10 places in Budapest with hidden treasures
According to the travel site Lonely Planet, these are the places that worth visiting, if a tourist is curious about sights that are not hit by the sightseeing buses.
Lonely planet is a travel site that wrote an article about Budapest hidden treasures this time. The author shows ten not so well-known places in the capital city which are new even for some Hungarians, let alone the tourists.
- Kelenföld Power Plant
Kelenföld Power Plant has been visited by Szeretlek Magyaroszág, too. The industrial installation has been closed for years it is used for shooting nowadays. It is kept closed from the public, but the lucky ones can be guided around.
There are about 200 beautiful caves under Budapest, which provide the thermal water for the spas of the city. According to the author of Lonely Planet, it is worth visiting the Buda Hills where Pálvölgyi cave and Szemlőhegyi cave awaits the visitors.
- Wekerle estate
This district is a real marvel in the suburbs ruled by a county-like mood and decorated with Transylvanian architectural elements. The name of Károly Koós is also mentioned who was the main architect of the region in the beginning of the 20th century.
- Törley Pezsgőpincészet
The winery of Törley champagne is located in Budafok where the past of the famous drink is presented. It was founded in the 1880s when József Törley decided to put the knowledge he had acquired in France to use in his own winery.
The most important stages of the history of the Hungarian champagne can be witnessed here, and it is possible to taste the drink.
- Zwack Unicom Factory
Unicum is a traditional drink made from 40 different herbs and spices based on a secret family recipe which is a must on the shelf of every Hungarian bar.
In the factory we get an insight into the history of the drink and the Zwack family, and, of course, we may also taste this Hungarian speciality.
- Ecseri market
On a flea market one can find everything needed. Even things that are not needed. The unadulterated mood of the market enchants you immediately at the location where even the smallest item has a serious past and history.
In 2015 Budapest was the design capital of UNESCO and Paloma is a place where you can easily understand why. It is actually a garden where Hungarian designers can find a place for themselves – whether it is jewellery, clothes, shoes or cosmetics. The artistgarden, located in the Kossuth Lajos street, is a very unique place where everyone can find an item for themselves.
- Hospital in the Rock
Not so much a “hidden” treasure, but still worth mentioning. The complex which was built in a natural cave system began as a hospital during World War ll then functioned as a Nuclear Bunker in the years of the Cold War. Since 2002 it has been awaiting its visitors as a museum.
- Pinball exhibition
Europe’s largest ongoing interactive pinball exhibition with 130 machines. Real rarities can be found here, such as an antique piece from the late 19th century, and they are fully functional.
- Turkish spas
Many know the large amount of thermal spas Budapest has but there are a lot of not so well-known ones, built under the Turkish thraldom that are visited by only a few tourists. Rudas Thermal Bath is among the popular ones, but, for example, Király Bath or Veli Bej Bath are not.