firstly - get a cabin it's easier. Next remember the number of the cabin, no one else will!
Unlike baths I've used before you have no locker all your things get locked in the cabin. take flip flops we didn't and got odd looks.
Try the two hot outdoor spas (the one in the middle is for swimmer and you need a cap - don't bother) look for the doors leading up and down into the saunas and steam rooms and indoor areas - explore are 2 doors at either end. Be brave - use the ice to get you r blood pumping afgain when you have been in the sauna! ENJOY
Located in Varosliget are the Szechenyi Baths. A hot spring was discovered here in 1879 while a well was drilled. The structure was completed in 1913 and contain the deepest and hottest baths in Budapest. Many people use the baths due to their alleged healing properties. The outdoor swimming pools were added in 1926 and are popular even in the winter due to the hot temperature of the water.
The baths are open 6am - 7pm on Monday through Friday and 6am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Just a few minutes away from the zoo there
is the 'széchenyi fürdo'.
I think it is the most beautifull bath in Budapest.
It has a large open air section with 3 pools.
One is quit hot , 40°. That is the one where
they play 'chess in. It is great to watch them.
In the middle there is the coldest one.
You need to wear something on your head if
you want to go swimming. Don't forget.
It is also meanth for swimming , not for floating.
Then the last one is the one with what I call
'recreation'. It has some massage options.
You can swim really fast in the whirlpool
in the middle. Do some exploring here.
And watch the other people very closely...
it has some surprises here and there.
On the inside there is a sauna , a steambath
and some other health baths. Enjoy them.
Maybe this bath is among the most touristy.
I think it is the nicest one.
If you can only got to one - choose this one.
If you want a special treatment , you'll have
to pay for it in advance. Swimming itself and
using the baths is very affortable.
There are many entrances but if you want
to pay with a credit card. Use the head entrance.
' the nicest thing' is of course you got the
feeling of swimming in a castle that is made
by the bakery around the corner.
When in Budapest, a thermal bath is a must. There are a variety of bath and spa's scattered throughout the city so ask around for which is the best. We went to Sz?chenyi Baths and Swimming Pool and it is one of Europe's largest and was great. There are thermal baths indoors ranging from extremely hot to extremely cold. Going from one extreme to another provided wicked relaxation. There are also sauna facilities and two large outdoor pools. The cost is cheap and it is accessible by public transit. Its a great way to relax and finish a day of sightseeing - now go out and bathe yourself!!!
Budapest residents sure love their baths ... I was a ready convert as well. I only wish I lived there so that I could do this more often. In this photo, you can see the masses of humanity congregating at the Szechenyi baths on a June afternoon.
Budapest offers many thermal bath complexes, among which Szechenyi is one of the best. It is a gigantic place with many in- and outdoor pools. I really enjoyed it (see my travelogue about it for more details).
Interestingly, one of the outdoor pools is for those wearing caps only - might want to remember this bit of bath etiquette :)
One of two most famous baths in Budapest (another is the Gellert). There are three pools, each of them has a different temperature (cold, warm and middle). Spa facillities are also available - they are located in a neobaroque buildings surrouding the pools.
Open: 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Open-air pools run also during winters!
Entrance: 1600 forints for 5 hours. If you are there for a shorter time, you can get back your change.
Info in English is available.
Mineral baths .. healthy or not? My gf is a believer in its beneficial effects. But i dont remember ever seeing so much unhealthy looking people in my life. In any case, it's worthwhile to visit this public bath. First of all because of the building (late 19th century). And secondly for ... uh ... well for the experiment shall we say.
Tickets valid for half a day cost about 2000 Florint per person (approx 10 euro), however you get a refund for the time you didn't actually spend in the bath. You can rent swimming suits and towels in case you didn't bring anything yourself.
Inside there are about 5 baths with water temperatures ranging from 24C to 38C. Also there are a wet and a dry steam room. Finally a massage is included (optional offcourse).
Hungary is also known by it's mineral spring resorts. A lot of people also come there to take care about their health and to take a pleasure of sitting in the mineral warm of even hot water and enterntaining. Situated in the very centre of the city, huge Széchenyi bath is a very popular place. It's located in the nice ancient building in a form of rectangular, with 2 pools with warm and almost hot water, and a swimming pool between them. There are also saunas, shops everywhere. We spent 4 hours there and didn't want to leave it:)
Please do not leave Budapest without going into one of the great bathes! I like Széchenyi the best with its dozen of hot and warm pools, saunas, spas, etc... It has a frequent location and the building itself is fascinating.
The bathinghouses of Budapest are ancient and have a special atmosphere. It's not so much swimming that one does here, but just sitting and let the (healthy) water soak in the body. Just lovely to see how people sit at little tables, made in the pool, playing chess or chatting along with a drink. All over town are the bathinghouses, from simple to very exclusive ones.
The largest public bathing complex in Europe. Outdoor pools are open year round. In the winter steam rises from the pools while snow gently falls on the surrounding statues - enchanting. During the summer there is late night band entertainment and movies.
One of the largest bathing complexes in Europe, it's thermal springs are the deepest and hottest (74-75*C) in the capital.
Many elements of Szechenyi's architecture seem to have a Roman influence. Pictured is a curious statue of Atlas? astride a spouting dolphin. A welcome diversion while partaking of the waters.
Szechenyi Thermal Baths
It was great fun to go to a real termal bath!! You can also find some more photo's in the travellogue