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A Guide to Thermal Baths in Budapest

The capital city of Hungary, Budapest is a beautiful city in Europe bisected by the river Danube and connected with its Buda and Pest districts through the iconic Chain Bridge. With the most dramatic history, dreamy castles, majestic Hungarian National Parliament, historic squares with gothic architectures, Budapest also has enticing scenic beauty. Well, Budapest is not just limited to these things, it is also popular for its Baths and is often termed as the “City of Baths”. Including the historic thermal public baths, Turkish Baths, and other pools and spas, Budapest has all the kinds of baths you need to relax and rejuvenate yourselves. The most amazing truth of these baths lies in the fact that they are naturally fed by 120 hot springs around the city so there is no waste of electricity.

What to expect in these Baths?

The baths in Budapest are much different from hot Springs of India, as each of them has some different specifications. Some Baths are “male-only” or “female-only” or some have availability for both in different areas. Also, some of these baths are designed to relax solo while others have no bars and are available for everybody like a public pool. The baths in Budapest are found in two ways indoor and open-air like Szechenyi Baths are open-air and RudasGellert Baths are indoor baths. More fun awaits for you in the Bath parties, passes for these parties are available online on the different websites so that you can grab the opportunity to have the best experience with your loved ones. However, It is important to know the specifications before you get there so as there are places where admission of children is, here’s a piece of detailed information about the best baths around the city.

Historic Thermal Baths in Budapest:

Historic Thermal Baths were first set by Romans, and then they were re-opened at the time of Turkish invasions. These thermal baths were not only used for the purpose of relaxing and rejuvenating, and keeping them warm and hygienic but also the public encouraged them for the medicinal uses of Hotsprings. These historic thermal baths are still found around the city of Budapest and the best ones among them are:

Szechenyi Baths

Considered as the largest medicinal bath in Europe, Szechenyi Baths were built in the early 20th century and consist of 18 pools, 10 steam cabins, and sections that offer several massage and therapies and so on.

The temperature of Pools: 20⁰-40⁰C.

Admission: Above 14 years of age.

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Gellert Baths

Gellert Baths- a part of Gellert Hotel was opened in the year 1918 and is among the few Art Deco baths in the world whose interior was influenced by the French art movements. The interior of the baths was built in Art Nouveau style and is still evident to the Modern word for the last 100 years.

The temperature of the Pool: 26⁰ to 40⁰.

Admission: Above 14 years of age.

Veli Bej- Csaszar Baths

The Veli Bej Baths also known as Csaszar baths, are indoor Turkish baths and are among the few baths in Budapest that have no outdoor pools for the public. Veli Bej reflects its Ottoman time through its designed halls and pools and is truly a peaceful place with less crowd.

The temperature of Pool: 32⁰– 34⁰C.

Admission: Above 14 years of age.

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Rudas Baths

Another famous bath of the city, Rudas baths, has an impressive modern interior decoration, various spas, and Turkish baths. However, the center of attraction here is the rooftop pool that provides a panoramic view of the city and the river Danube. Rudas Baths are also children- friendly and allow children’s admission in few of its pools with moderate temperatures.

The temperature of Pools: 16⁰– 42⁰C.

Admission: Everyone according to terms.

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Kiraly Baths

Built-in 1570, Kiraly Baths will give you the most authentic essence of the Turkish bath in its indoor pools. The building of Kiraly Baths reflects their history associated with Ottoman invasion, and the domes represent their Turkish origins.

Temperature: 26⁰– 40⁰C.

Admission:  Everyone above 14 years of age.

Lukacs Baths

Located on the Buda side of the city, Lukacs baths are situated inside the impressive 19th-century building and its history dates back to the 12th century. These baths have both indoor and outdoor pools along with saunas and other spa treatments and are very popular among tourists for its lively nights where people can drink, enjoy bath parties, pamper themselves in various massage treatments.

Temperature of Pools: 30⁰– 40⁰C.

Admission:  Above 14 years of age.

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