- Among the major cities in the world, Budapest has the most thermal spas!
- The world’s first public park was in Budapest!
- Erzsébetváros Like Chicago?
The Chicago nickname came from the outside area of Erzsébetváros between 1896 and 98 when, in the spirit of monarchy development, a separate part of the city between Rottenbiller-Damjanich-Dózsa György streets was built in two years. This incredible pace of construction and the parallel arrangement of the city district reminded the inhabitants of Chicago, the super-city of the age, so they often mentioned the outside areas of Erzsébetváros under that name.
- Budapest is exciting underground!
Did you know that Budapest is the world’s largest geothermal cave system? You don’t even have to go out of town if you want to go on a cave tour: visiting the caves of the Pál Valley, Mátyás-hegy and Szemlő Mountains is a unique and recommended program for everyone, a few minutes from the city center.
- Hot water is rushing under the Heroes’ Square.
Who would think there is a well under the Heroes’ Square? Exactly 140 years ago, in 1877, Vilmos Zsigmond, a mining engineer, found here thermal water, and the 74-degree spa water was brought to the surface from over 800 meters deep. In 1884 a beautiful building was built above the well, according to the plans of Miklós Ybl, but unfortunately it was demolished during the millenium construction. Today, just a plain copper plate shows the former location of the well in the square. If you are interested in building a demolished Gloriette well, visit XII. to the Széchenyi Mountain in the district where he was relocated and where he can still be visited as a lookout.