(photo Flavio Spugna)
(36) 1 – 363 3210
H-1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 11
6:00am – 10:00pm Every Day
The Széchenyi Baths are the heart and soul of Budapest. Here one hears children giggling, lovers canoodling and old-men chatting. Truly a local hangout where you can be a part of the city, as opposed to a visitor to the city.
The Széchenyi Baths are in an exceedingly large neo-Baroque building, located on the edge of Varosliget (City Park). The same park of the Hősök tere (Heroes’ Square) and next to the Szepmuveszeti Museum (Museum) of Fine Arts and the Mucsarnok. In winter there is also an Ice Rink!
There are 3 outdoor pools! The one in the center is large & relatively cool in temperature and is used mostly for exercise (may people swimming laps). The two smaller side pools are much warmer. The far pool is quite fun and seems to be geared more towards youth, having a fast-jet spiral that draws raucus laughter out of those spinning through! The nearer pool is geared more towards sedate conversation, chess and a slightly more introspective crowd- with large gatherings of people in conversation or huddled around gaming tables. Of course there is plenty of cross-pollinating between all!
Inside, one can find Turkish-style thermal baths that contain heavy mineral spring water. There is also the normal assortment of treatments and therapies available. In summer, there is a rooftop deck open for sunbathing.
Bring swimsuit and flipflops with you. And if you go in winter – be prepared for steaming water, frigid air and to stay in the warm water for hours! (bring a robe)
Széchenyi is certainly one of the places not to miss when you travel to Budapest. Highest of our recommendations.