Ever since the Romans were here in the 2nd century, Budapest’s thermal waters have been drawing crowds. But things really got going when the Turks hit the town in the 16th century. There are over 100 natural springs in Budapest, generating over 70 million litres of thermal water a day. With 15 public Budapest thermal baths to choose from, we hope you’ve packed your swimming costume.
1) Gellert Baths
The spring here dates back to the 15th century and perhaps even further. The Turks loved this spring for its warm waters, and it’s still warm today. The Baths are part of the Gellert hotel, but are open to non-residents. There are indoor and outdoor baths, and don’t miss the waves in the outdoor pool!
Kelenhegyi ut 1, 1118 Budapest.
2) Lukacs Baths
This Bath has a long and distinguished heritage. In the 12th century, knights of the order of Saint John used the waters to cure the sick. By the late 1800s, people were coming from all over the world to take healing cures in this place. Look out for the marble tablets in the courtyard from people wishing to express their gratitude for being cured here.
Frankei Leo ut. 25-29, 1026 Budapest.
3) Szechenyi Baths
This is one of the largest spa complexes in Europe, and was the first thermal bath constructed in Pest, with 18 pools and 10 saunas. Situated in the City Park, the baths are overlooked by an opulent neo-Baroque palace, where you can sit and enjoy the sun, and watch people take the waters. Don’t miss the parties here on Saturday nights!
Allatkerti korut 11, 1146 Budapest.
4) Kiraly Baths
Built by the Ottoman Turks in the 16th century, this is one of the oldest Budapest baths. The octagonal pool lies in a magical place, with light filtering through from the dome above. Whereas many of Budapest’s other baths have been modernised and updated, You'll be lost in time at traditional Kiraly.
Fo u. 84, 1027 Budapest.
5) Dandar Baths
This bath opened back in 1930 and it still sports a distinctive art deco style. But the facilities are very 21st century, with sauna and massage services available too. If you fancy a game of chess, head straight for the wellness pool, where two chess tables are ready for bathers to begin a game.
Dandar utca 3, 1095 Budapest.
6) Rudas Baths
Like Kiraly, Rudas Bath is one of the oldest Budapest baths. The octagonal pool sits under an ancient dome held up by 8 pillars. The bath opens late every Friday and Saturday, from 10pm to 4am. Many bathers choose to wear aprons rather than traditional swimwear. As well as the pool, you’ll find a hamam (Turkish sauna) here, plus a warm thermal spring.
Dobrentei ter 9, 1113 Budapest.
7) Veli Bej Baths
The Veli Bej is in the same building as the Csaszar Hotel. There’s a large octagonal pool under a Turkish dome, along with steam baths and saunas. You can even get acquainted with the baths’ history, thanks to a special exhibit. Veli Bej has recently been renovated, bringing you the authentic Turkish experience with a modern twist.
Arpad fejedelm utja 7, 1023 Budapest.
8) Danubius Health Spa Margitsziget
Situated on Margaret Island, the Danubius is part of a hotel health spa which opened in 1979 as one of the first urban spa hotels in the world, with luxurious and inviting facilities. As well as the traditional pools and saunas there’s a salt cave, which is said to be good for the respiratory system. If you’re staying at the hotel, all the facilities are free.