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The Városliget is a great place to spend a whole day. In summer you can take a look at the architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle, take a seat at the nearby lake and feed the ducks. You can also visit the Széchenyi Spas, the Zoo or the Vidámpark (Amusement Park). The Museum of Agriculture and the Transport Museum are also located on the territory of Varosliget. In winter it's a perfect place for open-air ice skating. The Városliget is a perfect place to take your kids to.
Brief history of the Park:
The first mention of the area comes from 1241 and according to that, Batu Khan here set a trap for Hungarians. In the middle ages it was used as a pasture of oxen herd, as well as a royal hunting ground. In the 18th century a lake was created in the area of the marshland. Under Maria Theresa, the area was drained and planted.
The most important event in the City Park, was the Millenium Celebration in 1896 (1000 anniversary of the Conquest). Some building were built for this occasion, for instance: the Transport Museum and Vajdahunyad Castle.
Some information about the attractions:
It was built in 1894 by Ervin Bauer’s plan. It is one of Europe’s most famous restaurants. The first owner was Ferenc Wampetics, but its really reputation thanks to Károly Gundel, who took over the restaurant in 1910. So famous people chose Gundel as Hillary Clinton, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, Pope John Paul II, Tony Curtis.
Zoological and Botanical Garden
It was opened in 1866 on the initiative of János Xantus. Among others it has an Elephant House, Bird House, Deer House and a Magic Mountain which offers many program for visitors all day.
The first circus was built in 1891. The present building has waited the visitors since 1971.
It has many attraction, for example the Panorama Wheel, Roller Coaster, Mirror Labyrinth. Merry-Go-Round was built in 1906 and was awarded the Europa Nostra Heritage Award Diploma in 1997.
It has temporary and permanent exhibitons, and opens from Tuesday to Friday.
Szechenyi Thermal Bath and Swimming
It was built between1909-1913 by Győző Czigler and Ede Dvorzsák. It has 15 indoor pools and 3 outdoor pools, saunas, steam chambers. The thermal water include calcium, magnesium, hydro-carbonate, sulphate with fluoride and metaboric acid. It is ideal for treating degenerative deseases of the joints.
The bath is opened every day until 10 pm.
The guests can book massage in advance: one hour or 30 minutes full body massage.
In winter it serves as skating rink.
It was built for the Millenium Celebration (1896) and designed by Ignác Alpár, whose statue stands in front of the main gate. The castle shows shows the different architectural styles like Gothic, Renaissance, Romanesque and Neo-Baroque. Here can be found the Agricultural Museum, the biggest agricultural museum in Europe.