Gellert Baths - Gellert Furdo, Budapest

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1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi ut 2-4.

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    Relaxing Baths

    by sunburntaussie Written Jul 6, 2005

    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.

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    Gellert Szalloda es Gyogyfurdo

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jun 25, 2005

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    Gellert Szalloda es Gyogyfurdo

    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.

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    Go ahead--Pamper Yourself!

    by scbelle Written Apr 13, 2005

    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.

    Fantastic.

    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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    Bath House

    by cup0joe Written Apr 1, 2005

    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.

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    Gellert Baths

    by msocolin Written Mar 29, 2005
    Gellert's swimming pool

    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.

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    Hot Baths

    by stevieUK Written Dec 19, 2004

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    Gellert Spa Hotel

    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.

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    Gellért Bath

    by belgianchocolate Updated Oct 22, 2004

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    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
    immediately.

    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'

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    Gellert Baths

    by akkipaa Written Sep 8, 2004

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    Baths

    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).

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    Szt. Gellert Termal Bath

    by rui_bijie Written Mar 29, 2004

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    Szt. Gellert Bath

    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 ...

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    Most Beautiful Baths in Budapest

    by dcwizard Written Mar 10, 2004

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    The Main Hall and Pool at the Gellert

    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!

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    The Worlds nicest swimming pool

    by biggeorge Written Jan 14, 2004

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    Outdoor Pool

    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.

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    The Gellert bathes

    by chancay Updated Oct 6, 2003

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    Gellert hotel and bath

    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

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    World-Famous Baths?

    by DrewV Updated Oct 2, 2003

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    Gellert Hill

    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...

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    IMMERSE YOURSELF

    by Duffelgirl Updated Sep 30, 2003

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    View of Budapest

    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.

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    Gellert Hill and Baths

    by goglobe Written Aug 2, 2003
    Gellert grand entrance

    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.

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