Széchenyi Thermal Bath
Right in the heart of Budapest – also known as the “City of Spas” – lies one of Europe’s largest bath complexes: the historical Széchenyi Thermal Bath. Built in 1913, it has become a bathing institution in Budapest, which is popular amongst locals and tourists alike. It is housed in a vast and beautiful neo-baroque palace and has 18 pools between 18 and 40 °C for swimming and immersion, 12 of which are filled with thermal water. The water contains a total of 1774,53 mg mineral per litre, which gives it its strong healing powers. It is ideal for people suffering from joint diseases, arthritis, digestive disorders, metabolic disorders, respiratory diseases or after orthopaedic and post-accident treatments. The bath tradition in Budapest actually started very early with the Romans who already appreciated the healing powers of the local thermal water.
At Széchenyi, guests await traditional and yet up-to-date health and wellness services. The bath disposes of one big swimming pool outdoors, two outdoor thermal pools, 15 indoor pools, sundecks and a bistro restaurant. In 1999 the bath was extensively renovated. Today, the pools include a whirling corridor, underwater effervescence production, a neck shower and underwater back massage hoses in the sitting banks.
The entry ticket includes the use of the different saunas, steam room, gymnastics and aqua fitness. Services further include massages such as aroma massage or the luxurious “Royal Thermal Massage”, pedicure and facial treatments. Széchenyi also houses a daytime outpatient hospital with a physiotherapy centre. Medical services include drinking therapy, balneotherapy, mud treatments, medical massages, underwater jet massage or a weight bath.
Aside from the beneficial effects of the water people like to come here simply to relax, catch up with friends or do some exercise. A typical image you might see is people playing chess in the water, which symbolizes the strong social importance of Széchenyi Thermal Bath.
Budapest is a city rich of sights and things to do, which makes it a very popular tourist destination. When you go there, do not miss the unique atmosphere of beautiful and historic Széchenyi Thermal Bath.