Differences between mineral-,thermal-and medicinal waters
Hungary is often known as the “Land of thermal waters”, as the country gives home to several thermal springs and underground mineral water resources. Due to their extremely good quality, high mineral content, and therapeutic effect, they are considered as valuable national treasures. The composition of underground waters may differ from each other which determines their effectiveness and utilization. In this post we have summarized the main features of mineral-, thermal- and medicinal waters.
Mineral waters derive from the underground reservoirs and unlike regular water, mineral waters are pure and clean, does not have any harmful effect on human health and their mineral content is at least 1000 mg/litre. Waters that have been obtained from drinking water supply system or undergo chemical processes, or their composition have been formed by human intervention, can not be considered as mineral water. Mineral waters are certified by an official authorization, the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition in Hungary. Due to their origin, they do not contain any pollutants, do not require external water treatment, and their free from human intervention. Mineral waters have high mineral content and other natural components, moreover they are free of calories and have good taste. Consumption of natural mineral water is essential to the human organism. All together, 251 mineral waters have been recognized in Hungary. It is important to notice though, that not all mineral waters are medicinal waters.
Thermal waters are natural hot waters coming from natural underground sources with rich mineral content. The temperature of thermal waters are differed from country to country. In Hungary, the temperature of thermal waters are at least 30°C and approximately 1300 thermal springs are recognised throughout the country. Similar to mineral waters, not all thermal waters are certified as medicinal waters.
The certification of medicinal waters are recognized and authorized by the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition in Hungary. Medicinal waters are such natural mineral waters which have a proven therapeutic effect. Proven therapeutic results have been determined by medical tests in accordance with strict regulations. Hungary is proud to be home to 266 medicinal water resources.
Medicinal waters are recommended both for external and internal use. Externally used medicinal waters are beneficial for post-operative treatments, rehabilitation, locomotor disorders, skin problems and gynaecological problems. When using medicinal waters externally (bathing), they must apply to the requirements of mineral waters, their mineral content and chemical nature are constant, moreover, medicinal waters do not contain any substances that are harmful to the human body. Internally used medicinal waters (drinking, inhaling) need to meet the requirements of mineral waters as well. They are drinkable and suitable for inhalation, and has a proven therapeutic effect in such use. Drinking medicinal waters help to treat stomach diseases, stomach ulcers and to prevent dyspeptic disorders. Permanent consumption of medicinal waters are allowed under medical supervision only.
Most medicinal waters are also thermal waters which temperature are higher than 30°C. Medicinal waters meet the requirements of mineral waters as well. Medicinal waters are available in the below certified thermal bath establishments in Budapest: Rudas Thermal Bath, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Gellért Thermal Bath and Lukács Thermal Bath.
Best Places With Scenic Views in Budapest
A great number of visitors are traveling to Budapest to discover its fascinating landmarks and experience the city’s cultural lifestyle. No Budapest vacation can be missed without observing the architectural masterpieces and stunning views from the highest points of the city. We have collected our favourite places where you can take the greatest photos of Budapest while admiring its timeless allure.
Experience an unforgettable ride on Budapest Eye and discover the city’s amazing view as you haven’t seen it before. Budapest Eye is recognised as the largest Ferris Wheel in the Hungarian capital. All famous sights can be seen from the giant wheel. You can observe the Danube river, Buda Castle, and the tower of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The highest point of the wheel is 65 meters and one ride includes 3 complete rounds. Tickets for Budapest Eye can be purchased on spot.
Tower of St. Stephen's Basilica
Observe a breath taking panoramic view over Budapest from the Panorama Tower of St. Stephen’s Basilica. St. Stephen’s Basilica is the largest catholic church in Budapest located in the city centre. By climbing up on the 145 steps of the spiral staircase or by taking the elevator, you will arrive to the highest point of the Basilica from where you can admire the stunning landscape of Budapest. Tickets to the tower can be purchased at the entrance on spot.
Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the most famous landmarks in Budapest. Located in the medieval Buda Castle Quarter it serves as a specifically unique venue for taking creative and inspiring sightseeing photographs. By placing your camera in front of the arches towards the Danube river, you can capture a stunning view of the Pest side of the city, including the Parliament building and the legendary bridges. Sit down on one of the stone benches of the Bastion and shoot sensational photos with spectacular backdrops. We recommend every visitor to admire this spectacular sight of Budapest.
Tower of Matthias Church
Situated in the centred area of Buda Castle Quarter, Matthias Church is a dominant monument in the Castle neighbourhood. Visitors who climb the narrow spiral staircase of the tower can observe the stunning sights of Budapest, all the way from Margaret Island to the Liberty Statue. Take spectacular photographs of the royal cityscape of Buda and the urban landscape of Pest. Watch the river boats gliding down the Danube river while enjoying the panoramic view of the Hungarian capital.
In case you are in the mood to discover Budapest on foot, then take your direction towards Gellért Hill and walk to the top. However, there are many towers and rooftops in the city where you can admire Budapest’s cityscape, the most world-famous photographs of Budapest are taken from the Citadel. From here you can capture the sparkling nightlights of the Buda Castle, the majestic Parliament building and the towers of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The best time to take photos of Budapest from Gellért Hill is at late afternoon when the glittering sunlight is reflecting off the Danube.
City Park, mostly known as ‘Liget’ is the first public park in Europe and one of the most outstanding masterpieces of the Hungarian Millennium Celebrations. City Park offers pleasant outdoor activities, relaxation and sporting for all ages throughout the year. Located in an area of 100 hectares, the park gives home to several amazing building complex, and the largest bathing establishment in Europe. Nowadays, City Park is going through constant development to ensure a greener, liveable, and more attractive area.
Visiting City Park
City Park is located in the 14th district of Budapest, at the end of Andrassy avenue. The park can be easily accessible with the underground from Deák square and offers free entrance to every visitor. Filled with huge green areas, alleyways and cultural buildings it is just waiting to be explored. Feel yourself close to nature in the middle of Budapest, and seek out the wonderful treasures and experiences in City Park.
Vajdahunyad Castle is the most dominant building complex in City Park showcasing the architecture of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles on separate buildings. The establishment designed by Ignac Alpar was built for the thousandth-year anniversary of Hungarian settlement. The castle is now home of the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture representing the thousandth-year old agricultural history of Hungary. The main style of the castle is based on the Hunedoara Castle in Transylvania, but you can also discover parts of the building from Church of Ják, elements of the Cathedral of Pécs and motifs from the Royal Palace of Gödöllő.
City Park Lake
City Park Lake offers an excellent possibility to relax, enjoy nature and open-air sports for all age groups throughout the year. From Spring to Autumn you can enjoy boating, and in winter season, the lake ensures the pleasure of ice skating on the second oldest ice skating rink in Europe.
Széchenyi Thermal Bath
Have a relaxing few hours in Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the largest bathing complex in Europe. The 76 Celsius thermal water comes from 1246 meters deep to the surface from Budapest’s second deepest well. Széchenyi Thermal Bath welcomes guests in 21 pools, offering wellness services, sauna, aerobic and water gymnastics.
City Park gives home to the world’s oldest, 150-year old Budapest Zoo presenting thousandth of botanical and animal species. The zoo is constantly developing and extending with larger areas, exciting playgrounds and new services which makes it more enjoyable and memorable for kids. Spend a pleasant day with your family and discover the magnificent animal kingdom.
Rising above Budapest city, this outstanding and magical mountain attracts visitors to discover its charming beauty. Gellert Hill hides several unique monuments and less-known stories which are just waiting to be discovered. During history it was a place for trading activities, later the centuries it became a stronghold and also a natural source providing thermal and medicinal water bursting up from the foothills. Nowadays, Gellert hill became an attractive natural sight and popular tourist destination, offering a breath taking view of Budapest, especially at night.
Visiting Gellért Hill
Gellert Hill is located mainly in the 11th district, at the Buda side of Liberty bridge. It can be easily accessible with tram or metro line 4 from Buda and Pest as well, and worth to have a walking tour to discover all its famous sights. A trip on Gellert Hill will not only allow you to discover the natural sight of the city, but you can also learn about the mountain’s history and visit historic monuments. Amazing views, beautiful parks and the hidden gems will grant you a wonderful experience.
The Cave Church is a very unique historical monument settled on the southeast slope, close to Liberty bridge. The place used to be an entrance to a simple cave in the Middle Ages, but during the centuries it has been artificially turned into a chapel. Nowadays, the chapel gives home to the Pauline Order and welcomes visitor to learn about the history of the Order of Saint Paul.
Located on the highest spot on Gellert Hill, the Liberty statue is a remarkable symbol of Budapest’s landscape. The statue forms a female holding a palm tree, symbolizing the victory of the Soviet army at the end of World War II. After the 45 years Soviet occupation Hungary regained its independence, and the statue was meant to be removed, however by then it became the city’s famous attraction and remained in place.
Statue of St. Gellért
Close to Elisabeth Bridge, on the sides of the mountain stands the 33 meters tall monument of Saint Gellert who the mountain got its name from. A spectacular waterfall falls under the statue and a charming staircase leads to the top of the hill where you can hike up to the Citadel.
Garden of Philosophy
This very unique and lesser-known monument is situated on the west side of the mountain. Due to its particular meaning, the statues play a significant role in the culture of Gellért Hill. The following message can be read at the opening of the garden: “For better mutual understanding”. The statues represent the greatest leaders of the world religions, symbolizing tolerance and peaceful coexistence towards each other.
Prince of Buda and Princess of Pest
Near to the Garden of Philosophy stands a very rare yet popular monument featuring the two towns of Budapest in a beautiful and lifelike representation. It can be observed how the Prince of Buda and Princess of Pest are trying to reach each other hands above the Danube which is symbolized by the narrow space. A wonderful panoramic view is presented from the statues of the Buda Castle and Pest as well.
Buda Castle Quarter
Buda Castle Quarter is the oldest medieval area in Budapest, giving home to several museums, art galleries, centuries-old coffee houses and iconic landmarks. As part of the UNESCO world heritage, the Castle Quarter is a defining presence for culture and Hungarian history. Buda Castle was home to Hungarian kings and served as a stronghold during battles in the Middle-Ages. In world war II. several parts of the complex was damaged, but nowadays, it became a symbol of Hungarian Nation. Immerse yourself in the aristocratic atmosphere while strolling down the streets of this prestigious and magnificent neighbourhood.
Visiting Buda Castle
Buda Castle invites you to discover its colourful history, iconic landmarks and amazing views of the city. The Castle Quarter is located in the 1st district of Budapest, on the Buda side of the city. The area can be easily accessible with public transportation as well as on foot, and you can also have a fun ride on the Castle Hill funicular, which sets off from the road tunnel at Chain Bridge. The neighbourhood offers free entrance, however visiting certain buildings and churches might cost extra charge.
Located in the centred area of Buda Castle, Matthias Church is one of the most famous catholic churches in Budapest. Originally it was known as the Church of Our Lady, referring to Virgin Mary, the Patron Saint of Hungary. Matthias Church hosted several coronation events, princely wedding ceremonies and political discussions. Both of Matthias’s weddings was held in this building. During the Turkish occupation the church was turned into a Turkish mosque. After the 150-year period Ottoman rule (Turks) Hungary was took over by the Habsburg empire and the mosque was turned back into a catholic church again. Matthias Church was rebuilt and reconstructed during the Millennium celebrations in the 1890s. At this time, it gained its final appearance.
Fisherman’s Bastion is a world famous and stunning attraction of Buda Castle, providing the most beautiful panorama of Budapest. It was built on the occasion of the 1000 years anniversary of the Hungarian Settlement. Years ago these parts of the establishment was protected by the guild of fisherman’s and there was a fish market at the foot of the mountain. That’s where the name comes from. The 7 towers of the bastion represent the seven Chieftains of Hungary who had led their tribes into the Carpathian Basin.
Buda Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is the most remarkable establishment in Buda Castle Quarter and a characteristic symbol of Budapest’s cityscape. The palace gave home to Hungarian kings in the medieval ages and got damaged several times during history, but nowadays it is a host to the National Art Gallery, Budapest History Museum and Szechenyi Library. The remarkable Dome of the building is part of the National Gallery, offering a breath taking panoramic view of the city which visitors can enjoy from May to September.
Enjoy a Walking Trip
Discover the Castle area on foot. Stroll down the cobblestoned and charming streets of Buda Castle and meet the hidden treasures and legendary stories of the neighbourhood. Explore the most significant sights, presidential places and historical squares of the area. Admire the iconic buildings, beautiful facades and sculptures of each architectural masterpiece. Learn how people and different kind of nations lived in this area and how they survived occupations over history. Whether you would like to take part in a private guided tour or enjoy a self –guided walking trip, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to help you find the perfect trip and give you useful tips for your visit.
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