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Action adventure for Brad and Angelina in Budapest

November 19, 2010

Angelina Jolie took time out from directing her debut film in Budapest to enjoy some time with Brad and the kids at a local park last week. Pax, Shiloh and Zahara had fun zip-lining in the park while their parents watched on with obvious pride. There are several beautiful parks in Budapest including the largest, Városliget (City Park) which offers locals and tourists alike an oasis of green within the historic city. City Park boasts an ice-skating rink (perhaps for their next family outing?) which converts to a boating lake in the summer months, as well as a circus, zoo and amusement park.

The Pitt-Jolie family have already enjoyed some of the many tourist sites in Budapest, the other week Brad, Angelina, Pax and Sahara visited the city’s historic Lukács Gyógyfürdo, an indoor-outdoor thermal bath facility famed for its healing properties. In addition to the thermal baths, there is a modern swimming pool, spa treatments and saunas. Hungary has a long history of thermal baths and visiting them regularly is part of life there. The thermal waters are said to relieve muscle strains and tiredness and the warm air is good for the lungs. The Romans build the first baths in the city, where thermal waters rise from springs in the Buda Hills and during the Turkish rule more baths were built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today there are many to be found in the city, both indoors and outside and it’s a popular past time for locals and visitors alike.

Apart from spa’s there’s plenty for the Pitt-Jolie family to do whilst Angelina is filming in Budapest. And following the controversy in Bosnia it looks like she’ll be doing more filming in Hungary. Here’s our list of other fun activities that the family could enjoy whilst they’re in town:

Take a trip to Margaret Island – this Island on the Danube is free of cars making it a safe place for the kids to roam around and there’s a small wildlife park as well.

Explore the caves – Budapest has over 200 caves formed by thermal waters millions of years ago. One of the easiest ones to visit is Szemlőhegyi Cave which has incredible mineral formations.

Take a tram along the Pest Embankment – many of the city’s tourist attractions are along the river bank of the Pest. Take tram #2 and you’ll be able to relax and see the city at the same time.

Wander around the Castle District – this a World Heritage Site and you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time as you walk through the medieval streets.

 Enjoy some local delicacies – from the Hungarian Goulash to Lángos – a fried bread snack, Hungarian food is delicious and filling – perfect fuel for sightseeing on a cold day!

Right now you could enjoy a long weekend in the city with flights less than £150 per person from Gatwick to Budapest. The winter weather is chilly, hovering between 5 – 10°C but if you take note of Angelina Jolie’s choice of warm padded coat and boots you’ll be able to enjoy the sites of Budapest without the crowds that the summer months can bring.

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