Budapest for Seniors
Budapest is a popular destination for health tourists; medical services and products that are outstanding by international standards are available only a budget flight away from most European cities. Whether you are looking for dental procedures, a quick nip-tuck or laser eye correction, Budapest has plenty of private clinics offering elective surgeries performed by highly- trained and multilingual staff. The many thermal baths of Budapest also offer healing and relaxing opportunities. Széchenyi, Rudas and Gellért baths not only provide therapies unique in Europe, they are all astounding historic buildings as well. Luxurious pampering is also affordable in Budapest; day spas like Magnólia, Mandala, Royal and Isis, offer exclusive beauty, body, and face treatments, including toning and anti-aging. Take a bit of the magic of the thermal mud home with you in the form of Omorovicza luxury skincare products. Helia D is a classic Hungarian herbal skincare brand that is celebrated as a miracle cream in America and you can stock up on it in any drug store in Budapest. The city offers many shopping opportunities, from the haute couture stores lining stunning Andrássy Avenue to traditional artisanal souvenirs in the Great Market Hall. You will also find great traditional produce at several other markets too, such as Belvárosi market and Hunyadi Tér.
Visit the sites that make Budapest a jewel of the Danube: Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, Parliament, Chain Bridge and St Stephen's Basilica can all be fitted into a walking tour, or you can view them from the comfort of a sightseeing boat. To take it all in, it's worth getting your bearings on one of several hop-on-hop-off bus tours, or going on one of the many guided walking or cycling tours to get better-acquainted with a district or certain aspect of the city. Take a peek behind the Iron Curtain at the House of Terror and Memento Park. Many cultural institutions offer outstanding collections of fine and contemporary art as well as major temporary exhibitions. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery, Műcsarnok or Ludwig Museum. Senior citizens enjoy discounts on public transport as well as in all national museums. There are many small galleries around town, artsy Falk Miksa Street offers not only a series of galleries but excellent antiquing opportunities as well. The State Opera House, Palace of Arts, the newly renovated and world class music school Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and Vigadó offer performances of opera, ballet and classical music. Even combined with a five star restaurant of molecular gastronomy or traditional Hungarian cuisine with live Gyspy music, a night out won't require reaching for the savings account. Take a seat in one of the most beautiful cafés in the world, the New York Palace, Centrál, Gerbeaud or Szamos, and try to fit all your experiences on a postcard. It will be a challenge.