Budapest Thermal Baths

Mar 19, 2024

Budapest Thermal Baths

If you’re planning a trip to Budapest, you’ve probably heard of its famous thermal baths. This ancient tradition is still very much alive and well among Hungarians, who find it an opportunity to release stress and relax.

In this article we will guide you through the best thermal baths in Budapest so that you can enjoy a unique experience and get to know an essential part of Hungarian culture.

Discover Budapest’s spa culture

Spas and thermal baths are an essential part of Hungarian culture. Since Roman times, thermal baths have been a meeting point for relaxing, socializing and, of course, taking advantage of the health benefits of the mineral-rich thermal water.

Budapest’s thermal baths in winter are a unique experience not to be missed. But don’t worry if you go at other times of the year, because the thermal baths are open all year round and are always a good idea. There are also many thermal baths in Budapest that are open at night, ideal for recharging your batteries after a day of sightseeing.

History of the Budapest Thermal Baths

Budapest is known as the “City of Baths” because of this tradition, which dates to Roman times. The Romans discovered the healing properties of Budapest’s thermal waters and built the first baths in the 2nd century AD.

However, it was during the Ottoman occupation in the 16th century that this custom reached its peak. The Ottomans, great lovers of baths, built numerous baths in Budapest, many of which can still be visited today.

Since then, these places have become a focal point for leisure and health, where locals and tourists alike come to relax and benefit from the medicinal properties of the thermal water.

The best thermal baths in Budapest

1. Széchenyi Thermal Baths

Budapest’s Széchenyi Thermal Baths are one of the city’s most iconic destinations. This thermal complex, the largest in Europe, is famous for its 18 thermal pools, both indoor and outdoor. The mineral-rich waters come from two thermal springs with temperatures ranging from 27 to 38 degrees Celsius.

The history of the Széchenyi Thermal Baths dates back to 1913, when it first opened its doors to the public. The neo-baroque building that houses the baths is an architectural masterpiece and a testament to Budapest’s rich cultural heritage.

We recommend you arrive early to avoid the crowds and take your time to explore all the facilities – from saunas to steam rooms, gyms to massage parlours. Don’t forget to bring your swimming costume, although you can also rent one if you prefer. And remember, relaxation is key: soak in these healing waters and let the stress melt away.

2. Lukacs Thermal Baths

Another of Budapest’s most famous hot springs is the Lukacs Thermal Baths, a real hidden treasure known to locals as the healing spa. The history of Lukacs dates to the 12th century, when the Knights of St. John used these thermal waters to cure the sick.

Today, the spa offers a variety of pools with different temperatures and medicinal properties, from cold to hot baths, saunas, and steam baths.

The relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of the place makes it the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring Budapest.It also has a lovely garden where you can enjoy the sun while relaxing between baths.

3. Rudas Thermal Baths

The Rudas Thermal Baths are another gem of Budapest, with a history dating back to Ottoman times in the 16th century. This bath is famous for its impressive octagonal main pool, whose domed roof is perforated by small windows that allow natural light to filter in and create a magical atmosphere. The Rudas thermal baths also offer a variety of thermal pools with different temperatures, a Turkish hammam and massage services.

A useful tip for visitors is that the Rudas baths still retain certain traditions from the past, such as separate days for men and women during the week. However, on weekends they are open to everyone. So, if you plan to visit, be sure to check their opening hours. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to go up to the bathhouse terrace during the evenings to enjoy a panoramic view of the Danube River while you dive into their open-air pool – it’s an unforgettable experience!

4. Gellert Thermal Baths

Budapest’s Gellert Thermal Baths are another must-visit destination for thermal bath lovers. This spa, housed in the Gellert Hotel, is famous for its Art Nouveau architecture and impressive indoor and outdoor pools. Since its opening in 1918, the Gellert Thermal Baths have been a landmark in Budapest.

The history of the Gellert Thermal Baths dates to medieval times, but it was during the 19th century that these thermal baths gained importance thanks to the discovery of mineral-rich thermal waters.

Today, visiting the Gellert Thermal Baths is like travelling back in time. Its colourful mosaics, elegant statues and glass ceilings will transport you back in time while you enjoy modern amenities.

5. Veli Vej Thermal Baths

If you prefer a quieter atmosphere, the Veli Vej Thermal Baths are one of the best preserved and least frequented thermal baths in the city. With a history dating back to Roman times, these thermal baths located in the Hotel Császár were recently renovated and are some of the most beautiful in the city.

Here you will find a variety of thermal pools, the main one under a magnificent Turkish dome. Massages, spa treatments and infrared sauna, among other services, are available to accompany the experience.

Budapest Thermal Baths prices

Budapest’s thermal baths are usually quite affordable, ranging from €8 to €20 depending on the baths, the time of day and the days you visit (they are usually more expensive on weekends and public holidays).

We recommend that you always bring your swimsuit, slippers and towel if you don’t want to rent them on site.

Discover the Budapest Thermal Baths from Hotel Akeah Verdi Budapest

To complete your experience at the best thermal baths in Budapest, we recommend staying at the Akeah Verdi Budapest Hotel. This accommodation offers you a comfortable place to rest after a day exploring the city.

The hotel is strategically located for easy access to all the Budapest thermal baths mentioned in this article, just half an hour away by public transport. In addition, it has all the necessary amenities so that you only worry about enjoying yourself: buffet breakfast, 24-hour reception, gym, parking and a welcoming atmosphere that will make you feel at home.

There is no better way to end your day after soaking in the warm thermal waters of Budapest than by relaxing in the comfort of the Akeah Verdi Budapest Hotel.

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