Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Budapest

3.8
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Take time to visit the beautifully constructed Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the largest medicinal bath in Europe. The thermal water flowing at this spa comes from two springs and contains natural healing elements that are said to help lessen inflammation, joint illnesses, and other medical problems. Stunning Neo-Baroque buildings built in 1913 surround the outdoor pools, which are filled with steaming hot water. Watch locals playing chess, step into the indoor pools, take a seat in the saunas and steam rooms, or schedule a massage for the full spa experience. Make Széchenyi Thermal Bath a centerpiece of your Budapest vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Budapest driving holiday site .
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  • Put it on your ‘to do list’. We went early in the morning (7am) and I think that is advisable- no crowds to contend with and we only had to share the pool with a couple of other people. One problem wa...  more »
  • We experienced almost non stop rain whilst visiting Budapest, so a trip to the baths was a good idea. They are so easy to find - a trip on the underground followed by a 5 minute walk. There are numero...  more »
  • The most typical thing to do in Budapest and although I had my reservations is 100% recommended, and even more so if it is cold outside or even raining, where you can perfectly in the outdoor pools. The normal entrance costs 5500 ft per person and the truth that I did not see any queue and there are many entrances around the bathrooms. After changing you will pass to a locker area that works with the bracelet that you have given when you enter. Inside: Dozens of swimming pools, contrast showers and saunas and on the outside the swimming pools of the photos. In the building opposite the pool you can eat something (survival food). I recommend taking apart from the swimsuit and flip-flops the towel but also have them there low cost. On the other hand, they have hairdryers and free clothes on the side of the changing rooms.
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  • It’s an interesting experience to do while visiting Budapest. The complex has three outdoor pools and a series of interior pools of different temperatures which are all sourced from the thermal waters below. Because the thermal waters have natural minerals on it, they are believed to have medicinal powers. However, this also means that the water has a funky smell to it. There are also saunas (steam and dry) with different temperatures. I bought the tickets online with a private cabin to change which I recommend to purchase in order to avoid the lines.
  • Great experience. Positives The outdoor baths are completely worth it. Indoor baths provide a nice contrast from the outdoor baths. Go early in the morning and when it's slightly chilly outside. Feels great! Sit in the sauna. Couldn't do it too long but it's phenomenal. Can spend a good amount of time if you come with someone. Negatives Get all the stuff you need because the price for a flip flop was extortionate. Signs need to be better because the place is a maze. Staff could be a little friendlier but you don't interact with them much beyond getting your stuff at the start.
  • This place was awesome! There are lots of people here but because of it's vastness, there was tons of space to explore, soak, float and swim. My husband and I spent 45 minutes in the beer spa, which was totally worth the 50 euros. We had our own tub for the 45 minutes, had our own beer draft and snacks- all in a totally private room. We will be back. Totally recommend!
  • It was nice baths, and the water and the decoration of the place was great. It was beautiful. But but! They really could I. Prove their service! And the cabins were so small, their shower rooms was horrible. It was not luxury at all. The place really need some improvement of their changing room and their shower room. It was old and looked like something kids have in their gymnastic centers in elementary school. It was really amateur. And it was so expensive to borrow towels. So in all they could make some improvements. Otherwise nice baths and worth it to visit.. But don't expect any warm hearted service or luxury like it seems to be.
  • It's overpriced for what it is. Fortunately we came early which at least gave us a good two hours where it wasn't too busy. I'd recommend you get the ticket in advance - no waiting time with the voucher we bought at the hotel for the same price and only get one cabin. Bring your own towel! Huge disadvantages: they don't care about cellphone and camera usage in any of the areas, resulting in being filmed all the time (primarily by Asian tourists). Many young kids that can't behave in the already overcrowded pools. The premises completely lack of description signs and maps in English language. Staff doesn't talk (of doesn't want to talk) English. Water contains visible debris (silicone and other stuff that you can't even identity). The floors never get swept so it gets dirtier and dirtier over time. Showers near our cabins were out of order. Now the good: the steam cabins were good, showers throughout the building were usually working, the architecture is quiet nice. I think that some of the stuff would be simple to fix for them.
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