A MUST DO when visiting Budapest is to soak, relax and rejuvenate
in one or more, of the world’s most famous baths, which possesses
the most healing thermal water wells in the world!
Bath culture has been a part of Hungarian lives for centuries.
Officially winning the title of “Bath city” in 1934, Budapest
is the only capital in the world where nearly one hundred thermal
springs and twelve spas can be found and where Roman ruins and
Turkish baths are still in use.
What makes Budapest even more special is that it is the only big
city in the world that is so rich in medicinal water springs.
Every day nearly 70 million litres of thermal water comes from
the 118 natural sources and bored wells at 21-78°C.
People are also attracted to the baths because of their heritage,
Gothic and Baroque styles and that they are amazingly rich in
Art Nouveau architecture.
Baths we like include Széchenyi , Rudas and Gellért
Baths. It is said that the thermal water of the Széchenyi
and Rudas Baths raises the appetite and has aphrodisiac effects.
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WHAT TO TAKE
Swimming suit, flip flops/slippers, towel, shower gel, Huf (money)
IS THE BEST FOR VISITING THE BATHS?
Every season! The Széchenyi is the most interesting bath
in winter time, with men playing chess in the steaming pool. And
it is open until 10 p.m!
Make sure your devote at least two hours in the bath to fully
exploit the relaxing benefits of the baths, saunas, steam rooms
If you’ve never been to a bath before, just follow what the local
HOW MUCH DOES
A general admission ticket will vary depending on which bath you
go to and on which day. You can expect to pay between 2,000 –
4,000 Huf (7 -14 Euro).
Top picks, Budapest 2009
We've always loved this laid-back hostel - Budapest first! -
in a colorfully painted suburbain ' villa' in the south Buda
and we are happy to see more and more hostels are copying its
style. The Back Pack relatively small (50 beds), but the fun
spillout into a lovely garden with hammock, a yurt and Thai-style
lounging platform. The upbeat attitude of the friendly, much
travelled owner seems to permeate the place and the welcome
is always warm...
Lets Go Europe 2007.....Thumbs up!
Hostel life doesnt get much better than this laid back place,
which has themed dorms, genuinely helpful owner, and a common
room with movies, music, cheap bear and free internet. Reception
Rough guide 2010
Colourful and homely hostel on a tree-lined residential street
in Buda with themed dormitories, a wonderfully relaxes atmosphere
and a beautiful garden with hammocks strewn beautiful fruit