Budapest – Szechenyi Baths and Pools

Maybe next time!

Hungary might be geographically far from major water plans, but their access to natural hot springs is the envy of many countries.

Hungarians have incorporated the relaxing curative waters into their lifestyle for years, and they are used year-round.  Indoor and outdoor pools, warm and cold, are found around the country. In fact, there are more than 200 natural springs, which includes cavern pools and historical Turkish and Neo-renaissance style spas. Moreover, doctors recommend them as treatment for some physical ailments.

Szechenyi Baths and Pools might be one of those, but this bath stands out from the others. This 1913 building is statuesque and notable in the City Park in the center of Budapest.

This historical landmark contains pools (18 of them) with different temperature, saunas as well as facial treatments and massages.

It seems like the perfect place to go.  It is simply beautiful inside and out.

We had the chance to pass by twice, to no avail.  On our first trip, we went to the zoo since we experienced the baths on Margaret Island, and on our second visit, it was so crowed, with a 2 hour wait, that we opted for the zoo again.

It is definitely a beautiful and popular place and worth the detour.

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