- 14 Aug 2018 9:02 AM
- Hungary Around the Clock
The Dagály has been closed for two years since construction work began on the Duna Aréna, built to host the world aquatics championships last summer.
In the course of restoration, a park and walking paths by the 'strand' (beach) were built, in addition, service facilities, four pools and the thermal pools were all renovated as well.
On the southern side under the existing trees a 2000 sqm park features a 'Danube Pirate' themed playground. There is also an area for playing ball games and relaxing.
The basketball court was renovated and the popular outdoor fitness equipment was retained. Two new sandy beach volleyball courts were created: a smaller one for children and a bigger one suitable for beach football and volleyball too.
Its summer entrance now features a bicycle parking area, and at the site of the old office building a new facility has been established for health and wellness purposes.
We're told, "The wellness department offers Finnish, steam and infrared sauna, tepidarium and massage services. People seeking cures can benefit from high-frequency treatments, different bath therapies, magneto and electrotherapies as well as medical massages."
A public space was established cornered by a snack bar outside on the south side, and grassy sun terraces is now located on the north side. Thanks to the raised level, now guests have chance to see a panoramic view of the Danube.
Ticket prices have only gone up slightly, from Ft 2,000 to Ft 2,500 on weekdays and from Ft 2,400 to Ft 2,700 on weekends and holidays.
The re-opened Dagály will be jointly operated by the city-owned Budapest Gyógyfürdői és Hévizei and the aquatics world championships organiser Bp2017.
Open: Daily from 8am to 8pm
Adults: daily tickets during the week HUF 2500, at the weekend and holidays: HUF 2700
Afternoon ticket (from 5 p.m. till closing time): during the week: HUF 1700, at the weekend, HUF 1900.
Students, pensioners: during the week: HUF 2100, at the weekend: HUF 2300
Afternoon tickets (from 5 p.m. till closing time): during the week: HUF 1500, at the weekend, HUF 1700.
Location: Pest side of Árpád Bridge
Photo: Mohai Balázs, MTI