Thermal Baths, Budapest

31 Reviews

Budapest +36 1 452 45 00

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • Thermal Baths
    by mallyak
  • Thermal Baths
    by mallyak
  • Thermal Baths
    by mallyak
  • leffe3's Profile Photo

    Széchenyi Baths

    by leffe3 Updated May 4, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    3 more images

    Recently renovated (in part), Széchenyi is the largest medicinal bath complex in Europe. And what an experience - right from first sight, as you arrive at this magnificently over-the-top wedding cake of a building with its ornate excesses, domes etc.

    It's a fantastic experience. There's three outdoor pools in the courtyard (wonderful backdrop of the bath-house), one of which is thermal (and heated) but where's there's also fountains to swim under, moving water corridors, chess boards in the pool (all celebrating the curative aspects of water) - and then there's the medicinal baths themselves - saunas of different temps, steam rooms, plunge pools etc... They can smell a bit strong (sulphur) at times, and the extreme wet/damp has got to the infrastructure making them look a bit neglected etc, (but then with all that water and damp...) but the key point of such baths is not the state of the ceiling - the water is changed, the medicinal rooms are cleaned etc.

    It's a highlight of a trip to Budapest - and it's also cheap and throughout its extensive opening times, is mixed for male and female use. Open 6am - 7pm, Monday-Sunday (May-September - closes at 5pm at weekends the rest of the year).

    And we were certainly glad of the heated outdoor pool - in spite of the sunshine, it was freezing and its Easter in April. A few minutes after these photos were taken it began to snow!! It was a wonderful moment - sitting in the heated pool with snowflakes melting all around you.

    Part of City Park, it can be reached by the metro at Hõsök tere (and a short walk across the square and park) or the baths' metro itself - Széchneyi fürdõ

    Was this review helpful?

  • bratsch's Profile Photo

    Turkish baths from 1566

    by bratsch Written Mar 18, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • miketrudeau's Profile Photo

    Hungarian Baths: The Big Heat

    by miketrudeau Written Apr 14, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Related to:
    • Spa and Resort
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • barbipez's Profile Photo

    small unique spa on the "Pest" side

    by barbipez Written Aug 21, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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!

    Related to:
    • Work Abroad
    • Architecture
    • Spa and Resort

    Was this review helpful?

  • argentia's Profile Photo

    Kiraly Turkish Baths

    by argentia Written Jul 24, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Gellert Hotel and Thermal Baths

    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!

    Was this review helpful?

  • Markyreid's Profile Photo

    Roman Baths

    by Markyreid Written Mar 7, 2006

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Roman Baths

    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.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Architecture
    • Spa and Resort

    Was this review helpful?

  • chrissyalex's Profile Photo

    THE SPAS! You have to visit at...

    by chrissyalex Written Aug 25, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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

    Was this review helpful?

  • vladimir_b's Profile Photo

    Budapest and its famous baths and saunas

    by vladimir_b Updated Jan 19, 2003

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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....

    Was this review helpful?

  • lesaandbill's Profile Photo

    Thermal Batch

    by lesaandbill Written May 6, 2006

    What an experience. If you're vain...don't go. You have to wear a public bathing suit...and they're hideous...and compared to other thermal baths around the world...it is not impressive...but a great experience....none the less.

    I looked like a complete idiot in the swimsuit provided...but I just tromped out to the baths..and enjoyed the company.

    Was this review helpful?

  • bobbyandkatrina's Profile Photo

    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.

    Was this review helpful?

  • bobbyandkatrina's Profile Photo

    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.

    Was this review helpful?

  • lthornton11's Profile Photo

    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!

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Women's Travel
    • Spa and Resort

    Was this review helpful?

  • leostarico's Profile Photo

    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.

    Related to:
    • Spa and Resort

    Was this review helpful?

  • rabbit's Profile Photo

    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...

    Was this review helpful?

  • SmileyLeSa's Profile Photo

    Thermal Baths

    by SmileyLeSa Updated Oct 22, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Thermal Bath

    Budapest is known for its Thermal Spas/Baths. The baths are known to have healing and medicinal value. If I ever get the opportunity to go again this is one thing I will definitely want to do.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Budapest

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

54 travelers online now

Comments

View all Budapest hotels