So your heading off to Budapest for the weekend, you want to experience a thermal bath, but you don’t speak Hungarian and you’ve got no idea what to do when you get there?. Here’s the how to guide to Budapest Bathing …
Along with your swimming costume , you’ll need flip flops , and don’t forget to bring a towel or ‘borrow’ one from your hotel.
If you want to use the swimming pool, most insist you wear a swim hat, but be warned swimming is for the serious lane runners here , there’s no frolicking around, keep that for the leisure pools or they’ll mow you down.
You can have your own private changing cabin or rough it in the communal changing rooms and a locker . If you have a cabin (highly recommended ) you just leave your stuff in there and lock the door.
The signs will naturally be in Hungarian, especially in the more local baths, but you can usually manage to figure it out.
Most baths will also offer massage services from around £20 /$35 per hour, just be warned you may be expected to go au natural, so it’s not for the faint hearted, but well worth it once you get over the whole naked thing.
So now your prepared , which bath do you choose ? Well that depends on your budget and what kind of experience your looking for. If you’ve got a Budapest Card Lukacs Baths gives you free entry, otherwise here a few others worth checking out….
The Széchenyi Thermal Baths
1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút 11.
Opening hours: 6.00 am to 10.00 pm daily
The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of the largest spa in Europe. It’s also the first thermal bath of Pest. Nicknamed the wedding cake and located within a park, it’s popular with tourists so you might miss the local experience.
1113 Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9.
Opening hours: varys check before you go
Rudas baths is the oldest thermal bath in Budapest , the main bathing area was built during the 16th century in the period of the Turkish occupation. Go here if you want the authentic local experience.
1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4
Opening hours: 6:00am – 8pm daily
Gellért Spa is part of the Gellert Hotel , and is open to the public. It’s famous for its main hall with gallery and glass roof, built in Art-Nouveau style.
1026 Budapest, Frankel Leó út 25-29
Opening hours: 6.00 am to 8pm daily
The Lukács Thermal Bath is one of the most historical baths in Budapest, as well as the place for the famous after hours Budapest Spaty.