This amazing and artistic hotel is near The Liberty Bridge on Szen Geller ter. This hotel with its medicinal bath was completed by 1918. This de luxe hotel has long been a favorite of visitors to the capital, attracted by its famouse restaurants and termal baths.
The most famous bath in town must be Gellért.
We would have loved to visit one of the two
baths near the 'Elisabeth bridge' 'Ersébet Hid'
but they are both closed for renovation.
Pitty , they got Turkish roots and are much
much older then the Gellért.
The water of the Géllert bath has been long known
before it opened in it's present appearance
in 1918. The entrance hall on the side is completely
in marble. You'll get in a luxurious mood
Then you go changing clothes...they give you
a locker and and an amulet to prove that one
was yours. (don't forget your number!!!)
And there you are swimming in the famous
bathing room. You will have to wear a ridiculous
blue plastic thing in two layers on your head and
swim in circles in the right direction.
There is a lady on the head of the bath that
looks like the young Madeleine Albright who
is strangling a goose that has to bring you
in the right mood. :-)
Then we enjoyed an outside swim.
The large pool was a bit cold and desolated ,
but the warm small one was cozy. No stylish
architecture here. Just healing water.
(it had a strange smell.)
From Frederik's memory it has changed a
lot during the renovation. Some beautiful
things are gone. I don't know.
It is also the most expensive bath we visited.
Twice the price from the others.
If you got only time for one...I would choose
the Széchenyi bath in the parc.
If you have more time , don't miss it.
Wa were the last to leave and I made this
picture of a desolated bath. :-)
Now we are going for dinner at 'Articsoka'
My favourite Thermal Baths in Budapest: very beautiful and relaxing!
Budapest is “the City of Spas” (about 100 natural thermal springs).
In fact, in Budapest there are many wonderful thermal baths.I think, one of the most beautiful is Géllert Gyogyfurdo, attached to the hotel of the same name.
After eating a big piece of cake or after climbing the hills of Buda, you must go to a spa!
There are a lot of baths as the Szechenyi, Lukacs, Uj Kiralyi, but the most popular bath in town must be Gellért, near the 'Elisabeth bridge'.
The bath was built in 1918 in art nouveau style. The shallow pools are different temperatures but I think it is most famous among foreign visitors not for its waters but only for its superb Art Nouveau architecture and details (the main hall with glass roof, columns with an accurate manufacturing).
Don’t miss it!
These famous Thermal Bath and Hotel, known world-wide and highly favoured by foreigners, built in a secession style. The interior is an Art Deco masterpiece, and just about every type of bath - hot, cold, therapeutic, etc. - that you can think of is on available.
The present building, with its glass dome, terraces, open-air pool and bathhouses, took six years to complete. The indoor and outdoor pools are supplied with water from a hot spring within Gellért Hill. Its chalky, slightly acidic, hydrogen-carbonate, radioactive water contains many minerals. The water surges from its source at a temperature of 43C°.
Believe it or not, the wave pool opened in 1927, followed seven years later by the effervescent swimming pool. Bathing here has been compared to going swimming in a museum or a church. And in the summer, the Baths open the huge, deliriously enjoyable wave pool that will toss you around like a surfer.
The summer terrace buffet provides snacks, soft drinks and the ever popular bottles of beer from which some guests choose to slurp while in the thermal pool.
The latest reconstruction of the bath has been completed in the middle of April 2008.
Open daily, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Entrance fee: http://www.spasbudapest.com/furdo.php?idx=5&menu=10
Located inside this beautiful Modernist Secession style building are the Gellert Baths. The Gellert Hills provide a great number of spring accesses, which supply the bath water. The spirngs are rich in magnesium, calcium, sulphate-chloride, hydrogen-carbonate, fluoride ions, and sodium and are suppose to hold medicinal healing properties.
The baths are separated into female and male baths. They are identical with each having a sauna, steam bath and three plunge pools with different temperatures. The pools are beautifully decorated with mosiac tiles.
There is also an outdoor wave pool and a hot pool with medicinal spa water.
Budapest is famous for its thermal baths and the most famous of them is probably the Gellert. It is located right by the Danube and the Freedom bridge at the foot of Gellert hill. The baths are part of a large complex, the front of it being the Hotel Gellert and the back occupied by the actual baths. Entrance to the baths is on the right side of the complex.
The whole complex is a stunning work of late Art Nouveau (Secession), inspired by oriental architecture (towers e.g., built 1911-18. It is beyond me why the Hotel still qualifies for 4 stars since it looks pretty run down (according to guide books most rooms have only 3star standard). I wouldn't want to stay there anyway because of the very noisy location (very busy street in front of the hotel). The only reason I could imagine is that hotel guests get free access to the baths. You are welcome to walk in the lobby of the hotel and look around - beautiful Art Nouveau decoration - or have a drink or meal in a cafe/restaurant there.
I went to the baths quite late in the afternoon but since they're open until 8 pm I had enough time inside. The lobby (free) alone is worth the effort to go there. The architecture/decoration is stunningly beautiful. In case you want to swim or make use of the baths, buy a ticket at a ticket box (one at each sides of the lobby, front area). The ladies at the ticketcounter were not exactly friendly or helpful but I managed to get a ticket to the thermal baths which includes the use of the swimming area also. The outdoor swimming pool/area was closed since it was mid March. I paid HUF 3,000 and saw later that the printed price on the ticket was only HUF 2,960.
Anyway, with excitement I entered the "swimming" area (right side, in the middle) and headed to the locker area. The swimming pool was to see from the lobby, but it was a looong walk along a labyrinth to get to the lockers - I later found out it had been easier to enter at the "thermal bath" entrance (separate areas for men and women). The swimming pool was fun, but the *real* experience is the thermal bath. Again, gorgeous Art Nouveau decoration (Zsolnay ceramic tiles) and two basins with thermal water of different temperature (36 C/38 C). A steam bath was also available, massage would have cost an extra fee.
All in all I enjoyed the thermal baths very much. The procedure is a bit confusing at first but in the end I got it. Relaxing in the thermal water was great. I just wish they would gently renovate the baths - a bit too much patina even for me.
There are many wonderful spas and thermal baths in Budapest, but the most beautiful one has to be the Géllert, attached to the hotel of the same name. Built in 1918 in Art-Nouveau, the main hall with glass roof and Roman-style columns is the most striking. Stick your head under one of the stone lions out of whose mouth water rushes out. There is a warmer thermal pool in the main hall, plus there is an outdoor wave pool and thermal pool, plus additional thermal baths as well.
Bring your swimsuit, towel, cap, and pool shoes, and you can get a locker or cabinet to store your clothes as well. These items can be rented as well. You'll notice that the pros know exactly when the bubble jets turn on periodically because they always get the best places in the pools!
In front of the Szabadsag hid there is one of the most bueautiful Thermal Bathes of Budapest: Gellert Gyogyfurdo.
In the 1300 in this place exixsted a thermal house and to do the therapeutic treatments it used the theramal water came from the gellert hill. During the Turkish occupation this place became a luxury thermal bathroom. In the 1911-1918, Armin Hegedus, Artur Sebestyen and Izidor Stark built the hotel with a Secessionist facade. Inside there are thermal bathrooms, sauna and much more.
Housed inside the magnificent Hotel Gellert, the Gellert Baths are world famous, and arguable the best and most beautiful in Budapest, possibly even the world. The baths complex includes thermal baths, and a set of outdoor swimming baths to the rear. The mineral waters come from the hot springs of Gellert Hill.
The hotel is also a work of art - one of Budapest's most famous and exclusive. Built on the banks of the Danube in the Art Nouveau style, it's easily the best looking hotel in the city, trumping the other high class concrete and glass monstrosities on the opposite bank. You can also sample some of the mineral waters in the spring at the front of the hotel.
The baths are also so impressive that they were listed in the book "1000 Places to See Before You Die".
The Gellért Hotel & Spa, built in a late secessionist style, is located right at the Liberty Bridge and at the feet of the Gellért Hill, a place, wich since the XIII.century is popular for bathing, since numrous thermal springs flow together. In the medieval there was a hospital here, and the first thermal bath was constructed in the XVI.century, when the turks were occupiing Buda.
The complex, that we see today was built according to the plans of Ármin Hegedűs, Artúr Sebestyén and Izidor Sterk, and it was opened on the 24 september 1918. In the second world war, the Hotel suffered some damages, but the Spa remained completely intact, and soon after the end of the war, also the hotel regained it`s previous splendour, and it was modernized as well. The stirring art noveau ornaments in the Spa are original and in 1993, the main staircase recieved a new decorated window, work of Bozó Stanisits.
The Gellert baths are widely considered to be some of the finest spas in the world.
Anybody can enter for under 4000 Ft, and they are small refunds available if you stay less than two hours in the complex. (FREE to guests of the Gellert)
The main attraction is of course the swimming pool (a little on the chilly side) and the large hotpool. Whilst not especially hot, it can take 100 or so people in comfort.
The water is said to consist of sodium and calcium-magnesium-hydrocarbonates and sulphates, with significant fluoride contents.
That means nothing to me, but it is said to be good for, and I quote "Degenerative disorders of joints and the spine, chronic arthritis in the inactive stage, disorders of the vertebral disks, lumboischialgia, neuralgic pain, stenosis, peripheral circulation disorders, in the inhalatorium: treatment of asthmatic and chronic bronchitis."
Doesn't seem so enjoyable now does it ?
The tiling of the place is the other main attraction - it is quite stunning in the main lobby area especially and reflects a number of themes, often oriental.
Budapest maybe the city of Spas, but this is the Queen amongst them.
The present building of the baths and hotel called Szt. Gellért Gyógyfürdõ és Szálló was erected in 1918. The wave pool was built in 1927, and the `champagne` bubble pool was constructed in 1934. The spa, well-known throughout the world, is the most popular spa among foreign visitors.
Night swim in the outdoor pools on Friday and Saturday nights before midnight.
Personal opinion: It's worth seeing from an architectural point of view; in therms of structure and hygienic issues some might be used to better conditions and therefore ...
Thermal baths, sauna and steam baths separately (one wing for ladies, the other for gentlemen); only the swimming pool is for both sexes - therefore it might get boring if you visit the bath as a (heterosexual) couple ...