Day Trip to Gyula Spa, Castle and Palace in Hungary

Day Trip to Gyula Spa, Castle and Palace in Hungary

Today I am in Bekescsaba, on my way to gyula
to see the palace and castle and to spend the afternoon at the spa. Bekescsaba is a major railway hub in the south
of Hungary. About two and a half hours by train from Budapest. Most Hungarian trains have bicycle loading
facilities and offer a convenient way to see the country by bike. Bekescsaba is a major freight hub bringing
goods from Turkey all the way to Germany and other parts of western Europe. The station was recently renovated offering
disabled access and higher platforms so you can reach the platforms easier with your bicycle. The station was built in the first half of
the 20th century and is right next to the bus terminal. You can see behind me an old steam engine,
which is just in front of the brand new renovated train station in Bekescsaba. I am in Bekescsaba train station now, just
about to get on this train behind me to Gyula. I�ve just got off the train at Gyula which
is the end of the railway line. Gyula used to be the capital of the county,
until the First World War. Behind me is the Almassy Palace, the former
home of count Almassy. I am now on top of the tower at the Palace
building. The ticket costs 3,400 Hungarian forints,
which is about 10 pounds. The palace behind me was built in the 19th
century, and was used as the home of the Almassy Family. The cost of the ticket includes four exhibitions,
one inside the palace, entrance to the tower and also to the castle behind me. One of the most important battles in Hungary�s
history was fought here in the 16th century against the Turkish Empire. Unfortunately we lost. The tour of the castle takes about an hour. You will see many rooms and displays from
the medieval ages. During the summer the castle functions as
a theatre. There are signs both in Hungarian and English
throughout the castle. I am now on my way up to the top of the castle,
from where there is a beautiful view over the city. The battle of Gyula took place in 1566 when
the Turkish Empire invaded Hungary. The Hungarian defenders managed to hold off
the Turks for 62 days. Unfortunately the castle fell and it was only
in 1695 when it was liberated. Gyula is also famous for the summer theatre
on the lake. Another main attraction in Gyula is the spa,
which you can see on the video. The spa first opened in the 1960s during the
communist times. The entire spa was renovated a few years ago,
adding slides and other amusements. During communist times, Gyula was an important
meeting place for Germans from eastern and western Germany. In recent years, more and more visitors from
Romania and Serbia have also started to visit. A lot of visitors buy a package holiday staying
at nearby hotels for a week as the package includes access to the swimming pool and other
attractions in town. There are several indoor and outdoor swimming
pools at the spa with hot and cold water. Hungary doesn�t have direct access to the
sea, so a lot of people use these pools to cool down during the summer. There is fun to be had by everyone. From young and old, every will find something
to do here. And if you like sports, you can swim in the
Olympic size swimming pool, or practice swimming with your kids in the smaller pools. You can also play football or just lie down
on the grass and enjoy the sunshine. The spa is in the former grounds of the palace. Hot water with its healing properties was
first discovered here during the Second World War by the original owners of the palace and
castle. The water here is famous for its healing properties
and a lot of patients from the nearby hospital are referred here for treatment. The healing properties of the water help patients
recover from arthritis and joint pain and also speed up recovery after an accident or
operation. I know this personally because both my grandmother
and father came here after an accident. After the spa you can go around town for an
easy ride and try one of the famous cafes in Gyula. I am just about to eat a strawberry ice cream,
a Hungarian speciality. After a fun day in Gyula and Bekescsaba, I
made my way back to Hodmezovasarhely. It was on the way home when I caught glimpse
of this beautiful sunset in Bekescsaba. The last time I saw such a vibrant sunset
was in Naples in Florida in 2017. If you thought Budapest was the only place
worth visiting in Hungary then I hope this video has somewhat changed your mind.

2 thoughts on “Day Trip to Gyula Spa, Castle and Palace in Hungary

  1. Wonderful. I used to live in Gyula. I miss it so much! Thank you for this walk down memory lane. Viszontlatasra

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