Budapest is known as the “City of Baths”. The Széchenyi Thermal Baths are the “Baths of the Baths” – The most famous baths in Budapest.
Hungary is the second most thermal country in Europe (after Iceland) thanks to a massive crevice in the earth crust beneath the country. Through this crevice, hot waters are released all the way up and end up in Budapest’s baths such as the Széchenyi Thermal Baths. The water contains many minerals and therefore has positive effects on the body. The Roman settlers and later on Turkish occupiers brought the spa culture to Budapest which became an integral part of the city until today. Clear case that we had to try this out!
We went for the largest: the Széchenyi Thermal Baths. Plan a minimum of two hours for your visit or even better: the whole day. You will need this time to try all the 21 pools which make it one of the largest bath complexes in Europe. It is a Neo-baroque palace with high ceilings and rich ornaments. Each room in this massive building looks a bit different. While relaxing we expected kings and queens to show up. We never felt as royal before.
Our ticket included saunas, gymnastics and aqua fitness. We needed nothing more than the massage showers in the outdoor pool. They were heaven! Thanks to the thermal water’s high temperatures you can even use the outdoor pools in winter. The locals like to hang around there and play chess on floating chess tables. What a nice and relaxed tradition!
Put it on your bucket-list. It belongs there!