Best Thermal Baths in Hungary

Best Thermal Baths in Hungary.

Hungary is a hotspot for medical thermal spas and the fact that there are around 1200 baths in Hungary, the country is famous worldwide for the natural thermal baths, the benefits for curing arthritis, relieves blood circulation problems, benefits joints, and many many more! + Citadella + the Parliament building + the Szechenyi Chain bridge, this is the city built on a bevy of thermal springs and people have been enjoying the baths they say, for many, many centuries, at least since the fourth century BC.  There are plenty of baths to choose from in Hungary and each has its own distinct feeling. I went to 4 of Hungary Best Baths  to see how each one is unique


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  1. Gellert Spa and Baths, Budapest.

Gellert Baths

I’m going to start with the Art Nouveau style Gellert Spa and Baths, which are part of the Gellert hotel that opened in 1918. It’s on the Buda side of the Danube River and looms large just walk towards it. Be aware that you don’t enter through the front hotel entrance, however, but through the side, there are lots of signs there to direct you, which means that we weren’t the only ones to make this mistake. Actual entrance has an impressive interior with columns, statues and stained glass, like all the backs we visited, you get a little bracelet that gets you in and out of the pool areas and lockers. you scan your bracelet to get through the entry turnstile, and then walk down a long tiled hallway that sounds a little bit like being underwater. They’re a little circular windows along the wall that look a bit like portholes, and they look out onto one of the pools so you can see people swimming past, the windows are lit with multicolored lights that cycle through a rainbow of colors. The change rooms here feel like organized chaos. As you walk down the long corridors. You’ll see doors on either side that are private rooms called cabins. You can pay extra for these cabins where you can change and leave your things, paying less however, it will get you a locker in a common change room, which is what we did. The lockers aren’t that big, so don’t bring too much stuff. If you’re planning to use one. There are different pools indoors and outdoors at Gellert’s Another outdoor pool was open. So we visited there first. And this was also the first time I realized I didn’t have flip flops and I wished I did. Not only was it really cold on the ground outside, but having flip flops anywhere in the bath is a really good idea.

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We were there after dark and the exterior of the building was illuminated which was really nice. If you want to actually swim instead of sitting, you can do that back inside the swimming pool. Not however if you don’t have a bathing cap, which we didn’t. This pool is surrounded by columns and has those circular windows and light that you see from the entry hall. When you’re finished swimming there. waterspouts you can sit under and there’s also a second floor balcony that overlooks this pool. You can spread out there and a lounge chair and there’s also a restaurant to grab a snack or drink a gallon. There’s also a large area where you can get massages done, use the sauna or steam room or dunk in a really cold bath. You’ll notice in some areas, like going in and out of the sauna or some of the pools that there are these little water troughs you have to walk through to rinse your feet. My favorite part of the Gellert baths was a large room covered in decorative tiles with a pool on either side. It’s really echoey, which is maybe why there’s a sign stipulating silence, but nobody was obeying that rule. Overall, Gellert was a great introduction to Budapest bath culture, but it also left us wanting more.

2. Rudas Baths

Not far from Gellert on the Buda side as well of the city as well are the Rudas Baths. I was really excited to go there because the Turks built a back there in 1566, which is still in use today. the rudest baths are separated into three distinct parts. And unfortunately for us, the old Turkish part was only open to women when we were there. And while this is great, because it was actually only open to men for a very long time.

Before you visit make sure you look ahead and see when certain areas are restricted so that you don’t miss out. You can see on the board in the entryway, what is open and how much it costs. We went to the wellness paths which are very contemporary feeling on our way to that area. We also passed a large lane pool where swimming lessons were going on. So wellness fats don’t feel private at all because they’re at street level with huge windows where cars and people are passing by. The area is pretty small but includes pools with waters that feel warm, really hot and cold.  I sometimes get headaches from really hot water Does that ever happen to you? Maybe it’s just me. It was 42 degrees and assigned suggest not spending more than five minutes in there, they have these cool water fountains with a ram head design that you can drink from Make you feel really thirsty. So I’d actually suggest bringing your own water bottle with you to stay hydrated. One of the larger pools has water fountains that turn on every so often and it’s so nice to just sit or stand underneath it and let the force of the water massage your neck and back. It’s the worst though when you’re so into it, and then the water turns off and you have to wait for distracted. I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed at the Rudas Bath, because I’ve been expecting to see the Historic Turkish baths and the wellness area lack the charm I was really craving.

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But then we went up to the roof. And this made it all worth it. There’s a large circular pool up there with a standing front row view of the city, river and bridges. The pool has this lovely curved design that almost looks like a crown and looks beautiful with light flickering on it. Once we discovered the rooftop, we spent the rest of our time up there. Luckily, it wasn’t too crowded and we sat for around two hours. The combination of the fresh air the hot water and that tranquil view made me sink into this super deep feeling of relaxation, and I actually fell asleep floating in the pool.

3. Szechenyi

Szechenyi thermal  baths were built in 1913. And as you walk through the park, it feels more like walking up to a palace than a spa. Columns hug the buildings curbs and the golden yellow color feels regal. There are graceful statues that dot the building and a Hungarian flag waves that you outside the entrance. The palatial feeling continues inside with detailed ceilings and carvings. has 15 thermal baths and three swimming pools. But there’s also a beer spa where you sit in little pools for to soaking in thermal waters and beer ingredients while also serve beer to drink. Szechenyi also has pool parties on Saturday nights. So look at the calendar ahead of time if you want to go the large lap pool takes center stage and the outdoor area and there are two smaller swimming pools on either end. I just love how this looks from way up in the sky You can see the scale of it. One of the pools has a large spiral part where water pushes you around in a giant swirl. You can paddle to speed up or just let the water gently carry you around and around.

Szechenyi Baths

This pool also has jets that push up from the bottom that are fun to play and the best is to balance on top of one and let the water massage your feet very into massages because you can see the pool on the opposite side is where people traditionally sit to play chess at the side. There’s also a big fountain that sprays water from a statue. The outdoor baths are charming day or night but it takes on a different feeling after dark when the steam rising off the hot pools is exaggerated. And the lights have this hazy Halo that brings everything into soft focus. The steam also makes it feel more private, because you can’t see all the people around you which is nice. Indoors is amazed of connected rooms with pools and they vary in size, depth and temperature. To get in and out.

4. Hevizs Thermal Bath near Pecs

This is probably the best thermal baths in Hungary. The most significant attraction of Héviz is the unique medicinal lake and its healing power. The source of the 4.4 ha water surface lake, rich in carbonic acid, sulphur, calcium, magnesium and hydrogen carbonate can be found 38 metres deep in the cave. The flow of water is very strong and the water in the lake is completely replenished every 72 hours. This Europe’s largest hot spring healing aching joints and muscles, soothing irritated or eczema affected skin, it is effective for moisturising and hydrating. The Hévimud, which covers the bed of the lake in a thick layer, represent special medicinal factors. The medicinal water and mud both originating from the several then thousand year-old Pannonian Sea, together with the complex physiotherapeutic treatments, are suitable for treating all kinds of rheumatic and locomotory diseases. The advantageous effects of the Héviz Lake can also be enjoyed through a drinking treatment, suitable for stomach problems and digestive disorders.

Don’t commit to a location until you take a look around though because you might find a pool you like better. There are also showers that spray hot and cold water as the colors change.

The prices vary at all the baths depending on where and when you go how long you stay and if you want to locker or cabin for example. But in general, you can expect to pay ballpark 20 US dollars. Really important is to bring your own flip flops, towel, bathing suit and bathing cap to avoid having to buy or rent them. Make sure also to check opening hours ahead and whether certain baths are restricted on certain days or times.

As a general rule, I’d say go early or late is a good way to avoid the biggest crowds. Give yourself lots of time to enjoy the different parts of the bats and really relax. I’d say two hours at the very minimum, but know that you’ll probably want to stay longer once you actually get in there. I also suggest exploring a little when you first arrive just to get an overview, so you don’t spend all your time in one area, and then realize you run out of time to experience others. Also check whether one section of the baths closes earlier than another, like the indoor and outdoor areas might open and close at different times. thermal baths are an essential part of Budapest past and its present.


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