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The Városliget (City Park) was another creation to celebrate the Milennium of 1896 along with Vajdahunyad Castle which lies within its boundaries. The castle has a fairy tale appearance and now houses a permanent (free) agricultural exhibition and occasional visiting exhibitions by Hungarian craftsmen and women. There are actually two castles here which are replicas of Transylvanian ones. These, along with a replica of the chapel at Ják in western Hungary surround a Renaissance courtyard which features concerts during July and August.
One of the most popular attractions in City Park is the Széchenyi Baths with a very imposing facade. Several pools fed by a natural thermal spring make up this complex comprising outdoor and Turkish baths at various temperatures and chemical composition. Saunas and steam rooms can also be enjoyed. Open all year round, you can also have a game of chess whilst soaking in the pool. Take a bath robe and flip flops during the colder months though!
There are plenty of other attractions in and around the park. Within the park there is the Petõfi Csarnok which hosts mostly rock concerts (outside during the summer) and the Aviation and Flight museum, part of the Transport Museum which lies on the edge of the park. On the surrounds of the park are the City Zoo, an amusement park and the renowned (and expensive) Gundel restaurant. The picture opposite is Robinsons restaurant with the Museum of Fine Arts in the background.

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