Finally back again with another Budapest post, day one of what I got up too! So I was in Budapest for 4 days but really it felt like 48 hours as the other 2 days were spent travelling (who knew such a short flight still took up a whole day) but we were able to cram so much into such a small space of time I thought I'd show you what we managed too see and I guess recommend if you're thinking of heading to Budapest.

 1. parliament and margaret island
The plan wasn't to see the parliament really but as it's so easy to walk everywhere you follow the Danube river and walk alongside the parliament building along the way to the chain bridge or Margaret Island and it is actually very stunning, with such amazing detail. Well worth a stumble upon.
After that it's a bit of a walk to Margaret (margit) Island and but well worth it, and you can grab an ice cream / lolly and a drink from the cute ice cream stand right by the fountain. Which turns out to be a musical fountain and puts on a show every now and then throughout the day, which I didn't expect but is actually well worth seeing and its very refreshing dipping your toes at the edge.
2. szechenyi thermal baths
The thermal baths are one of the main 'attractions' in Budapest with a fair few dotted around. We headed to the main thermal bath and even with temperatures over 30 degrees the hot water is very welcomed. It's not to bad for how busy it is, you don't feel overwhelmed and there are plenty of places to set up your things. There are 2 baths, one is the more thermal bath and then the other one has a whirlpool in and is cooler so more leisurely. There are a lot of price options and we went for a daily ticket with cabin and bought towels there but you get refunded for those once you hand them back in. 

£? 5200 FT = £14 for a weekday daily ticket and a cabin.

    hero square pictures from beth
3. hero square                                                                                                                   
Hero Square is just before Szechenyi thermal bath and Budapest zoo and Botanical Garden, if you've come from Margaret Island and is one of the major squares in Budapest. Again another thing that wasn't planned but worth seeing. It looks very Greek, but features the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars (the leaders of the seven tribes of the Hungarians) and other important national leaders and also the tomb of the unknown soldier. Which is very interesting, it is also surrounded by two important buildings, The museum of fine art on the left and the palace of art on the right.

From Hero Square if you fancy a little bit of shopping, you can head down Andrassy Boulevard for a little mooch with stores from Armani, Gucci and even a COS! It's a central street with restaurants, food stands and even a piece of the Berlin wall still standing a long the way.

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