Budapest is world wide famous for its natural resources, which include mountains, hills and of course the Danube, but this beautiful land has been blessed with something truly amazing and second to none, its natural hot springs.
Close to eighteen million gallons of mineralized water pour everyday from Budapest’s therma springs, which attract millions of locals and tourists who want to take advantage of their healing properties or simply to have a very relaxed bath. For whatever your reason is, a visit to Budapest couldn’t be complete without visiting these natural sources of healing water.
Strategic places in the city as the Margaret Island, Gellert Hill and Óbuda, contain the greatest concentration of thermal springs, discovered first by the Celts in the 1st century BC, then rediscovered during the Roman occupation and best exploited during the 150 years that the Turks controlled them, period in which they effectively constructed many baths, while injecting the beautiful Ottoman architecture in the city.
However, baths in Budapest are more than healing and relaxing places, they are also important meeting places to gather with friends and family to socialize, share and even close important business deals. Nowadays some spas are also used as discos and clubs during the weekends, offering the famous Aqua-parties in which people have the opportunity to party in the pools, while having fun all night long.
Public baths in Budapest are normally exclusive for women or men, but still there are few of them in which men and women can share. There is a wide range of water places to choose from including: indoor and outdoor pool complexes, baths and spas. Here are some of the most popular places you can visit while staying in Budapest Golden Park Hotel:
Opened in 1918, Gellért Spa is a luxurious place adorned with magnificent glass roofs and windows, gorgeous mosaics and marble columns. Considered to be the one of the oldest spas in Budapest, Gellért Spa offers many medicinal and recreational services as, Finnish saunas, thermal and cold pools, wave pools and massage sessions among many others. Highly mineralized baths as well as medical water treatments make the Gellert Baths a place not to be missed when traveling in Budapest.
Located right in the middle of the Danube and connected to the city centre through the Margaret Bridge and the Árpád Bridge, Margaret Island is one of the most popular spa destinations. Recreational options as wave pools, children pools and slides make the island ideal to visit with the entire family.
Szechenyi baths are a jewel in Budapest. Opened for the first time back in 1913, this spa is one of the largest in the whole Europe and very famous due to the two wonderful hot springs that feeds it, as well as Neo-Baroque architecture. Its thermal waters are also highly mineralized and are perfect to treat many diseases including arthritis. Frequented throughout the year (even during the winter), this wonderful spa is a truly hot spot of the city.
Visit Budapest and beat the stress in the wonderful baths and spas, you will come back home as a new person.