WATCH: The baths of Budapest - where to cool off and where to heat up

2019-07-06 12:30 - Marisa Crous
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Budapest has many nicknames. One of them is 'City of Spas'. The city is home to several thermal baths as it has 1000 natural spring water sources under the city.

When visiting Budapest, be it in summer or winter, one simple has to take a dip in the historic baths.

Two of the most famous baths are the Szechenyi Spa Baths and the Gellért Thermal Baths and Spa - and I visited both on a recent trip. 

Why choose Szechenyi Spa Baths?

It has 15 indoor baths and 3 grand outdoor pools; plus you can also indulge in spa treatments at a relatively low cost.

However, the outdoor pools are rather warm during summer, so I would rather recommend heating up in them in winter. 

These baths are the most famous ones in Budapest, so be sure to go there early to secure yourself a sun lounger outside.  

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Cost

Around R300 for the day.

Why choose Gellért Thermal Baths and Spa?

This is the most famous Art Nouveau thermal bath and spa in Budapest. It has 10 pools of various sizes and temperatures. It is ridiculously beautiful.

I prefer this one as it has a lovely indoor pool which is cool and calm. The lifeguards are very strict and don't allow any chaos. 

It was just the perfect break I needed from the warm summer weather outside. 

Cost

Around R350 for the day.

TIP: Take your own towel, flip-flops and swimming cap – otherwise you must rent it at a hefty cost.

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