Discover our best thermal spas in Budapest
What makes thermal bath holidays in Budapest so special?
Budapest's spa culture looks back on a tradition of thousands of years. Even the Celts, Romans and not least the Ottomans took advantage of the benefits of a thermal bath on body, mind, and soul and created several impressive bathing complexes. To this day, the oriental rites have remained alive in Europe's largest spa town. Bathing in one of the hot springs in Budapest ranks among the highlights of their holiday for many wellness and relaxation holiday makers. To this day, thermal baths are not only visited for the relief of complaints, but are also regarded as social meeting places.
The city, which is divided by the Danube into the areas of Buda and Pest, has even more to offer: Take a leisurely stroll along the riverbank, enjoy the view from the Fishermen's Bastion and be enchanted by the baroque buildings of the castle quarter. The Hungarian National Theatre Nemzeti, the magnificent domed roofs and pretty little cafés ensure a varied and relaxing thermal vacation at the same time.
Thermal water from Budapest
All year-round thousands of visitors travel to Budapest for a spa vacation. Because the thermal spring water in Hungary contains a large proportion of valuable minerals and therefore not only brings relaxation, but also has a pain-relieving and healing effect. The pools of the large thermal baths are filled with fresh spring water every day.
In Hungary's spas you can choose between pure medicinal water, mixed medicinal and thermal water or filtered thermal water. Curative water is water enriched with minerals, whose healing effects have been medically proven. Thermal water is natural, mineralised ground water whose temperature exceeds 30 degrees Celsius. Several million litres of thermal water gush out of the depths every day and supply about 40 baths in the area.
What does the thermal water from Budapest help with?
Since the thermal baths in Budapest are fed by various springs, the spring water is used to treat a wide range of health problems. For example, guests with locomotor, respiratory and circulatory problems often come to Budapest for a thermal therapy. The Hungarian spring water regenerates, stimulates and activates the whole body. At the same time, a bath in the thermal bath loosens the muscles and has a deeply relaxing effect.
Excellent spa hotels and sauna facilities
In Budapest you will find many well-equipped spa hotels, usually with inviting spa and wellness areas. Enjoy the pools and saunas provided and let your soul dangle in the comfortably warm pools. The rooms of your accommodation are equipped with all kinds of amenities and have everything you need for a relaxing spa vacation. Some of our hotels even have their own spa.
Other hotels are built right next to a thermal bath, which you can reach via a bathrobe corridor. Thermal hotels without a bathrobe corridor often offer a shuttle service that will take you to the nearest thermal spa as quickly as possible. Each of the thermal baths radiates its own personal charm. Therefore, it is always worthwhile to visit different baths to get an impression of the variety of baths in Budapest.
If you decide to take your thermal therapy directly at the hotel, you can look forward to an individually tailored treatment plan. The treatments are usually carried out under medical supervision. For an unforgettable stay, our spa hotels often offer the following extras:
Our Top Budapest Hotels at a glance
The best thermal baths in Budapest
The most famous thermal bath in Budapest is the Gellért Bath. The water is rich in minerals and is fed from the adjacent Gellért Hill. The bath was first opened in 1918, since then it has been modernised several times. The Gellért Bath has kept its stately style until today. Impressive mosaics, balconies and columns in art nouveau style give the pool its charm.
The spacious outdoor area with a large wave pool, which by the way was the first one worldwide, and several smaller pools invite you to swim and relax. Inside, you will find mixed pools and numerous hot pools, as well as saunas and steam baths to boost your metabolism. The well-kept Gellért Spa is a real gem that you should definitely visit during your wellness vacation!
In the center of the city lies the probably largest bathing complex in Europe. The Széchenyi Bath, called "Chenyi" by locals, extends over a spacious indoor and outdoor area. Decide for yourself whether you want to swim in one of the 18 swimming pools, relax in saunas or steam baths, or take part in aqua fitness. Massages and other beneficial wellness treatments are also available.
From the open-air pool you have a view of the neo-baroque palace, which makes the Széchenyi Bath so unique. The "Chenyi" spa, which incidentally offers barrier-free access to its pools, has the hottest thermal springs in Budapest with 75 degrees Celsius. The water bubbles to the surface from a depth of more than 1200 meters.
If you want to spend your thermal bath vacation in Budapest with children, this water park is just the right thing for you! The gigantic thermal bath Aquaworld inspires with 17 indoor and outdoor pools on five floors. Indulge yourself with a massage or a neck shower in the Aquaworld adventure pool.
Far away from the hustle and bustle of the adventure pool, Aquaworld's Oriental Spa offers an oasis of peace. Various swimming pools and a separate sauna world with steam bath, ice chamber and crystal sauna provide for your well-deserved time-out. Meanwhile, adventures in the form of 11 exciting slides, a surf pool and a huge water playground await the youngsters. Have fun at the Aquaworld!
The most exciting sights in Budapest
The fairy tale Fishermen's Bastion is definitely one of the most famous sights of the Hungarian capital. On the one hand the building offers fantastic views of Pest and especially of the magnificent Hungarian Parliament, on the other hand it is the architecture that fascinates the visitors. The seven towers of the neo-romantic ensemble represent the original Hungarian tribes that founded the country in 1895. The name "Fishermen's Bastion" comes from a fishermen's guild that once defended the town against invaders.
Fans of the King of Pop might still know this place from the music video for Michael Jackson's song "History". Even today the Heroes' Square is still a highlight in Budapest. The central monument consists of a 36-meter-high column with the archangel Gabriel, who holds the national symbols of Hungary. The statues of seven Hungarian tribal princes can be seen in front of the column. The huge square is framed by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Marncsarnok Art Gallery. Behind the square is the beautiful city park of Budapest.
What you should definitely see in Budapest? We think: everything! That's why you'll find the best panorama from the highest point of the city, the Gellért Hill. It was named after Giorgio di Sagredo, the Saint Gellért, who according to legend was pushed to death by this mountain. A hike to the top of the mountain is definitely worthwhile: from the Statue of Liberty erected there, you have a view of all the important sights of Budapest, including the Danube bridges, the Castle Palace and the Gellért Hotel with thermal baths.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge
Of nine Budapest bridges, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge is probably the most famous crossing of the Danube in the Hungarian capital. It was already built in the middle of the 19th century and for the first time connected the two provincial cities of Buda and Pest, which were able to develop into a common metropolis through the construction of the bridge. After the bridge was destroyed in the Second World War, it was rebuilt. Thanks to its impressive lighting, the Chain Bridge is a real eye-catcher especially at night. The structure is a proud 375 meters long and weighs about 2,000 tons.
3 reasons for at thermal bath holiday in Budapest
Budapest has always enchanted people with its very special charm. Besides wonderfully relaxing moments in the historical thermal baths of the Hungarian metropolis, you can experience much more in Budapest: Fascinating buildings, beautiful landscapes and a packed calendar of events await you.
You certainly know some classics from the Hungarian cuisine: Among the culinary highlights are hearty dishes like the popular goulash, hearty fish soups and the typical Hungarian salami. In Hungary, people prefer to cook with paprika. The colourful vegetables are omnipresent on the country's menus and markets. Hungary is also a popular wine growing region.
Discover the architectural diversity of the Hungarian capital: the architectural buildings of the old bathing culture alone are real eye-catchers. Budapest also inspires with nine Danube bridges, the St. Stephen's Basilica in Pest, the Fishermen's Bastion and the magnificent Andrássy Street. Many of the most interesting buildings were built between 1890 and 1940, during the city's heyday.
In the Hungarian metropolis there is something happening all year round: Around 200 museums and galleries, 40 theatres, 7 concert halls and the opera house offer a varied programme from spring to winter. Want some examples? Every two years the International Circus Festival with artists from 18 countries takes place in Budapest. In spring, Easter markets, spring festivals and the Budapest Dance Festival attract visitors. Other highlights are the carnival, the Night of the Museums and the Christmas markets.
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Which are the top spas in Budapest?
- Gellért Thermal Baths
- Széchenyi Spa
- Veli Bej Spa
- Rudas Spa
- Lukács Spa
- Király Spa