Budapest is known for its beautiful architecture. But what makes Budapest special as well, are its natural warm water springs that flow underneath the city. This leads to many wonderful bath houses, which have been there for many years and are a magnet for tourists and locals alike. Here are the five most beautiful spas in Budapest:
The Szechenyi Bath is the most popular and biggest thermal bath of Budapest that’s been around for over a hundred years. It houses a whopping 18 pools, with different water temperatures and is open all year round. Like all thermal baths in Budapest its water contains minerals that might help with certain chronical conditions, like arthritis. Tip: Since the bath is so popular, it might be handy to make an online reservation. It costs a little extra, but it saves a lot of time, because you won’t have to wait in line before the front desk!
The second most popular bath in Budapest and for good reason! It has an impressive Art Nouveau design, which is a feast for the eyes. The Gellert Bath is combined with the Gellert Hotel, which makes it perfect as a place to enjoy Budapest, while also reaping all the benefits of the thermal bath daily. Gellert Bath is pretty expensive compared to the other baths. Although this might sound as a bad thing, the positive side is that it won’t be as crowded as some of the other spas in Budapest!
Although, it’s architecture is not as impressive as that of the other spas, it has its own charms. The bath has a rich history dating back to the 12th century when knights used the spring the hot water stems from already. Also, it’s quite affordable compared to baths like Szechenyi and Gellert. Lukacs Bath’s biggest strength is that it’s very much focused on the healing aspect of the thermal water. It’s used especially for the treatment of locomotive disease and physiotherapy. We also liked how it has two big outside pools where you can swim comfortably. Keep in mind though, that for all swimming pools in Budapest a swimming cap is required. These can be pretty expensive, so if you have one lying around, don’t forget to bring it with you on your trip!
The Kiraly Bath is the oldest in Budapest and dates back to the 16th century when it was built by the Turks. During the centuries, the bath hasn’t changed much, which makes staying there a very special experience!
The Rudas Bath is also very old and the most popular 16th century bath in Budapest. It’s a Turkish themed bath like Kiraly, but it’s different from the ones you find in Turkey today. It’s a medieval styled bath, which means that there is one central pool that extends to the other baths. Of course, you will find a more “modern” Turkish steam bath there as well!