Spas of Budapest
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was the first to proclaim: "Nature is the physician of our diseases". Mother Nature has been especially bountiful towards Hungary: the country sits on one of the richest geothermal and medicinal water resources in the world. The local culture of bathing goes back two thousand years; excavated remains of bath houses, frescoes and mosaics demonstrate that the Romans discovered and exploited these thermal water resources.
Hungarian water is not just for splashing – it can be soothing too. The country is blessed with an abundance of natural thermal springs, which emerge at a temperature of 86°F/30°C and are full of salts and minerals.
Hungarian springs have supported a bathing culture dating back to Roman times. Whether you're after relaxation, refreshment, rejuvenation or recovery, Hungary will not fail to meet your needs. Many towns have thermal baths of some sort, providing not only the chance to soak away those aches but also to take advantage of massages, saunas and perhaps more advanced treatments such as pearl baths and Kneipp treatments. The water can be used to ease specific medical complaints (including muscular, arthritic, gynaecological and skin conditions) or simply to pamper the body. In addition to the public baths, over 50 spa hotels have been constructed, allowing guests to tailor their holidays around the beneficial effects of the springs.
Széchenyi Medical Thermal Bath
One of the largest bathing complexes in Europe, the premier medical bath of Pest- Its thermal springs were discovered in 1879; they are the deepest and hottest ( 74 - 75 C. ) thermal wells in the capital. The neo - Baroque baths were built in1913, the swimming pool in 1927. The open - air sections with their pleasantly warm waters are equally popular in winter.
Gellért Thermal Bath
One of most popular baths for tourists visiting Budapest. The medical spring here was already famed in the 13th century. The spa is decorated with a wealth of original Art Nouveau furnishings, artistic mosaics, stained glass windows and sculptures, although the interior of the hotel built alongside has lost many of these fittings over the years.
Lukács Thermal Bath
This bath was built in Turkish era, but there was a medical center already in the 12th century. Lukács was renewed in 2012, and now it's a classical, but also international quality spa with swimming pool, fun-pool, medical thermal pool and weight-bath. There are also salt wall, sauna, Kneipp pool and lounge.
Rudas Thermal Bath
The bath was built in 1550, and then reconstructed by Pasha Sokoli Mustafa in 1566. Some of the Turkish-period features are still used today: the octagonal pool, the four small corner pools, each with water of a different temperature, and the characteristic Turkish dome. In its drinking hall, the water of the springs Hungária, Attila and Juventus can be consumed for the purposes of a drinking cure. In the bath, there is a daytime outpatient hospital operating with a complex physiotherapy department. Rudas is open at night every Friday and Saturday - let's go night bathing!
Open Air Strands
Strands are large open air pool parks only operating from late spring till the end of summer. The five greatest are the Római, Paskál, Palatinus on Margaret Island, Csillaghegyi and Pünkösdfürdői. Some of them have slides, experience pools, soccer courts or grass fields, food stands, thermal pools.
Modern spas in Budapest
Spa of the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Budapest
Mandala Day Spa
Aquaworld Budapest, water park
Magnolia Day Spa
Hungary, the land of hot water springs and thermal baths, hosts a unique party series that has been transforming bath culture and Budapest night life for more than a decade. Cinetrip is an audio-visual genre, which brings the atmosphere of the heroic-archaic ages of the cinema to the audience through the means of modern technology with DJs, live acts, fire dancers, air acrobats, water ballet, oriental style belly dancers. From 2013 these parties are organised in the renewed Likács Bath. They also provide massage and various surprise activities. You can buy any kind of drinks and sandwiches, and naturally all pools are open! For dates follow: www.cinetrip.hu
Aquaworld also organises night bath and sparties, called Splash Night Slide Party. The night is ll about having fun with dj, lights, cocktails and salsa dancers among the slides, wave pool, adventure pool, jacuzzi and saunas. For dates follow: www.aqua-world.hu