Taking the waters at the hot springs of Budapest is one of the “must do” experiences for many tourists. The Hungarian capital is renowned as a spa city, with over 100 hot springs, and numerous public baths.
One of the most popular hot springs in Budapest is the Széchenyi Baths. More than 100 years old, this is the largest thermal bath in Hungary, and one of the largest in the whole of Europe. Apart from the thermal waters (which are supposed to have healing properties), visitors can enjoy a range of wellness activities: the entrance ticket includes gym and sauna facilities.
The Széchenyi Baths have 21 pools, including three outdoor baths. The surroundings are particularly ornate, with classical style statues everywhere. It is clear that this is a popular meeting place as well as a health facility: apparently playing chess is a popular activity here!
The Gellert Baths
Although nothing remains of the original building, the Gellert Baths date back to the 13th century. The current spa opened in 1918, and is remarkable for its architecture, with Art Nouveau decor, sculptures and stained glass.
Today’s visitors can enjoy a range of spa facilities, as well as steam baths and outdoor bathing. It is also possible to tour the building without using the spa.