Budapest: The City of Spas and the famous Szechenyi Baths!

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Apart from the stunning architecture and interesting statues in Budapest, this city is simply a haven for all Spa lovers. Budapest basically has more thermal and medicinal water springs than any other capital city in the world and is home the famous Szechenyi Baths so it is not nicknamed the “City of Spas” for nothing!

What’s so special about Budapest is that it is surrounded by an abundance of natural springs and wells that contain several beneficial minerals hence the therapeutic qualities. In Budapest alone, there are 15 public thermal baths and several other private baths.

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I visited the famous Szechenyi Baths in Budapest and with it’s 18 pools with several saunas I had never seen anything like it so it comes as no surprise that it is listed as one of the largest spa complex in Europe! It is great for some family fun, recreation and relaxation.

Szechenyi Baths Budapest11I noticed that there were a lot of elderly people in the pools, I am told that this is because the water is the hottest in the city, reaching the surface at about 76°C (Hot!!!) and is also high in calcium, magnesium and other minerals, good for arthritis, blood circulation and other disorders.

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Some other popular baths to visit are the Rudas Bath and Gellért Thermal Bath. Click here to see more details about each bath and what they offer. 

Here are some tips for visiting the Spas in Budapest

1. Visit more than one spa if you can, they each give a different feel.

2. Some baths are gender specific and mixed at certain times so check their timetables. For instance, the Turkish Rudas Baths  and the Gellert Baths are only mixed at weekends.

3.The spas have more to offer than just thermal waters so you can explore treatments such as massages, aroma baths and pedicures for an additional charge.

4. Usually, you can choose between a cabin (kabin) or locker (szekrény) to change. If you prefer privacy choose and pay for a ticket with cabin when you buy your ticket.

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5.The baths usually have a main pool, surrounded by smaller ones with varying water temperatures from hot to cold so be sure to explore and find the best one that suits you.

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6.The full experience will relax, detoxify, de-stress and relax you so winding down the day with dinner in a good Budapest restaurant or heading straight to bed for some rest is probably a good option.

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7.You can buy tickets online or at the Spas but the Spas can get to full capacity depending on what time of the year you are there so it may be worth scouting the spas a day before and making plans. You will be given a wrist band which would be used for entry and exit.

Have you been to any of the Spas in Budapest before or are you planning to go? Which one was your favourite?

 

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