Budapest is worthy of the spa town's name and world-renowned for its unique treasures: thermal springs, medicinal waters, beaches, wonderful historic baths and more than two thousand years of bath culture. Its 118 thermal springs provide a total of 70 million liters of healing water a day to baths, swimming pools and drinking fountains. More than half of the rising mineral water - 40 million liters - is warmer than 30°C.
In Budapest, of course, not only those who want to recover enjoy the benefits of spas. The spa town is also a resort. There are numerous beaches, adventure pools and aquaparks.
Bath in Turkish times. This famous bath was built when Budapest's major bath policy was implemented (1912-1918). The art nouveau building has retained the glory and elegance. In addition to the thermal bath, the Gellért has an open pool, a pool with artificial waves in a park, and a convertible effervescent bath - an architectural rarity. The existence of the Gellért contributed to Budapest being awarded the title of international spa city' in 1934, and it was a venue of the first International Bath Congress in 1937. Like attraction, the building of the medicinal bath is open for anyone, buy a visitor's ticket.
This Turkish, that is steam bath, giving a special experience for travelers, is a precious memory of the Turkish occupation (named after its owner in the 19th c.), which functions today as well. The centre of the most beautiful Turkish part of the building, to which Baroque and Classicist extensions were made, is the cupola hall with an octagonal pool. The thermal baths are 39 and 30 degrees hot, the cold water pool is 26 degrees, while the hot air and steam chambers are 60-70 degrees. The water is good for people suffering from locomotor diseases, but is also recommended for those who wish to relax only.
Open: 0630-1800 Tue, Thu, 0630-1200 Sat for women; 0900-2000 Mon, Wed, Fri for men
Has been a bath since the 15th century. The octagonal pool and the eight-columned vaulted hall was built by Sokoli Mustafa, the pasha of Buda in the 16th c. The water is 42 degrees centigrade hot, the thermal medicinal pool is open for men only. The steam bath and the swimming pool was built in the 1950s.
Open: thermal medicinal pool Mon-Fri 0600-2000, Sat, Sun 0600-1300; swimming pool Mon-Fri 0600-1800; Sat, Sun 0600-1300n
Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the largest spa complex in Budapest. Construction began in 1909, based on the plans of Győző Czigler. The thermal water supply of the spa in the City Park is currently provided by the St. Stephen's well, cold water supply is provided by 6 smaller wells. The complex has 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools. The spa offers a variety of treatments and day hospitals. Two thermal springs supply 74 and 77 degree hot water. The open-air swimming pool offers a pleasant experience all year round.
Lukács Spa and Swimming Pool is one of the oldest spas in Budapest. In the 14th century, the Knights of St. John were cared for by sick people. Later, the Knights of Rhodes and Malta established a bath here, and during the Turkish occupation a Turkish bath was built on the same springs. After a complete renovation, modern Lukács opened its doors in 1884, but still retains its 100-year-old interior design. The entire spa, including the indoor and outdoor pools, was renovated again in 1999, and today offers all the amenities that a comfortable XXI. century baths. Lukács was visited by many actors, poets and artists, many of whom were also given plaques.