Budapest isn't called the 'City of Baths' for nothing. Hungary is a land of thermal springs, and Budapest remains the only capital city in the world that is rich in thermal waters with healing qualities. Budapest is also one of the few places where you can experience traditional Turkish baths dating back to 16th and 17th centuries. Check out Rudas, Király or Veli Bej. If you're looking to kick back and relax over your holiday, Budapest is the place to be. Take a dip in one of its many famous thermal baths, enjoy a unique spa experience or stay in one of the city's health spa resorts, and bathe your cares away.
Historic Thermal Baths
Aching for a game of water chess? Challenge your travel buddies or some locals to a round in Budapest's largest medicinal bath, also one of Europe's largest public baths. Located in City Park, the Széchenyi Baths boasts 18 pools, 15 of which are spring-fed thermal pools.READ MORE
Built between 1912 and 1918 in Art Nouveau style, the Gellért Baths are some of the most beautiful and elegant baths in Budapest. Its columned, Roman-style swimming pool may look familiar, as it is the most photographed spa of Hungary.READ MORE
A Turkish dome and octagonal pool give the Rudas Bath the unique characteristics of a Turkish bath. Built in the 16th century, it remains one of the oldest thermal baths in Budapest. Even if you don't like to get wet, the Rudas Bath is a must-see for its remarkable architecture and history.READ MORE
One of Budapest's smaller baths, the Király Baths is also one of its oldest. Built in the second half of the 16th century at the beginning of the Turkish occupation of Hungary, this Turkish bath sits under a traditional octagonal roof.READ MORE
The beautifully restored Császár Baths houses one of the oldest Turkish baths in Budapest. The historic bathhouse, built in 1570 and originally named Veli Bej, has a traditional octagonal pool. It's a unique place where history, beautiful architecture and tradition meet state of the art facilities.READ MORE
Take a dip in the bath that remains a favorite among the locals since its opening in 1894. The courtyard of Lukács Baths is littered with marble tablets dating back to 1898, left behind to express gratitude from those who have been cured in its waters.READ MORE
State-of-the-art facilities, delicious treatments and attentive service guarantee a luxurious spa journey for hotel guests and day guests alike at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace. Enjoy a unique Hungarian spa experience based on the exclusive Hungarian spa brand, Omorovicza, which combines the beneficial effects of Hungary’s mineral-rich thermal waters with cosmetology.READ MORE
The Danubius Health Spa, part of the Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget, offers everything you need to unwind and relax. The healing effects of the mineral rich thermal water that rises from the deep beneath Margaret Island is complemented here by revitalizing and relaxing massages, aroma baths, fitness facilities and much more. A visit to the spa will renew your body and mind.READ MORE
Hungary is a landlocked country and outdoor pools are immensely popular in the summer. Aquatic activities are a favorite ways for Hungarians to spend their leisure time. Outdoor pools and baths in Budapest offer a variety of recreational activities, including leisure/lane swimming, kids’ pools, slides, sunbathing and more.READ MORE
Budapest has a number of great baths, spas and outdoor pools worth visiting. Thanks to a unique geological feature, Budapest 'sits' on over 100 thermal springs that feed the city's famous bathhouses. Thermal baths in Budapest usually have one or two main pools and several smaller pools with different water temperatures. Many baths also have normal swimming pools and outdoor pools. But, thermal baths in Budapest offer more than just pools, there are saunas, steam baths, aroma cabins, massage parlors as well as on-site health care professionals who offer physiotherapy and aqua-therapy. That being said, you don't have to have any ailments to appreciate the relaxing waters of Budapest. Thermal baths are open to the general public and are a great way to relax and wind down after a day of touring the city.
Upon admission, each thermal bath in Budapest provides visitors with a waterproof plastic wristband that grants access to a cabin or locker and all of the indoor and outdoor facilities. This new system makes soaking in the thermal baths even more carefree. Thermal baths in Budapest are either coed, like Széchenyi Baths, Király Baths, Veli Bej and Lukács Baths, partially coed, like Gellért Baths, offering women- and men-only facilities, along with coed facilities, or have single sex days, like Rudas Baths, which has women-only and men-only days.
By clicking on any of the Budapest baths and spas listed above you'll find additional info along with price, reviews and useful tips on how to make the most of your bath-experience. A towel, flip-flops, a bottle of water, a swimsuit and a swim cap will come in handy when visiting one of the baths. The most popular thermal baths in Budapest visited by tourists are Széchenyi Baths, Rudas Baths and Gellért Baths.