One of Budapest famous nicknames is the City of Thermal Baths. And obviously there is a good reason for that. Its the only capital in the world with thermal water sources flowing underneath. And that’s a very good excuse to visit one of the many thermal baths in Budapest. With over 125 baths it might be hard to make a decision where to go. Hence why the selection on this page. Pick one and enjoy a Budapest spa!
Széchenyi bathhouse Budapest
Széchenyi bathhouse is one of the most iconic and popular bathhouses in Budapest. With it’s 18 baths it is the biggest in the city. And some people claim that it’s the most beautiful spa of Europe. The building indeed is magnificent and looking at it sitting in one of the baths outside, you will surely feel blessed. But also the inside parts of the building are very pretty.in Europe.
I was told by a Hungarian that this bath is also the most popular under Hungarians themselves. And I think that says a lot. Because of its popularity the Széchenyi baths can become very crowded during day, but its still really worth it to pay a visit. If you want to avoid the crowds make sure you arrive as early as possible or go in the evening hours
Price: from 5.500 huf (£15) – Buy tickets for Széchenyi bathhouse >>
Openinghours: 06.00 – 22.00
Address: Kelenhegyi útca
Szénechyi bathhouse is beautiful, but Géllert spa has its own charm and is a bit more fancy. The Art Nouveau building with stained glass and colorful mosaic is a pleasure to the eyes too. Even if you don’t really want to go to a bathhouse paying a visit to see the lovely architecture of this building is worthwhile
Géllert bathhouse also has an outdoor pool. So if you like too be a bit more active you can switch from the pool to the spa and back. During summer the pool also has waves.
Price: from 5.900 huf (€19/$21/£16) – Buy tickets for Géllert bathhouse >>
Openinghours: 06.00 – 22.00
Address: Kelenhegyi útca Kerület 9-11
This bathhouse is one of the oldest of the Budapest spa. And there is a good explanation for that: it’s build during the reign of the Ottomans in Hungary. So its an original Turkish hamam.
What makes this bathhouse special is the jacuzzi on top of the roof. A unique experience if you go after – or during – sunset on friday or saturday. From this jacuzzi you have a spectacular view over the Danube.
If you want to go to this spa, make sure you go on a day ‘you are allowed’. This bathhouse has seperate days for men and women. Only in weekend man and women can go together, so couples are allowed
Price: from 2.300 huf (£6) – check all the prices
Openinghours: 06.00 – 22.00 (swimming pool) / 08.00 – 22.00 (welness & sauna) / night-bath hours are from 10:00 PM until 4:00 AM on fridays and saturdays (the sauna world is not available during night bathing)
Address: Döbrentei tér 9
Lukács bathhouse stands out because it’s the second largest in Budapest after Széchenyi and it is a little less touristy then the other ones mentioned here. Allthough its starts to gain in popularity.
What makes this bath different from the other Budapest spa too is its unique mix of modern and traditional spa facilities. Apart from the 8 thermal baths, you will find here an infrared sauna, a steam room and a wall completely made of Himalaya salt. There is also a swimming pool outside.
Price: from 2.400 huf (£6) – check all the prices
Opening hours: 06.00 – 22.00
Address: Frankel Leó út 25-29
You can enter this bathhouse for free with a Budapest Card.
Looking for a hotel?
Check out my two personal favourites: TG Design suites Aparthotel & Hotel Rum (which is Buda-side of the city). Other hotels which are popular, have good ratings and are located very well are Roombach Hotel and AnVa House.
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