Address: Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 2-4.
The Gellért SPA is one of the best known and most favoured among the thermal baths of Budapest. It is in the same building as Hotel Gellért, which was built in 1918 in art nouveau style. The thermal water was already used in the middle ages, and during the Turkish occupation of Hungary in the 15th century a bath house was built on this spot. In the second world war the building was badly damaged, but later it was reconstructed and modernised preserving its oriental decoration and atmosphere. Today it has a thermal bath, a swimmingpool and an open-air section. The thermal water is used to cure nerve-system problems, respiratory diseases and locomotor disorders. It is definitely worth a visit because of its unique atmosphere.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6am to 7pm, Saturday to Sunday 6am to 5pm.
Address: Budapest,Állatkerti krt. 11.
Situated in the City Park, in a lush green area, the Széchenyi thermal bath is the largest bath in Europe. It was built in neo-baroque style between 1909 and 1913 and later enlarged. It consits of an in-door and an open-air part. Its water originates from the artesian springs of the City Park. The thermal water is effective in healing gynealogical, dermatological problems and diseases of the nervous and digestive system.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6am to 10pm, Saturday to Sunday 6am to 10pm.
Address: Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9.
Supplied by 21 different thermal springs, the Rudas Bath is one of the largest spas at the foot of the Buda hills. At this place there was a bath already in the 14th century, but it had a boost during the Turkish occupation in the 15-16th century. From the original building the dome is still preserved, and the bath is one of the most remarkable establisment from the Turkish era. The building has an octagonal structure and the main pool is lit through the dome by small octagonal holes.
Tub and thermal bath, sauna, dental shower and indoor swimmingpool serve for those who seek for recreation, healing and comfort. Its radioactive water heals all kind of rheumatic diseases.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6am to 6pm, Saturday to Sunday 6am to 5pm. Please note that on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only men can visit the bath, on Tuesdays only women can enter. Weekends are open for everyone.
Address: Budapest, Fő utca 82-86.
The most interesting thing about Király bath is that it has never had its own water supply. When the Turks occupied Buda, during the sieges they did not want to give up the pleasure of bathing. As a result of this they had a pipeline constructed, which led here the water of Lukács bath. It had an octagonal shape and the typical elements of the Turkish bath such as a huge dome with pillars, smaller niches and lancet windows were also found here. When Buda was liberated in 1686, the neighbouring buildings suffered serious damages but miracolously the bath survived. Later it had several owners, among them the most famous was the König (Király in Hungarian) family and today it is named after them. They had it rebuilt in classical style preserving some parts of the old Turkish building. The thermal water is effective in healing nerve problems, respiratory diseases and locomotor disorders.
Opening hours: for men 9am to 8pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; for women 8am to 7pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Sundays are open for everyone.