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Ultimate Guide to Budapest Baths | Relax in Thermal Baths & Therapeutic Spas

Budapest is famous worldwide for its thermal baths. Many of the Budapest Baths are over a century old. Budapest thermal baths are fed by natural hot springs and have medicinal and healing properties. Budapest Baths maintain thermal waters that remain warm constantly, even during winter, making it a tourist attraction for all seasons.

History of Budapest Baths

history of budapest baths

The deep hot spring wells in Budapest were first drilled under the Heroes’ Square near the City Park back in the 1870s-1880s. The natural spas were first used by the Romans, dating as far back as 33 BCE.
An emperor of the Roman Empire was the first one to realize the healing properties of the spring water as his soldiers’ wounds healed faster when they bathed in the hot spring water.
People in Budapest started treating medical complaints with water from medicinal springs rich in mineral content. The concept of ‘Balneotherapy’ is born. 

budapest baths history

Széchenyi Bath was built in the early 20th century in Neo-Baroque and Neo-Renaissance architectural styles.
The baths continued to flourish during the Ottoman Empire. The Turkish baths built during this period have their own unique Hammam style and architecture.
Budapest Baths were damaged in the Siege of Budapest during World War II.
Building the Széchenyi Baths cost approximately 3,900,000 Gold Crowns – the Hungarian currency at the time.

Why are Budapest Baths Famous?

Budapest is famous for its relaxing thermal baths and spas. The thermal bath waters in Budapest Baths remain warm constantly, be it summer or winter, leading to their immense popularity. Soaking in warm water as the cold rages on around you is an experience that one can enjoy at Budapest Baths. The baths are fed by mineral-rich water from natural hot springs, making the thermal waters medicinal. Coupled with the numerous thermal baths and pools of varying sizes and temperatures, Budapest Baths offer a range of refreshing massages and revitalizing spa therapies and treatments that truly make it the relaxation hub. 

Budapest Baths Location

Budapest Baths Opening Times

Széchenyi Baths are open daily and during all seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter).

Pools, Steam Cabins, and Saunas: 

Every day from 9 AM to 7 PM (last entry at 6 PM)

Thermal Facilities: 

Every day from 9 AM to 10 PM (pool exit at 9:45 PM)

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Budapest Baths Highlights

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Thermal Baths

A thermal bath and spa paradise, Budapest has over a dozen thermal baths that feed on natural hot springs and drilled wells. Budapest Baths offer relaxing and rejuvenating experiences like no other. The marvelous natural hot spring water is also known to have medicinal and healing properties.

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Massage Therapies

Take relaxation to the next level with the various massage therapies offered at Széchenyi Baths. Choose from a range of refreshing, aromatic, and luxurious massages to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. With the many short and long-duration massage options offered, you're sure to be spoilt for choice.

indoor pools at budapest baths

Indoor Pools

Széchenyi Baths are the largest thermal bath complex in Europe. It houses a whopping 15 indoor pools to choose from for rest, relaxation, and fun. There are medical pools and plunge pools that maintain warm temperatures all throughout the year. The thermal bathwater is medicinal in nature.

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Spas

Along with soothing thermal baths with medicinal properties and massage therapies, Széchenyi Baths also offers other spa services like steam baths and saunas. One can choose from options like Finnish sauna, Vulkanic sauna, Aroma, and Light sauna and relax and recharge at the steam baths.

How to Visit Budapest Baths?

Budapest Baths is a ticket attraction and to take a dip in the thermal waters, visitors will need to buy a ticket to enter the venue. One of the most popular attractions in the city, Széchenyi Baths sees huge crowds on a daily basis, no matter what time of the day or season it is. Pre-booking your Budapest Baths tickets is the best way to ensure that you get a hassle-free entry even when there are heavy crowds at the attraction. Not only do you get to skip the hassle of standing in long queues, but online tickets are also safe and they encourage contactless transactions.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Budapest Baths

Q. What are Budapest Baths?

A. Budapest is considered to be the City of Thermal Baths and Spas. The city is famous worldwide for its abundance of natural hot springs that are responsible for the numerous thermal baths.

Q. Why are Budapest Baths so famous?

A. Budapest is famous for its relaxing thermal baths and spas. The thermal bath waters in Budapest Baths remain warm constantly, be it summer or winter, leading to their immense popularity.

Q. Do the Budapest Bath waters have medicinal properties?

A. Yes, the Budapest Bath waters have medicinal properties. The baths are fed by mineral-rich water from natural hot springs that make the thermal waters medicinal in nature.

Q. What is the best time to visit Budapest Baths?

A. Budapest Baths tend to get very crowded, even during the weekdays. It is recommended that you come in early in the morning to be able to enjoy the warm waters in lesser crowds.

Q. Is it safe to visit Budapest Baths after Covid-19?

A. There are many safety protocols in place to ensure maximum safety while you visit Budapest Baths. You are required to present your vaccination certificate or Covid pass.

Q. What do I need to bring when I visit Budapest Baths?

A. Although there are shops at Budapest Baths that let you rent/buy swimwear, it is best to carry a pair of flip-flops, swimwear, a towel, and a swim cap while visiting Budapest Baths. Carry bathing essentials like soap and shampoo as well.

Q. Where can I book my Budapest Baths Tickets?

A. You can easily book your Budapest Bath tickets online. Visit here to book your tickets.