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Top 6 thermal baths in Budapest

Nicknamed the ‘city of spas’, Budapest is known for its historic thermal baths. The first baths were built by Roman settlers over 2000 years ago. Today, visitors and locals visit Budapest’s baths because the architecture and tradition is so beautiful, as well as for the wellbeing benefits.

In addition to the pools, the Rudas Baths offer spa services such as massages

In addition to the pools, the Rudas Baths offer spa services such as massages

Rudas Baths

Built during the Ottoman rule in 1550, the Rudas Baths still have the key architectural elements of a Turkish bath, including an octagonal pool and dome ceiling. Located on the Danube river, the baths offer exceptional views for guests while they bathe in pools ranging from 16 to 42°C. There are massages, body scrubs, and a buffet. The baths are open to both men and woman on Saturday and Sunday, women on Tuesdays, and men the rest of the week.

Directly across the Danube from Rudas Baths is Balance Home. This modern accommodation is perfectly situated for a quick trip to the Rubas Baths as well as other popular sights such as Buda Castle.

The bath's renovations in 2008 returned it to its original splendour

The bath's renovations in 2008 returned it to its original splendour

Gellért Baths

The Gellért Baths are located inside the famous Hotel Gellért, a beautiful Art Nouveau building. The Gellért Baths were opened in 1918 and in 2008 underwent their first major reconstruction, with the goal of returning them to their original splendour. The indoor and outdoor pools maintain a balmy temperature of between 35 and 40°C and guests have additional access saunas and masseuse services. The Gellért Baths are unisex.

Just 100m from the Gellért Baths is the Kalmár Pension and Gellért Spa. When you're not making use of the baths, be sure to check out the gardens surrounding Kalmár Panzió – they're the perfect spot for relaxing in when the weather is nice.

Take a dip at the largest medicinal bath in Europe

Take a dip at the largest medicinal bath in Europe

Széchenyi Baths

The Széchenyi Baths were first opened in 1913 and have since become the largest medicinal bath in Europe. The indoor and outdoor pools are filled with natural hot spring waters drawn from below the City Park Budapest. In addition to the natural pools, guests have access to on-site saunas and steams as well as massages and pedicure services. The Széchenyi Baths are unisex.

Just next to Heroes’ Square in the centre of Budapest, is the Mirage Medic Hotel. This hotel is located in a classic 19th-century building at the entrance to City Park, where the Széchenyi Baths are located.

First built in 1565, the Király Baths are Budapest's oldest thermal baths

First built in 1565, the Király Baths are Budapest's oldest thermal baths

Király Baths

The Király Baths began construction in 1565, making it one Budapest’s oldest thermal baths. Like many other buildings in Budapest, the Király Baths were damaged during WWII but were rebuilt with elements of old and new design that would preserve its original character. Király Baths may be smaller than some of the other baths in the city, but it still boasts an impressive four pools with temperatures ranging between 36 - 40°C. The Király Baths are unisex.

Király Baths and many of the city's other big sights are within walking distance of Milford Suites Budapest. This aparthotel offers all of the comforts of home, including satellite TV and internet, and the suites are decorated with the works of a contemporary Hungarian artist.

The pool's temperatures range between 24 and 40°C

The pool's temperatures range between 24 and 40°C

Lukács Baths

A popular spot with locals, the Lukács Baths have a rich history. While the area was home to monastery baths as early as the 12th century, the first spa hotel didn’t open until the 1880s. Since then, the Lukács Baths have expanded to include both indoor and outdoor pools with temperatures ranging between 24 and 40°C. Outside of the pools, guests have access to steams, saunas, massages, and curative gymnastics. The Lukács Baths are unisex.

A favourite amongst visitors to Budapest, Apartment over the Moses's stones is less than half of a kilometre away from the Lukács Baths. This spacious self-catering apartment includes an airport shuttle and room for up to 4 guests.

Thanks to extensive renovations, the Veli Bej Baths now offer visitors with modern spa facilities

Thanks to extensive renovations, the Veli Bej Baths now offer visitors with modern spa facilities

Veli Bej Baths

The Veli Bej Baths may be one of the oldest thermal baths in Budapest, built in the 1570s, but their facilities are anything but dated. The baths underwent major renovations in 2011 to modernise their spa facilities. Today, guests can enjoy the site’s thermal baths with temperature up to 39°C as well as a variety of massages. The Veli Bej Baths are unisex.

Conveniently located in the heart of Budapest, Marmara Hotel Budapest is just a short walk away from the Veli Bej Baths. When you're not relaxing in the newly modernised baths, you can walk up the street to the Grand Boulevard.