Hungary is the land of medicinal waters with having over than 125 thermal springs throughout the country, of which 118 have been established in Budapest. The Hungarian capital is the number one European city with having the most natural water and thermal springs bursting up to the surface. No other city has as many thermal baths offering relaxation than Budapest. Hungarian Spa culture began over 2000 years ago when Romans took advantage of these powerful medicinal waters, as did the Turks who extended the bathing culture in Budapest. Bathing in these waters not only effective for healing the human body, but also allows to experience the historic and ancient ambience.
One of the best known baths in Budapest is Széchenyi Thermal Bath located in the 14th district in City Park. Széchenyi thermal bath is the largest bathing complex in Europe and provides 76 Celsius thermal water coming from 1246 meters deep to the surface from Budapest’s second deepest well. The bathing complex welcomes guests in 21 pools, offering wellness and health care services, sauna, aerobic and water gymnastics. The outdoor pools equipped with chessboards fascinates visitors to watch players how they play. Given the healing composition of Széchenyi Bath’s water it is recommended for joint diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and the water from the drinking well is perfect to treat stomach diseases. Address: 1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút 9-11. Official website: http://www.szechenyibath.hu/
The world famous Gellért Thermal Bath is a well-known bathing establishment, located on the beautiful part of the Danube Bank. Gellért bath is welcoming guest in 12 pool all together and has been providing wellness, relaxation and family programmes for visitors since 1918. The water supply of the bath is ensured by the hot springs coming from Gellért Hill, and due the water’s rich mineral composition it is suggested for the healing of degenerative joint diseases, chronic arthritis and neuralgia. This historical and iconic building has become world famous for its Art Nouveau interior design and surroundings. Address: 1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi street 4. Official website: http://www.gellertfurdo.hu/
Built more than 400 years ago in the period of the Turkish occupation, Rudas Thermal Bath has still preserved its Turkish style and medieval atmosphere. Located on the foothill of Gellért Hill, Rudas bath welcomes guests in both in thermal and wellness departments featuring modern and Turkish architectural styles. The centrepiece of the thermal department is the traditional Turkish octagonal pool sustained by 8 pillars, and the outstanding panoramic rooftop established on the wellness section provides a unique experience for all guests. Rudas bath offers visitors high quality services, such as medical and refreshing massages as well as health care treatments with mountain herbs and Hungarian wines. Address: 1013 Budapest, Döbrentei Square 9. Official website: http://en.rudasfurdo.hu/
Lukács Thermal Bath has been operating since the Turkish era, inviting visitors to its modernized swimming pool section and thermal bath complex. The medicinal water here is considered to be the most effective waters in Budapest. The healing energy of the springs have provided a successful healing cure to most visitors, and as a gesture of their gratitude they placed marble tablets on the walls of the bath’s backyard. Address: 1023 Budapest, Frankel Leó street 25-29. Official website: http://www.lukacsfurdo.hu/
A lesser known thermal bath located in Buda, close to Margit Bridge is the Veli Bej Spa of the Saint John of God Brothers. The bathing establishment invites visitors to relax in its historic and Turkish surroundings, offering a wide range of spa services. With its traditional Turkish bath department provides five pools, an octagonal pool in centre and four other bathing chambers. Address: 1023 Budapest, Árpád Fejedelem street 7. Official website: http://www.irgalmasrend.hu/site/velibej/sprachen/en