Hungarian spas hold high esteem among many Europeans as well as tourists from every part of the globe. With its abundant supply of natural curative hot thermal waters, thousands of repeated visitors flock each year in the area.
There is even a saying that in Hungary, it is enough to push a simple stick into the ground and up will come glorious thermal waters!
The attractive city of Budapest is arguably Europe’s best thermal spa city. Budapest will definitely satisfy your thermal-bath needs since it has more than 15 custom spas to choose from.
The Szechenyi Thermal Bath Spa
The attractive city of Budapest is arguably Europe’s best thermal spa city. Budapest will definitely satisfy your thermal-bath needs since it has more than 15 thermal bath spas to choose from.
The most popular of these is the Szechenyi Baths (Szechenyi Gyorgy furdo es Strandfurdo), which lies in the pleasant city park.
A must-see for any visitors of Budapest, The Széchenyi Thermal Baths is one of the largest spa complexes in Europe. It is located just at the north-east of the city and is alight at the metro stop of the same name.
The Széchenyi palace’s facade is painted with a rich bright yellow colour to resemble the summer retreat of a decadent Roman Emperor. And just like a Roman Emperor, you’ll truly feel majestic as you head inside this palatial complex.
Thermal pools, saunas, frigidaria, steam rooms, mineral pools and showers await you there! You can even stay outside, sunbathe and swim in the pool that is surrounded by baroque statues and bronzed bodies. Also, statues of water gods and dolphins that surround the three outdoor pools are entertaining.
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The Széchenyi Thermal Baths features more thermal pools that you can probably count on your fingers. Also, worth-noting is its numerous steam rooms and saunas which have become a major tourist-favourite.
For many, the highlight of The Széchenyi Baths are its two thermal outdoor pools. These outdoor pools are enclosed in a courtyard, thus truly becoming an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the city-life.
You may choose to dip in its warm pool at 30° C (34° C in winter), with a Jacuzzi and lazy river in the centre – or you may find yourself drawn to the steaming 38° C pool. There you will find some local men playing chess on the edges, their backs burning red in the sun.
Obviously, they are not bothered by the 20-minute maximum duration advised in this pool.
You might observe that the very hot baths have a green tinge to them, of which manifests that there is a certain amount of pond life floating around its waters. This can be baffling but is definitely nothing to worry about.
Once you enter through the swimming baths entrance, you may think that the three outdoor pools are all there is in the area. Just wait until you go up one of the two staircases into the Turkish bathhouse – and Voila! A labyrinth of indoor pools and saunas will definitely astound you!
These pools vary in size as well as in temperature, given that one is scorching 40° C down to what feels like an icy 20° C.
Also, you should never miss the neck and back massaging showers near the outdoor pool. Plus, for complete relaxation, do try some of their services such as fat-burning, weight, body-toning gymnastics and aqua aerobic with trained instructors. Finnish sauna, Thai massage, foot massage, medicinal massage, weight bath and tub-bath treatment are also available in The Széchenyi Baths.
The Széchenyi Bath is definitely perfect for a fun-filled day of relaxation and splashing!
If you’re desperate to experience more of Hungarian Spa culture outside of the capital city Budapest, head West to the famous Spa town of Heviz where you can swim in Europe’s largest thermal lake and stay at one of the many Heviz Hotels with their own thermal spas.