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13 Feb

Baths in Budapest

Budapest without any doubt is the thermal capital of Europe – not surprisingly as the city lays on a patchwork of almost 120 thermal springs which deliver more than 70 million litres of relaxing, hot water to its people. The benefits of the thermal waters were already learned by the Ancient Romans: the area of Aquincum (today’s Óbuda) was connected by plumbing system to the natural heat sources. However, the real “break-through” came with the Turkish occupation of Hungary during the 16th century. Spas and baths took a really important role in Turkish culture, so of course when they’ve found out about our “thermal paradise” they started to build baths around the city unstoppably – and that’s one thing we can be really grateful to them. Thermal waters known as useful medication for kind of any health problem, and – as you can’t say you had the real Budapest experience until you haven’t soak in a hot thermal pool for a while – here is a little guide from us to help you make your choice.

 

Széchenyi Baths

Széchenyi is the is world-famous bath which everybody heard about, and if you wonder if its fame is well-deserved, be sure it is! This is the largest spa complex in whole Europe, housing 11 thermal pools, also steam rooms, showers, huge saunas and even Beer Spa. There are two pools outside which have 32-34°C water, while the one with 26°C is perfect for a good swim. Considering the fact that all these things are located in a stunning Neo-Baroque building, Széchenyi sounds more like a wet amusement park – museum complex than a spa. If you listen to us, you have to go and try this bath!

Tip: If you have the opportunity go on a weekday to avoid the big mass of visitors (it’s also slightly cheaper)

Extra: Arrange tickets in our office and you get a queue jump with your ticket!

source: http://www.szechenyifurdo.hu/

 

Lukács Baths

Lukács Baths is one of the baths with the oldest history in the country. It was established by the Knights of the Order of Saint John, who settled in the area with the goal of curing the sick in the 12th century. Later on it was turned into a Turkish bath during the Ottoman occupation, then finally it was bought by Fülöp Palotay in 1884 and a series of renovations began, to turn the spa into a massive healing complex. You can find here underwater massage, medical workouts, outdoor fitness park, a whole world of saunas, steam cabins, salt cabins and so on … actually we could continue this list forever. What also makes Lukács special is the fact that the thermal waters of the bath are supplied by a 30-meter-deep spring in the János Molnár Cave, which  said to have the highest quality thermal water (rich in calcium, magnesium, hydrogen-carbonate, sulphate, chloride and fluoride ions). If you wish for a health bomb this is your place to go as Lukács really is a medical mecca.

Extra: Arrange tickets in our office and you get a queue jump with your ticket!

source: http://www.lukacsfurdo.hu

 

Gellért Bath

If you look at Gellért, as first instinct you would more likely think it is a cathedral than a spa. The building is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture enriched with stained-glass windows, wonderful mosaics, Zsolnay porcelain tiles and beautiful sculptures. We guarantee you, the atmosphere of Gellért Baths will make you feel like a real royal. But the bath can offer a lot beyond the beauty of its building. Next to the numerous pools (with temperature from 26°C to 40°C), you can find there a wave pool, medical massages, saunas, steam cabins, hot tub, and aqua-fitness.

Extra: Arrange tickets in our office and you get a queue jump with your ticket!

source: https://welovebudapest.com

 

Rudas Baths

You might think ‘view’ is not a factor when you try it decide which bath you should visit, but we have to prove you wrong! ..because our favourite thing about Rudas is its rooftop panorama pool with a magnificent view on the Danube and the city. Besides this,  we also have to mention the fact that this place is a living piece of history. The story of Rudas started in the time of King Béla IV, when the Knights Templar built a hospital in the area accompanied by a bath house. Later on the building were used by the Pasha of Buda during the Turkish occupation of Hungary. Rudas then survived many strikes of the history (including the World Wars) and finally in 2017 it got a full renovation. The bath is supplied by the hot thermal waters of no fewer than 21 natural springs found below ground. Besides the swimming pools, heated tubs, sauna and steam cabin, Rudas Baths also have a drinking hall, where you can taste (or buy) some of the mineral-rich liquid.

source: http://m.rudasfurdo.hu

 

Whether your reason to visit one of Budapest’s magnificent baths is to heal your body, your soul or your hangover we are sure you won’t be disappointed! 😉

(and wish you the relax of your life! :))

 

 

Love,

Souper Team