The Thermal Baths of Budapest


Szechenyi Bath and Spa, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

We had a really nice weekend in Budapest. The highlight of the visit was our trip to the Szechenyi Bath. The city is famous for its thermal pools and this one is its most famous. As you can see from above, the pools are inside a beautiful. old building from the turn of the century. You can see the steam rising from the outdoor pools. The spa is located in a big park near the zoo and the statue square.

It is a strange experience for an American. They are open to the public and it costs around 10 Euros to enter. You can either get a private cabin or a rent a locker. There were probably about 500-600 people, but the pools are so big it didn’t feel too crowded. It was a cold night (-2C) and it is a bit dodgy heading out to the pools from the locker room, but once you hit the 38C water, it is quite heavenly.

The Spa is a great example of Neoclassical architecture.

The kids absolutely loved it. We went to the various pools, both indoor and outdoor. My favorite was the “whirlpool” that sends out a fast current that pushes people around in a circle. It is hilarious to be bumping into people.

I highly recommend visiting one of the many thermal pools in the city. It is a great thing to do on a cold winter’s evening. It is very relaxing and got us very hungry.

Nemi and Kralovecs Feeling Refreshed

It was a great day indeed, which included drinking mulled wine at the Christmas Market and a Mexican dinner at Iguana’s, one of our favorite restaurants in Budapest.

Roasted “Kurtos” Bread is a Kralovec Family Favorite

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