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Three baths not to miss Budapest is known for its fantastic bath houses. The three most spectacular are: A Turkish, an art nouveau and a pseudo-Roman one. The Rudas Baths is in Buda, to the left of Erzsébet híd. Part of it is a wonderfully preserved Turkish bath. The bath inside the Gellért Hotel was completed in 1918 (See Walk Three, page 181–183.), and the Széchenyi Baths is the largest year-round one. Located in Városliget, it was named after a 19th century statesman. See Walk Four for details. Visit www.spas.budapest.travel to learn more.

Twelve places to meet a budapest friend One should not set up an appointment with a Budapester in the open-air, especially not during the winter. They tend not to be on time, or not on the dot, at any rate. So try to agree to an appointment indoors, preferably in a place which does not cost you anything. Here are some suggestions:

7 a.m.

9 a.m.

11 a.m.

At the Széchenyi Baths, either in the open-air pool where you can swim (you’ll need a swim cap there), or inside in the middle “common thermal bath”, which is the one with windows in a semicircle. (XIV. Állatkerti körút 11.) See Walk Four.

At Café Gerbeaud, in the middle, flat-ceilinged room, under the oil painting, The Altar Boy and the Apprentice Confectioner. It opens at 9 a.m., so try to be there before the other tourists, whom Budapest eggheads try to avoid. (V. Vörösmarty tér 7.) See page 88–89.

At the big oak table in the main hall of the Museum of Ethnography, which is the former Supreme Court. (V. Kossuth Lajos tér 12., closed on Monday) See Walk Two.

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1 p.m.

I n the ground floor covered courtyard of the Budapest Central Library’s main branch. The former stables are now a café. (VIII. Szabó Ervin tér, closed on Sunday, unfortunately, and usually in the month of July) See Walk Three.

3 p.m.

At Burger King on Oktogon “Square”, on the second floor by the rail, where you’ll have a view of the Nagykörút. It is outdated, post-modern popular taste – too many colours and objects. (VI. Oktogon tér 3.)

5 p.m.

In The gallery of the New York Coffee House, which was the birthplace of modern Hungarian literature, and has been beautifully restored. (VII. Erzsébet körút 9 – 11.) See Walk Five.

7 p.m.

 y the fancy indoor fountain in the WestEnd City B Center mall, which is in a rectangular floor to rooftop space called Millennium Square. (XIII. Váci út 1 – 3., at the entrance across from Radnóti Miklós utca.)

9 p.m.

At the Corvin Cinema in the chairs upstairs on the right, which are just above the Café Casablanca. (VIII. Corvin köz 1.) See Walk Five.

11 p.m.

At Café Művész, in the inner room with its traditional splendour. The clientele is generally elderly, but not at that hour. (VI. Andrássy út 29.) See Walk Four.

1 a.m.

At the Stage Pub, which is so-called because it is adjacent to the Pesti Színház (the Pest Theatre). Opened in 1995, it’s likely to be a constant in Budapest’s rather quickly changing nightlife scene. It operates a course for wannabe bartenders and attracts theatre folks. (V. Aranykéz utca 8., closed on Sunday)

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