25 Jan The coolest sauna above the city
However Hungary can be stupidly freezing in January, we are still luckier than the Swedish and Norwegian folks. It hadn’t stopped us though to adopt their marvellous habit of sitting at a hell of a hot wooden cabin, sauna as they call it, and then jump into the snow or ice cold water.
Sitting at a sauna is highly healthy, detoxicate the body (what you might need after a night off in Budapest) and calms the soul. It also can be fun if you grab some friends too, especially if you are sitting at a Mobile Sauna, high above Budapest, at Citadella.
Valyo (acronym for City and River) is a civil organization, they got the idea in their heads to get the citizens closer to their river, to have a real connection with the Danube. They organize crazy parties on the river bank during the summer, and of course, there must be something during the frosty winter, too.
They have a really cool old van converted into a sauna, and since 5th January, they park it on the top of Citadella, where you have a gorgeous view onto the Danube and pretty much the whole city of Budapest. It’s a very special experience indeed.
The Valyo Mobil Sauna can host up to six people at one time. For the price of 10.000 HUF (around 30 Euro) it’s all yours for one and a half hours, just make a booking in advance on http://valyo.hu/sauna to get the time that suits you. Since Douglas Adams you definitely have a towel with you, don’t you?
You might need swimming dress or a sheet, too. Food and drink are not included, but picnic is allowed around the sauna, if you feel like enjoying the view for a little more.