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Budapest Thermal Baths

Budapest Spa – Thermal Baths in Budapest


Budapest Spa City

Budapest is well known for its numerous medicinal baths, which constitute one of its main tourist attractions. Some of the thermal springs were already being used as early as the 2nd century by the Romans.

A number of the medicinal baths built along the bank of the Danube by the Turks – the Király, Rudas, Császár and Rác Baths – are still being used today. Budapest was officially declared an International Spa in 1934.


The thermal springs, the temperatures of which vary between 21°C and 78°C, yield up to 70 mega-litres of water per day. The dissolved salts and minerals present in these waters, derived from 118 different sources (either natural springs or bores), render them suitable for treating a diversity of illnesses – ranging from circulatory problems to joint and muscle damage, and menstrual pain.

Besides bathing, most of the baths in Budapest provide facilities for therapeutic massages, physiotherapy exercises and mud-pack treatments.


In the vicinity of the baths, one can find wells and arrays of drinking-water fountains, providing spring-water rich in minerals.

Most popular Baths in Budapest


Széchenyi Baths

It was as a result of the drillings over the period 1868-77, that this medicinal water source, with a temperature of 74˚ C, was brought to the surface. The medicinal waters are particularly effective for the treatment of  joint and muscle damage, arthritis and neuritis. Széchenyi Baths


Gellért Baths

The 13 mineral springs supplying the Gellért Baths with water at a temperature varying between 27°C and 48°C, is particularly effective in treating joint and muscle damage, metabolism related problems and neuritis. Gellért Baths


Rudas Baths

The steam-baths and the swimming pool date from the middle of the 20th century. A day-care hospital, with an extensive physiotherapy section, operates within the Baths. Rudas Baths


Király Baths

Király Baths are one of Budapest’s most important Turkish monuments.  Its construction began in the middle of the 16th century. The dome covered pool has been functioning continuously as a baths. Király Baths


Lukács Baths

During the 19th century, the Baths evolved into a medical-centre, with a hotel for the use of the patients, and a hospital building for treating rheumatics. Its medicinal waters are mainly effective in treating joint and muscle damage. Lukács Baths


Császár Baths

The use of the baths for medicinal treatment occurred from relatively early on; its mud-baths were already operating in the first-half of the 20th century. The waters are sourced from the wells of the Lukács Baths wells, and from the Magda-Spring on Margit Island… Császár Baths


Csillaghegy Baths

Csillaghegy Open-Air Bath is the one of the oldest baths in the capital. It started operation as early as the second half of the 19th century.The open-air bath is built into the hillside in a terraced manner.Csillaghegy Baths


Dagály Baths

Dagály Thermal Bath waas first opened in 1948. Later, in 1956 it, among others, was expanded with a 50-m swimming pool. Its water base at that time was provided by a well bored in 1944, which finally secured the efficient use of the thermal waters found under the bed of the Danube. Dagály Baths


Dandár Baths

Originally, the Bath operated as a sanitary bath. In 1978, however, following a thorough reconstruction, it was put in operation as a thermal bath. Dandár Baths


Pesterzsébet Salt Baths

There are 5 pools in Pesterzsébet Salt Baths: 3 Healing pool, Wave-bath pool, Children's pool. Its water mineral content: alcalic-chloridic mineral waters. Pesterzsébet Baths are currently under renovation. Pesterzsébet Salt Baths


Újpest Baths

Újpest Baths have 6 pools: 3 healing pools, 3 Swimming pools. Its water mineral content: thermal water with calcium-magnesium-hydrogen-carbonate also containing sodium, sulphate and chloride, with a significant content of fluoride-ions. Újpest Baths are currently under renovation. Újpest Baths

(Photos: Tourism Office of Budapest,


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