Thermal Baths, Budapest

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    Thermal Baths

    by Heniko Written Mar 31, 2006

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    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

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    Turkish baths from 1566

    by bratsch Written Mar 18, 2006

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    Travellers to Budapest might enjoy a turkish bath at the newly renovated Rudas baths. Reopened in December, 2005 the thermal baths built in 1566 are for the first time open to women as well. Currently two half-days per week are ladies only (I think it’s Tuesday and Thursday but better check!). Friday and Saturday nights from 10PM to 4AM the baths go co-ed (bathing suits required). The rest of the time it’s men only. The entrance fee is HUF2000 (about 10 dollars) which includes a changing cabin. Towels are provided. The central octagonal basin is at 36° C. Four smaller baths in the corners have water at 28, 30, 33, and 42 degrees. There are steam rooms and saunas and massages can be had for an additional fee. On the other side of the complex is a 19th century swimming pool. All the installations are indoors. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience there and, while the ticket booths and turnstiles at the entrance are daunting, the staff were mainly accommodating.

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  • Palatinus Open-Air Bath - History of the Bath

    by frankyboy5 Written Mar 10, 2006

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    The Open-Air Bath, located on the Margit island, in a nature conservation area, was opened as a beach on the bank of the Danube in 1919. With the construction of the large pool it was transformed in 1921 into an open-air bath.
    Owing to its high popularity it had to be expanded, therefore an architectural project tender was launched in 1937, as a result of which the plans composed by Istvan Januky were accepted. The current installation was completed o?n the basis of these plans. Its pools are supplied by the thermal springs of the Margit Island. In the second half of the 1980s, a five-path chute was built. The open-air bath, also equipped with a wave-bath pool, allocated in a park area, is visited by many foreign guests, in addition to the Hungarian ones. There are sports grounds and playgrounds for children, offering excellent distraction facilities for all age groups. In 2002 the pools of the Open-Air Bath were modernised, they were equipped with water filtering and revolving devices. The swimming pool was shaped into three sections: swimming pool, fancy pool and beach pool. Of these, the fancy pool is expecting visitors with neck shower, effervescence generator and whirling corridor.

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    Roman Baths

    by Markyreid Written Mar 7, 2006

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    After a day riding in heavy rain and seeing very little, we were totally revived by the Roman Baths. For us, Budapest will be remembered for its warm, inviting baths. We rode for about 40 minutes in the rain looking for them, but it was certainly worth it. The price was reasonable too, costing about 6 euros each, although you have to pay for a full day and then you can get a refund if you are only there for two hours. (so you will need more money then 6 euros each)
    There are several different baths, 3 outside and 4 or 5 inside, all of different temperatures. There are fountains for massages and in built chess boards to play while sitting in the water, although it is hard to get a seat at these games. The locals took it very seriously.

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    Kiraly Turkish Baths

    by argentia Written Jul 24, 2005

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    A traditional turkish bath with a large swimming pool, 3 thermal baths, and 2 saunas. It's a very relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Entrance is 1000 forints, and the baths are not coed. Call or check the internet to see which are men- or women-only days. Bathing suits are optional though, no matter what the sign says!

    Gellert Hotel and Thermal Baths

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    Luxury for Cheap

    by lthornton11 Written May 11, 2005

    This was one of the best things I did in Budapest. It happened to be my birthday, so I decided to treat myself to a thermal bath soak and massage. It turned out not to be a splurge...the whole experience cost around $20 including tip. (This was in 2000)

    The sulfur smelling baths are noxious at first, but you get used to the smell, and then it's relaxing. The massages are out of this world, too. I got an hour-long full body massage for around $15!

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    Széchenyi Baths

    by bobbyandkatrina Written May 4, 2005

    We went to the Szechenyi Baths, the ones famous for the old men playing chess. I would recommend the baths for the experience, but I probably wouldn't go back. It is extremely crowded, and there isn't much to do other than sit in baths of different temperatures. It's not very relaxing because it is so crowded. Definitely spend your time see other things.

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    Széchenyi Baths

    by bobbyandkatrina Written May 4, 2005

    We went to the Szechenyi Baths, the ones famous for the old men playing chess. I would recommend the baths for the experience, but I probably wouldn't go back. It is extremely crowded, and there isn't much to do other than sit in baths of different temperatures. It's not very relaxing because it is so crowded. Definitely spend your time see other things.

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    Hungarian Baths: The Big Heat

    by miketrudeau Written Apr 14, 2005

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    If you ever visit Budapest, I INSIST that you visit one of the thermal bath houses. The one John and I visited was at the base of a great hill, but other than that I forget the name.
    Here's a walkthrough of what went on: We arrived and bought tickets. It was a men's only day at the baths, and clothes were optional. A man brings you to a private changeroom and hands each of you a loincloth (I'd never worn a loincloth before and it took some getting used to. Not for the skittish). We changed and went into the main chamber. It was gloriously tiled, but of course pictures were forbidden (and where would I hide a camera?).
    There's a warm bath and a hot bath, both heated by natural hotsprings. This is heat directly from the EARTH'S CORE!!!
    In some separate chambers there are saunas of varying degrees of heat, an intense steam-room where you can't even see the walls for all the steam, and a small ice-cold bath for Canadians.
    For a bit extra a large man will give you a firm massage. This was tempting, but I didn't have the cash and the line moved slowly.

    Cameras are only allowed in the Lobby of the Baths
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    Time to go bathing .....again.

    by belgianchocolate Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    ' Kiraly Fürde' or the kings bath was one we
    hadn't been to. The first stone was put down
    here in 1665 by 'pacha Arslan'.
    He never bathed here. The man fell
    in disgrace the year after.

    Anyway , the water contains a lot of things ,
    chlorine , sulphate , magnesium , alkaline salts , ..

    The bath is one day open for woman and
    the other for men. So please check if you want
    to visit.

    This is also the only bath we visited were
    you go bathing nude. Some of the visitors
    have a kind of bib they bind before their
    genital section. The bath has a steam room
    and you can jump right after in a very cold bath.
    A very nice dome were the light thriftily comes
    in above the nice warm octagonal pool.
    There are some hot rooms and the hottest little tub
    we found these days. Not too many people
    could stay in or even put a foot here. I loved it.


    There is one thing I need to tell.
    This place is also used as a meeting and cruising
    place for gay men. I didn't expect that.
    And that meeting isn't very subtile either.
    I was amused . Bit I can imagine not everybody is.
    So if you are a little conservative this is
    definitely not a place for you.

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    Time to relax.

    by belgianchocolate Written Oct 30, 2004

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    Yes , we already did quit some distances
    and our feet were telling us it was time for
    a real break. How about some bathing?

    I chose the 'Lukacsbath'. I know it is completely
    the other side of town. It is less known then
    the Géllert bath or the Széchenyi bath where
    they drop of tourists with busses.

    This bath is connected with a hospital.
    Most people come here to bath in the
    light radioactive water to get relief for their
    rheumatic pains.

    We did struggle a bit to find our way to the
    dressing rooms , to find the right lockers
    section...but it all was worth it.
    The Lukacsbath has an outdoor bath that
    you can only use if you wear something on
    your head. So , bring it with you if you really
    want to swim. Or do you want to borrow
    a used one from the lifeguard? Just asking.
    The outside section is also open all year
    I was told.

    Lets go inside.
    The bath has a steam room , and afterwards
    you just jump in the 16° cold water to get
    your blood circulation in action. Then there is
    this round bath with warm water.
    This bath was left behind by the Turkish
    halfway the 19th century. So it has got this nice
    old authentic edge. It also looks like it could
    use a visit from Debby Travis - a restauration
    is needed. There are also a few bassins that
    are smaller with water at different temperatures.

    But what I remember most is the unforced
    and relaxing atmosphere here. Men and woman
    talking... the dome of the Turkish bath is filled
    with an orchestra of voices. I loved it.

    The entrance building
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    Termal baths

    by leostarico Written Oct 18, 2003

    As a major spa centre, Budapest has incredible termal baths to offer. Just in case bring your bathing suit and a towel. You can also hire those items for about 500FT.
    The city most famous thermal spa is the Gellert Baths. Every day for both men and women. Wich a spectacular central pool mixed and special areas separated for men and women only. The pools here mantain a constant temperature of 44C and large outdoor pools during summer season. Magnificent Architecture. Do not miss to enjoy a massage there! After visiting this place you will feel so relaxed like floating in the air!!
    Apart frm Gellert and Szechenyi, there are many other thermal bathes. Like for ex.; Kirýly.

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    World-Famous Baths?

    by DrewV Updated Oct 2, 2003

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    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...

    Gellert Hill

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    small unique spa on the "Pest" side

    by barbipez Written Aug 21, 2003

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    go to a spa that isn't as touristy. my recommendation - Kirley spas. one of the oldest if not THE oldest in town, inexpensive, and a unique experience. has a beautiful atmosphere - the main pool is covered by a dome ceiling that had small glass windows all over it that let streams of this heavenly light glisten off the waters. it's relaxing and men and women have separate days so you dont need to worry about feeling modest!

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    Thermal Baths

    by KamaO Written Aug 5, 2003

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    The Szechenyi Medicinal Bath and Swimming Pool is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Two thermal springs supply 74 and 77 degree hot water. The open-air swimming pool offers a pleasant experience all year round. It is opened daily from 06:00-19:00 from 1 May till 30 September. From 1 October till 30 April it is opened Mon-Fri 06:00-19:00, Sat-Sun 06:00-17:00.
    There are also the Gellert Medicinal Bath, which was built when Budapest's major bath policy was implemented (1912-1918). Royal family members, politicians and artists have stayed in one of the most prestigious hotels since the 1920s - Gellerts' Hotel. The art noveau building has retained the glory and elegance: you must have an ice-cream or a coffee on the terrace. In addition to the thermal bath, the Gellert has an open pool, a pool with artificial waves in a park, and a convertible effervescent bath - an architectural rarity. The existence of the Gellert contributed to Budapest being awarded the title of "international spa city" in 1934, and it was a venue of the foirst International Bath Congress in 1937. Nowadays it is opened for anyone: open-air pool: daily 06:00-19:00 from May till September; medicinal bath: Mon-Fri 06:00-19:00, Sat, Sun 06:00-17:00. From 1 July till 31 August, on Friday and saturday 20:00-24:00 bathing with music.

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