5 things you didn't know about Budapest
Posted by Budnews · Mar 31, 2020

The 3rd is really surprising!

Budapest is beautiful and if you are on this site then you probably already know it. However, there are things that not even the local people know. See the 5 most interesting of these.

Budapest has the most spas from all the world's big cities.

Budapest has been named the "capital of baths" for 80 years, since it was chosen as the permanent headquarter of the International Bath Association in 1937. No other settlement could have won this special title with greater right, as Budapest is the only metropolitan city in the world with 118 wells and spas. In addition, it is the only capital in the world with 5 historic spas still in operation.

Budapest had the first public park in the world!

The history of today's City Park goes back in many centuries. Originally this part was a swampy area, which was filled and planted with trees at the behest of Mary Theresa. The first promenades were formed at the end of the 18 century, which were surprisingly open to anyone. This was the moment, when the first public park in the world, now known as the City Park, was created.

Budapest has the largest geothermal cave system in the world.

Did you know that Budapest has the largest geothermal cave system in the world? You don't even have to leave the city for a cave tour: visiting the Pál-völgyi, Mátyás-hegyi or the Szemlő-hegyi cave is a unique and recommended activity for everyone, just minutes from downtown.

Gül Baba's Tomb is the most northern Islamic pilgrimage site.

Gül Baba (meaning Father of roses) was a Muslim dervish boss whose real name is not, only his nickname survived: Gül Baba. He arrived at the occupation of Buda with II. Suleiman, and according to legend, he spent his last years in Buda, where he was engaged in rose cultivation, which is why the area got the name “Rózsadomb”. The researchers say he even wore roses on top of his turban - a sign of the dervish boss.

Heroes’ Square hides a well.

Did you know that there's a well below Heroes' Square? In 1877, Vilmos Zsigmond, a mining engineer, found hot water there: the nearly 74 degree thermal water was lured to the surface from over 800 meters deep. In 1884, a beautiful building was built over the well, designed by Miklós Ybl. Unfortunately, this was demolished during the millennium construction. However, the Gloriette Fountain was relocated to the XII. District, to Széchényi Hill.

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