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Which Budapest Bath To Choose? The Ultimate Guide On Spas

Budapest is world-famous for its baths, with good reason. This post lists almost all of them, to compare and find out which one(s) to go-to for the perfect Budapest bath experience. You can find up to date COVID-related information about the spas, too.

What are thermal baths?

Budapest is world-famous for its baths, with good reason. On the Buda side of the city, lining the Danube, the Gellért, Rudas, Király, Lukács, and Veli Bej spas have water that fell as rain some 10,000 years ago and entered the karstic system of limestone caves in the Buda Hills. These waters have unique therapeutic characteristics because of the minerals they contain. Liquids under the hills dissolve minerals from the rocks and gasses under high temperature and pressure conditions. Water from precipitation takes between 700 and 10,000 years to become thermal water. There are two primary sources of them under Budapest: the springs at Gellért Hill and those opposite the Lukács Baths.

Visiting the baths

All of the baths work on similar lines. It is important to note that kids under 14 are usually not allowed to enter the spas because of health and safety, due to thermal water composition. Even with parental permission, they will not let children come. In most cases, there is a flat entrance fee, but many establishments charge extra at weekends, or less for morning visits, or allow to buy a ticket for a couple of hours only. Usually, visitors have the choice to choose between a cabin or a locker when changing. If privacy is necessary to you, ask for a booth. With your ticket, you will get a plastic 'proxy watch,' which lets you through the turnstile and opens and locks your cabin or locker.

In each bathhouse, there are attendants to help you, although in many cases they do not speak in English and there are no signs in English. Consult the baths' website for up to date information about opening times, fees, and unique treatments, as well as COVID-related information. Please note, that the English version of the websites is usually not up to date - checking the official, Hungarian webpage is always better. All the spas have buffets, of varying quality.

What to take

Bring a towel, slippers, showering gel and shampoo, a swimsuit, and a swimming cap - this is obligatory when using the cold water swimming pools. Usually, there are hairdryers to use free of charge in the changing area.

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The most beautiful indoor swimming pools in the city to enjoy are in this art nouveau building, down the hill from Citadella. There have been baths at the foot of Gellért hill since the 10th century, and it remains the favourite bath of visitors to Budapest to this day.

What is inside

The entrance to the spa is on the right-hand side of the Gellért Hotel building. You will find a breathtaking indoor pool in a beautiful columned hall with a stained-glass atrium that opens in summer. This swimming pool initially functioned as a conservatory and golf course, and after the reconstruction, it was also home to several film screenings. There is also a hot pool and thermal- and steam baths inside. In the old days, they used to segregate men and women, but are now unisex.

Beautiful mosaic tiles and regal pillars are supporting high arched ceilings and marble balconies. The former men's baths are much more delicate than of women's, with mosaic inlay and coloured glazed ceramic details by the Zsolnay manufactory. Above the indoor pool is the buffet, with a wide terrace giving onto the outdoor swimming pool, which has a wave machine, available in the summer season. There is ample space for sunbathing and on the upper level is a hot tube and sauna. Overall there are 12 pools, out of which 10 are thermal bath units.

Gellert Baths By Nan Palmero
Gellért Baths - Photo Courtesy Nan Palmero

History

Since the 10th century, there have been baths at the foot of Gellért hill. In the 13th century, King Andrew II founded a hospital here, too. The tubs that time were know as the 'Virgin Baths' and 'Purgatory'. Under the Ottoman rule, the Turks had developed the bathing culture further, and once they got exiled, the baths became known as 'Muddy Baths' because of the fine mud of the springs. Construction of the baths in current form began in 1912, alongside with the Secessionist buildings of the hotel. They completed the works in 1918. All neo-Baroque elements with the late Secessionist style designed by Izidor Stark, Artúr Sebestyén and Ármin Hegedűs is considered to be a forerunner of Art Deco. Gellért Baths made Budapest world-famous as a bathing city.

Who should visit the Gellért Baths?

Gellért is the symbol of Budapest, and visiting its baths is a fantastic experience. Its health treatment services are world-class. The bath is far smaller than Széchenyi Baths, for example, so it's a lot less crowded. It is excellent for people requiring a peaceful and authentic bath experience in delightful surroundings. Perhaps it is not the best option, though for meeting anyone.

About the waters

  • Baths have their natural springs and wells which range from 35°C-40°C.
  • Waters are calcium, magnesium and hydrogen-carbonate as well as sulphate-chloride, also containing sodium and with a significant content of fluoride ions.
  • Therapeutic suggestions are for degenerative joint ailments, spinal ailments, chronic and sub-acute arthritis, discus hernia, narrow blood vessels, circulatory disturbances, inhalation for the chronic diseases of respiratory organs.
  • Services: thermal baths, massages (including medical), saunas, steam baths, mud treatments, underwater jet massage, underwater traction-baths, carbonated baths, electrotherapy, curative gymnastics.

COVID-related information

From 1 September 2020, the Gellért Baths will be operational again, except for the wave pool. Due to the limited capacity of the spas, they recommend buying tickets online. Wearing a mask is optional. However, the use of slippers is mandatory. Showering is necessary before using the pools. No cash payments accepted; you can use major debit and credit cards.

How to get there and contact information

The most Turkish of all in Budapest, Rudas Baths were built between 1558 and 1578. Visitors are still bathing in the original large pool and under the original dome to this day! For women, it is open on Tuesdays and weekends only.

What is inside

In 2014, they renewed the building, and an all-inclusive wellness area was created, with saunas, pools of different temperatures, and a rooftop jacuzzi with one of the best panoramic views in the world. Sitting on top of the Rudas Baths in the 36 Celsius degree outdoor pool is such an experience you don't want to miss. You can choose from a few options when you enter Rudas; you can get a ticket to the entire complex (thermal section, swimming pool, and wellness centre), or just to the wellness section or the Turkish baths.

The thermal baths consist of a beautiful Ottoman domed pool, and the swimming pool is in a large, light hall. It is surrounded by double arcades, and the wellness centre includes a sun terrace and a hot jacuzzi on the roof overlooking the Danube. Overall there are six thermal- and one swimming pool, and there is also a buffet selling meals.

Rudas Baths Budapest
Rudas Baths - Photo Courtesy Budapest Gyógyfürdői Zrt.

History

On the hot fountains below Gellért hill, the Turks established the first bath here between 1558 and 1578, which appeared to continue to operate in an unaltered form until 2014. Visitors are still bathing in the original large pool and under the original dome to this day. There was a ritual bath (hanefi) under each of the arches supporting the dome; the main pool as in other Turkish baths is octagonal here too. Men used to bathe in the mornings, women in the afternoons, but between 1936 and 2005 only men were allowed to enter.

Good to know

Baths are now open on Tuesdays exclusively for women; on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (morning) only for men, and everyone on Friday afternoon and at the weekends. They will provide a sheet and a modesty cloth, and you do not need your towel. Also, there is no need for a swimsuit on segregated men's or women's days, but you can certainly wear one. There is night bathing on Saturdays from 9 pm - 3 am. Rudas is not hosting the once-famous Cinetrip night parties anymore.

Who should visit Rudas?

Although Rudas Baths are male-oriented and probably the most mystical Turkish-style ones in Budapest, they can be exciting for women too, given that they can have Tuesdays only for themselves. Night bathing offers a fantastic experience, which is worth trying out.

About the waters

  • Until the 1930s, the water came from springs, but it draws from wells now. The Juventus spring is the source of the baths and the swimming pool's water. The Attila and Hungária springs mainly serve the drinking hall.
  • Waters are calcium-magnesium-bicarbonate and contain sodium and a good deal of fluoride ions. The Juventus spring is considered sulfate-radioactive therapeutic water.
  • They are recommending them for degenerative ailments of the joints, chronic and acute inflammation of the joints, slipped discs, sciatica, post-traumatic rehabilitation, and skeletal calcium deficiency.
  • Drinking cure is available because you can drink the waters from three springs under the Buda end of the Erzsébet Bridge.
  • There are five therapeutic pools between 28-42°C and a plunge pool at 16°C. The swimming pool is at 29°C. There is a rooftop jacuzzi.
  • Capacity is 140 people, with cabins, and 55 people for the swimming pool, with booths and lockers.
  • Services: wet massage, relaxing aroma massage, powder massage, solarium, medical therapeutic massage, underwater jet massage, sauna room, steam room, and private baths.

COVID-related information

Wearing a mask is optional. However, the use of slippers is mandatory. Showering is necessary before using the pools. No cash payments accepted; you can use major debit and credit cards. Saunas are currently closed.

How to get there and contact information

  • Address: 1013 Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9.
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  • Telephone: +36 20 321 4568
  • Nearest Underground station: Szent Gellért tér
  • Official Hungarian website: http://www.rudasfurdo.hu/

Constructed in 1565, Király Baths still demonstrate early Ottoman bathing culture in its original form. Located 900 metres from the Buda thermal springs, the idea was to ensure that bathing would be possible even in the event of a siege, inside the castle walls.

What is inside

Király (King) Baths are unisex Ottoman-era baths between Margaret Bridge and Batthyány tér, on a side street. Once you enter, they will guide you above to the changing lockers and then back downstairs again to the bathing area. The inside domed room is marvellous, with a warm water-pool in the middle and a hot pool at the side. At the rear is the steam chamber, with a cold plunge pool just outside it. They have not renovated this bath since 1950, and there is a real sense of the ages. Facilities look outdated, and the overall atmosphere is gloomy. In the garden patio, there is a little hot tube and sitting area where you can relax with a drink from the buffet.

Király Baths By Ken Owen
Király Baths - Photo Courtesy Ken Owen

History

Pasha Arslan started to construct the bath in 1561 but his successor, Pasha Mustafa Sokoli completed it. Király Baths are unique because they still demonstrate early Ottoman bathing culture in their original glory. The idea in erecting the baths, 900 metres from the Buda thermal springs and inside the city walls at the time was to ensure that bathing would be possible even in the event of a siege, inside the castle walls.

The Ottoman used to refer to the baths as a tachtali, ('plank-baths') because apparently, they were less notable at the time. After the recapture of Buda, in 1796, the spa became the property of the König family, who rebuilt it in its present form, combining the old with the new, preserving its monumentality. The bath also got its Hungarian name from the family. During World War II, the spa was damaged, and although they completely renovated it in 1950, it was way too long ago.

Who should visit Király Baths

This bathing experience is mostly for the history lover, and those wanting to avoid tourists because it is a small bath. Visitors will find simplicity and the feeling of a real Roman bath with friendly locals. Expect to see peeling paintworks though and not much shining.

About the waters

  • Király Bath does not have its spring; it has gotten its water from the Lukács baths since Ottoman times.
  • Waters are calcium-magnesium-bicarbonate waters and sulphate-chloride waters which contain a significant amount of fluoride ions and sodium.
  • They recommend them for degenerative joint ailments, inflammation of the joints, hernias, deformations of the spine, sciatica, post-traumatic rehabilitation and skeletal calcium deficiency.
  • Drinking cure: at the drinking hall on-site.
  • There are three therapeutic pools, the large one is at 36°C, accommodating 14 people. Another for four people at 32°C, and a small one for two people at 40°C. The plunge pool, at 26°C, fits up to three people. While the jacuzzi, for up to five people, is at 32-36°C.
  • This mixed bath can accommodate 78 people and has a corresponding number of cabins.
  • Services: bathing tubs, medical therapeutic massage, foot massage, underwater jet massage, steam room, sauna.

COVID-related information

Király Baths are currently closed until further notice.

How to get there and contact information

Probably the most attractive bath in Buda, Veli Bej stands on a hot-water swamp and has been operational for 446 years. The largest octagonal pool in a Turkish bath in Europe is here. On its walls, decorative stone panels contain original Ottoman poetry.

What is inside

The baths form a square, with the domed Ottoman bathhouse in the centre. Under the dome, is an octagonal pool, the largest existing one in a Turkish bath in Central Europe. The four smaller arches house the four tinier 'family' pools. To the left, there are the saunas and rainforest shower, and to the right, the jacuzzi and heated swimming pool. Outside the sauna, the remains of the ancient walls appear. The café is outside the bathing area, in the entrance hall.

Veli Bej Baths Budapest
Veli Bej Baths - Photo Courtesy Brothers of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God

History

Named after a 16th-century Ottoman general, the building of Veli Bej, which stands on a hot-water swamp, has been operational for 446 years. The entrance area collapsed in the 18th century, but its square foundations are still well preserved. Thanks to the excellent restoration, there are original water channels and pieces of the limestone ground presented under glass.

On the walls of the old Turkish building, there are kitabes, ('decorative stone panels') which served to decorate the building, containing Ottoman poetry. They also meant to be a sort of puzzle. By adding up the numerical values of the letters, one could solve the date of creation. There are few such surviving chronograms, but the red marble plate on the Veli Bej baths wall is one. In 1806, Count István Marczibányi donated the restored building to the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God. A stone tablet with the inscription "Dedicated to the Untreated Patients 1806" was placed at the entrance.

Good to know

The Veli Bej baths are attached to a hospital run by the Brothers Hospitallers; still, the bathing complex is open to the public. The spa is open mornings and afternoons; there is a technical break in the middle of the day to change the water. You will also get a locker number with your ticket; it is for safe storage of your belongings. You can stay in the baths for up to three hours, and the morning session is cheaper than the afternoon one. The spa cannot be used by children under the age of 14, even with parental permission.

Who should visit Veli Bej Baths

One of the great strengths of Veli Bej is precisely its unknownness. The spa preserves the heritage of Hungarian bathing culture better than any of its Budapest rivals, and its central pool under the vast dome evokes a different age and lifestyle. It is popular with a younger age group than the other Turkish baths. There is no need to fight packs of vacationists, and outside of peak hours, with a little luck, you can even enjoy the city's most cosy Turkish bath.

About the waters

  • Baths have their spring, the Hospitalers' spring. The water in the main pool, fed by the spring, changes four times a day altogether and is not chlorinated. All the other pools get their therapeutic water from the Lukács baths.
  • Waters are a member of the calcium-magnesium-bicarbonate family of waters.
  • They recommend them for rheumatic illness, post-operative rehabilitation, but not for drinking.
  • The main pool, for up to 20 people, is at 36-38°C, while the four smaller 4-person pools range from 23 to 40°C. The 6-person little pool is at 32°C. All the pools have a depth of 90 cm.
  • Mixed baths have a maximum occupancy of 80, with the same amount of lockers.
  • Services: sauna, infra sauna, steam chamber, various relaxation showers, family booth, weight bath, jacuzzi, resting tables, Kneipp thread pool, and underwater jet massage.

COVID-related information

Veli Bej Baths are currently closed until further notice.

How to get there and contact information

Europe's hottest thermal water at 77°C comes from a depth of 1246 metres at Széchenyi Baths. These baths are the largest medicinal ones in Europe, located on the Pest side of the city.

What is inside

Once you enter, you can choose to buy a ticket with locker only- or cabin option. The locker option means that you change first, then move your belongings to a cabinet which you secure with your proxy watch. Using a cabin costs more. The indoor baths offer a series of different bathing buildings. A beautiful columned steam room, with a large central pool, is followed by many plunge pools and saunas, in a different decor. There are a stuccoed buffet and other refreshment stalls around the outdoor pools, including a swimming pool, a fun pool, a sitting pool and two plunge pools. It is by one of these that men famously gather to play chess.

Széchenyi Baths Budapest
Széchenyi Baths Budapest - Photo Courtesy Alberto Martinez Subtil

History

Széchenyi Baths are all about the stunning architecture. The construction of the predominantly neo-classical, pastel-yellow painted buildings started in 1909, based on the plans by Győző Czigler. The artesian baths, which had cost almost four million gold crowns to complete, took Széchenyi's name in 1913. By 1919, it became so popular that it was receiving nearly 900,000 visitors a year. After the damage caused by World War II, they renovated, extended and modernised the baths several times. Most of its elements are still neo-Renaissance, giving an impression of eclecticism. There are many recurring motifs with aquatic animals, fish, shells and statues both of the external and internal decoration.

Who should visit Széchenyi Baths

There is a unique atmosphere at Széchenyi Baths with a high number of foreign visitors. Playing chess by locals in the pools have been a symbol of the bathing experience this city has to offer for decades. Being the largest complex in Budapest, visitors can enjoy some 18 pools and many saunas and steam rooms on almost 3,000 square meters.

About the waters

  • Two wells of their own are on-site. The first provides water at 74.5°C from a depth of 970 metres; the second contains the hottest thermal water in Europe at 77°C from a depth of 1246 metres. This supplies both the Széchenyi and other baths in the city.
  • Waters are calcium, magnesium, hydro-carbonate waters, also containing sodium and sulphate, with a significant content of fluoride and metaboric acid.
  • Drinking cures: the well offers healing water at the drinking hall on-site.
  • They recommend them for degenerative joint diseases, chronic and sub-acute arthritis, orthopaedic and post-accident treatments.
  • The overall area of the pools is 2,712 square metres, with eleven covered thermal pools at 28-40°C and two cold pools at 18-20°C. Outdoors, there is a proper 50m swimming pool, an activity pool, a thermal water one at 38°C and two immersion pools.
  • Services: steam chambers, saunas, aquafitness, weight baths, mud packs, private baths, underwater jet massage, underwater group physiotherapy exercises, medical therapeutic massage, powder massage, foot reflex-zone massage and more.

COVID-related information

Open every day, from 9 am - 7 pm. Wearing a mask is optional. However, the use of slippers is mandatory. Showering is necessary before using the pools. No cash payments accepted; you can use major debit and credit cards. Drinking well is not in use until further notice. Unavailable services: indoor thermal octagon pool, cascade sauna, multicoloured steam chamber, salt steam chamber, II. sauna and its plunge pool, program sauna, and the sun terraces.

How to get there and contact information

  • Address: 1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút 9-11.
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  • Telephone: +36 20 435 0051
  • Nearest Underground station: Széchenyi Fürdő station
  • Official Hungarian website: http://www.szechenyifurdo.hu/

St. Lukács Bath's water is believed to be the most effective of any of the baths in Budapest. Probably the most family-oriented and friendliest spa in the city.

What is inside

It would be worth rethinking the entrance, but everything is better inside: sports pools, the must-see thermal area, and a separate sauna empire in the curved building. The interior is elegant, with an indoor thermal section with pools ranging from 32°C to 40°C. There are saunas, areas for massage and mud treatments, and two outdoor swimming pools, decorated with the statue of a female nude, filling a watering can. Behind her is a plaque listing the famous people who have enjoyed the waters here, such as Zoltán Kodály.

They have been expanding the spa area continuously over the last century to find a colourful blend instead of a uniform image. During the spa's recent renovation, an adventure pool opened in the inner courtyard, which may seem like heresy at first. Still, there are a few better things than floating in the open air after some swimming. After the bath, the perfect closing program is to sit out in Lukacs's garden for a bit. A tall outside stairway leads up to the fitness- and sun terrace. Relaxing there is a pleasant stay, either in the sunshine or under the shade, overlooking the rooftops.

Lukacs Baths Budapest By Wikimedia Christo
Lukács Baths - Photo Courtesy Christo/Wikimedia

History

The Romans knew well what they were doing when it came to bathing and made use of the waters of the springs at the József hill's foot. Similar to the Veli Bej Baths, the Ottomans later built a tub next to the Gunpowder Mills, which was a byproduct of the water used to power the milling of grain and gunpowder manufacture. By the 20th century, they created a mud-bath, swimming pool, wellness hotel, and water therapy section. Since then, it became one of the top attractions in Budapest.

Who should visit Lukács Baths?

Lukács Baths are the friendliest and most family-oriented choice among the large, well-known baths of Budapest. The health function is still decisive in Lukács, and, like the other spas in the capital, there are many returning guests. Whatever time you arrive, you can be greeted by a severe social life inside, especially of course, around the steam baths. In the 32, 36, and 40 Celsius degree pools, one can feel as if have dropped into Buda's social centre. Probably the fewest tourists go to Lukács among the larger baths in Budapest. If arriving early enough, it is easy to avoid the crowds.

About the waters

  • Baths have their springs and wells within the grounds and get water from the Magda well on Margit Island.
  • They belong to a calcium-magnesium-bicarbonate group and contain sulphate alkalis and many fluoride ions.
  • Recommended for: degenerative joint complaints, chronic and acute inflammations of the joints, deformations of the spine, slipped discs, sciatica, skeletal calcium deficiency, and post-traumatic states.
  • You can drink them at the drinking hall on-site.
  • There are three therapeutic pools, at 32, 36, and 40°C, and one plunge pool at 25°C. Two open swimming pools, at 22 and 26°C, and a leisure pool are also available. You can also use a Kneipp pool.
  • No restrictions on capacity, with 160 available cabins.
  • Services: mud packs, weight baths, carbonated baths, therapeutic massage, underwater jet massage, group underwater therapeutic exercise, sauna, infra sauna, sauna room, chamomile steam room, ice machine, and a 'Himalaya' salt wall. There is also an outpatients' hospital within the baths.

COVID-related information

Open daily from 7 am - 7 pm. Drinking well available on Tuesday and Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. Wearing a mask is optional. However, the use of slippers is mandatory. Showering is necessary before using the pools. No cash payments accepted; you can use major debit and credit cards.

How to get there and contact information

  • Address: 1023 Budapest, Frankel Leó u. 25-29.
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  • Telephone: +36 1 326 1695
  • Nearest Overground station: H5 HÉV Margit Híd budai hídfő stop
  • Official Hungarian website: http://www.lukacsfurdo.hu/
Comparison of Budapest Baths

A quiet bathhouse enjoyed primarily by locals in the heart of Ferencváros, these baths are modest and the cheapest of all.

What is inside

For decades now, Dandár Street's Bath has not only been about cleanliness but also a spa with hot indoor and outdoor pools at 36°C and 38°C, sauna, and massage. There is also a cold plunge pool inside, and a buffet in the basement, but there is no swimming pool. The well-maintained yet simple building offers simplicity; other than locals, visitors come here because they don't want the glory of Gellért or Széchenyi Baths. Still, there are beautiful therapeutic waters and a sense of peace. This small bath can only receive a few hundred people a day.

Dandár Baths
Dandár Baths - Photo courtesy Budapest Gyógyfürdői Zrt.

History

The spa, which still has a homely atmosphere, may seem like a small district institution, and that is because they built it just for that. Between the two world wars, when total comfort was the privilege of only a few, public baths called folk baths were established in every district of Budapest to keep the population from being dirty, smelly, and sick. The building was primarily designed by Ferenc K. Császár in Art Deco style and built by Kálmán Maróthy. In 1978, following a thorough reconstruction, it was put in operation as a thermal bath.

Who should visit Dandár Baths

These baths have mainly local, elderly visitors, so anyone preferring a quiet bathing experience without glamour should go and enjoy Dandár.

About the waters

  • Since 2000, it has drawn its waters from a 372 metre deep well on the Duna promenade at 46°C.
  • Waters are calcium-magnesium-bicarbonate, containing sodium and high fluoride ion content.
  • They recommend them for degenerative joint illnesses, chronic and acute joint inflammation, slipped discs, and sciatica.
  • Drinking: the most excellent natural mineral waters from their drinking well are available to buy on site.
  • One of the therapeutic pools is at 36°C, the other at 38°C, while the plunge pool is at 20°C. The outdoor pools are at 36 and 38°C.
  • Services: sauna, aroma relaxing massage, powder massage, medical therapeutic massage, foot care, private baths, and underwater jet massage.

COVID-related information

Dandár Baths are currently closed until further notice.

How to get there and contact information

  • Address: 1095 Budapest, Dandár u. 3.
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  • Telephone: +36 1 215 7084
  • Nearest Underground station: Semmelweis Klinikák station
  • Official Hungarian website: http://www.dandarfurdo.hu/

The only iodine-bromide water spa in Budapest with significant content in salt opened in 2019 after renovation. Children and toddlers are allowed to use the facilities.

About the baths

There are four therapeutic- and four wellness pools available. Iodine-salt medicinal water is rare throughout the country. It is not to be found anywhere else in Budapest outside the 20th district, although it is suitable for gynaecological problems, ovarian and cystitis. Also, they recommend these waters for hypothyroidism; their anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and circulatory-improving effects are also well known. Iodine-salt water is perfect for men with prostate problems.

Pesterzsébet Spa Beach
Pesterzsébet Iodine-Salt Thermal and Open-air Bath - Photo Courtesy Budapest Gyógyfürdői Zrt.

Services

They offer sauna, underwater jet massage, therapeutic-, and other massages.

COVID-related information

Wearing a mask is optional. However, the use of slippers is mandatory. Showering is necessary before using the pools. No cash payments accepted; you can use major debit and credit cards. Certain services are restricted.

How to get there and contact information

After the renovation of the spa which was built in the 1550s, Rácz Baths are still yet to open. They completed the restoration in 2010, but due to never-ending legal disputes, the bathhouse has never started to operate.

History

According to medieval sources, there was already a bathhouse in this place during the reign of King Matthias. The construction of the spa began during the Turkish occupation in the 16th century. At the end of the 19th century, the octagonal dome hall stood. During the 18th century, this part of Buda, called Tabán, was inhabited by Serbs ('Rácz'), so the spa got named Rácz Baths.

Rácz Spa By Tamas Bujnovszky
Rácz Baths - Photo Courtesy Tamas Bujnovszky

The Aquincum Hotel

The Aquincum 5-star hotel with thermal bath is in pleasant surroundings at the Buda end of the Árpád Bridge. The hotel has more than 300 rooms and overlooks Margaret Island.

About the waters

  • Sourced from the Magda spring on Margaret Island.
  • Waters belong to the calcium-magnesium-bicarbonate group and contain sodium, potassium, iron, manganese and ammonium-hídrocarbonate.
  • They recommend them for post-operative and post-traumatic treatment, damage to spinal discs, inflammations of the joints and spinal problems.
  • There are four pools: the thermal at 38°C, the warm at 33°C, the jacuzzi at 35-36°C and the swimming pool at 26°C.
  • Services: They offer a complete range of therapy for the locomotive system, jacuzzi, sauna, infra sauna, steam bath, gym, various massage. Hotel guests can also take advantage of the therapy centre.

Danubius Hotel Helia

This 4-star conference and wellness hotel has more than 250 rooms and overlooks Margaret Island and the Buda hills. The therapy centre has its rheumatology and general medical clinic.

About the waters

  • Sourced from the Magda spring on Margaret Island, which provides the hotel with thermal waters at 70°C.
  • Calcium-magnesium-bicarbonate waters.
  • They recommend them for circulatory problems, locomotive system difficulties and post-operative rehabilitation.
    All the pools are inside, and the baths have two thermal pools, one at 32-34°C, and another at 36-38°C. The swimming pool is at 26-28°C.
  • Services: saunas, steam room, jacuzzi, solarium, infra sauna, foot care, various massages and day treatments, mud packs, weight baths, medical therapeutic massage, underwater jet massage. For hotel guests, the Spa & Fitness centre is free of charge.

Thermal Budapest baths and hotels with high dissolved mineral content, but not classified as therapeutic baths

Dagály Thermal Bath and Beach (classified as therapeutic baths):

1138 Budapest, Népfürdő u. 36

Csepel Spa:

1213 Budapest, Hollandi út 114.

Csillaghegy Spa and Pool:

1038 Budapest, Pusztakúti út 3.

Grand Margaret Island Health Spa Hotel:

1138 Budapest, Margaret Island.

Palatinus Beach:

1138 Budapest, Margit Island

Paskál Spa:

1140 Budapest, Egressy út 12.

Pünkösdfürdő Spa:

1039 Budapest, Királyok útja 269-271.

Római Spa:

1031 Budapest, Rozgonyi Piroska u. 2.

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