This is something you have to do while in Budapest, the city is known by its many and nice bath, Gellert is the famoust one, I have to say it's more touristic, I didn't try any other bath but I still found Gellert nice and clean, you have to pay your entry and you can stay as much as you can, beside the bath there is a sauna and a massage room .. it worth the visit ;)
I have just returned from Budapest where, amongst other things, we visited the Gellert Baths. I have nothing to add to the praise already given, it was a wonderful experience. My one disappointment was that I really wanted to see the beautiful blue tiling i had seen on all the postcards but this is in the Men's Turkish Bath so I never saw it - my husband did. The Women's side is not so beautiful. So if, like me, you chose these baths from the many available in Budapest for the tiling, be warned! Ladies, you are in for a disappointment! However, the rest of the experience made up for it. Oh, and get a cubicle! The locker area appears to be run by former Eastern European gymnastics coaches - the Western service ethic has not reached there.
Budapest, the City of Spas lays over 100 natural thermal springs. Many Hungarians as well as tourist come to visit the 12 Bath Complexes for relaxing and their medicinal healing power. The most famous, of the 16th century Turkish baths known as the Szechenyi, Lukacs, Uj Kiralyi and the Gellert
me and three friends(summer travelers) went to the thermal bath on kelenhegyi, and trust me we were not dissapointed. For about 15 US dollars we got an all day pass to swim, sit in the baths, and use the wave pool.(you can also get massages and use the jet baths) the patio upstairs and outside is nice for sunbathing and drinking wine. You also meet alot of travelers there, as well as locals(which is cool if you're a people person)
The Gellért thermal Baths
Your skin will get soft. It is a nice environment. You will (probably) be asked to wear a weird apron... :-)Some of my male friends have been approached in the mens' shower rooms. Good or bad, that's up to you.
However, some people have complained the establishment is not too hygienic. Still it's a classical to-do thing in Budapest.
$1,000,000 dollars is how you will feel after a good 20 min or so in the hot springs... No, a million bazillion kajillion dollars.... First, they give you what looks like a cocktail napkin on a string to change into... then, you hit the baths... butt hagin out and all... there are two sides, one 38o C and 36o C, if i remember correctly... youll end up marinating with plenty of locals and foreigners alike... its a true slice of hungarian culture, and definatly not to be missed.... a rare opportunity to live like the locals... Spend the day walking from the Bazilika, to Parliament, stop at margarets island, then on to buda, then head south to gellert, checkin out buda along the way... End at gellert, and you will be well rewarded for all your walking.... Especially for all us Americans... Dont go all that way and miss out on the mineral baths.
Situated behind the Gellert Hotel on the Buda side of the river - Gellert Baths are one of the most relaxing places to visit in Budapest.
I spent 4 hours here and only left because they were closing.
You can do anything from swimming in a pool, paddling about in the wave pool, relaxing in spa baths, having a massage/facial/mud treatment or for the ladies, get your nails done.
If you want a relaxing day out in Budapest - this is the place to go.
I spent 4 hours at this place and only left because it was closing. Here you can go for a swim, paddle around in the wave pool, relax in a warm bath, get a massage/facial and have loads of treatments.
The Gellert baths are just behind the Gellert Hotel near the chain bridge on the Buda side of the river. The building is amazing and if you want a relaxing day out - this is the place.
In front of the Szabadsag hid there is one of the most bueautiful Thermal Bathes of Budapest: Gellert Gyogyfurdo.
In the 1300 in this place exixsted a thermal house and to do the therapeutic treatments it used the theramal water came from the gellert hill. During the Turkish occupation this place became a luxury thermal bathroom. In the 1911-1918, Armin Hegedus, Artur Sebestyen and Izidor Stark built the hotel with a Secessionist facade. Inside there are thermal bathrooms, sauna and much more.
Nowhere else in the world will you get the spa services you get here for a lower price... that may be hyperbole, but surely nowhere else in the Western World!
For $35, we got all afternoon in the spa, a full body massage, and a mud bath. It was fantastic and soooo relaxing.
The architectuer is really famous too--they've used it in a lot of movies, most recently that I Spy movie with Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy.
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