While strolling the streets of Budapest, there are so many hidden gems on the way, we are not even aware of. I'm showing you a part of the Turkish heritage here. Did you know, that we used to be occupied by the Ottoman Empire for nearly 150 years starting in the 16th century till the expulsion of the Turks in 1686. As the consequence of these years, many things have changed and got influenced by the huge empire. Even though it all happened centuries ago, we still can see some memories of the Turks all around the country. We have some words that come from that era, for instance coffee (kávé), oats (árpa), mourning (gyász), brave (bátor). I"m showing you my favorite sights I just discovered since I live in Budapest. Don't ever miss the chance to visit these places, pretty unique!
Veli Bej - the luxurious Turkish bath
My absolute Nr 1 is this hidden, small spa complex at the foot of the Margaret bridge on the Buda side, right next to the Lukács Bath. It's very rare to have an original Turkish bath dating back to the 16th century. It was one of the most luxurious and modern one at that time. There are more well-known ones with Turkish origins like Rudas or Király Bath in Budapest, but this Veli Bej is something really special. The bath was commissioned by a pasha. You can still see the original pipes that were found by the archeologists.
I visited the place with my friends, we had so much fun. My first impression was that it's peaceful and not crowded at all, the reason behind it is that there is always a limited number of people who can enter at the same time, plus the spa is closing due to cleaning works from noon till 3 pm, afterwards it's open till 9 pm. Hot rooms, steam saunas, jacuzzi, everything you can wish for during the cold months, the roof windows let the interior illuminate with natural light, pure bliss! Highly recommended to try it during your stay!