Travel Escapades: Budapest Part 2 -- mainly travel advice and recommendationsTags: Budapest, Danube, Eastern Europe, European vacation, FKK, gay Europe, nude sunbathing, public baths, public nudity, travel advice, Vienna
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Trip to Budapest August 2005 (part of my first Eastern Europe journey) -- See my separate JUB blog (and on Blogger) entry about my first nude massage experience at Kiraly Baths, Budapest.
I got back in Sept 2005 from a trip to Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Croatia.
Budapest was the hottest party atmosphere -- a lot of tourists and hot Hungarian guys -especially on the weekends. I had fun at Action Club whose address is 42 Magyar (near Astoria Subway stop -- I think that is the address - -check cruisingforsex dot com to be sure ). It has a rainbow symbol on the door, but does not open until 9pm. You have to buy a minimun of 1300 fts (a couple of drinks -- beer is 500 forents) and keep up with the tab since you pay on the way out (a guy at the exit has to check your tab to see if you have paid yet before he unlocks the door). However, there is a back room where it got hot and heavy.
I also had a very good time cruising for sex in Kiraly Baths - -it only for men on Tues/Thurs/Sat 10am-8pm? -- 3 hour time limit and bathing suit required, but that does not prevent sex in the pools, sauna and other areas. Rac and Rudas Baths are also supposedly good for male sex too but I did not have the time to try them.
I heard there was nude sunbathing at Margit Island, but I could not find it -- the outdoor thermal baths was closed there that day.
I did stroll completely around Margit Island and looked for a place to get naked but it was pretty busy with locals and tourists alike. There was also a large movie crew at one section which they blocked off, filming a scene with the river in the background. I would love to return to try out the naturist sun terrace at Palatinus Baths, as well as some of the other places and see more sights.
I was there in late August - just missed the Palatinus (open air bath with nude sun terrace) because it closes each year around Aug 22.
The traditional Turkish and Hungarian baths are worth at least one visit- just for the ambiance and architecture. Kiraly was supposedly a lot quieter than it had been (see Budapest Gayguide.net articles) -- I admit it WAS fairly tame - although I did get my cock sucked in the steam room and also again in a more secluded area. I had fun - -but there was much more overt action in the dark rooms at Action Club. (as posted above). Hungarian men seemed not to hesitate to bareback so take precautions.
I found some other info at:
Look for info here too:
http://www.cruisingforsex.com also has specific listings for many cities/countries with comments from people who have been there.
Additional sightseeing recommendations below by Teddski (on dudesnude (dot) com)
Rac Baths (Rac Furdo) - Built during the reign of King Zsignond in the early 15th century. Men only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and only open from 6:30 am - 6 pm and are particularly popular with the gay community. But watch for hustlers. Almost everyone that spoke English was looking to rent.
Rudas Baths (Rudas Baths) - A high domed roof admits bluish green light into the dark stone hall above the oxdigon shaped pool. Over 1,000 years old it was originally constructed by the Romans. A Men only bath that has a good reputation with the gay community. Open 6 am - 6 pm with a lot of high school age guys hitting the warm waters before classes.
Statue Park (Szobar Park) - A thirty minute trip to the south of the city is an open air exhibit of 42 Communist statues. They were originally located in all of the cities public squares, but were removed in 1989.
Chain Bridge - (Szechenyi Lanchid) Bridge over the Danube River connecting Buda and Pest.
St. Stephen's Basilica - Chief landmark of Pest that can hold 8,500 people.
Amstel River Cafe - I stopped in for lunch, mentioned to the waiter that I was from America, and the owner of the restaurant came over and spent 90 minutes telling me where I should go out in the gay community and places to really stay away.
Angel Bar and Disco -- The most popular gay bars with a fun dance floor.
Action Bar - No name posted outside. Look for the red light shining on a letter A. As mentioned above, a card is given upon entry and all drinks are charged to be paid in full when leaving the bar. This is done to keep hustlers from hitting on guys, since you really need to buy alcohol to stay.
An excellent guide is the Fodor's Prague and Budapest Guide. See map below for nudist spots on the Danube River near Vienna, Austria.
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