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Szechenyi Baths

Listed under Spas and Spa Resorts in Budapest, Hungary.

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What could be more civilised than playing chess, immersed up to your armpits in water of a steady 34 degrees, summer or winter, in a pool that looks something like the fountains of Versailles? Whether or not that sounds appealing to you it’s not something you can do just anywhere, but it happens every day of the year at the Szechenyi Baths in Budapest. Unlike other thermal baths in Budapest, the Szechenyi Baths have an open air section allowing for sun bathing.

The supply of water naturally heated to 38 degrees which fills these baths was discovered accidentally, but made very good use of, and there are now three pools in the baths, the other one is cooled to 27 degrees. Far from being a giant bath like the one in your house, the design of the baths, completed in 1913, is quite decorative and the outdoor ones especially look like lager versions of those pretty fountains in Italian squares. The indoor baths have more of the flavour of the municipal swimming baths, and that’s where you can find sauna and massage facilities as well.

The main complaint visitors seem to have here is getting inside – apparently the visitors entrance is round the back.

Monday through Friday the baths open at 6 and close at 7, but on the weekends the baths close at 4.

Szechenyi Baths Website.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Szechenyi Spa”

The beautiful Neo-Baroque Szechenyi spa – is one of Europe's greatest spa complexes is not far from the Historical Buildings. It has two parts: the indoor thermal bath and the open-air swimming pool along with hot tub and Jacuzzi. The spring is 7… Read more...

Written by  Agnes.

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Very fun and a must for someone who wants to really experience what Budapest has to offer


A lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon. Make sure you bring your smallest speedos otherwise you will stick out like a sore thumb. Also pay attention to the bizarre locker system, otherwise you will be walking home in your little trunks!

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