The city’s spas are world-famous for their health-giving properties and the summer heat makes swimming the most popular pastime, but Budapest has lots more to offer than mere water. Stay in our lovely vegetarian apartment for a comfortable holiday!
There is hot water under 2/3rds of Hungary; there are over 120 springs in Budapest alone, there are amazing spas everywhere; historic Turkish bathes, Art Nouveau Spas and modern water parks.
There is a brilliant website about the spas, in English and German, where you can learn about everything from water composition till the opening hours. Check their picture gallery too and you will want to visit them all! Below I give you my very personal opinion about the main spas and you can also open the map to see where they are in town.
You can rent swimming costumes and towels at baths but don’t expect the latest fashion. In most pools you have to wear a bathing cap in the swimming pool but not in the thermal pools. It’s possible to get massages in the baths, ask at the ticket office for price and availability.
The most well know one, the majolica tiles and mosaics, Roman-style thermal pool and general opulence produce an unrivalled atmosphere. The outdoor pool has a wave machine! Beautiful building, but the most expensive spa and very touristy.
Several small indoor and three outdoor pools in a glorious palatial setting in the middle of the City Park. Watch the floating chess players as you benefit from the thermal springs. With water jets and a whirlpool, it’s a favourite with families.
Rudas thermal and Turkish Baths
At the Buda side of the Elizabeth Bridge, just along from the Gellért, this bath was recently renovated. Open to men except Tuesday when open for Ladies. It is open to both sexes on Friday and Saturday night from 10 pm till 4 am and Sunday 6 am till 5 pm.
At the Buda side of Margaret Bridge a beautiful spa that boasts the highest level of IQ among the swimmers: it’s a favourite place of writers, journalist and politicians. The water is highly effective – just read the many plaques on the walls from grateful patients.
Built at 1565 by the Turkish pasha of Buda, this amazing bath is a true gem for history lovers and also great for relaxing, on average there are only a handful people there. Turkish bath, steam bath and sauna, all days are mixed, ie open for ladies and gents too.
This bath is the closest one to budaveg, just at Árpád Bridge. It has a big swimming pool, two beautiful thermal pools and many lido pools in the summer. Lovely place, relaxed and local people only. A must with kids in the summer!
Palatinus, Római and Csillaghegyi Baths
Three fantastic open air pools with swimming pools, lido pools and some with great water slides. Palatinus is on the Margaret Island so very close to budaveg. Almost like a seaside holiday, great family fun!