Are you planning to visit Budapest during the colder months of the year? What if we told you that you can’t forget to bring with you your swimsuit? Among many other nicknames, Budapest is also known as The City of Spas, due to its many natural water springs.
The city features a wide selection of hot springs, almost 125, many of which date back to the 16th century. They run underneath the Hungarian capital providing thermal water to Budapest’s main thermal baths and some private ones situated in hotels.
There are many factors you should take into account before choosing which bath you visit, such as the time of the year you go, your budget, or if you are going with children. Without further ado, here are some of the most famous thermal baths in Budapest.
Széchenyi Thermal Baths: It’s the largest medicinal bath in Europe and is located in City Park next to many of Budapest’s popular attractions. The Neo-Baroque palace is home to 15 indoor pools, where you will come across saunas, steam rooms, and aqua fitness equipment. Furthermore, there are three large outdoor pools. Join the Hop-on Hop-off Budapest bus tour and get off at stop number 11 – Heroes Square / Hosök of the Red route.
If you are planning on going during summer, “Sparties” (spa parties) are held on most Saturday nights until 3 a.m. featuring DJs, laser shows, and film screenings.
Gellért Baths: These baths are part of the famous Hotel Gellért in Buda and Budapest’s most beautiful bathing complex due to its mosaic walls and floors, stained glass windows, and Roman-style columns. The baths, which are fed by Gellért Hill’s mineral hot springs, feature steam saunas, treatment rooms for medical massages, an excellent terrace, and even an outdoor pool with a wave machine. It is located next to The Citadella. You can get there by hopping off at stop number 19 – Citadel of the Red route.
Rudas Baths: Located near The Citadella as well, it’s an ancient Ottoman bathing house characterized by its Turkish-style. These baths feature an octagonal pool situated under an atmospheric dome. Rudas Baths is especially popular due to its rooftop pool overlooking the Danube. If you fancy night bathing, this is the perfect place for you as they are open until 4 a.m. every Friday and Saturday.
There are some other fantastic baths you can go to, such as Lukács Baths, for its Himalayan salt wall and weight bath; Király Baths, for its affordable price and lack of big crowds; and Császár Baths, for its beauty and Turkish-style.
No matter what thermal bath you choose to visit, you are sure to have a fantastic time. Once you are done relaxing in beautiful ancient baths, hop back on the City Sightseeing bus and keep discovering the wonders of this magical city.