Before I went to Budapest, I had not realised that it was renowned as a spa city. However, with over 100 hot springs, and numerous public baths, taking the waters is one of the ‘must do’ experiences for many tourists. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time on my recent short trip to the city – I arrived at the Széchenyi Baths just before closing time, but was able to sneak a quick picture before I moved on.
I have seen outdoor swimming pools before, but never in quite such ornate surroundings. It’s not quite obvious from the picture, but there are classical style statues everywhere. There are three outdoor pools, and apparently playing chess is a popular activity in one of them!
Although nothing remains of the original building, the Gellert Baths date back to the Middle Ages. Today this is one of Budapest’s most popular bath-houses, with many pools to choose from, including the Art Nouveau steam baths.