Everyone deserves a pampering session and you really can’t visit Budapest without taking some time out to relax in one of the famous thermal baths. All types of massages are on offer in some truly tranquil surroundings so just lay back and let the stress melt away.
Here are the spots that made our list:
Széchenyi Thermal Bath: Visitors will be able to enjoy the largest medicinal bath in Europe where the water is supplied by two thermal springs. Temperatures can reach 74°C (165°F) and 77°C (171°F) across its 21 different pools. The thermal baths and other services, including massages and pedicures, help to create a relaxing atmosphere.
Rudas Baths: First built in 1550, this thermal bath retains its strong Islamic style, seen in its interesting architecture. The central focus is the octagonal pool covered by a 10-metre diameter dome, but there are plenty of other services here that aim to heal the body and relax the mind. Please note that women are only allowed to visit during the weekends.
Paskál Spa and Swimming Pool: The youngest open-air bath in Budapest was built in 1989. It offers visitors nine different pools with temperatures ranging from 16– 36°C, as well as services including steam rooms, saunas, and sunbeds. Be aware that the leisure and children’s pool is only open during the summer.
Palatinus Strand Baths: Historically known as one of the first baths in Budapest where visitors could bathe outdoors, it now hosts 10 different pools. With a wave pool and a water slide park, it’s an ideal place for families, but these options are only available in the summer.
Irgalmasok Veli Bej Bath: For visitors over the age of 14, this richly historical co-ed bath offers a range of spa facilities, including two steam baths, a Finnish and infrared sauna, a jacuzzi, Kneipp walk, and a swimming pool. Please note that not all services are included in the admission fee.
Mandala Day Spa Budapest: This bath and spa takes a more spiritual approach to relaxation. Mandala provides visitors with an area spread over 650m2 and includes a jacuzzi, a steam cabin, treatment rooms, and four specialized pools that range from 17– 38°C.
Dandár Gyógyfürdő: It is a recently renovated medicinal public bath with a history that spans almost a century. Open to visitors over the age of 14, this complex includes three different thermal baths, two open-air thermal baths, and a mini sauna world that offers a sauna, steam bath, and a crushed ice dispenser. Temperatures range from 20–38°C, and visitors can enjoy a range of different spa services as well.
5 Elements SPA: Located in the Inner City along the banks of Danube is a day spa based on one of the main theories of Chinese science: the five elements. The services provided revolve around the idea that the five elements (fire, earth, wood, water, and metal) interact with each other as one. At the Thai Spa Salon and Balinese Day Spa, visitors are uniquely offered more than 40 different medical massage techniques and services.
Gellért Spa and Bath: Gellért offers medicinal water treatments using the same deep underground springs the Knights of St. John used in the 12th century – a key reason why it’s one of the most famous thermal spa baths in Europe. On top of the services they provide, there is the option to book a private bath.
Thermal Beer Spa: Uniquely offering couple-sized tubs that are filled with the same mineral water and natural ingredients of beer. The baths themselves are kept warm at 36°C and the natural ingredients are meant to have a great impact on your skin.
Sen Spa Budapest Nádor utca: By massaging acupuncture points, Thai massage aims to balance all the elements of the body. There are various different dry or oil massages offered at Sen Spa, including head neck massage, herbal massage, and a foot massage.
Kempinski The Spa – Budapest: Located in a hotel in downtown Budapest, this spa offers visitors a 525m2 space with a huge variety of treatments, including massages, elemental herbology treatments, Finnish and aroma saunas, an indoor pool, and a health bar. Please note: there are age restrictions on the use of the facilities.
Kaqun Óbuda: Kaqun is a technology used to produce a unique version of water that stores a stable form of oxygen; the baths at this spa use water created with this technology. Visitors can expect a modern and elegant atmosphere that compliments this approach.
Vanilla Day Spa: This spa offers a wide range of packages, including stress release and relaxation, anti-aging and regeneration, cleansing and detoxification, and a sauna world. The aim at Vanilla Day Spa is to provide an experience that matches the needs of the individual.
KAQUN ZUGLÓ Oxigén Wellness SPA és KAQUN víz Központ: Another spa and bath in Budapest that uses Kaqun’s unique water technology – this type of bathing is known as “healthy aging.” Visitors have access to two bathtub rooms with Kaqun water, free blood oxygen level measurements, free performances every month, and discounted prices.
SPA InterContinental: Located in a hotel in the centre of Budapest, this spa accommodates visitors’ schedules with its open hours. As a Health & Fitness Club, there is state-of-the-art equipment for weight and cardio training, as well as massage treatments, a heated swimming pool, a sauna, and a VIP suite.
Tal Gur is a world traveler and personal development enthusiast. An adventurer at heart, after trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, Tal spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey continues as a location-independent blogger, lifestyle entrepreneur, and coach. Tal’s published two books: One Year to Freedom, a 1-Year Roadmap to Living Life on Your Own Terms; and, his most recent book and bestseller, The Art of Fully Living – 1 Man, 10 Years, 100 Life Goals Around the World.