turkish bath in budapest

Turkish Baths in Budapest | Blend of Thermal Baths & Turkish Architecture

A Turkish bath or a hamam is a steam bath or public bathing place that holds significance for both religious and civic reasons. Your visit to the City of Spas is incomplete without visiting these cultural fixtures from the Islamic world through the four Turkish Baths in Budapest, dating as far back as the 16th century.

Turkish Baths in Budapest

Budapest is home to four Turkish bathhouses, namely Rudas Bath, Király Bath, Veli Bej Bath, and Rác Bath. All of them have similar layouts, with a warm central pool surrounded by hot plunge pools, as well as cold ones, along with a sauna and a steam room. These historic bath complexes represent traditional Oriental architecture through their surviving central domed bathing halls.

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turkish dome of király bath from outside
turkish dome of veli bej bath in budapest

Veli Bej Bath

Commissioned by Szokoli Pasha, Veli Bej is one of the most beautiful baths of its time. It had been closed to the general public for several decades. After recent renovations restored the bath to its former splendor, it was reopened. Apart from the original Turkish pool, it now also houses a Finnish and an infrared sauna, a steam bath, a full body shower, a jacuzzi, and a Kneipp walking pool.

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Rác Bath

The Rác Bath was originally built by the Turks with its domed pool in the 16th century. Rác Bath also houses pools from the Imperial Habsburg Era. Rác Bath was rebuilt and expanded in the mid 19th century based on plans drawn up by the renowned Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl.

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FAQs on Turkish Baths in Budapest

Q. What are Turkish Baths?

A. Turkish baths are culturally significant bath complexes prominently from the Islamic world, which were used as sites of ritualistic cleansing, as well as communal gendered gathering spaces. Budapest’s Turkish baths are famous for their mineral-rich waters which have healing properties.

Q. Are there Turkish baths in Budapest?

A. Yes, you can visit four Turkish baths while you’re in Budapest, namely Rudas Bath, Király Bath, Veli Bej Bath, and Rác Bath.

Q. How many Turkish baths are there in Budapest?

A. There are four Turkish baths in Budapest, the City of Spas.

Q. Do the Turkish Bath waters in Budapest have medicinal properties?

A. Yes, the Turkish Baths in Budapest are bestowed with minerals from natural hot springs, which gives them their unique medicinal properties.

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

A. Budapest Baths have taken all sorts of precautions after Covid-19 to ensure the safety of their guests. These measures include the mandatory wearing of facial masks when inside the bathhouses, except when entering the pools. Further, all visitors are obligated to wear slippers while walking indoors and are expected to take hot showers with soap before and after using the pools and restrooms.

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