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The Greatest Spas and Bathhouses to Visit in Budapest

By Dana Perkiss

Indulge in pure bliss and find solace in the rejuvenating baths of Budapest, renowned as the famous "Spa Capital of the World."

To ensure your Budapest holiday is nothing short of extraordinary, we've meticulously curated a list of the most exquisite spas and bathhouses in Budapest. Get ready to feel pampered!

Rudas Bath

Nestled at the foot of Gellert Hill on the Buda side, Rudas Bath is a beloved medieval Turkish bath in Budapest boasting striking 16th-century surroundings. It offers late-night hours on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as designated days for men, women, and co-ed relaxation.

Indulge in a variety of services from traditional and aromatic massages to couples' treatments and medical pedicures. The allure extends to its panoramic pool, saunas, and the tantalising bistro serving both international and Hungarian cuisine. And don't miss the Aqua Bar on the rooftop, adding an extra touch of magic to your Budapest holiday.

Széchenyi Baths

Constructed in 1913, this expansive spa stands as one of Europe's largest, boasting 15 indoor baths and three outdoor pools. Immerse yourself in ultimate relaxation with access to 10 saunas and steam cabins, as well as an array of massage and facial treatments.

For an enhanced experience, consider obtaining separate tickets to the Palm House Spa which offers serene moments for meditation, delectable Budapest fruits, and soothing tea. Indulge in refreshments at the cafeteria, conveniently situated near one of the outdoor swimming pools, offering an assortment of snacks and fast-food-style meals.

Római Beach Baths

Ideal for couples, singles, and families alike, this bathhouse offers an array of delightful amenities. Take a dip in the serene indoor pool, perfect for both swimming and leisurely lounging. The open-air bath boasts five exhilarating slides, while a shaded kids' pool ensures a safe and enjoyable experience for little ones. Adjacent to the kids' pool, a rubber-covered playground beckons with wooden toys, swings, and climbing walls, ensuring endless fun.

When it's time to unwind, a sprawling meadow surrounded by lush green trees awaits, providing a tranquil space for relaxation or sunbathing. And don't miss the dining area, where a delectable assortment of dishes ranging from scrumptious scones and mouthwatering burgers to tempting waffles and refreshing ice cream await.

Lukacs Baths

With a rich history dating back to the 12th century, Lukacs Baths is renowned for its legendary "Kristaly" mineral water with therapeutic properties. This remarkable bathhouse boasts a thermal pool, a swimming pool, and three indulgent wellness pools, along with a rejuvenating sauna. Indulge in an array of medical treatments including invigorating mud treatments, underwater jet massages, and therapeutic tub or pool sessions.

The bathhouse goes beyond with wellness services, offering soothing massages that will transport you to a state of bliss. For a unique experience, immerse yourself in the timed BeerSpa, where 45 minutes are dedicated to lounging in the tub while enjoying beer straight from the taps. And if that isn't enough, the rooftop sunbathing area and fitness park await, adding an extra touch of pleasure to your visit.

Palatinus Baths

In 1919, Budapest welcomed its inaugural outdoor bathing experience at these historic baths. Offering an outdoor swimming pool, a dedicated kid's pool, and two medicinal water pools (including a contrasting hot and cold plunge pool), the facilities provide a variety of options for rejuvenation.

Indulge in the aromatic sauna, where healing herbs infuse the steam to alleviate stress, anxiety, and headaches. For further relaxation, the Finnish sauna and steam room offer serene havens to unwind during your Budapest holiday.

Gellert Thermal Baths

Gellert Thermal Baths, the city's first luxury establishment, continues to provide a serene retreat for guests just as it did over a century ago. Although the bathhouse became co-ed in 2013, separate baths for men and women are still available.

A wave pool adds a delightful touch near the swimming pool, while the healing waters of the pools are renowned for their beneficial effects on joint wear and tear, spinal conditions, chronic arthritis, and other ailments.

Dandar Baths

Originally established as a sanitary bath, this remarkable thermal bathhouse has stood strong since 1930, even enduring the challenges of World War II. Today, it has transformed into a wellness centre featuring two enticing outdoor pools and a rejuvenating sauna.

The leisure pool offers waist and back massagers for ultimate relaxation, while the aroma steam chamber and plunge pool provide further indulgence. Treat yourself to a classic massage or a revitalising medical pedicure, or immerse yourself in the therapeutic waters of the hot springs thermal pool to soothe away all your aches and pains.

Veli Bej Bath

Transport yourself to the 16th century at this intimate bathhouse, where a limited capacity of 80 ensures a serene experience. Indulge in a range of options including a Finnish sauna, an infrared sauna, and an array of invigorating massages. Discover the therapeutic benefits of a Kneipp walk pool and unwind in the tranquil embrace of a traditional thermal pool.

Cave Bath (Miskolc)

For those seeking adventure beyond Budapest, the Cave Baths in Miskolc beckon! Just over an hour's drive away, this extraordinary bathhouse resides within an actual cave boasting soothing hot waters.

Delight in the mystical ambiance as you enjoy the thermal pools nestled within the cave. But that's not all – outdoor pools, saunas, a restaurant and bar, and thrilling water slides for the little ones await.


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