Visited the small, strange Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum. with lots of artefacts purportedly related to the practice of alchemy. The printed information stated that the 15th century building served as a laboratory for alchemists until Turkish occupation in the middle ages, after which it was the Golden Eagle pharmacy and a museum for the last 35 years. The exhibits included medicinal books, pots and jars for spices, plants and pigments, distilling apparatus, scales, mortars and pestles… but most notably and yet unexplained, a mummified head. Was a stunning walk up through the gardens to the castle grounds, just in time to view the Fishermans Bastian at sunset.
Also visited the Király baths, an un-renovated medieval Turkish bath built in the sixteenth century during the time of Ottoman rule. For entrance with locker the student rate is 1900 HUF = approx $10 (full is 2500 HUF). I can’t say whether it’s my Hungarian roots feeling entirely at home when I’m ‘taking the waters’, just as people have been doing for centuries here, but the baths are my favourite thing to do specific to Budapest.