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Unlock the secrets of rejuvenation at Budapest’s Széchenyi Baths

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The Széchenyi Baths are a must-visit destination for anyone looking to unwind and relax in Budapest. As you step into the grand, neo-baroque building, you'll be transported to a world of steamy pools, saunas, and massage rooms. The baths are divided into indoor and outdoor areas, each offering a unique experience. Inside, you'll find a labyrinth of pools with varying temperatures, from the icy plunge pool to the 40°C (104°F) thermal bath. The atmosphere is lively, with locals and tourists alike soaking up the sun and enjoying the therapeutic waters. Read this blog to know what makes the Széchenyi Baths so special and why you must experience it!

Széchenyi Baths - In A Nutshell

Handy information

⏰ Suggested Duration:Half day
☀️ Best Time to Visit:Saturday nights
🎟️ Audio Guided Tour: €27
😍 Late-Night Spa Party tickets€63
🚇 Closest MetroSzéchenyi fürdő


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Things to know

Opened in: 1913
Architecture: Neo-Baroque
Number of pools: 18
Location: City Park, Budapest

Opening Hours And Address

Monday to Thursday: 7am to 8pm
Friday to Sunday: 8am to 8pm

Address: Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary
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Why visit the Szechenyi Baths?

Largest thermal bath complex in Europe

Széchenyi Baths boasts an impressive 18 pools, making it the largest medicinal bath complex in Europe. From the moment you step inside, you'll be awestruck by the sheer size and grandeur of the facilities.

100 years of history and tradition

With a century of history behind it, Széchenyi Baths has been a beloved destination for generations. The neo-baroque architecture and traditional Hungarian thermal bath culture create a unique and authentic experience.

A diverse range of experiences for all ages

From saunas and steam rooms to massage treatments and aqua fitness classes, there's something for everyone at Széchenyi Baths. Whether you're looking to relax, rejuvenate, or socialize, you'll find plenty of options to suit your preferences.

Stunning indoor and outdoor pools

The baths feature both indoor and outdoor pools, each with its own unique atmosphere. The outdoor pools are particularly impressive, with their ornate fountains and grand columns.

Therapeutic benefits of thermal waters

The thermal waters at Széchenyi Baths, rich in sulphate, calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonates, are famous for their healing properties. Soaking in these waters can help alleviate joint pain, improve circulation, and promote overall well-being. Many visitors report feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after a day spent at the baths.

Szechenyi Baths entrance

Szechenyi Baths is a vast complex with three main entrances and a fourth reserved for hospital patients.

  • The main entrance is located on "Allatkerti krt" street, opposite the Capital Circus of Budapest, and features a large number of cabins and lockers. This entrance serves as the primary access point to the three outdoor pools.
  • For those arriving by metro, there is a second entrance near the Széchenyi fürdő station. Upon entering, the indoor pool will be on your right, and the cabins will be on your left.
  • The third entrance is situated on Kós Károly stny, a public square within the City Park, of which Szechenyi Baths is a part. This entrance is open from 6am to 7pm and provides access to the numerous indoor pools available at the baths.

Recommended tickets to Szechenyi Baths

When purchasing tickets for Széchenyi Baths, you have several options to choose from. The most popular choice is the full-day ticket, which grants access to all the pools, saunas, and steam rooms for an entire day. For those short on time, half-day tickets are also available. If you're looking for a more luxurious experience, consider booking a private cabin or a massage treatment. Alternatively, if you are visiting on a Saturday then you should consider buying a combo ticket to Sparty + Széchenyi. It’ll be an absolute blast to party in the thermal baths while enjoying the pulsating music and light shows. Whichever option you choose, be sure to bring your own towel, swimsuit and flip-flops.

Highlights of Szechenyi Baths

1Couples Beer Bath

Indulge in a unique experience with your partner by soaking in a private tub filled with warm thermal water and natural extracts used in the brewing of beer. The hops, malt, and yeast are known for their rejuvenating effects on the skin and body. Enjoy a cold pint of beer as you relax together in this one-of-a-kind setting.

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2Massage Therapy

Treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage at Széchenyi Baths. Choose from a variety of techniques, including Swedish, Thai, and hot stone massages, all performed by skilled therapists. The combination of the warm thermal waters and the soothing massage will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized.

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3Aroma Sauna

Step into the aroma sauna and immerse yourself in the calming scents of essential oils. The heat and humidity work together to open your pores, allowing the beneficial properties of the oils to penetrate your skin. Eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint are among the most popular scents, each offering its own unique benefits.

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4Bath Party

On Saturday nights, Széchenyi Baths transforms into a lively party scene with the Sparty event. DJs spin electronic beats as revelers dance and splash in the thermal pools. The party attracts a diverse crowd of locals and tourists, all looking to let loose and have a good time in this unique setting. It's even more special on New Year’s or Valentine’s Day when the baths are adorned with romantic decorations and special couple's packages are available.

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5Outdoor Pools

The outdoor pools at Széchenyi Baths are a true highlight, offering a stunning setting to relax and unwind. The main pool features a circular design with a central fountain, surrounded by grand columns and intricate tilework. The water temperature is kept at a comfortable 27-28°C (80-82°F), making it perfect for a leisurely swim or simply lounging on the pool's edge.

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6Cold Plunge Pool

For a truly invigorating experience, brave the cold plunge pool, where the water temperature goes as low as 16°C (60°F). The sudden shock of the cold water is said to boost circulation, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the immune system. After a few minutes in the cold pool, you'll feel a rush of endorphins and a sense of exhilaration.

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Szechenyi Baths opening hours

Széchenyi Baths is open daily throughout the year, with slightly varying hours depending on the season.

  • Outdoor Pools Hours: Monday to Thursday: 7am-8pm, Friday to Sunday: 8am-8pm
  • Indoor Pools: Monday to Thursday: 7am-8pm, Friday to Sunday: 8am-8pm
  • Saunas close 30 minutes before the facility's daily closing time.
  • Szechenyi Baths opening hours in December:
    Dec 11: 7am - 4pm (all facilities)
    Dec 24: 6am - 2pm (all facilities)
    Dec 25: 10am - 6pm (3 outdoor pools and most thermal sections)
    Dec 26: 6am - 8pm (3 outdoor pools and most thermal sections)
    Dec 31: 6am to 6pm
  • On January 1st the opening hours are from 11am to 8pm.

Restaurants near Széchenyi Bath

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Széchenyi Bath Cafeteria

After a day of swimming at Széchenyi Bath, you'll likely work up an appetite. Conveniently, the Széchenyi Bath Cafeteria is located inside the building, offering a poolside view. Despite the crowds, it's an ideal spot to enjoy a cappuccino and a doughnut.

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Robinson Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of City Park, Robinson Restaurant offers a unique dining experience in a charming, rustic setting. The restaurant is built on a small island, surrounded by a lake, and is accessible via a wooden bridge. Be sure to try their signature dish, the Truffled linguini and Angus Steak.

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Széchenyi Garden Restaurant

Located just a short walk from the baths, Széchenyi Garden Restaurant offers a more upscale dining experience. The menu features traditional Hungarian dishes with a modern twist, such as goulash soup, chicken paprikash, and Somlói galuska (a layered dessert with chocolate sauce).

Szechenyi Baths reviews

It's lovely experience I had for the first time. Relaxing in the hot water,having fun in the jakuzzi pool and sunbathing around-just amazing! Staff were very nice and helpful too! Highly recommend!

- Katerina, Headout, June 2024

Amazing experience -bit like going to the beach in a city. Sunbeds were all taken when we got there but we did get a couple after a while. Great variety of thermal spa experiences-outdoor swimming pool was beautiful too but you need to wear a swimming cap for this. We went to these baths twice and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

- Elizabeth, Headout, May 2024

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