The Szechenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest is one of the top advertised thermal baths in Budapest and I easily see why. The combination of gorgeous blue waters against an opulent neo-baroque yellow architecture is enchanting and one should plan at least half a day if not a full day at the thermal bath.
It is located in the middle of city park and easily reached via the underground metro. As you exit from the metro station, strange but true, you exit right at the middle of the park. This is the building’s facade if you are coming from the park.
The total number of pools come up to 18 pools, 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools, making the Szechenyi Thermal Bath the largest in Europe. Everything is in Hungarian but it’s not too hard to figure out where the toilet is or what temperature the pools are at. There are plenty of indoor saunas and you get some interesting ones like aroma therapy sauna, which just smells a little bit different than the usual ones, and the fluorescent sauna where the lights change constantly to red, blue, green and so on. I am not sure what good these colors do, but it was fun, kind of like disco sauna I guess!
The outdoor pools are magnificent but I didn’t get to spend too much time there as as most of the time I did pool-hopping indoors. Coming from Malaysia, I think I received enough sun there.
A swimming pool for laps is available and do remember to bring a cap as it is compulsory to wear at this particular pool.
Some of the pools are beautifully designed like this one with red-marbled pillars and arches. The two pools in this area are comfortable temperatures of 38 ⁰C and 40⁰C.
The smaller pool behind it is 19 ⁰C, much too cold for my liking.
Another popular pool is this one, housed in the rotunda, directly underneath the dome. I probably spent the most time at this pool – admiring the architecture details while basking under the sunlight.
The seats behind the pool are plastic, and designed with a hole on them to drain away water. Looks like a comfortable place to take a nap too!
Details on the wall.
Other “fun” pools include the water current pool where there is a circular current that helps you to swim faster and give you a bit of massage at the same time;
and the exercise pool were people were doing weights and aerobics in.
Some of the indoor smaller pools.
As you purchase the entrance ticket, you will be given a plastic watch-like band which acts as a key to your locker.
The changing room is immaculate in the morning but it did get a bit dirty at late afternoon when people are in and out, walking around with slipers and bringing dirt from outside.
Szechenyi Thermal Bath Official Website
Address : H 1146 Budapest, XIV. Kerulet Allatkerti Korut 9-11.
Opening Hours : Outdoor Pools: 6 am – 10 pm.
Indoor Pools / Sauna: 6 am – 7pm.
Pump Hall: 9am – 5pm.
Getting there : Metro Yellow Line M1, Station Szechenyi Furdo (exits at the City Park); or trolley bus 72 (stops at Hosok ter and need to walk about 300- 500 m)