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Széchenyi Thermal Bath
Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Széchenyi Thermal Bath

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Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary
+36 1 363 3210
http://www.szechenyibath.hu/
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Myself and a girlfriend spent a weekend in Budapest in November. These baths were a perfect place to visit for a few hours, especially as it pretty much rained the whole time we ... Read more
were there! We didn't get to enjoy the famous outdoor pool which you see in photos. Regardless there are plenty of awesome saunas, hot pools and showers inside. The building itself is beautiful.

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Singapore

Really big public bath house with some outdoor pools and various indoor pools. Quite crowded but the architecture of the bath house was so beautiful it's not to miss!

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Porto

One of the best experiences in Budapest is definitely the termal baths! Széchenyi is a must go! Beautiful building, the outside pool is where you must be! Beautiful surroundings! You may even drink a beer outside the pool. There are inside pools, not so interesting, and even a beer spa!
Great experience!!

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Local from Budapest

One of the oldest bathes in Budapest. The water is warm, so going there in the spring and automn when the sun is shining is perfect. Can buy beer, sandwich inside.

There are also spa parties in the evening.

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Local from Budapest

A beautiful historical spa in heart of Budapest. It's perfect during the day, however on weekends there is a spa party there. It's full of drunken people, the water is very dirty.

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Menlo Park

One of the largest thermal baths and probably the most famous, these baths are spread out all over Budapest. They are a great way to relax and rejuvenate. The prices range from 5 Euro to 20 Euro, the larger ones tend to attract lots of tourists, but the smaller ones are more cozy and cater much more to the locals.

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Copenhagen

This amazing complex, which is also one of the largest in Europe, provides all kinds of treatments to make your stay as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible. By far it's my favorite bath in Budapest, the building is stunning, the restaurant has good food, ice cold beer and the outdoor pools are great fun. Talking about beer, they have a beer spa, you pay an extra Euro 20 for 45 min of free flow of craft beer :) One more point, it is the first thermal bath built in Pest.

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Anchorage

The mineral waters of Europe's largest medicinal bath are sourced from two hot springs under Budapest. While there are several excellent thermal baths around the city, you'll likely have the most fun at Széchenyi. Built in the Neo-baroque style, you'll probably never have a more atmospheric outdoor soak in your life. Inside there are baths with differing degrees (including cold) as well as saunas and steam rooms. Plan several hours for this outing. In the winter it's an even better experience due to the cold air temperature.

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Santa Clara

Came here because they were advertising a beer spa experience! I was hoping to be soaking in a tub full of hops, but really they give you a soak with all the ingredients in a powder form. The smell isn't overtly beer-like either.

Otherwise, I do appreciate the privacy and intimacy of the space. I shared the beer tap with another guy in another tub, but otherwise, I had the pleasure of reading my book while soaking in the tub in relative quiet.

As for the rest of the bath, I appreciated that your changing room was also your locker. You have to ask the attendant to lock and unlock your door for security.

It was confusing to find the outdoor pool, but you go to the very ends and enter what looks like a dead end, but is actually the entrance to the outdoor pools. The outdoor pool temperature was very nice. The fountain provided a very nice massage. If you are short though, you may drown instead of getting a massage.

The indoor pools were...crowded and dirty. Unfortunately, I felt very uncomfortable sitting in a pool with obvious amounts of dirt and leaves from the outdoor.

This is a famous bath house, and a large on at that. I now know that I appreciate smaller and cleaner bath houses for my pleasure.

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Melbourne

Myself and a girlfriend spent a weekend in Budapest in November. These baths were a perfect place to visit for a few hours, especially as it pretty much rained the whole time we were there! We didn't get to enjoy the famous outdoor pool which you see in photos. Regardless there are plenty of awesome saunas, hot pools and showers inside. The building itself is beautiful.

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Los Angeles

I think this place is pretty fantastic and a great way to relax on your travels. Getting the day pass with cabin (small changing room) was totally worth the comfort and convenience.

You get plastic bracelets to open up your locker our cabin. There's boxes along the halls where you press the bracelet so it can find you an empty stall and that becomes your place to change and leave your stuff.

Outside are three pools, one for actual swimming laps (caps are required to use that one), one that has a fun ring of current you can spin around in, and one that's a thermal bath that is very warm and cozy. It's hard to find an open lawn chair, so snag what you can.

Once inside you'll find a bunch of smaller pools of various sizes and temperatures, along with a steam room and saunas. Have fun switching between them all!

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Merriam

A must do when in Budapest, just don't have high expectations. Expect a long lint to get in, and for a bit of disorganization. Cabins are nothing more than a very small closet to change in and store stuff.

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Washington, D.C.

Budapest is known for its abundance of thermal spas. This massive spa complex is comprised of a huge outdoor pool, indoor thermal baths and steam rooms. Towels and lockers can be rented so don't worry about carrying one around town. The outdoor pool is a welcome site on hot summer days as crystal blue waters are surrounded by iconic yellow buildings and locals and travelers mingle.

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Our family went with our 2 girls - 10 and 14. It was our kids' highlight for Budapest. The huge, thermal pool outdoors was a giant hot tub, the main pool (our favorite) had jets to push you in a circle. We rented one cabin (recommended) to change and store stuff. Indoor thermal pools good too. Bring your own towel and flip flops. Fun watching locals play chess. Spent all afternoon and loved it.

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Angra Dos Reis

Very disappointing! Pools were very dirty, with weed even. The place was way too crowded to be enjoyed... It was the worst bath from all we'd visited although the most famous and expensive one. The sunset from the outside pool was the nicest thing about it.

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The San Francisco Bay Area

This thermal bath is stunning! It's massive with many indoor thermal baths, saunas and steam rooms. There's a bath for every temperature from chillingly cold to absolutely scalding hot.

Outdoors, find two large thermal pools. One is more of the quiet pool and features a couple of chess boards built into the pool, so you can play while taking a dip.

Best of all, there's a 'fun' pool with a massive whirl pool in the center that's like a fast moving, heated lazy river. It's so fun! Also, there's some cool fountains that spout up water in this pool, and they change colors at night.

The thermal baths are part of the local culture, and this is a can't miss sight. Make sure you visit a thermal bath; if not this one, then another one. There's a thermal bath for every style of traveler.

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Local from Budapest

Széchenyi Thermal Bath is o­ne of the largest spa complexes in Europe. Its outdoor pool with the steam rising from its surface on winter nights and the complacent elderly men playing chess in the water is a world famous symbol of Budapest. The bath in Városliget was built in neo-Baroque style at the beginning of the 20th century. Numerous indoor and outdoor pools, a thermal and a wellness department (steam room, sauna etc.), medical care, therapies guarantee the perfect visit. The open-air pool is open in the winter as well, so you can enjoy its hot water even if its -10°C outside. The bath is increasingly popular among foreigners as well - a visit here is a solid point on your Budapest schedule both in summer and winter.

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London

Wonderful baths that date from the Roman era. Reminds you that Budapest was for centuries one of the most civilised cities in Europe. Can be enjoyed any time of year.

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San Diego

We were there in the dead of winter and had a blast trying out the different pools. Some are almost too hot, but we really enjoyed the one that is like a whirlpool. Make sure you bring some water shoes because the cobblestones get really cold. The locker room experience is a little bit awkward, but other than that it is a great way to spend an afternoon relaxing.

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Berlin

For my first thermal bath experience, this was pretty good. It was pretty crowded but still pretty good.
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The Finnish sauna is huge and great with a cold dunk pool right next to it. The aromatherapy sauna was also great but small so there was often a queue to get in. I really liked the outdoor heated bath with fountain.
Not so favorites:
Things just seemed a bit scuzzy which is understandable considering how many people were going in and out of the baths.
The steam rooms were WAY too hot and most people walked in and right out again. They were not regulated well and seemed quite dangerous.
Would I go there again? Maybe, but considering it's the most expensive thermal bath in town, probably not.

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New York City

I'm a sucker for thermal baths and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath doesn't disappoint. This sprawling compound has so many different rooms and baths that I couldn't list them all from you, but once you get through all the indoor rooms, you should definitely head out to the inner courtyard and enjoy the outdoor pools.

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Aliases: Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool, Széchenyi thermal bath, Baños Széchenyi

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