Hungary is a land of thermal springs, and Budapest remains the only capital city in the world that is rich in thermal waters with healing qualities. Budapest isn't called the City of Baths for nothing. It's one of those few places where you can experience traditional Turkish baths dating back to 16th centuries.
The Turkish baths offer a social way to wash of the grit of sightseeing, shopping or working. Locals lounge about multiple indoor and outdoor pools, then sometimes disappear for massages in the heart of the baths.
Baths in Budapest are not only amazing places to visit but also great locations for shooting - here are our recommendations below.
Aching for a game of chess in the pool? Challenge your mates or some locals to a round in Budapest's largest medicinal bath, also one of Europe's largest public baths. Located in City Park, the Szechenyi Baths boasts 18 pools, 15 of which are spring-fed thermal pools; both indoor and outdoor.
Built in 1918, the Art Nouveau-style Gellért Bath is the most beautiful and elegant bath in Budapest. Its Roman-style swimming pool may look familiar, as it is the most photographed spa of Hungary.
Even if you don't like to get wet, the Rudas Bath is a must-see for its remarkable architecture and history. Built in the 16th century, it remains one of the oldest thermal baths in Budapest. A Turkish dome and octagonal pool give the Rudas Bath the unique characteristics of a Turkish bath. On Fridays and Saturdays the thermal pools and the swimming pool are open late for nighttime bathing. A night swim at Rudas (on Friday and Saturday nights) it an amazing experience. Sitting in hot water under a 500 year old Turkish dome with moonlight poking through the skylights feels like something a king would do.
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