Budapest, Hungary: Parliament and Thermal Baths
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Budapest, Hungary: Parliament and Thermal Baths

November 26, 2019


LIKE SO MUCH OF BUDAPEST, HUNGARY’S PARLIAMENT WAS BUILT
FOR THE BIG 1896 PARTY. ITS ELEGANT, NEO-GOTHIC DESIGN
AND RIVERSIDE LOCATION WERE INSPIRED BY ITS
COUNTERPART IN LONDON. IT’S ENORMOUS, WITH LITERALLY
MILES OF GRAND HALLS DESIGNED TO
HELP ADMINISTER THAT SPRAWLING, MULTINATIONAL
HABSBURG EMPIRE.   BY THE END OF WORLD WAR I,
THE HABSBURGS WERE GONE AND HUNGARY,
WHILE MUCH SMALLER, WAS FULLY INDEPENDENT. BUT THEN CAME THE NAZIS,
FOLLOWED BY THE COMMUNISTS. THAT ELUSIVE FREEDOM
WAS FINALLY WON AFTER THE FALL
OF THE SOVIET UNION IN 1989. AND SINCE THEN THE CITY
HAS BLOSSOMED. [ upbeat classical music
playing ] TODAY,
HUNGARY RULES ONLY HUNGARY, AND IT’S RULED
NOT BY AN EMPEROR, BUT BY DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED
REPRESENTATIVES, WHO LEGISLATE FROM WHAT’S NOW
A PALACE OF DEMOCRACY. LIKE VIENNA, BUDAPEST
FEELS MORE GRANDIOSE THAN THE CAPITAL OF A
RELATIVELY SMALL COUNTRY. BUT THE CITY REMAINS THE CULTURAL CAPITAL
OF EASTERN EUROPE WITH A KEENLY DEVELOPED KNACK
FOR GOOD LIVING.   YOU CAN ENJOY
THAT HUNGARIAN JOY OF LIFE AT THE SZECHENYI BATH. SOAK WITH THE LOCALS. OF THE CITY’S TWO DOZEN OR SO
TRADITIONAL MINERAL BATHS, THIS IS THE MOST ACCESSIBLE
AND FUN. BUDAPEST IS
HOT, LITERALLY. IT SITS ON A THIN CRUST
OVER THERMAL SPRINGS, WHICH POWER ALL
THESE BATHS. BOTH THE ANCIENT ROMANS
AND OTTOMAN TURKS ENJOYED THESE SAME
MINERAL SPRINGS. THEY STILL SAY, “POKE A HOLE IN
THE GROUND ANYWHERE IN HUNGARY, AND YOU’LL FIND HOT WATER.” MAGYARS OF ALL SHAPES AND
SIZES SQUEEZE THEMSELVES INTO TINY SWIMSUITS
AND STRUT THEIR STUFF.   BABUSHKAS FLOAT BLISSFULLY
IN THE WARM WATER. THE SPEEDO-CLAD
OLD BOYS CLUB GATHERS PENSIVELY
AROUND SOGGY CHESSBOARDS.   AND THE CIRCLE OF RAPIDS
BRINGS OUT THE KID IN PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.   AFTER 2,000 YEARS OF
EXPERIENCE AND INNOVATION, LOCALS HAVE HONED THE ART OF ENJOYING THEIR THERMAL
HOT SPRINGS.   BUDAPEST STRADDLES
THE DANUBE RIVER. ON THE WEST SIDE IS HILLY BUDA,
DOMINATED BY CASTLE HILL. THE ROYAL PALACE
MARKS THE PLACE WHERE ONE OF EUROPE’S
MIGHTIEST CASTLES ONCE STOOD. SINCE THE 14th CENTURY, HUNGARY
HAS BEEN RULED FROM THIS SPOT.  

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  1. Hungary is in Central, not Eastern Europe 🙂 In fact it is offending for Central Europeans to be called sth else. It all changed since the end of Communism. I appreciate your interest in Europe, however.

  2. He didn't mention how the united states gave Hungary communist russia, enslaving millions of innocent people. Hungary is claimed to no longer be communist, like most other Eastern European countries. The fact is, other Eastern Euro countries, like Hungary, are still under the control of russia. If the people try to elect a past non-communist, they make certain that person will never reach power. Communism is still very strong in these countries.

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