Budapest hasn’t been named the ‘City of Spas’ for no reason – it’s full of thermal baths of old and new, each with its own personality and history. They’re a great place to relax, have a catch up or to even just enjoy a new experience, so why not try one out? Here are my top 3 thermal baths in Budapest.
I’ll start off with my personal favourite – Szechenyi Baths. A phenomenal visit year-round, although I think it’s best in Winter; nothing beats soaking in hot spring water up to your nose while it’s -10C outside with snow settling around you. But, no matter the weather, this Neo-Baroque style thermal spa is absolutely stunning and full of character, looking somewhat like the backdrop of a Wes Anderson film, and the perfect spot to relax.
There are three outdoor pools and plenty of smaller ones inside, as well as huge steam and sauna rooms if you fancy a change. The mineral waters can rapidly dehydrate you as well as make you hungry, so make sure to drink plenty of water and have one of our recommended restaurants booked for afterwards!
TIP: Buy a “changing cabin” ticket at the entrance. You’ll have more privacy to change, and your stuff won’t be crammed into a small locker.
For more information about Szechenyi’s thermal baths, click here.
Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary
If you’re in need of a full day of pampering, unwinding and pure relaxation, then the unique Gellert Baths should be the place you next lay down your towel. Built in the style of Art-Nouveau, this grand spa is full of mosaic-covered terraces, decadent pillars and marble balconies – you’ll feel like royalty.
They have an indoor thermal bath, with a few smaller baths dotted around it, an outside swimming pool and beautiful surrounding gardens where you can enjoy the sunshine. They’re also famous for their spa treatments – treat yourself to a pampering massage.
Read up on Gellért Baths here.
Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4, 1118 Hungary
Built 450 years ago in the Turkish era, Rudas holds a strong Islamic style, as seen in its central, octagonal-shaped pool, but has now been updated with modern amenities. The historic bathhouse is located halfway between the Elisabeth and Freedom bridges on the Buda side, just a 15min walk from Deryne Bistro, so it’s easy to find.
Here, you can enjoy a traditional Turkish steam bath, as well as a trip to a hammam (a Turkish sauna) and a dip in a lovely, warm thermal spring bath. There are six baths in total, as well as a large swimming pool and a rooftop jacuzzi. Don’t miss the last one as the panoramic views make an already incredible experience unforgettable.
Intrigued? Learn more about Rudas Thermal Bath here.
Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9, 1013 Hungary
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