The Hungarian capital is called the spa capital of the world rightly so, since most of the thermal springs and spas can be found here. These provide the visitors with a spectacular experience both as historic places of interest and as recreational facilities. Besides the water culture characterizing Hungarians, the peoples invading Hungary during the centuries have also played a role in forming and developing this special value.
The Széchenyi Spa is one of the biggest spa complexes in Europe, the first medicinal spa of Pest. It was constructed between 1909 and 1913, in a modern renaissance style. Due to the continuous developments the guests can choose from among 21 pools.
One of the most popular of the Budapest spas, a true pearl, the Szent Gellért Spa and Hotel was built in secessionist style and opened its gates in 1918, and was later developed further and received a beach-and-wave spa and jet-spa. The original wave machine that was installed in 1927 is still operating, making it not only unique to the spa but all of Europe as well.
The biggest outdoor beach of the capital of Hungary offers eleven outdoor pools and is located in a nature reserve on the charming Margaret Island (Margitsziget). It was named after the Latin meaning of palatine, in remembrance of the onetime name of the island itself.
Római Beach and Bath is located in a special environment and it its name was not awarded to it by chance: the attributes of the territory were evident for the ancient Romans, too; the Spa itself is in Óbuda (meaning Old Buda) on the territory of the onetime Aquincum.
The spa whose operation dates back to the Turkish era, was the favourite spa of Mustafa pasha. It is said to have one of the most effective medicinal waters of Budapest. The spa has thermal pools, swimming and fun pools, a wellness area, saunas and various services.
The construction of the spa was started by the Turkish Arslan pasha in 1565 in order to have a spa protected within the city walls even during a siege. The vintage spa is one of our rare relics of the Turkish era that is a monument and offers the early ottoman bathing culture in its original splendour.
The newly renovated, historical spa of Budapest, the Rudas spa is more than 500 years old. The Turkish spa, which is the center of the modern day spa was built during the Turkish rule in the 15th century, The dome of the spa is supported by 8 columns one of which is green, hence the name of Green-columned spa.