This water is then pooled in massive outdoor and indoor baths for the enjoyment of locals and adventurers alike. These baths can stretch for more than 100 yards in total, (that’s longer than a football field for all you sports fans out there), and fit hundreds of people with plenty of room for a relaxing game of floating chess!
Imagine a crisp Autumn afternoon or brisk winter night with a light snow fall - the air is cold and chills you, this is the perfect weather for the baths. The famous Budapest baths are hosted in palatial facilities. You will immediately be astonished by the size and extravagance of the pools lying directly in front of you.
The most famous baths are Gellèrt, Széchenyi, and Rudas with multiple temperature baths that cater to everyone's liking. These amazing facilities also include steam rooms, saunas, and aromatherapy to ease you into a deep state of relaxation and peace of mind. My personal favorite is a ten minute meditation session in the steam room and a quick plunge into the ice bath. Absolutely best way to clear your mind and pores simultaneously!
A multitude of massages ranging from deep tissue to Swedish to hot stone are also offered. Other amenities include fish pedicures for those looking for the finest in eastern European TLC!
A multistory building surrounds the 3 major outdoor baths at the most famous bathhouse in town: the Széchenyi. Here you are in the lap of luxury for the entire day for less than 20€. Engulfed by the Art Nouveau architecture and further obscured by the fog raising off the baths, you can easily find the peace and solace required to fully release all the stresses of your day.
The Széchenyi baths are known for both their grandeur, regality, and also as the home to one of the infamous "Sparties;" where smoke machines, laser shows, and electronic music are combined to create an insane all night extravaganza. These parties draw thousands every week during Summer and early Fall, and are a highlight for any party animal!
The Gellèrt baths are the most expensive and cater to an older crowd, as it is attached to one of the nicest hotels in Budapest. Prices for entrance here are around 25€ and it is best known for the tile work throughout the interior of the bathhouse.
In late Fall and Winter, the parties move inside to the Rudas bath houses located just outside city center and costs about 15€ for the day ticket and 12€ for the night ticket. Here you get the full effect of laser shows as the smoke is contained and gives an incredibly modern vibe to a medieval bathhouse - an unbelievably cool juxtaposition of old and new that makes it a can't miss opportunity!
Best of all you can stay at these spas ALL DAY for fractions of the cost it would be in the US, all thanks to the incredible conversion rate! Budapest is the best weekend trip you can do if you're looking for a fun way to hangout and relax with your friends! So jump in, the water’s great, and join the adventure of a lifetime with Euroadventures!
Written by: JD O'Keefe