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Large outdoor steaming pool filled with people

Last updated: 02 May, 2022

Known as the ‘City of Spas’, Budapest has more thermal and medicinal water springs than any other city – 118 in fact, providing over 70 million litres of thermal water a day. Although used by the Romans, spa bathing didn’t become an integral part of Budapest culture until the 16th-century Turkish occupation. Today there are 15 public thermal baths (and many more private ones), notably the Szechenyi, a vast golden palace of steam pools and artesian water baths.

Price from: £5
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Szechenyi Baths

Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary

Budapest’s bathing culture is a legacy of the 16th-century Turkish occupation, and the wealth of hot springs bubbling up from under the city. This fabulous art nouveau bathhouse is the best, a sprawling spa complex of baths and pools, from steam baths and artesian water baths inside, to steaming thermal pools outside.

Best for ages: 14+ | £14

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