Top notch is the famous Gellert Hotel at Kelenhegyi út 4/6.
Men: wear a pair of contacts if you normally wear glasses. You might find you've unintentionally made some friends in the male steam room while staring off into space.
If you're in Budapest, and you are tired of walking all day long, then this is the place for you. Gellert Baths is a spa that belongs to the Gellert Hotel in Buda. It has a beautiful swimming pool with columns surrounding it, and of course the thermal baths and sauna. You pay a fee that's valid for a certain time, and if you stay less than that, you can get some money back. It's usually open until 7pm or so.
It's not cheap, it's full of blokes wearing loin cloths (covering their fronts with their bums exposed - apart from the oddballs wearing them the wrong way round).
But the architecture is great, the baths quite relaxing and all in all an experience I'm glad I went through (and there were a few of us wearing shorts - probably all British).
Wouldn't pay to do it again but you've got to try it if you're in Budapest.
The most famous bath in town must be Gellért.
We would have loved to visit one of the two
baths near the 'Elisabeth bridge' 'Ersébet Hid'
but they are both closed for renovation.
Pitty , they got Turkish roots and are much
much older then the Gellért.
The water of the Géllert bath has been long known
before it opened in it's present appearance
in 1918. The entrance hall on the side is completely
in marble. You'll get in a luxurious mood
Then you go changing clothes...they give you
a locker and and an amulet to prove that one
was yours. (don't forget your number!!!)
And there you are swimming in the famous
bathing room. You will have to wear a ridiculous
blue plastic thing in two layers on your head and
swim in circles in the right direction.
There is a lady on the head of the bath that
looks like the young Madeleine Albright who
is strangling a goose that has to bring you
in the right mood. :-)
Then we enjoyed an outside swim.
The large pool was a bit cold and desolated ,
but the warm small one was cozy. No stylish
architecture here. Just healing water.
(it had a strange smell.)
From Frederik's memory it has changed a
lot during the renovation. Some beautiful
things are gone. I don't know.
It is also the most expensive bath we visited.
Twice the price from the others.
If you got only time for one...I would choose
the Széchenyi bath in the parc.
If you have more time , don't miss it.
Wa were the last to leave and I made this
picture of a desolated bath. :-)
Now we are going for dinner at 'Articsoka'
The Spa is well-known throughout the world and is the most popular in Budapest amongst foreign visitors. Corridors and elevator lead directly to the bath.
Treatments are based on the utilisation of the Gellért Hill mineral hot springs. Medicinal content of the water: radioactive with sodium, calcium-magnesium-hydrogen carbonate, sulphate-chloride and fluoride.
And I was there! Facinating place (but a lot of old people around me).
The present building of the baths and hotel called Szt. Gellért Gyógyfürdõ és Szálló was erected in 1918. The wave pool was built in 1927, and the `champagne` bubble pool was constructed in 1934. The spa, well-known throughout the world, is the most popular spa among foreign visitors.
Night swim in the outdoor pools on Friday and Saturday nights before midnight.
Personal opinion: It's worth seeing from an architectural point of view; in therms of structure and hygienic issues some might be used to better conditions and therefore ...
Thermal baths, sauna and steam baths separately (one wing for ladies, the other for gentlemen); only the swimming pool is for both sexes - therefore it might get boring if you visit the bath as a (heterosexual) couple ...
There are many wonderful spas and thermal baths in Budapest, but the most beautiful one has to be the Géllert, attached to the hotel of the same name. Built in 1918 in Art-Nouveau, the main hall with glass roof and Roman-style columns is the most striking. Stick your head under one of the stone lions out of whose mouth water rushes out. There is a warmer thermal pool in the main hall, plus there is an outdoor wave pool and thermal pool, plus additional thermal baths as well.
Bring your swimsuit, towel, cap, and pool shoes, and you can get a locker or cabinet to store your clothes as well. These items can be rented as well. You'll notice that the pros know exactly when the bubble jets turn on periodically because they always get the best places in the pools!
Like having a swim in an opera house. Main swimming pool and hot tub with cloumns and balconies , ring a doorbell and you get into the steam room ,cold plunge and thermal baths. Looks like ancient Rome but just relax and take the weight off.
The most famous thermal bathes in Budapest. They are very beautiful.
The Gellért baths together with Gellért Hotel was opened in 1918. The wave pool was added in 1927, and in 1934 the bubble pool was built on the site of the former winter garden. Nearly all the medical services of a spa are here available. The Gellért is renowned not only for its waters but also for its superb Art Nouveau architecture and details
You can't go to Budapest without partaking in the world-famous Gellert baths. Oh, hang on a moment... I didn't! I had to fly home early for a blasted tuberculosis shot. For graduate school! Apparently, if I didn't have my tb shot, the fine folks at Georgetown wouldn't let me pay them $30,000 a year to attend their business school. Grrrr...
Anyway, I had to catch a flight which prevented me from partaking of the baths. Alas! I guess I'll be putting them down for 'saving-for-later.'
Now, if you've read enough of my travelogues, you've no doubt realized my amazing penchant for 'saving-for-later': the Sistine Chapel, the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Statue of Liberty, the London Museum, the Heineken Brewery -- all things I have somehow managed to 'save-for-later.' It's amazing and downright disturbing, really. I don't go for tourist stuff, and that explains some of it, but some is just dumb luck -- the baths fall into that category. Snarl...
Hungry is well-known for its thermal waters. We visited the Gellert Hotel and Baths complex. Open to both the public and guests.
The complex has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and two separate thermal spas (one for men and one for women). We took to the spas. These consisted of three different temperature plunge pools, a sauna and a steam bath.
If the naked human form in all its wonder offends you - think twice before entering these spas - you may think you have seen it all- think again!!
This may sound crazy, but I shall quickly run through how the changing rooms operate - most of the signs and information is in Hungarian, the attendants do not speak much English and I have never felt so lost and confused!!
1) Pay the entrance fee.
2) You're given what's termed a 'modesty cloth' - and sure enough it certainly is a modest piece of cloth. Take this into a vacant cubical and get changed into either your swimwear or as most Hungarians seem to be- in the nud.
3) Find an attendant (if you have chosen the nude option put on the cloth), point them to where your cubicle is. They will lock it and give you a wooden tag to put around your wrist.
4) Once finished in the spa, find an attendant, show them your wooden tag and they will open your cubicle for you.
I don't know what the procedure is....but I gave the attendant a tip - anyone who has to work dealing with confused foreigners, masses of naked human flesh under such close quarters all day deserves one!
If you can- bring some flip-flops - if you like your sauna really hot it avoids your feet burning.
I cannot seem to find the opening times for this spa - but CLICK HERE for the Gellert Hotels's website, providing contact details and other information.
The Gellert is originally a hotel and now accommodates full facilities of a health spa with indoor and outdoor pools and springs for the general public. There are many other similar bath premises in various cities in Hungary, but this one is quite unique in its external outlook.
The unique Art Nouveau style Gellert Bath with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Turkish thermal baths. Admission to the spa, the sparkling bath, wave bath, steam bath, sun terrace is free to hotel guests.The Hotel Gellert, one of the leading hotels in Budapest Danubius Hotel Gellert .
Budapest is famous for tis thermal springs and its many bahs. It would a shame to come to Budapest and not go to at least 1 of the baths. Perhaps the most famous, and very easily accessible, are the Gellert Baths located at the end of the Libert Bridge. They are found inside the Gellert Hotel. The picture shows the beautiful indoor pool, but there is also a great outdoor pool which nakes waves. there are separate areas for men and women for the indoor thermal pools, and another thermal pool located outside is used by people of both sexes. Upon entering there is a price chart at the entrance. the system is a little confusing, but well worthwhiile!
The Baths in the Hotel Gellert are among the most famous in the city. Framed around the magnificent centrepiece pool indoors, are a number of thermal and outdoor baths. In addition there are a number of hydrotherapy services available.