will have the chance to get acquainted to the national distillate drink of Hungary – palinka, and dance folkloric dances with the locals.

Chain Bridge (Lánchíd Széchenyi) is one of the most popular attractions of the city of Budapest for tourists and locals alike. The stone- built bridge, with its lion heads, has been standing since the mid 19th century. The summer festival that takes place in this location occurs in July and August and is an event not to be missed.

The Danube Promenade – included in the UNESCO World Heritage, the Danube promenade offers a walk along the river of magic beauty. Locals call it the Duna Korzo and from here you can see the spectacular views of one of the most admired rivers in Europe.

Gellert Hill – one of the most beautiful green locations in Budapest, Gellert Hill is a favorite of both the locals and the tourists. Walk down any path or road to the crest and explore the Citadel, where you will admire the ruins of an ancient fortress. Many parks and flower plantations give even more color to this tourist attraction.

Overall, Budapest is a wonderful city to visit and you will definitely leave with eautiful memories and the desire to come back and discover more!

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Apr 17

Budvári Palota – The Royal Palace of Budapest (Palatul Regal din Budapesta)

The Royal Palace, also known as Buda Castle, was built in 1265 on the southern slope of Castle Hill. It is important to mention that the castle was rebuilt more than 30 times due to the fact that it suffered immense damages in times of conflagration and invasion.

History

Budvári Palota, as it is the name in the Magyar language, was erected in the 13th century by the King Béla who, after seeing the results of the Mongolian invasion, decided to transform the castle into a fortified citadel which would stop any future attacks.

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The castle was strategically built as anyone who had control over the edifice controlled the entire valley. Because of its position, it was rather difficult to conquer the citadel thus giving the Hungarian rulers the upper hand when it came to military confrontations.

But even so, the castle changed hands quite a lot of times. The original edifice was constructed in the Gothic style, but since its erection, it underwent constant modification – the palace having been extended more than 300 times. It was during the reign of King Mathias that the palace went through its “golden years.”

A complete annihilation of the edifice occurs in 1686 when the Habsburg army decides to free Budapest of its Ottoman occupation. In the fights in which the two armies are engaged, the royal palace fells victim.

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But the Habsburgs built another palace on the same place, but smaller than the former, at the beginning of the 18th century. Unlike the architectural design of the previous one, the new castle is representative of the Baroque Style. But this new construction does not hold its ground for long as the 1848 Independence War leaves its mark on the building.

The reconstruction work which took place at the end of the 19th century bought immense modifications to the castle, almost doubling its dimensions. One change consisted of a large wing being added at the back of the construction. During World War II, the German troupes sought cover inside the walls of the castle before being finally defeated by the Allies in 1945.

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Another reconstruction takes place after the war and during these works the foundations of the constructions built in the Gothic and Renaissance styles come to light. These elements are incorporated within the Royal Palace upon its rebuilding process. And the result consists of a mixture of architectural styles which transform the edifice into a symbol of the Hungarian history and architecture.

 

At present, the Royal Palace is the home of three museums: the History Museum of Budapest, the Hungarian National Gallery and the Contemporary Art Museum.

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At the National Art Gallery there are more than 100.000 pieces of art on display which track the evolution of the Hungarian people from the Middle Ages and up to the 20th century. The History Museum of Budapest contains archeological evidence dating from the Roman period and up until the 13th century.

The best way for tourists to reach the Royal Palace of Budapest is to take the cable tramway from the Clark Adam Square. On Castle Hill, tourists can also visit the church where Matei Corvin got married and where Franz Liszt sung the Coronation Mass in 1867, as well as the Sandor Castle, which is the Office of the Hungarian President.