Dear reader,for some time this blog has unfortunately been dormant. One of the reasons was of course the Corona crisis. But this will be over at some point – and what could be better than a trip to Budapest? To inspire your wanderlust, there is nothing better than an article about one of Hungary’s greatest sights: the Széchenyi Thermal Bath Budapest.
Széchenyi Thermal Bath Budapest is located in the middle of the beautiful city park and is a real feast for the eyes even from the outside. The thermal bath, which was built in 1913, is one of the largest bath complexes in Europe. Already in an earlier article I talked a bit about the Széchenyi bath. But since I was there again in February 2020 together with two friends, I thought: this Budapest bath deserves its own article. After all, the visit to the Széchenyi has become one of our fondest memories.
This is a fair question, after all, there are many popular thermal baths in Budapest. Well, it already starts with the changing rooms. We were a bit perplexed at first, because when buying a ticket you could choose whether you wanted to book your own changing room. Of course we thought, what kind of question is that? Are we supposed to change in the hallway? But when we got to the bathroom, we were surprised. We had booked our own private locker room. We were able to lock up our stuff right in the locker room and change back in the same locker room later. The locker rooms are green and a bit dim, even while changing you feel a bit like a time traveler.
In the Széchenyi bath there are several large outdoor pools, which are heated. This has the great advantage, even in summer, because you can stay in the water for hours without freezing. This experience was unusual for me at first, since most baths in my home country are cold in the summer – after all, you want to cool down. But simply lounging in the water for hours while letting the sun shine on your face has a charm of its own. The large pools also have water whirlpools in which you can float. The yellow facades with their magnificent decoration, combined with the great weather, made the stay an incomparable experience for us.
Zwar gibt es im Széchenyi Thermalbad auch mehrere Innenbecken. Diese sind aber schlichtweg nicht so reizend, wie das große Außenbecken. Es ist also durchaus möglich, auch bei schlechtem Wetter hier zu baden. Aber dann entfaltet sich der einzigartige Charme dieses Budapester Juwels einfach nicht – ich würde daher eher davon abraten.
My recommendation for your visit
If you read a lot on TripAdvisor and other portals, you will quickly come across comments criticizing the hygiene in the Széchenyi bath. To this I would like to say the following: This bath is very old and on the whole still quite true to the original. On the one hand, this means that everything is beautifully kitschy. On the other hand, it also means that there are no pure barefoot zones, for example. Where some people walk barefoot dripping wet from swimming, other people wear shoes. This naturally creates a dirty floor in some places. Therefore, if you don’t like that, you should bring bathing slippers. However, this is a recommendation that applies to every visit to public swimming pools.
Prices and opening hours of the thermal bath
The prices of the Széchenyi Thermal Bath vary partially depending on the day of the week and time. Also, whether you want a private cabin (cabin use) or just a closet to store your belongings has an impact on the price. For example, a day ticket with cabin use on the weekend costs 6,800 HUF, which is about 19.50 €. During the week it is of course cheaper. The current opening hours are (May 2021):
Outdoor pool area: every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Indoor pool area: every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Beer Spa at the Széchenyi Thermal Baths
Attention all beer lovers: yes, you heard right! There is indeed a beer spa in Budapest. Here you can sit in an infusion with hops while tapping yourself a cool blonde. Besides the obvious pleasure, the infusion is also good for your health. The beer spa is part of the Széchenyi and is definitely worth a detour.
So, now you have already reached the end of the article. Have you ever been to Széchenyi yourself? How did you like it? I am always happy to receive comments. See you soon,