Thermal Baths, Budapest

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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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    Cameras are only allowed in the Lobby of the Baths

    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.

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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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    The entrance building


    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.

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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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    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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    Budapest and its famous baths and saunas

    by vladimir_b Updated Jan 19, 2003

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    Budapest is famous for its baths with lot of inside/outside pools with hot or cold water, saunas, massage ... Not that I never visited swiming pools before this, naturally I did, but this is something different and quite nice experience.

    Bath with 3 outside pool, one of them with hot water, lot of little inside pools with mineral water, several saunas..if the wether is OK you can swim in outside pools, cheek the souns and just enjoy....

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    Further Bathes

    by sonjaWhite Written Jan 19, 2003

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    Gellért Bath
    XI., Kelenhegyi út 2-6.
    Phone: 466 61 66
    (Bus 7, Tram 18, 19, 47, 49)

    The fountains are 200 years old. The bath itself was built in 1918 in art nouveau style, and is probably the most famous among all baths in Budapest for its architectural beauty are highly remarkable. Massage and other medical services are available.
    You can buy tickets to the thermal bath from 6 am to 6 pm on weekdays, from 6 am to 12 on Saturdays and Sundays. Entrance to the swimming pool is possible from 6 am to 6 pm on weekdays, from 6 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
    Entrance fee: only to the thermal bath 700 forints ; daily ticket valid for all areas: 1200 forints, cabin 300 forints (You don't need to pay for a cabin, if you go only to the thermal bath). On weekdays after 5 pm and weekends after 2 pm special entrance fee for bath and pool together: 700 forints.

    Király Bath

    II., Fô utca 82-86.
    Phone: 202 36 88
    (Tram 4, 6, Bus 6, 26 to Margaret bridge, on the Buda side, then walk or take bus 60, 86 for one stop towards Battyány tér.)

    For men Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 7 am until 9 pm, for women Tuesdays, Thursdays 7 am - 9 pm and Saturdays 7 am - 1 pm.
    Entrance fee 450 forints.

    Rác Bath
    I.,Hadnagy utca 8-10.
    Phone: 356 13 22
    (Bus 7, 78, Tram 18, 19)

    The small bath on the Buda side near Elisabeth bridge, built in the 15th Century, is the only one open also on Saturday afternoons. Massages available.
    Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 7 am until 6 pm, for women Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 7 am until 6 pm,
    Entrance fee 450 forints

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    Baths - Of Course!

    by anaiis Written Feb 25, 2003

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    check out that swimming cap!

    While in Budapest, you just HAVE to visit baths and relax! Gellert, Rudas, Kiraly, Gellert, Széchenyi etc. - your back pain has no excuse for its existance anymore! This time we have chosen Margitsziget (bus number 26). Its a beautiful Danube island and there are several baths to choose from. Before deciding for a baths - do check their opening time as in low season they are mostly closed on Sundays! (Which is horrible.) For young people - have a party at Gellert baths! Its crazy - till 3-4 a.m. with DJ-s playing music.

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    THE SPAS! You have to visit at...

    by chrissyalex Written Aug 25, 2002

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    THE SPAS! You have to visit at least one spa when you visit Budapest! Gellert is probably the most famous. There are indoor pools,thermal baths,and outdoor wave pool,and all kinds of treatments available such as mudpacks,massages,foot massages,and pedicures. The prices are very reasonable too! You have to check to see the times and availablities of these baths. For a guide to the baths of Budapest.Visit www.fsz.bme.hu.h ngary/budapest/szabika/pools.htm

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    Go to one (or better: more) of...

    by rabbit Written Aug 24, 2002

    Go to one (or better: more) of the wonderful baths (fürdö) they have in Budapest!
    The city is built on several thermal fountains which still feed a lot of baths and are even used in some areas for warm household waters.

    So there are a good deal of wonderful public baths - partly with steambaths joined - where you can relax in warm or hot pools indoors or outside and enjoy life swimming, dozing or watching old men playing chess in the pool...

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    Way to enjoy

    by dusanvrban Written May 20, 2007

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    Thermal bath outside
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    Tired? Out of breath? Need some relaxation? Perfect. Just come to this impressive thermal bath and the park arround it. You can even go to the zoo if you like it.

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