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Heat Wave Alert: Stay Cool and Hydrated

Heat Wave Alert: Stay Cool and Hydrated

As a record-breaking heat wave sweeps across Europe, the Hungarian capital, Budapest, is bracing for soaring temperatures in the coming days. The city administration, in collaboration with the Budapest Waterworks, has taken proactive measures to protect both locals and tourists from the scorching heat.

Budapest has been installing new drinking fountains each year at various locations throughout the city. Tourists are encouraged to refill their water bottles at these fountains instead of purchasing bottled water. Not only is this a cost-effective solution, but it also helps reduce plastic waste, making it an environmentally friendly choice.

The locations of these drinking fountains can be easily found on the BudapestGO mobile application. (If the fountains are not visible on the app, users can enable them under the “Planning” tab in the “Filter” menu, under “Budapest-info”.)

It is important to note that tap water in Budapest is clean, safe, and healthy to drink. The city administration is committed to providing access to clean drinking water for both residents and tourists in public spaces.

Tourists are advised to take necessary precautions during the heat wave:

  • Stay hydrated: Carry a refillable water bottle and make use of the numerous drinking fountains across the city.
  • Seek shade: Spend time in shaded areas, such as parks or indoor attractions, during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Dress appropriately: Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes made of breathable fabrics to stay cool.
  • Protect your skin: Apply sunscreen with a high SPF, wear a hat, and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Pace yourself: Take frequent breaks and avoid strenuous activities during peak heat hours.

Budapest offers several options for those looking to cool off near the water. While the Danube River is a popular choice, the city also boasts several lakes that provide a refreshing respite from the heat. Some notable lakes include:

  • Városligeti-tó (City Park Lake): Located behind Vajdahunyad Castle, this lake offers boat rentals and shaded areas for relaxation.
  • Orczy Park: Recently renovated, this park features a lake with a pleasant microclimate and shaded seating areas.
  • Naplás-tó: A reservoir lake on the outskirts of the city, surrounded by a lush green belt and a 22-meter-high observation tower.
  • Feneketlen-tó: An iconic lake in the 11th district, near Móricz Zsigmond Square, with a pier offering stunning views.

By following these tips and taking advantage of the city’s drinking fountains and natural water features, tourists can safely enjoy their visit to Budapest during the heat wave. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and have a wonderful time exploring this beautiful city.

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