Thermal Baths in Budapest

thermal baths in budapest
thermal baths in budapest

The 8 Best Thermal Baths in Budapest

Budapest is a city with a lot of beautiful Thermal baths. This is why it is called the “City of Baths”. The city has some of the finest design of thermal baths in the world, many of these baths dated back to the 16th century.

In no particular order, here is the list of the best thermal baths in Budapest and they are, no doubt, some of the best in the world. When you think of visiting Budapest make sure you check out some of these amazing thermal baths.

1. Rudas Baths

This is one of the oldest bathing complexes in Budapest. It has Turkish architectural design and it was built under the Ottoman rule. It has a central octagonal pool with an atmospheric dome. There is a present-day rooftop pool that overlooks the Danube upstairs.

The Baths stay open till 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays for night bathing. For pleasant and enjoyable experience the water temperatures range 11 C (52 F) and 42 C (108 F). Other sections are physiotherapy section for thermal treatments and healing water section where you can take healing water.

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2. Lukács Baths

The complex was constructed and opened in the 1880s but it has a longer history to the 12th century. Its thermal spring is believed to have been in existence in the 12th century. It has many facilities like a steam bath, a Himalayan salt wall (reduce respiratory problem), an infrared Sauna, and a weight bath (for spinal treatment).

The baths are known for the treatment of various ailments and most people visit because of this reason. There are various services like messages, medicinal treatments, and reflexology sessions. Lukács Baths normally host “Sparties” (Spa parties) through the winter until 3am on most Saturdays nights.

3. Széchenyi Thermal Baths

It is the most popular and the largest thermal baths complex in Budapest, also the most visited. It is situated in Budapest central park. Built-in 1913, it has 15 indoor pools sprawling across the thermal building and there are three outdoor pools with varying temperature.

You may need a map to navigate this beautiful, gigantic thermal baths building because it has a little tricky layout.

The facilities available for visitors are saunas, whirlpools, Stream rooms, aqua fitness equipment, and jets. You can take a timeout in the pools with a temperature range of 33 C (91 F) and 38 C (100 F).

The thermal water is rich in magnesium, calcium and hydrogen carbonate, it is claimed that the water suppresses arthritis and ease joint pain.

Széchenyi thermal is a beehive of activities and it’s opened all year round.

“Sparties” (Spa parties) are always held on most Saturday nights with Disk Jockeying, film screening, laser shows activities accompanying the parties.

This is the most beautiful thermal baths in Budapest. Its stained glass window plus Roman columns, and mosaic walls plus floors are some of the features that make Gellert Baths the most beautiful.

4. Gellért Baths

It was opened in 1918 and it has both indoor and outdoor baths with water supply from thermal springs in Gellert Hill. The temperature of the pools is always kept between 260C (79 F) to 400C (104 F).

If you want, you will experience dry and steam saunas, treatment rooms of the medicinal message, a carbonic acid bathtub (for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease) in the thermal. Small thermal baths are also available for couples.

You feel more of nature in the pool here because of the wave machine, and the large terrace which soaks ray contributes to the pleasant experience here.

5. Király Baths

It is one of the least glamorous thermal baths complexes in Budapest, but it is one of the most pocket-friendly and private; you don’t get to see the crowd you see in Széchenyi or Gellert baths.

It’s dated back to 1565. No wonder it has a Turkish architectural pattern. Its main pool is station under a dome decorated with skylights, a classic ottoman’s design. It was renovated in 1950 due to the damage it suffered during World War II.

The thermal waters from Lukács serve the Kiraly pool. It has some fine facilities like saunas and underwater massage jets.

6. Császár Baths

It was built in the 16th century, and it’s more of the most beautiful during that period.

It has an octagonal thermal pool and Turkish architectural touches. Other from the main pool, it has small pools, with varying temperature, that friends and families can use.

It also has some amazing facilities like hydrotherapy bathtub, saunas, wellness section for steam baths, and massage treatment. The complex has a hotel and hospital for treatment.

7.  Irgammasok Veli Bej Bath

It’s one of the oldest thermal baths in Budapest. It was built in the 16th century under the Ottoman rule but it has a long history into the Roman Empire.

Veli Bej is where the modern meets the ancient. Its pool is octagonal shaped Turkish architectural wonder with a dome above.  The baths have modern facilities like sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi. It is also famous for its water healing treatments which attract many people to the baths.

Although it is not very popular, it’s one of the beauties to behold in Budapest and is now located in the same building that house the Hotel Császár. When you desire that place with the touch of tradition and modernity think Irgalmasok Veli bej baths.

8. Palatinus Strand Baths

The baths are located in a nature reserve alongside the banks of Danube on Margret Island. The Palatinus baths are popularly known as one of the Budapest’s baths to offer outdoor pools in 1919. It’s one of the popular choices among thermal baths visitors.

It’s large expands of playgrounds and sports make Palatinus a great destination for families with young kids. Both children and adult will have a great experience in the facility with different stuff to catch fun water slides, wave pool, and lazy river. Sunbathing is also provided for with the turquoise waters of the Lido glisten.

No doubt, you will cherish every memory of your visit to Palatinus baths.


There is the list of the best thermal baths in Budapest but this is not an exhaustive list, there are other good thermal baths in Budapest so as we visit other thermal baths we will give you there feature and facilities right on this blog.

If you have any thermal baths you will like us to visit and tell you how it is you can drop its name in the comment section.

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