Budapest – The City
is richly endowed with natural springs of thermal waters possessing various
medicinal properties, and it is these that supply the city’s many
thermal baths. Not for nothing is it known as the City of Spas. Among
its most precious treasures are its sixteenth century Turkish baths,
as well as the Széchenyi, the Gellért and the Lukács
Baths, and the Rác Baths, which are currently closed for renovation.
All are known for the healing qualities of their waters.
Gellert Spa Baths
XI. Kelenhegyi út 4-6.
Tel: 466 - 6166
Open: 6am - 6pm.
One of most popular baths for tourists coming to Budapest. The medicinal spring
here was already famed in the 13th century. The spa is decorated with a wealth
of original Art Nouveau furnishings, artistic mosaics, stained glass windows
and sculptures, although the interior of the hotel built alongside has lost
many of these fittings over the years.
Kiraly Medicinal Bath
Fő u. 82 - 84.
Open: Women:Mon.,Wed.,Fri.:7am-6pm, Men:Tue.,Thur.,Sat.:9am-8pm
M2 Batthyány tér
It is believed that a start was made on building the bath by Pasha of Buda
Arslan in 1565.It is one of the few remaining monuments from the Turkish times,
receiving the visitor in all the original magnificence of a period Ottoman
palace of bathing.
Rudas Medicinal Baths and Swimming pool
Döbrentei tér 9.
Open: Swimming pool: Mon. - Fri.: 6am - 6pm, Sat.: 6am - 1pm, ( Bp. Card)
Thermal bath: Mon. - Fri.: 6am - 8pm, Sat.: 6am - 1pm
Tub bath section: Mon. - Fri.: 6am - 7pm, Sat.: 6am - 1pm
Bus: 7, 7/A, 8, 78, 86, 112
Tram: 18, 19
The bath was built in 1550, and then reconstructed by Pasha Sokoli Mustafa
in 1566. Some of the Turkish-period features are still used today: the octagonal
pool, the four small corner pools, each with water of a different temperature,
and the characteristic Turkish dome.
Szechenyi Spa Bath
XIV., Állatkerti út
Open: Men's and women's thermal baths, swimming pool: daily 6am - 7pm
(October - April: 6am - 5pm)
One of the largest bathing complexes in Europe, the premier medicinal bath
of Pest- Its thermal springs were discovered in 1879; they are the deepest
and hottest ( 74 - 75 C. ) thermal wells in the capital. The neo - Baroque
baths were built in1913, the swimming pool in 1927. The open - air sections
with their pleasantly warm waters are equally popular in winter.