With its 120 thermal springs Budapest is the biggest thermal Spa in Europe, also elected City of Spas.
The Romans first enjoyed the thermal springs colonizing the area to the west of the River Danube. They established their regional capital at Aquincum, nowadays a part of Óbuda, in northern Budapest.
The new baths, still in use present-day, were constructed during the Turkish period. They are used for bathing and aqua therapy: doctors often recommend water treatments in the healing spa waters to their patients.
Here is a selection of our favourite thermal baths in Budapest.
Széchenyi Medicinal Bath, the most visited attraction in Budapest, is the biggest medicinal bath in Europe. Széchenyi Bath, built in Neo-baroque style, is around 100 years old and it is placed in the biggest green park of Budapest, the City Park.
Its water is provided by two thermal springs, with a temperature of around 75°C. The three outdoor pools, with a temperature ranging from 27 to 38 °C, are open all year including winter. Instead the fifteen indoor ones are 27°C and a whole host of medical treatments is also available.
Széchenyi Spa offers also massage treatments, relaxing saunas and the gym. You can even taste the natural waters coming from over 1000 meters below the surface.
The Rudas Baths are placed in the city center of Budapest. Its dome supported by eight pillars and the octagonal pool are key elements of the Turkish bath.
The bath includes one swimming pool, with a temperature ranging from 16 to 42 °C, and six therapy pools.
The baths are open on different days for women and for men, but they can share it on the weekend.
In 1988 Rudas Baths hosted two Hollywood Actors, Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belushi, for the opening scene of the action movie Red Heat.
Since 1950 the Lukács Bath has been considered as a centre for intellectuals and artists and the most fascinating Spa in Budapest.
Lukács Baths include four thermal baths and three outdoor swimming pools: the men’s pool (22 °C), the women’s pool (26 °C) and the fancy pool (32°C).
One external wall shows several plaques offered by people cured by the waters at Lukács.
Bombed at the end of World War II, it has been partially reconstructed and restored to its original splendor. Visiting Gellért Bath is a beautiful and historical experience: its main hall with gallery and glass roof are really charming.
The Gellért Bath includes thermal baths, with the water coming from Gellért hill’s mineral hot springs, and also a Finnish sauna with cold pool.
Király Bath is a thermal bath built during the Ottoman Empire. The dome and the octagonal pool are distinctive features of the Turkish bath.
The Király Bath includes a thermal pool, a sauna and steam room, and a Finnish sauna with cold pool.
We suggest to visit it for the amazing ambiance you will enjoy.