The rich variety of thermal water sources is the cornerstone for thermal baths in Budapest. Brought by the turks a lot of baths were build up in and around Budapest bringing the Turkish tradition of bathing to Budapest. Nowadays Budapest has a big bathing culture with tourists from all over the world coming just for visiting one of the spots to relax. Out of the tons of natural water sources some baths established to be the best around. The most famous baths in Budapest are the Gellert bath in the Gellert hotel and the Széchenyi bath which are crowded almost every day even in the wintertime. The Gellert bath is famous because of the hotel… or was it the other way around? And the Szechenyi bath is simply amazing, beautiful and traditional. The ambience in the baths in Budapest is amazingly relaxing and recovering. After a hard working day or on the weekend a lot of people go to a bath in Budapest to recreate. But as mentioned there are not only these 2 baths but several others.
The Széchenyi bath in Budapest is one of the most famous baths and is located in the city park of Budapest. It is the largest thermal bath in Europe with various indoor and outdoor pools opened up throughout the year. The Széchenyi bath is supplied by two thermal water sources with a natural water temperature of 23°C to 25°C. Located between famous sights and in the middle of Budapest’s largest recreation area the city park it is a place which should not be missing from your to do list and also a must-see building. A weekly highlight especially for younger people are the Budapest Bath Parties (Sparty).
The Gellért bath in Budapest is a large spa and bath in the complex of the Gellert hotel in Budapest. The Gellért bath is divided in an inside and an outside part whereas the inside part is again divided in a lot of small rooms with whirlpools, pools and thermal sources. At the bottom of same named Gellért hill which is a attraction in Budapest that you should not miss. So why not end your walk on the hill with a relaxing bath afternoon. Another opportunity is the Sunday brunch in Hotel Gellért which can be followed by massages, steam rooms or a relaxing swim in one of the pools at Gellért Bath. Gellert Bath review
The Király bath in Budapest was build by the Turks in the second half of the sixteenth century. Its style remained like a typical Turkish bath with its dome and the octagonal bath and it is, with the opening in 1565, the oldest among all baths in Budapest. But just in 1796 it got the name it is carrying today when the König family took over the bath who also rebuilt the bath keeping old parts and smartly mixing them with newer elements. In World War 2 the bath was destroyed and rebuilt again in 1950.
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The Rudas Bath in Budapest is located on the foot of the Gellért hill next to the Erzsébet híd. It was built in 1550 during the Turkish occupation of Hungary and like the Kiráy bath it kept its Turkish style like the octagonal pool. Since 1936 the bath is visited exclusively by men. Next to bathing you can book several services such as different kinds of massages, steam bath, pedicure & manicure or a underwater jet massage. It is, like Gellért Bath, located on the bottom of Gellért Hill at the end of Elisabeth Bridge in district 1.
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The Lukacs Bath in Budapest was built in the 19th century and is located in the second district in Frankel Leó utca. However the foundation for the bath as we know it today dates back to the 12th century. Next to the regular visitors the Lukacs bath attracts a lot of writers and artists who might get some inspiration there. Next to swimming pools you find wellness services such as massages, mud treatments, steam baths, saunas and whirlpools. For sure in this bath you can spend a day and relax yourself from more exhausting activities you did before in Budapest.
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Budapest is very well known for its amazing Turkish Baths dating back to the 16th century. The Rácz bath is a perfect mixture of Hungarian history and relaxation, perfect while visiting Hungary’s’ capital.The Rácz bath is 8000sqm with imperial pools and shower corridors built during the ages of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The bath is actually listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is now a part of complex that includes a Rácz hotel, known as Rácz Hotel & Thermal Spa. This 5 star hotel has 67 rooms, restaurants and bars. Most of the rooms offer a breath taking views of the historical spa.
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Dandár bath is one of the many sumptuous spas located in Budapest- where wellness, architectural grandeur and centuries-long history meet. Budapest is the only thermal capital city in continental Europe, which makes it special amongst the countries. Underground the city it is full of thermal sources and the bath culture is an essential element of the Hungarian lifestyle. Dandar is unique because of the inexpensive cost to enter, so not only can you enjoy the thermal baths but you won’t have to spend too much money to enjoy it.
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Dagály Bath is entertaining for everyone in the family. The adults can enjoy the thermal baths with a variety of offered amenities while the children take swimming lessons or play in the wave simulated pool. The bath first opened in 1948 and was expanded in 1956, with a 50-m swimming pool. During the time of the expansion, in 1956, the water was provided by a well bored in 1944, the thermal waters found under the bed of the Danube. In 1970, the water of the Széchenyi Thermal Bath was directed to Dagály Bath, thereby raising its status to the other thermal baths.
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About the Baths in Budapest
Budapest is known as the city of baths and with many breathtaking and unique bath houses situated in and around the city it is a title that is well deserved. Budapest spas and thermal baths can be found both in the middle of this busy city as well as on the outskirts in more rural areas. The baths are perfect for anyone looking to relax and have enjoy both therapeutic and recreational purposes.
Natural spring water is used to supply the warm, healing waters for the nearly fifty Budapest spas, baths and public pools. The water is not only naturally warmed but also contains many beneficial minerals which many believe contain healing powers. This makes the baths not only a recreational retreat but also a therapeutic one with many people going to these baths to gain the therapeutic benefits of these natural minerals. Budapest itself contains many of these spas but there a few which are famous tourist attractions. The most popular of these spas are the Szechenyi and Gellert Baths located on opposite sides of the city. They are both extremely rich in history and are housed in magnificent historic buildings which attract tourists from all around the world.
The spas not only provide natural spring waters containing minerals but also provide many relaxing treatments such as massages, couples packages and more. Budapest is a city with a rich history, and the spas are intertwined in this history with the very first settlers in the area, the Celtic tribes, beginning to use the healing waters. This was continued by the Romans during their rule and enhanced during Turkish rule. These historical eras have shaped this beautiful city and have also shaped its culture of spas.
If you decide to come to Budapest you should plan half a day in one of Budapest’s baths to take a swim, sit in the whirlpool or just enjoy the silence. Below you find a list of good baths in Budapest with a short review behind the links. For more information about Budapest Baths please visit BudapestBaths.net.
This post is also available in: GermanLast updated on: Mar 23, 2015 First published on: Oct 9, 2010 Entertainment, Featured