Spas of Budapest

SAM_3961Budapest can rightly be called the city of spas, and the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Its water is supplied by two thermal springs, their temperature is 74 °C (165 °F) and 77 °C (171 °F), respectively. At the time, back in 1881, it was called “Artesian Bath”. The year of 1999 saw a complete reconstruction of the swimming pools. Water filtering and circulation devices were added, and the fancy bath received high standard equipment and modern elements. The renovation and reconstruction work continues, partially closing down different sections each year.

The hot spring contains a significant amount of fluoride and metabolic acid, along with calcium, magnesium, hydro-carbonate, sodium and sulphate ? effective to cure degenerative illnesses of joints, as well as chronic and semi-acute arthritis. It is also fit for orthopaedic and post-injury treatments. The water of the drinking well contains a substantial amount of fluoride, alkalises, and calcium, magnesium, hydro-carbonate, chloride and sulphate.

SAM_3951Budapest is known for its baths as well as its vibrant electronic music scene, club culture and nightlife, so it seems natural to combine these to for a series of unique programs such as Cinetrip Sparty and Fürd?k Éjszakája (Spa Nights). The Széchenyi, along with other spas serves as a venue for these parties, so partygoers can enjoy the bath facilities while listening to concerts and dj sets. Visitors must wear swimming attire when attending, only individuals of 18 years or older are allowed.

Szecskacivertanlegi2-300x216The spa has the 3 very large swimming pools outside. The center pool is the only one where you must wear a swimming cap. The other pools are more for lounging and fun and they feature several interesting water jets, currents, and other amenities. Inside the buildings it is a maze of about 20 other pools, several saunas, numerous massage rooms, showers, restaurants, bars, and therapy services.

Cost of admission is very modest. Some 11 Euros or so for the basic package. Go in the morning to avoid lines, and use the entrance closest to the subway station instead of the main entrance. We stayed there for some 4 hours and I think you won’t be there for less time than that, so bring some sandwiches, big towels, flip-flops, money for beers, and sunscreen.