Budapest is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for the traveler-souls lately. As a typical European city, it is situated by the river. In Budapest example, the river is Danube: The second longest river in Europe! The Danube, which passes through several cities in several countries, divides the city of Budapest into two: Buda for the west bank of the river and Pest for the east bank. These two central areas of the city along the river are the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even just this state could give an idea about how fascinating Budapest is!
You wıll have several reasons to vIsIt Budapest
Danube River dividing the city into two while beautiful bridges connecting the Buda and Pest parts back again. Magnificent Neo-Gothic building of Hungarian Parlament, ruin bars in different concepts, thermal baths can be visited year-long, vibrant city life, and so on… But this time, I will focus on unique thermal baths of the city as a must-see place.
Budapest, with its 125 geothermal springs, gains a deserved reputation as “City of Spas.” These springs produce 70 million liters of thermal water a day! Some of these waters have medicinal values because of their mineral contents. Therefore the thermal baths are commonly used not only by the visitors but also by the locals.
There are several thermal baths spread on both sides of the city. Although the most popular ones are dating back to Ottoman times, the baths and spa culture is much older. It is known that the Romans, even the Celts, were enjoying this source of hot waters centuries ago.
Here Is a glImpse of the most popular and beautıful thermal baths In Budapest.
Don’t skip to visit one or more in your possible travel to Budapest.
Szechenyi, dating back to 1913, is the largest spa complex in Europe and the most popular of all in Budapest. It has 15 indoor and 3 outdoor pools as well as steam rooms, saunas, massage rooms, and aqua fitness center. During all the day, you can jump from one pool to another one swimming, enjoying the warm, blue water with the yellow background of Neo-Baroque style building. It is possible to see locals playing chess by the pool, even in the wintertime. If you wish to enjoy the pool at night as well, you can join a pool party held on Saturdays.
Gellert Bath is located on the Pest side of the city and built between 1912 and 1918 with the stunning details of the Art-Nouveau style. Colorful tiles on the walls and vault ceilings, mosaics on the floor are also there to fascinate you more about the place and enjoy the aura.
Kiraly Bath is the oldest thermal bath of Budapest built at the beginning of the 16th century under the Ottoman rule. Typical architectural elements of Turkish hamams can be seen here with its big dome and small holes covered with glass for the daylight and central octagonal-shaped pool.
Lukacs Bath is one of the oldest baths in Budapest. When it was first opened in 1894, it was the biggest and the most popular bath, and it was like a meeting point for the writers and artists of that time. Lately, it is commonly used by locals, but tourists also choose this bath for the pool parties at night.
Rudas Baths is another Ottoman hamam built in the 16th century. After the restoration in 2006, it is back to use of people after a hundred years with its main pool and six therapy pools. Rudas thermal bath is the only one in Budapest that men and women have different days of the week for using the thermal baths.
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