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Szechenyi Thermal Baths
Enjoy the Comforting Warmth and Medicinal Properties of the Szechenyi Thermal Bath
This huge bathhouse has 3 large-sized outdoor pools of varying temperature from 27 to 38 Celsius degree. These pools are so large you can even swim around like it's an Olympian-sized swimming pool! It is the primary attraction and the main feature of the Szechenyi Thermal Baths. These outdoor pools are beautifully decorated and extremely worthy of taking pictures, especially if using a drone for a better panoramic view. The pools and its surroundings will certainly give you a feeling of bathing in a palace, like a king. If you are visiting here for the first time, it is recommended that you try these pools first. As these pools are located in an open air area, they are the perfect spa experience as you can feel both the cold air of Budapest and the warm water of the hot spring.
If you want a more private experience, try soaking yourself at the various indoor pools scattered inside the main building. They are generally less crowded as they are much smaller than the outdoor ones. As there are 15 pools of varying temperature in total, each with their own facilities and features, it is guaranteed that you'll find a pool here that suits your taste best. Although the indoor pools are less Instagrammable than the outdoor pools, they still make for beautiful pictures, if you can find the right angle.
The Szechenyi also has various spa facilities, such as whirlpool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam rooms, sun decks, etc. to complement your spa experience. These facilities are already included with your entry ticket, so make sure you try at least some of them when you are visiting here. It's the perfect opportunity to loosen up your muscles and relax your body after a long day walking around Budapest.
The Szechenyi Thermal Bath's standard ticket allows you to access almost every pool, but it does not cover the entry to the Palm House Spa. As it requires an extra fee to enter, you'll be guaranteed with a more private spa session inside the Palm House. The Palm House Spa itself has top-rated spa facilities and equipment to ensure their guests are having the best pleasure they can get.
No spa can ever be complete without the existence of a good massage service. Here in Szechenyi, there are 3 kinds of massage service that the guests can take, from the full-course Royal Thermal Massage, the exclusive Harmony Massage, to the standard Aromatherapy Massage. Your exhausted body will be refreshed in no time after you try one of these massage service. As an extra tip, you can save some money if you are taking the massage with your couple, as renting the double room is cheaper than the single room.
Another treatment that was offered by the Szechenyi Thermal Bath is the pedicure service. After you feel refreshed from bathing in the pools and get some massage, it's time to beautify your body with a good pedicure! Alternatively, you can take the ever-famous fish spa to help regenerate your skin's feet.
As explained above, the waters of the Szechenyi natural hot spring contains several components that are known to have medicinal properties. Medical studies stated that the water can help mitigate joint illnesses and inflammations, and it is recommended for orthopedic and post-traumatic treatments.
Every New Year's Eve, the pools of Szechenyi Thermal Baths will be magically transformed into a great party venue. There will be DJs, amazing light works, and various features normally seen in a club, but instead of a club, it will all be by the pool!! If you are in Budapest around New Years time, it is probably best to celebrate the New Years' Eve in the Szechenyi as it will certainly be an unforgettable moment in your life.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets for the Szechenyi Thermal Baths are available at the admission booth. You can also purchase the tickets online to skip the queue if you are so inclined. The standard ticket only covers the indoor and outdoor pools, along with the spa facilities such as the sauna, steam room, etc. Massage, pedicure, and other services require an extra fee. You can also purchase an upgraded ticket that comes along with a locker to keep your stuff in.
How To Get Around?
Although the bathhouse is huge, all of its facilities can be traversed on foot. Watch yourself though, as the floors can be wet and quite slippery in certain areas.
What Should I Wear?
Szechenyi allows the use of swimwear such as trunks or bikinis. Normal clothing such as shorts with t-shirts is also allowed. However, since the baths are mixed, you should wear a decent swimwear. Swimming cap is a must in the main swimming pool area, but compulsory in the other 17 pools. Also don't forget to wear non-slippery footwear, such as the sandals with rubber soles, etc.
Best Time to Visit
It is generally advised to visit Szechenyi during the morning where the water is still fresh and less crowded. During the afternoon after a long walk is also a good idea to refresh your body, but keep in mind that the closing time is around 10 PM so if you come too late, then you will not be able to enjoy the most of it. Weekends tend to be more busy as there are plenty of tourists and locals, so if you want you should visit it during the weekdays.
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Will I Need a Guide?
Even though the complex is huge, you don't need a guide to get around. The signs should be enough to tell you what you need to know. It is a bathhouse, after all.
How To Get There?
You can take the M1 metro to get there, stopping at the Szechenyi Furdo stop. It is very close to the Thermal Baths so it's the best option for you to take. Alternatively, you can take a taxi, albeit at a much more expensive price.
It is advisable to leave your valuables at the hotel and only bring the essentials, but if you really must bring it, there's a locker room for you to use. Bring suntan lotion if you want to visit during the day, and don't forget an anti-fungal cream if you wish. If you have allergies or certain skin conditions, bring your necessary ailments as the baths are a public place and there are risks that something might trigger your conditions.