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Budapest is well known for its numerous medicinal baths, which constitute one of its main tourist attractions. Some of the thermal springs were already being used as early as the 2nd century by the Romans.

A number of the medicinal baths built along the bank of the Danube by the Turks - the Király, Rudas, Császár and Rác Baths - are still being used today. The city was officially declared an International Spa in 1934.

Széchenyi Baths, Budapest
Széchenyi Baths, Budapest (Photo: Tourism Office of Budapest)

The thermal springs, the temperatures of which vary between 21°C and 78°C, yield up to 70 mega-litres of water per day. The dissolved salts and minerals present in these waters, derived from 118 different sources (either natural springs or bores), render them suitable for treating a diversity of illnesses – ranging from circulatory problems to joint and muscle damage, and menstrual pain.

Besides bathing, most of the baths in Budapest provide facilities for therapeutic massages, physiotherapy exercises and mud-pack treatments.

Gellért Baths, Budapest
Gellért Baths, Budapest (Photo: Tourism Office of Budapest)

In the vicinity of the baths, one can find wells and arrays of drinking-water fountains, providing spring-water rich in minerals.

Most popular baths in Budapest

Széchenyi Baths

It was as a result of the drillings of geologist Vilmos Zsigmondy, over the period 1868-77, that this medicinal water source, with a temperature of 74˚ C, was brought to the surface. The medicinal waters are particularly effective for the treatment of  joint and muscle damage, arthritis and neuritis. More…

Gellért Baths

The 13 mineral springs supplying the Gellért Baths with water at a temperature varying between 27°C and 48°C, is particularly effective in treating joint and muscle damage, metabolism related problems and neuritis. more...

Rudas Baths

The steam-baths and the swimming pool date from the middle of the 20th century. A day-care hospital, with an extensive physiotherapy section, operates within the Baths. more...

Király Baths

The Baths are one of Budapest’s most important Turkish monuments. Arszlán Pasha began its construction in the middle of the 16th century. The dome covered pool has been functioning continuously as a baths. more...

Lukács Baths

During the 19th century, the Baths evolved into a medical-centre, with a hotel for the use of the patients, and a hospital building for treating rheumatics. Its medicinal waters are mainly effective in treating joint and muscle damage. more...

Császár Baths

The use of the baths for medicinal treatment occurred from relatively early on; its mud-baths were already operating in the first-half of the 20th century. The waters are sourced from the wells of the Lukács Baths wells, and from the Magda-Spring on Margit Island more...

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Császár Baths
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Dandár Baths
Pesterzsébet Salt Baths
Újpest Baths
Budapest Szechenyi Baths and Pool
Rudas Baths Budapest
Gellert Baths Budapest
Kiraly Baths Budapest
Thermal Bath Budapest
Adagio Hostel Budapest

 
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