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The perfect programs for a rainy day in Budapest

To have a good experience and fulfil the expectations during the holidays is one of the most important things that someone is looking forward to but sometimes the weather may cross our plans. However, if it rains all day in Budapest the bad weather should not stop you to spend a great time in this magnificent city.

You may start your day and warm up in one of the famous icons of the Hungarian capital, the Széchenyi Bath located in the City Park. This spa, built between 1909 and 1913 in Neo-Baroque and Neo-Renaissance styles, is considered the most beautiful and complex in Europe. It provides hot-spring water with calcium, magnesium and other minerals and is perfect for therapeutic treatments and diet (the water is drinkable). Besides the benefits of the water, you can jump from one pool to the other, enjoy the saunas and steam rooms. It has three outdoor pools, one of them is for swimming (50 meters log) and the other two are for leisure. The baths has more than 11 indoor pools and it provides different facilities and services such as massage, aqua fitness, tours, restaurant-buffet and bathing suit rental. It is open from 6am until 10pm.

Széchenyi Thermal Bath

1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút 9-11.

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Another option is the Miniversum, where you can have a detailed overview of the city and the country through a model layout scaled to 1:100 of original size. You can also take a look a bit of Austria and Germany here. This huge collection shows you the most famous attractions with everything in constant motion such us the Nyugati station, where you can follow the way of the train from the station to Berlin. Also the interactive screens show original photos of the landscape and you can compare them with the layouts in miniature.

Miniversum

1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 12.

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Budapest has history in every corner and if you are interested in the places that were World War II scenes you can visit The Hospital in the Rock built in a natural cave, located under the Castle Hill. This hospital turned into a nuclear bunker, which was kept secret until 2002. It has almost 200 mannequin (life-like) wax figures and the original medical equipment from 1940’s and 1950’s helping to recreate history. This popular museum is open from 10am from Monday to Sunday and there is and English guided tour every hour.

Hospital in the Rock - Nuclear Bunker Museum

1012 Lovas út 4/c.

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Another exquisite option on a rainy day may be to visit the Unicum House located in the industrial part of the IX district in Budapest. In its museum you can learn about the history and the method of preparation of this famous Hungarian liquor distilled from over forty herbs and spices. The recipe remained a family secret. This bitter liquor is the one of the country’s flagship drinks.

HOUSE OF UNICUM

1095 Budapest, Dandár utca 1.

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Furthermore, Budapest offers as well the Tropical Oceanarium, which is the largest sea aquarium in Central Europe and it is located at the outskirts of the city. You can see Hungarian fish species, equatorial animals and inhabitants of the seas and oceans here. One of the biggest attraction is to see the sharks’ feedings. The permanent exhibition is distributed in almost 3000 m2 and houses hundreds of animals shared in eight rooms. This place provides space and freedom to the exotic animals such as birds, squirrel monkeys, alligators and turtles. The aim of this project is to educate people about the exotic species and learn to love and respect their nature. At the same time to teach them not to damage the Earth.

Tropicarium Budapest

1222 Budapest, Nagytétényi út 37-43.

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In case you are willing to have an exciting adventure in the city you could try Budapest Shooting, where you can pull the trigger of handguns, semi-automatic firearms, rifles and sniper rifles and other shotguns.  All sessions are indoor and the professional staff can guide you to have a safe and fun shooting experience. You can choose your weapon from 150 ammunition firearms and you don’t need to have license, you just need to present you ID.

Budapest Shooting

1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 37-39.

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For those, who are vintage lovers they can visit and renew their closet in Retrock, the largest Vintage and Designer store in Hungary with unique and timeless items from all around the world. You can find treasures from the 1960’s to the 1990’s from renowned designers such as Armani, Dior, Moschino among others. Besides clothes, you can find special and limited handicrafts that can be good souvenir options or they may fit to your collection.

Retrock

1061 Budapest, Anker köz 2.

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Whichever program you choose you will surely have a great time with a lot of history, pleasure and joy. Any of these experience will complement your holiday even if the weather does not play its part in it.

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