Thermal baths

Address: Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

- Expensive


Ease those aches with a wallow in warm, mineral-rich water.

Budapest likes to claim for itself the title of ‘spa capital of the world’ – and, with something like 40 baths fed by natural thermal water, who’s to argue with the boast? The Romans wallowed in the warm water, and several Turkish baths still remain from the 150-year period of Ottoman occupation. Purists love the Széchenyi Baths in City Park; housed in a massive Neo-Baroque pile, this is the largest spa in Europe and has indoor and outdoor pools – the latter popular even in the depths of winter.

Value for money

Price advice

Entrance 3,100 forints on weekdays and 3,250 forints at weekends; discount with Budapest Card.

Expert tips

Thermal baths usually offer partial refunds to bathers who leave within a certain time period.

The Gellért Baths is the city's best-known complex, but it's more expensive and often felt to be less 'friendly' than the Széchenyi Baths.

Among the Turkish spas are the Király and the Rudas.

There are reduced rates if you enter after 5pm.

Recommended for

  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Relaxation
  • Chilling out