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 09

LESSER KNOWN CITIES OF HUNGARY (MAGYARORSZÁG)

When most people hear of Hungary, they immediately think Budapest; but Hungary is not only about Budapest. Of course, the capital is a beautiful city, visited by millions of tourists every year. But other major cities of Hungary have something to offer and therefore are not bypassed, on the contrary.

Debrecen

Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary and has 206,000 inhabitants. It is the regional center of Eastern Hungary. Debrecen is located near Hortobagy National Park, ideal for you if you really like plain lands. This city is located close to Romania. Although it was historically isolated from Budapest, the two cities have become more connected to each other through the building of the new highways, such as M3. Debrecen has a decent public transport network, which does not lack trams and trolleybuses. It is a relatively quiet town, without too much fuss and bustle; the old, elegant architecture is crowned by the building of the Debrecen University and several cultural institutions.

Miskolc

Miskolc is the third largest city in Hungary, located in the north-east of the country, close enough to Slovakia. Here live some 170,000 inhabitants; Miskolc is the regional center of Northern Hungary. This town is near several geographic regions and different lands. In the east you can find the beautiful Bukk Mountains and Sajo, Hejo and Szinva rivers. The point located at the lowest altitude of the city is the river Sajo, from where Tisza Plain begins, as well. Miskolc is an industrial city, overall. It is divided into several distinct areas, like Avas, located on a hill in the city center and is characterized by many old structures, that preserve the charm of between-wars era or newer ones from the communist period, which reminds you of Soviet times. While visiting Miskilc, you must not miss Belváros, the town center, where you will admire beautiful historic buildings next to modern constructions such as malls.

Szeged

Szeged has a population of 169,000 inhabitants and is the regional center of southeastern Hungary. It is located near the border with Serbia and Romania, and is passes by Maros and Tisza rivers. The climate of this area is much sunnier than other parts of Hungary, almost resembling the Mediterranean weather. Szeged is one of the industrial centers of the country and here, the most popular Hungarian food prepared here, such as paprika and sausages. Szeged is also known to be a major academic center and an important touristic spot due to the many music and artistic festivals that take place.

Pécs

Pécs is located on top of Mecsek Mountains, in the south-west of the country, close to Croatia. It has a population of 156,000 inhabitants. Together with the cities of Essen and Istanbul, Pecs was chosen as European Capital of Culture in 2010. Since it is located in an agricultural area, many local products originate in this city. Here you can also find a famous porcelain factory. It was an area where there were many factories, but they disappeared after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain. Another fun fact that you must know is that here you will find a unique beer, which is not filtered before bottling and is prepared only at the Brewery of Pécs; so it is only serve in one restaurant and nowhere else in this world!

Another thing that you should keep in mind is that the University of Pécs is the oldest institution of university education in Hungary and one of the oldest in Europe. The town of Pécs is crossed by several trains every day, that will lead you to Budapest and other important places.

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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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Jul 21

THE TOP THREE SAUNAS IN EASTERN EUROPE

Europeans love tasty food, good wine and, at the end of the day, enjoying a great time at the spa. From Iceland to Estonia, spas are an integral part of European life (if we go back in history in Greek and Roman times, we will understand why it’s pretty much a part of collective mentality) and often one of the city’s major tourist attractions. But do not think about some New Age scenery that take place in luxurious spaces where you receive hand massages with chocolate and where you can drink Japanese tea. European spas are hot and are located in buildings dating back centuries ago. The great part is that you leave these places feeling rejuvenated and with the feeling that you took part in something special with great tradition.

These three spas that we classified in a top three in the Eastern European region offer not only treatment for body and soul, but also an essential insight into the cultural space where they are located. After all, what better way to know a place than sitting naked in front of the inhabitants? 😀

Szechenyi Thermal Baths – Budapest, Hungary

Budapest was officially recognized “the City of Spas” since 1920, but the hot springs downtown have been enjoyed including by the ancient Romans, whose bathrooms are still running nowadays. There are many options in the surroundings, but one of the best is the Szechenyi spa complex, situated in a grand building with 10 indoor and three outdoor baths. Here you also have saunas, hot tubs and turbulence tubs in which you can relax.

Kalma Sauna – Tallinn, Estonia

Estonians, just like their Finnish neighbors, have a cult of saunas. They are good for the heart, skin and also a great place for socializing. In any house having a sauna is mandatory, and if not, there are public ones, as it is Kalma Sauna, the oldest sauna in Tallinn, dating from 1926. Spend a few hours at Sauna Kalma, hopping between cold showers and even colder pools and then back in the hot sauna.

Cagaloglu Hamami – Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish baths are found in all major cities, but nothing compares to the experience lived in an authentic communal bathroom in Istanbul. The oldest and grandest spa is Cagaloglu Hamami, where you can bathe under an amazing Ottoman marble dome built by Sultan Mehmet I more than 350 years ago. You are here in a warm room, accompanied only by the person who takes care of you, and the relationships that you will established here will reach a few different levels, passing through the stage of relaxation to the one of domination, if you keep in mind that you will be massaged and rubbed with a thick glove that will remove more layers of dead skin than you ever imagined that you have. This entire operation together with the massage usually takes more than an hour, but you can linger there as long as you want, while you drink tea and enjoy the warmth around you.

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Apr 20

The Parliament Building in Hungary (Palatul Parlamentului – Ungaria)

The Parliament Building (also known as Országház) took 7 years to be constructed. It followed the design developed by Imre Steindl, a professor at the Technical University in Budapest, and it ended up measuring 118 m in width and 268 m in length.

The construction is enormous, having 691 chambers, 10 courtyards, 27 gates and staircases which combined measure more than 20 km. The constructors used 40 million bricks, half a million of gemstones and 40 kg of gold in building the edifice.

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The Parliament Building is actually the second largest edifice in Europe after the House of Parliament in London. The impressive stature of 96 m makes it one of the highest edifices in Budapest – the other one being St. Stephen’s Basilica.

The architectural style belongs to the Gothic Revival period but there are Renaissance elements incorporated every here and there. More so, the foundation of the edifice is constructed after the Baroque style while the interior design is representative for the Byzantine style.

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The structure is symmetrical, the Parliament having two identical halls – one is used for governmental purpose and the other is used for touristic purpose. The walls of the edifice are adorned with 242 sculptures, both inside and out (90 at the exterior and 152 in the interior).

The ones located on the front of the edifice are representations of the most valuable public figures in the history of Hungary: Hungarian and Transylvanian leaders, as well as important military personalities. The main entrance to the Parliament consists of a staircase limited by two lions made out of rock.

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The interior decoration is art in the true sense of the word. There are murals on the ceiling, the staircase is beautifully adorned and the central hall (which has sixteen sides) is impressive. Another point of reference is the glass mosaic work performed by Miksa Róth.

The immense structure and the craftsmanship of the architectural design require constant maintenance work (especially since the rock used in the construction tends to corrode easily), that is why the Parliament Building is in a continuous state of renovation.

At present, the Parliament Building is the place where the National Assembly.

Groups of tourists can visit the Parliament Building only if they have reservation. The reservation can be made during the working hours of the tourist department. Individuals cannot make reservations in advance. The tickets can be bought from Gate X in the Kossuth Square. The ticket booth is opened as follows:

1st of October – 30th of April:

Monday to Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

1st of May – 30th of September:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

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UE citizens can visit the Parliament Building free of charge as long as they bring proof of their nationality. Non-UE citizens have to buy tickets as follows:

Adults:  2640 Hungarian forints;

Students: 1320 Hungarian forints.

You should know that the Parliament is closed to the public during governmental meetings and official receptions. If these periods coincide with the reservation date, then the tours are postponed. During the tour, you will receive a guide that will present the history behind the edifice. (This is available in several foreign languages: English, French, Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, Yiddish).

 

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.