Visiting a thermal bath while in Budapest is as compulsory as visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Szechenyi bath is huge with 9 pools and 3 of them are outdoors. It is well frequented and the earlier you get there the better (they open at 6 am!). Lunch can also be had there and is not expensive at all. Ex. a pint costs 480 Forints. Of the 3 outdoor baths there is one Olympic pool for those who want to swim, one with 24-25 degrees which have some artificial currents and the last one is thermal with 37-38 degrees. The hot one is the most popular and is where people tend to stay the longest some playing chess others reading a book. The entrance cost is 5600 forints (there is a reduction with the Budapest card) and you can stay as long as you want.
Remember to take a towel, some slippers and some sun screen if you go during summer as the water reflects the sun and could rapidly cause burns.
In the middle of the city park , behind the Heroes square there is the famous szechenyi thermal bath.
The building is a very beautiful Neo Baroque style that was built on 1913.
Szechenyi bath is the largest bath in Europe and the water is from 2 thermal springs.
This is the largest bath complex in Europe. I has numerous pools outside with varying temps of water and looks like you are in a palace courtyard. There are also small pools inside with hotter water, the hotest I saw was 38 degrees Celcius. Some of the waters also have medicinal qualities, supposedly. There is a steam room whish is between 45-55 degrees Celcius and some dry saunas on the bottom floor of the pool complex. Dont forget to bring your towel and shower shoes. I forgot sandals and was walking around bare foot and got some weird looks. They also have massage available. I got one for 30 minutes and paid 4000 HUF. They have some by the pool, but its hot and loud so I went upstairs in the hall with the lockers and cabins and got one in a cooler room with nice music and a more relaxing atmosphere. The price to get in was 2400 HUF for access to the pools with a locker, and 2800 for a small closet like thing they call a cabin. You are issued a credit card like thing and you use it to get into the bathing complex and for access to the lockers- you find one with the key in it and take put the card in the back of the locker lock in slot and then you can take the key. you take the card when you leave and put it into the exit stall and you are printed a receipt. If you leave within 2 hours you get back 400 HUF, and if you leave within 3 hours you get back 200 HUF. Take the receipt to the casheir to get your money back. It located in the park behind heros square in a bright yellow building, across from a circus.
Just back from a week in Budapest and must recommend these baths. My top tip though is take your own towel!! It says you can hire them but these are not towels they are bed sheets (and no fun to try and dry long hair with!) Also take some flip flops as the tiled floors of the indoor pools complex are not ideal to walk around on barefoot.
Wepaid FUH 5 200 for two of us, which was entry to all pools and a changing cabin, but you do get some money back if you stay less than the time you pay for (no idea how this works though) .The indoor pools have a bit of the feel of an old mental institute - and there are some shocking sights - people obviously hoping for cures from the water!! We wandered through loads of indoor pool rooms until quite by accident found the door to the outside complex!! Its great out there though. The end pool is about 38 C and so relaxing just floating around in it. My fave though was the circular pool in the bigger end pool - it drags you round really fast - and sends you spiraling into every one else!! :-)
-->the outer pools, the most famous and enchanting part of the whole complex. In this part of the Széchenyi baths you can find different kinds of pools, some of them is not really hot, so in march when I was there I could barely stay inside 2 minutes. Here there is a swimming pool, in the middle, while both on the two sides you find two pools with hot water. In the one you see on the main pic you can find the famous chess players (see local costum clip). This is in fact the hottest water.
To be noticed the fancy architecture of this place. All is painted in yellow, you can find some nice loggias, statues and fountains as well. It was damn cold and each time I came out from the water, the first thing that I wanted is to go inside again as quick as I could.
But once you`re in the hot water, you feel like you were in Paradise.
This bath is a REAL MUST for every tourist who visits Budapest!
After entering the bath-complex you will find various rooms (some of them is closed due to renovation) with smaller-bigger pools. The water temperature is different in every pool. The hottest one (see on the main image of the tip) is 38 degree centigrades hot. I liked this pool the most, it was simply sensational! So calm and relaxing! I stayed here for almost 30 minutes and than I had my way towards...-->
If you are in Budapest, this is one spot not to be missed!!
If you wonder what the people of Budapest are doing in the winter season, you have to come to one of the hot baths, called "Györgifürdö". If you can perfectly pronounce it, you are a step closer to the enjoyment it is, to dip yourself into the hot water on a cold winter evening. Beside the enjoyment of taking a hot bath people come here for chatting with there closest friends.
Here at the Szechenyi Baths are three outdoor pools. The two at the ends are for floating in the hot water with 36 and 38 degrees, the famous chess players can be found in the hotter bath. The central one is for swimming, although the people do it with a slow and calm attitude. Obviously it is for relaxation and not for breaking world records.
Széchenyi Bath is the the largest thermal bath of Budapest. Located in the middle of City Park, the bath’s thermal springs were discoved in 1879 and the neo-baroque baths were built in 1913. Home to the deepest and warmest thermal wells in Budapest, the bath is a vast complex of indoor and outdoor pools and is widely considered the premier medicinal bath in Pest.
Okay, so you are not allowed to take pictures in this place, but hey, I risked getting caught. It's not the best picture, but it's just to give you an idea of the place. In my opinion itis much better than the Gellert Spa and Baths because it is not overrun with tourists and it's cheaper. Plus we were outside. The outside bath was not open a the Gellert.
If you want certain treatments, you may need a doctors note to obtain the treatment. I wanted to have a mud bath, but didn't have a medical prescription for it. Oh well! Next time I go I plan to have these doctors notes.
Szechenyi Furdo (baths) are with Gellert baths the most famous in Budapest. The appearence of the baths inside and out is beautiful. As well as several different indoor spa pools of varying temperatures there are oustide swimming pools and saunas dotted all around the place. It is the perfect place to relax after a long hard day of being a tourist.
This beautiful thermal bath is the biggest in Europe. There are inside and outside pools with different water temperatures with the highest at 38 degrees Celcius. There are also some sauna and steam bath chambers as well as massage parlours. Evening times especially in cold weather, it has a very nice ambiance on outside pools while the vapour rises over the hot water.
Dont hesitate to check out open air pools at cold season - you will miss awesome opportunity to relax your body in hot water while snow drops melts on your nose. Though, for me it was a little suprise that to get to the baths, people have to cross about 20-30m distanse just in swimsuite on the outside... I have never dream that I will ever pace in swimsuite on the outside in the middle of january with -3. But, another surprise I got when was leaving baths - I got out and thought to head immidiatly to the building, but noticed I dont feel any cold. It was really strange feeling, when I know its winter, I am wet from top to toe, its snowing, but my body feels very warm. Donno why it was like it, but was awesome.
I cannot compare this bath house to any other one because we only went to this one during our visit to Budapest, but it was very nice! The place looks amazing and really big. I think it's further away from the center than any other bath house, but it is worth visiting. We were there on a Monday and it wasn't busy at all. I think we were the only young adults in that bath house as most of the people that were there were seniors. The place has outdoor and indoor pools ranging from cold to almost-uncomfortable-worm. It depends what you prefer. Spas are also available and they are HOT! We rented a cabin for 2600FT/$13.00 and were there for about 2 hours. If you stay there for less than 2 hours you will get 600FT when you leave the bath house. You need to have a swimming cap on while in the pools so either bring your own or you can purchase one for less than $1 (it looks like a shower cap). Not too many people spoke English there, but it was never a problem. Workers there knew what you needed before you had a chance to even ask them. I am sure they dealt with plenty of tourists. After you are done, it is customary to leave a small tip (200-300FT) to the person who opened your cabin. Outside of the bath house there was a little store where they sold mineral drinking water (same water that is used in the bath house). I don't remember the price, but it was very cheap. Go to this website to check hours of operation, prices, directions, water temperatures and many other things. http://spasbudapest.com/tartalom.php
We spent about 4 hours splashing around the various pools at the Széchenyi Baths. The indoor pools vary in terms of temperature from 68 to 100 degrees F (20-38 Degrees C) and there are some very warm saunas. In main indoor bath complex dates from 1913 and it felt a bit like swimming in a gothic catherdral. The outdoor pools, built in 1927, ares great even when the weather is a bit chilly. The are various water jets and whirlpools to keep things interesting. It really is a great place to relax and forget your stresses for a morning. The complex is one of the biggest bathing complexes in Europe with 12 indoor baths and 3 outdoor pools to keep you busy as well as a whole host of medical treatments. Open 6am to 10pm (all year round).
No trip to Budapest is complete without a visit to one of the many beautiful spas in the area.
A nice relaxing thing to check out is the Szechenyi Medicinal Baths. See how the locals relax and spend a day in the water. You can also watch the old men playing chess.
We only tried 2 of the 3 outdoor pools. One was warm and had vents shooting bubbles up which was cool. It also had an area where a current pulled you around a circle. The other pool we tried was quite a bit warmer. It had some fountains shooting water out.
If you go with 2 people one person can pay for a locker and one for a cabin. The cabins seemed same to leave valuables in. You get a disk which you must give the attendant to get back into the cabin when you are done. You can also rent a towel rather than carry one around with you while you are siteseeing.
If you leave before a certain amount of time you get a ticket for a partial refund.