Budapest has long been famed for its natural thermal spas, and spending time in these wonderful bathhouses is an integral part of Hungarian culture. For tourists, no trip is complete without dipping into the soothing waters and spending a few hours of relaxation.
However, with the city brimming with these types of venues, choosing the best can be an overwhelming task. This list details five fantastic options, so you can dedicate your time to enjoying yourself, instead of struggling to make a decision on where to go!
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Gellert is probably one of the most popular of all the bathhouses especially with tourists. Because of this, it’s a great option for those worried about the language barrier. All of the staff is English speaking, yet you still get the benefits of the traditional thermal pool, as well as indoor and outdoor options. There is a wave machine, shaded seating areas and tones of other great attractions and you can even get a Thai massage whilst you’re here.
For history lovers, this is the perfect choice for you. As one of the oldest baths in the city, visitors are treated to authentic architecture, including a traditional Turkish octagonal roof. Geared towards healing, this bathhouse boasts that its waters are great for joint complaints, plus there’s a steam room and sauna to help your body detox. Unlike many of the local spas, it allows daily mixed bathing, making it a great option for couples.
Conveniently located in the city center, this bathhouse offers beautiful views over the Danube River. The roof terrace is complete with a wellness section, including a circular whirlpool bath. Also built in a traditional style, the domed roof perfectly lets in light, making for a celestial experience! This is probably the best choice for male visitors, as women are restricted to bathing on a Tuesday, or during the mixed sessions on the weekend.
Danubius Health Spa Margitsziget
Located within the Danubius Thermal Hotel Margitsziget, this modern take on the traditional bathhouse is a truly comprehensive and luxurious experience. Alongside all the classic elements, including swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, guests can also enjoy a full gym area, complete with machines. Because of this, it offers a fantastic opportunity for holidaymakers to keep up with their fitness, before spending the rest of the day relaxing in the pools.
Another unarguable favourite, this impressive complex comes equipped with 18 different pools, both indoor and out. It’s one of the largest in Europe, and frequented by local families and visiting tourists alike. There are no bathing restrictions – so groups are always sure to be able to swim together – and one pool has been designed to be explicitly child-friendly. There are even opportunities to play chess whilst immersed in the water, combining two of Hungary’s most traditional pastimes.
Budapest has shot to fame on the international travel stage in recent years and, with so much to do in the city, you can see why! Even if you’re only there for a short time, I highly recommend you take the time to visit one of these bathhouses – by far the shining stars of this wonderful destination.
Guest post written by Steve Ewins, an avid traveller and travel blogger who occasionally writes for the Corinthia Hotels.