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Baths in Budapest

Baths in Budapest

Man has been using thermal water for washing, alleviating pains or for ritual purposes for thousands of years. It was the Romans who built the first termas on the present territory of Hungary, in the period when Hungary - under the name of Pannonia Province - belonged to the Roman Empire. The capital of the provincia, Aquincum, was situated on the northern part of today's Budapest, on the right bank of the river Danube. The archaeological excavations have discovered 21 termas up till now. These baths were supplied by the waters of the springs, which flew from the skirts of the Buda hills and then arrived at their destinations through a canal system. We recommend you to visit the following thermal baths and spas:

Gellért Thermal Baths 

Enjoy the famous Gellért Bath! (Open every day of the year)

Since its building in 1918, the Gellért Spa was one the most prestigious thermal bath on the Buda side of the city. Gellért spa is famous for its main hall with gallery and glass roof, built in the Art-Nouveau style, sparkling bath and open-air pool with artificial waves. The bath is decorated with numerous Art-Nouveau furnishings, artistic mosaics and sculptures.

The earliest remaining records about the "magical healing spring" are from the 15th century. Later the Turkish favorised this spring, becouse it was warmer and larger than any other springs in Buda. In the 17th century the bath was called the "muddy" bath, due to the fine layer of mineral mud consolidated on the bottom of the pools.

The current bath complex and hotel was opened in 1918, and was expanded in 1927 and 1934 with artificial wave pool, and with bubble bath.

Today its working also as a medical bath, with wide variety of services, including even an inhalatorium.

The women and men thermal sections are separated!

Gellért Bath:
Tickets (includes the use of a cabin): 3800 HUF
Aroma massage (30 minutes): +4300 HUF
Children tickets:
Children under 6 years: Free
Children from 6 years to 14 years:  2400 HUF

Gellért Bath (Buda side, Kelenhegyi út 4., 1118 Budapest)
Public Transport: by the tram number 47-49 from the Deák
Ferenc tér to the Gellért tér station
GPS Latitude: 47° 29’ 2.7564" N, Longitude:19° 3’ 2.9124" E

H-1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 2-6.


Széchenyi Thermal Baths

Enjoy the famous Széchenyi Bath! (Open every day of the year!)

The Széchenyi Bath is largest thermal spring bath complex not only in Budapest, in but Europe as well.

It was built in 1913in neo-baroque style. At that time it had private baths, separate men and women steam-bath sections, and different men / women "public baths".

The complex was expanded in 1927, and it still have 3 outdoor, and 15 indoor pools. After its expansion, the thermal artesian well couldn't fullfill its purpose, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal spring was found in 1938. Its depth is 1256m ( 4 120 ft ), and its temperature is 77 °C ( 170.6 °F ) and it supplies 6.000.000 litres ( 1 585 032 US gallons) of hot water daily.

The complex was damaged during the second world war, and was reconstructed in many steps till 1952, when the daily hospital service opened foro people who needed physico therapy treatment.

Its thermal spring is one of the deepest and warmest in the city. The bath is situated in the City park, opposite of the City circus and it can be reached by subway line No. 1 (station of the same name: Széchenyi fürdõ).

Széchenyi Bath:
Tickets (includes the use of a cabin): 3400 HUF
Aroma massage (30 minutes): +3900 HUF
Children tickets:
Children under 2 years: Free
Children over 2 years: 3400 HUF

Széchenyi Bath (Pest side, Állatkerti krt. 11., 1146 Budapest)
Public Transport: by the yellow subway (M1) from the
Vörösmarty tér to the Széchenyi fürdõ. Direction Mexikói út.
GPS Latitude: 47° 31’ 7.5432" N,
Longitude:19° 4’ 50.16" E

H-1146 Budapest , Állatkerti körút 11.


Lukács Thermal Baths

H-1023 Budapest, Frankel Leó u. 25-29.


Rácz Thermal Spa

H-1013 Budapest, Hadnagy u. 8-10. 

Open from the beginning of November 2009 in part of the Baglioni Hotel at the foot of Gellért Hill.