Budapest is known by many as the city of Spas, a title that is well deserved as Budapest contains some of the worlds finest and most famous thermal spas. Tourists can choose from a wide range of thermal spas which offer many wellness services such as massages, couples packages, dry and steam saunas as well as much more. The Rudas Thermal and medicinal Bath is a very unique and important spa which helps give Budapest is title as the city of Spas.
The Rudas Thermal bath was established in the 16th century during the time of Turkish occupation. The Turkish influence is illustrated by the central part of the bath which includes an octagonal pool which is covered by a ten meter diameter Turkish dome. To this, a therapeutic swimming facility and a sauna were added at the end of the 19th century. This bath is unique in that it also contains a daytime outpatient hospital with a complex physiotherapeutic section which highlights the healing powers of the natural minerals found in the thermal water. Lastly the Bath also has a drinking hall, offering drinking cures from three water springs: Hungarian, Attila and Juventus. The minerals found in the thermal waters consist of sodium, calcium, magnesium bicarbonate, sulphate-chloride and fluoride.
The Rudas Bath is located on Dobrentei ter 9 on the Buda side of Erzsebet Bridge and is open from Monday to Friday. The bath consists of sit therapy pools and one swimming pool each with a different temperature ranging from 16 to 42 degrees Celsius. The bath dates back to time of Ottoman rule and even though it still maintains many of the key elements of that time it’s interior was renovated in 2006 giving it a more modern feel.
Information about the Rudas Bath in Budapest:
Address: Döbrentei tér 9., 1017 Budapest