Why visit: thermal baths, Turkish bath, Turkish architecture, history
A Brief History of Király Baths
Király Baths (Király fürdő) was built in the second half of the 16th century, at the beginning of the Turkish occupation in Hungary. In fact, the Pasha of Buda ordered its construction in 1565. Bathhouses played an important role in the Ottoman culture, serving as places of social gathering and ritual cleansing. To date, Király Baths retains many of the key elements of a Turkish bath that can be seen also from the outside, such as its octagonal roof. After the Turkish era, the König family purchased the bath in the 18th century. Király Baths was built far from the healing waters and there is no hot spring on the site, so its thermal water supply comes from the surroundings of the current Lukács Baths.
Services at Király Baths
The hot spring feeding the thermal pools is rich in calcium, magnesium, hydrogen-carbonate, sulfate and sodium. The waters are recommended to cure degenerative illnesses of joints, chronic and semi-acute arthritis, and spinal problems and for post-injury rehabilitation treatments.
There are four thermal pools, dry and steam saunas, and other services such as refreshing massages are also available. As of May 1st, 2011 Király Baths does no longer offer men-only and women-only days. The complex is open to everyone and bathing suits are mandatory.
Admission fees in 2014:
A day pass with a locker costs HUF 2,400. A 30-minute aroma massage is HUF 4,100.
Monday - Sunday: 9 am to 9 pm
Getting to Király Baths: Take Subway (M2) to Batthyány tér and take the short walk over to Fő utca 84.