Budapest has several nicknames, like the ‘Paris of East’ or the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, but its designation as the ‘City of Spas’ that is perhaps its most famous. Budapest has held the title ‘City of Spas’ since the year 1934, and has more thermal and medicinal water springs than any other capital city in the world. The Baths of Budapest were enjoyed by the Romans as early as the 2nd century. It was during the Turkish occupation of Hungary in the 16th century that the bath culture really started flourishing.
Take a dip in one of the city’s 11 public baths, enjoy a unique spa experience or stay in one of the city’s health spa resorts, and bathe your cares away. There are 118 springs in Budapest, providing over 70 million liters of thermal water a day.
Szechneyi is the largest medicinal bath in Budapest, and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.