Budapest Baths

According to many people, #Budapest is called to “City of Baths” and it’s not for nothing. Hungary has a very good location in the Carpathian Basin with full of natural resources. It’s a land of thermal springs, and Budapest remains the only capital city in the world that is rich in thermal waters with healing qualities.

Many doctors sees the country as a sanatorium because of the thermal baths have therapeutic qualities. If you’re looking to kick back and relax over your holiday, Budapest can be a great choice. In this article we would like give to you a useful compilation about Budapest famous baths as short as we can. Propably you’ll take a visit to Budapest, only because you read this article 🙂

Szechenyi Baths

Count Istvan Szechenyi de Sarvar-Felsovidek  was a Hungarian politician, theorist and writer, one of the greatest statesmen of Hungarian history, honored with the epithet “the Greatest Hungarian” and this beauty Szechenyi Baths named after him, like many other famous building in Budapest. This building is look like a Baroque palace, it’s the largest medicinal and public baths in whole Europe. The Szechenyi is a favorite for both locals and tourists alike.

Szechenyi thermal baths

Opening times

Outdoor swimming pools: 6 am to 10 pm
Steam department: 6 am to 10 pm
Thermal department: 6 am to 7 pm
Pump hall: 9 am to 5 pm

Contact

Szechenyi Gyogyfurdo es Uszoda
H-1146 Budapest, XIV. kerulet Allatkerti korut 9-11.
Telephone: (+36-1) 363-3210
Fax: (+36-1) 363-3210/323
Manager: Mr. Sandor Nadhazi

By public transportation: trolleybus 72 and the millennium underground train.

The thermal bath is situated in the City Park.

Gellert Baths

This excellent medicianal baths is located in the same building as the Hotel Gellert. It’s built between 1912 – 1918 in Art Nouveau style. The hot springs that feed the thermal baths rise from deep within Gellért Hill, and the Turks used them during the 16th and 17th centuries during their stay in Hungary. Today, Gellért Baths shines in its former glory after recent renovations and restorations carried out in 2006 and 2007.

We pleased to inform everyone, that their massages have been renewed in spring 2016. You have to try their HARMONY AROMATHERAPY TREATMENTS. This massage is specifically recommended as a first massage experience in case you are unfamiliar with the realm of massages, in times of increased mental and physical load, for insomnia.

Gellert Baths

What will you get here?! Whirlpool: water temperature is 27 °C, water surface area 246 square meter and the water depth is 0,8 – 2 m. Sitting pool: where the water temperature is nice 36 °C, the water surface area 60 square meter and the water depth is 1,05 m. Wave pool: water temperature is 26 °C, water surface area is 500 square meter and water depth is 0,40-2,75 m. Adventure pool: water temperature is 36 °C, water surface area 94 square meter and the water depth is 1,0 meter.  They have 8 thermal bath department where the water temperature is 35-40 °C.  As you  can see this place is ideal for the younger and also older guests.

Opening times

Every day: 06:00 – 20:00

Contact

Gellert Thermal Bath
H-1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi ut 4.
Telephone: (36-1) 466-6166/165
Manager: Mr. Tamas Haidekker

By public transportation: underground 4, tramways 19, 41, 47, 49 and 56, buses 7, 107, 109, 133 and 233

Rudas Baths

The Rudas Spa has an old history. You know Hungary plenty of culture inherited from the Ottomans and this place is one of them. Turkish-style bathhouse that was built in the 1560s by the Pasha of Buda, Sokullu Mustafa. During the time of the Ottoman occupation, Turkish-style bathing culture flourished in Hungary and many steam baths were built. Throughout the years several extensions were added to the core building. The swimming pool was built in 1896. In the past, following Turkish traditions, Rudas was exclusively for men only. Today, it is open to both sexes on the weekends and there is also a women-only day during the week. If you have the official city card which called as Budapest Card, you can get 20% discount from the prices.

Rudas baths

What will you get here? Thermal pool 1: 16°C and 4,5 square meter. Thermal pool 2: 28 °C and 9 square meter.  Thermal pool 3: 30 °C and 9 square meter. Thermal pool 4: 33 °C and 9 square meter. Thermal pool 5: 36 °C and 96,5 square meter. Thermal pool 6: 42 °C and 9 square meter. Swimming pool departmet: 29 °C and 278 square meter.

Their wellness departments is really enjoyable 🙂 Hot water pool 1: 32 °C and 42 square meter. Hot water pool 2: 36 °C and 34 square meter. Juventus pool: 42 °C and 10,6 square meter. Immersion pool: 11 °C and 5,7 square meter. Rooftop pool: 36 °C and 26,4 square meter.

Opening times

Swimming pool: 06:00 – 22:00
Wellness – sauna world: 08:00 – 22:00

Steam bath
Every day: 06:00 – 20:00
For women: Tuesday
For men: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday , Friday,
Group use: Sunday, Saturday

Contact

 Rudas Gyogyfurdo es Uszoda
H-1013 Budapest, Dobrentei ter 9.
Telephone: (36-1) 356-1322, 375-8373
Manager: Mrs. Aniko Varaljai

By public transportation: buses 5, 7, 8, 107, 109, 110, 112, 233 and 239, tramway 19, 41, 56 and 56A

Kiraly Baths

The construction of this Bath was begun by Arslan, the Pasha of Buda in 1565 and was completed by his successor, Sokoli Mustafa. The Király Thermal Bath had no direct hot water base, nor has it any today. The Turks built the Bath far from the springs to ensure the opportunity for bathing even in the case of an eventual siege, within the walls of the castle. Its water was supplied at that time, and is being supplied now, from the surroundings of the current Lukács Bath. Following the reoccupation of Buda, the Bath was acquired in 1796 by the König family.

They rebuilt it to its current form, combining the old with the new, and preserving its monumental character, found even in the name of the Bath. Stemming from the name of the family, it translates from Hungarian (Király=King=König). In World War II, the Bath was damaged. Its complete renovation was accomplished in 1950. To date, Király Baths retains many of the key elements of a Turkish bath that can be seen also from the outside, such as its octagonal roof. Király Baths was built far from the healing waters and there is no hot spring on the site, so its thermal water supply comes from the surroundings of the current Lukacs Baths.

Kiraly thermal bath

What is the source of this beneficial effect?

The hot spring feeding the thermal pools is rich in calcium, magnesium, hydrogen-carbonate, sulfate and sodium. The waters are recommended to cure degenerative illnesses of joints, chronic and semi-acute arthritis, and spinal problems and for post-injury rehabilitation treatments. There are four thermal pools, dry and steam saunas, and other services such as refreshing massages are also available. As of May 1st, 2011 Kiraly Baths does no longer offer men-only and women-only days. The complex is open to everyone and bathing suits are mandatory.

What will you get here? Thermal bath 1: 26 °C and 8 square meter. Thermal bath 2: 32 °C and 10 square meter. Thermal bath 3: 36 °C and 68 square meter. Thermal bath 4: 40 °C and 4 square meter.

Opening times

Monday-Sunday: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
Cash desk closes at 8 pm.
unisex
Bath can not be visited by children under the age of 14!

Contact

Kiraly Thermal Bath
H-1027 Budapest, Fo u. 84.
Telephone: (36-1) 202-3688
Manager: Mrs. Imre Farkas

By public transportation: tramway nr. 19 and buses nr. 9 and 109.

Csaszar Baths

Hidden in the backyard of a Classicist-style building in Buda, Veli Bej, also known and called as Csaszar Baths, has a rich history. References to healing waters in this location date back to Roman times. The Turkish bathhouse, originally named Veli Bej, was built in the 16th century during the Turkish era. Commissioned by pasha Szokullu Musztafa, this was one of the most beautiful baths of its time. The original stone building survived the varied history of the ensuing centuries. After the Turkish occupation the bath was renamed to Kayser Bad, Császár Baths in Hungarian, and later it was given to the Order of Hospitallers, who used it for healing the sick.

Csaszar baths

The hot springs feeding the thermal pools rise from the wells of the nearby Lukács Baths and from Margaret Island. The waters, rich in calcium, magnesium, hydrogen-carbonate, sulfate and sodium, with a significant content of fluoride ions, are recommended to help cure degenerative illnesses of joints, chronic and semi-acute arthritis, spinal problems and post-injury healing. Though the bath’s thermal water is known for its healing powers, you don’t have to have any ailments to appreciate it. Visiting Veli Bej is a fun and pleasant way to wind down and relax the body and mind in an historic setting.

Take the 9 bus to the Csaszar stop. Cross the street, walk back along the front of the baths, enter into the white hospital. Go left at the information desk, and you will find the entrance to the baths. Veli Bej has officially opened to the public in the fall of 2012, after five years of renovation.
Additional wellness services:  Finnish sauna, Infrared sauna, Steam bath, Full body shower, Jacuzzi, Kneipp-Walking
Opening times

6 am to noon and 3 pm to 9 pm, daily

Contact

Csaszar Baths (Veli Bej Spa)
H-1023 Budapest, Frankel Leo u. 35.
Telephone: +36-1-336-2640

Lukacs Baths

Lukacs Baths is not well known for the tourists. The reason is very simple. While the Gellert or Szecheny Baths are extravagant places until then service in not so ornate in Lukacs Baths. Nevertheless, Lukács has a great reputation among locals. However when it opened in 1894, Lukács was the biggest and the most popular bath in Budapest. The historical characteristics of this place that it was the favorite spot of writers and artistst and it still remains popular in literary circles. The thermal water has been bottled since the turn of the century and distributed around the world. Look for green bottles labeled Szent Lukács (Saint Lucas). The Lukács has eight pools, five of which are thermal pools.

You can find the information of bath units here; Swimming pool 1: 26 °C, 310 square meter and the water depth is 1-1,9 m. Swimming pool 2: 22 °C, 368 square meter, and the water depth is 1,4 – 1,9 m. Adventure pool: 32-33 °C, 220 square meter, and the wather depth is 1,13 m.  The water temperature in the thermal bath is 24-40 °C and in underwater tractionbath is 36 °C.

Everything is all about wellness: Kneipp pool, sinking pool, sauna, lounge, Himalaya saltwall.

Opening times

06:00 – 22:00
Sauna world: 09:00 – 21:00 (from 1 April)
The sauna world opens at 2 pm on Mondays.

Contact

Lukacs Gyogyfurdo es Uszoda
H-1023 Budapest, Frankel Leo u. 25-29.
Telephone: (36-1) 326-1695
Fax: (36-1) 326-1696
Manager: Ms. Mariann Eva

By public transportation: buses 9 and 109, tramways 4, 6, 17 and 19 and by suburban train HEV o­n the line to Szentendre-Bekasmegyer, up to the stop “Margit Bridge”.

Global travellers’ opinion about the baths in Budapest, Hungary

Szechenyi Baths’ feedbacks
  • My partner, some friends and I visited these famous bath thermals and enjoyed our time swimming in the outdoor pools, however we didn’t swim in the inside pools as a couple of them looked dirty. Thought the inside wasn’t as nice and clean as what they should have been but there are alot people visiting every day so was to be expected. The outside thermal pools can get abit hot during the day, would recommend early morning or night time visit. The staff seemed friendly and helpful. Overall I think it’s something you have to experience yourself when visiting Budapest.

  • The biggest and the best: So impressive. The number of pools and different experiences available can keep you going for hours! Discover the beautiful chill out area in the rooftop Palmahaz
Gellert Baths’ feedback
  • A traveller advised:
    We recently went for a four day break to Budapest and spent an afternoon in the Gellert baths. It was a lovely experience but incredibly confusing, our guide books told us you could hire towels so we didnt take any – when we got there they issued us with what looked like bed sheets!!!! it took a lot of hassle and embarrassment (standing in the foyer queue in my swimsuit and bare feet!) to sort the problem. We also tried to hire robes but apparantly only guests can have these.
  • The baths were clean, people were friendly, spoke English, guided us. We took a family cabin, so had ample place to store our stuff, and change etc. The baths were very family friendly, everyone was clothed (bathing suits), no nude Hungarians as was reported earlier, and overall fun and relaxing. You could get massages, or go to sauna if you so desire.

    Rudas Baths’ feedbacks
  • A traveller message to everybody: In a nutshell – relaxing, efficient, practical, respectful, comfortable and bursting with tradition (but you can read all about that in the other reviews).  Advise for straight guests:
    Don’t be put off by what’s to follow. Most visitors are straight even on men-only days, and gay visitors are extremely cautious as not to offend anyone, so unless you make it very clear that you might be interested, they won’t make a move. Be friendly and have a chat (in Hungarian with the older crowd, in English with the younger tourists) or keep to yourself – it’s all good. If you’re still not reassured – go on mixed (men and women) days on weekends. We went in the late afternoon, and it seemed the retirees were leaving and the younger ones were arriving as the evening progressed.
  • The best place for relax:
    even if under restoring Rudas Baths are still the best bath for males only on monday, wed, thu, fri. Feel free to relax with inhibitions, take care of your body, talk and meet new friends while you are having sauna or bath.
Kiraly Baths’ feedbacks
  • Turkish Baths for the historical purists: Wonderful experience with my family last night at these thermal baths. These are truly a medicinal and pleasurable experience if you know and understand the nature of hot springs treatments. Perhaps what amplified the experience is the ancient and historic foundation of this institution that dates back to the days of the Ottoman empire. Despite the somewhat surly and unfriendly receptionist who seemed to want to discourage visitors from entering, the 2 hours we spent there was pure thermal therapy. I would recommend that folks who can tolerate heat, try the steam room and the cold pool as the closing treatments to this adventure. And if you have teenagers in tow, makes sure they are 14+ in age.
  • Reminds me of a turkish bath: Nice old bath. Quite cheap. Inner courtyard has hot tub (outside). There’s a small jacuzzi. The actual bath has 5 (or so) different pools, a very nice steam sauna with a more traditional Finnish-a-like sauna as well (not Finnish Sauna, believe me being from Finland I know). For surcharge you can get massages, though we didn’t try those.  The guy handling out towels (upstairs with the cabins) was drunk. We visited on a Monday morning. Overall definitely worth it. A slight minus for the drunk guy, who had really short temper.
Csaszar Baths’ feedbacks
  • Refurbished and Relaxing:
    Impossible to find and locals do not know where it is. For the tourists, look out for the big Császár building (and pool). It is the big glass building. Turkish baths experience where old meets new. Water is hot (38-40 degrees Celsius) in the octagonal bath and may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But do check the smaller baths since there are pools with different temperatures. Kneipp also available.  Massages also available and very good masseur was available. More expensive than Kiraly Baths but definitely worth it.
    • Great way to relax in Budapest:
      this combines the feel of a Turkish bath with the most modern and hygienic facilities. The receptionist was very helpful, especially in explaining the system of wrist-bands which control the lockers. There are steam rooms and saunas just outside the bathing area. We took towels from our hotel. My wife had the 15-minute massage – probably long enough!

       

      Lukacs Baths’ feedback
    •  Very relaxed: This bath was not overcrowded and therefore was a very relaxing place to hang out. Really glad we chose to come to Lukacs Baths. It was so relaxing, I went here twice during my stay. The evening was quieter than the afternoon. Small tip, women must wear a swimming cap in two of the outdoor pools so make sure you bring one along.

  •  Nice little place for relaxation: Nice, small place. Lack of english instructions caused a little confusion, but if you’re not in a hurry, as you shouldn’t be in a place like this, it doesn’t matter. 2 hours was just perfect time to try it out.

    Danubius Health Spa Margitsziget

The Margaret Island is trendy tourist attraction. It’s close to the downtown around the beauty environment of Danube. On this spot you can find everything what you can call recreation: hotels, parks, playgrounds, runway, zoo and so on. The thermal water on Margaret Island, known for its healing powers, was first brought to the surface in 1886. The 70°C/170°F warm, mineral rich, natural water comes from the Sigmund spring that rises from the deep beneath the island. The water, rich in sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, hydro-carbonate and sulfate, exerts its healing effects both as thermal water in the spa’s pools & baths and as drinking water.

Danubius Health Spa Resort Margaret Island

The Danubius Health Spa is part of the Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget, which opened in 1979 as one of the first urban spa hotels in the world. Although the building looks like (and it is) a memento from socialist times, don’t get turned off by its appearance, the spa facilities are up-to-date and offer everything you need to unwind and relax.

Opening times

6:30 am to 9:30 pm, daily

In conclusion if your desire the wellness and spa for your recreation, you’ll love this hotel what we offer to you. Many times both in private life and business life we live stressful lives, so the appropriate recreation is very important. That’s the reason why because many people looking for the best offerings. Especially relevant that the hotel location is found on the Margaret Island.

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