Budapest is not just the heart of Hungary, but also the heart of 125 thermal springs which made Budapest a secret garden of baths and spas.
The Carpathian Basin is the region richest in thermal and medicinal water in Europe. Medicinal waters found here are outstanding for the number of kind of therapies they can be used for and also for their temperature. The host of the conference Hungary is not only thus a land of medical waters but also a balneological world-power.
Gellért is the best known historical bath in the city, as it was established for a more upscale crowd, it is still considered a symbol of welfare and comfort.
It provides several indoor thermal pools and swimming pools, a large outdoor adventure pool and an outdoor wave pool for fun, as well as an extensive range of medicinal and beauty treatment options. Besides relaxing in a sauna, a steam room, a sunbathing terrace, you can also visit a dentist.
Király is the place to go for a quiet, relaxing outing with the family.
Built in 1565, it derives its name from the König family who took it over 200 years later and turned it into a place of healing. Visitors will be treated to a real retro feeling. Its main appeal is that it is, generally speaking, less well-known, and accordingly it is an ideal option if you don't like crowds.
Rudas dazzles its visitors with its eclectic internal design, not to mention the way in which it blends 500 years of tradition with the requirements of the modern age.
There are 21 thermal springs feeding into the bath, which is open to guests on a traditional basis, meaning male or female-only days, although the modern pool upstairs is available for everyone full time to relax and soak in the Budapest view, even in wintertime. Besides the traditional relaxing bathing, treat yourself to a massage, unwind in the sauna, or enjoy the benefits of the salt cabin.
Szent Lukács has a reputation for making miracles happen with its healing energies.
The park leading to the bath building is lined with plaques written in a number of languages expressing gratitude for the wondrous effect of the bath's water. Lukács is immense, with various departments quite a distance from one another to be enjoyed by those wanting to relax, along with those who have sore parts they want to treat. Enjoy one or more of the many different massage services, then grab a sunbed and relax outside.
Széchenyi is the star of its field, constantly abuzz with guests both young and old, with plenty to do for the entire family.
The bath building is the jewel of City Park (Városliget) and is one of the most popular destinations for visitors. The range of massage services is too long to list, it has 11 medicinal pools, steam cabins, and basks in natural light thanks to the large windows that allow the sun to flood in. For the full experience, be sure to play a game of chess!
Dating back to Ottoman rule, the Veli Bej bath was recently reopened to fit the modern requirements of the age.
Medicinal water, saunas and various different options like steam cabins make this location a spot of healing for those struggling with rheumatic symptoms as well as those just wanting to relax. It is a small bath compared to some of the others, which makes it a good option if you prefer to avoid crowds.
The Hungarian capital is called the spa capital of the world rightly so, since plenty of the countires thermal springs and spas can be found here.
Whether it is the country’s strong folk culture, spas and baths, the cowboys of the “puszta”, the beautiful Parliament building, the spicy and hearty cuisine favouring paprika, in Hungary you are guaranteed to find authentic, impulsive and profound experiences that will turn into memories you will remember for the rest of your life.
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