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Senior travellers in Budapest

The Hungarian capital has always been popular with senior travellers, and it’s not a coincidence. The unique beauty of Budapest and its excellent cultural, recreational and culinary events offer older guests a great time.

Visiting thermal baths is one of the most popular pastimes for tourists in Budapest. It’s not just the experience of carefree relaxation that makes them feel younger when leaving the pools. Medicinal water at the capital’s baths is excellent for treating various ailments. It’s worth taking a look at what kind of ailments the different types of medicinal water cure, as each bath is fed by a different type of springwater.

St. Stephen’s Basilica is one of the most impressive buildings in the capital. The details of the beautiful facade already mesmerize the visitor who’s welcomed by an even more exquisite sight inside the church. Take your time whether you arrive, with a guide or alone, because there is more than enough to see. The treasury of the basilica holds unique objects, and visitors above 65 are entitled to a discount on the entrance ticket. Don’t miss out on the impeccable view from the dome either.

The Parliament, home of the Hungarian National Assembly, is only a 10-minute walk from the basilica. Guided tours in many languages, leaving from the Visitor Centre, are very popular, so booking in advance is recommended. Hungarian and EU citizens can purchase their tickets at a reduced price.

If you get hungry in this neighbourhood, visit the Market Hall on Hold utca, where many outstanding restaurants await weary travellers. Whether you prefer traditional Hungarian meals or foreign specialties, you will surely find something to sink your teeth into.

This lively Central European capital is made more special by the fact that tranquility of nature is only a stone’s throw away from the busy city centre. Near Heroes’ Square, you can sit by the lake or wander the shadowy paths in City Park for a relaxing time. The same is true for Margaret Island in the middle of the city, where centuries-old trees line the paths. The Open-Air Theatre, where culture enthusiasts can attend programmes all summer, offers one of the most unique experiences in the huge park.

The Buda side of the city also holds some treasures. You can roam the hidden cobblestone roads of the Castle District while the tower of the Matthias Church keeps cropping up above the rooftops. The Hospital in the Rock – Nuclear Bunker Museum awaits its visitors in Lovas utca, on the western side of the castle, where not many tourists wander. The unique exhibition commemorates the years of the World Wars and the Cold War. Visitors above the age of 65 receive a 50% discount here, while EU citizens above 70 can attend the guided tour for 1 forint.

Budapest would like to indulge senior guests, so they can expect that many institutions, museums and exhibitions offer a discount for visitors above 65. And don’t forget this most important piece of information: Every citizen above the age of 65 arriving from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland can use public transport for free if they carry their photo ID with their date of birth.

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