Szechenyi Baths – in Hungarian Széchenyi gyógyfürd – are one of the most important baths of Budapest. They are located in the heart of Városliget Park, close to Hosök tere, the famous Heroes Square.
The structure was named in honor of the Hungarian count István Széchenyi, who was a writer, a philosopher, and a politician considered by many one of the greatest statesman of the country.
The Szechenyi Bath structure dates back to 1881; it was designed by the architect Gyozo Czigler. In 1927 the structure was expanded and the Szécheny Baths became one of the biggest and most popular thermal baths of Europe.
In the middle of the 1960s further transformations took place, including the creation of a thermal section as well as of a physiotherapy hospital.
The water is supplied through an artesian bath featuring two different sources, which were conducted around the end of 19th century into different structures in order to bring the water up from over 1000 meters below the surface. Temperature ranges around 76 celsius degrees.
The water of the Széchenyi Baths is characterized by therapeutical properties and it is rich in calcium, sulphate and metaboric acid. It is suitable for people who suffer from a number of degenerative diseases such as joint diseases, chronic arthritis, and much more.
There is also a spring of drinking water which is very suitable for people who suffer from chronic gastric catarrh, gastric acid, intestinal catarrh and inflammation of the urine paths. Of course there are also hydromassage pools to enjoy some fun and relaxing moments.
There are also a number of available paid services, such as different types of massages, a coffee bar, and a restaurant.
Outdoor pools temperature ranges from 26 to 28 degrees. Summer pools temperature varies from 30 to 34 degrees, while thermal pools temperature is around 38 degrees. Cooling pools temperature is about 20 degrees while thermal water pools are about 30 degrees.
You can buy different types of tickets for the thermal baths, with the possibility of discounts or reductions. You can buy a skip-the-line ticket online before you go or, alternatively, buy a Budapest Card and get a discount on the entrance fee. As one of the most popular attractions for tourists and locals alike, we recommend getting there early.
Due to the large number of tourists who visit Szechenyi every day, we recommend that you book your tickets in advance directly online by clicking on the box below. By buying your ticket online you can avoid the queues at the ticket office and ensure that you visit on the day of your visit.
For a more complete and satisfying visit, combine a customised massage with your thermal route.
In addition, if you are going to buy the Budapest Card, you will get a discount on the entrance ticket to the Szechenyi Baths, as well as all the benefits of the discount card, such as unlimited transport and free or discounted entry to the main attractions and activities in Budapest.
Thermal Baths open everyday from Monday to Sunday from 6am to 10pm. The fountain facility opens from 9am to 5pm and it stays closed on Sundays. On national and religious holidays and the complex is closed.
If you are planning to go to Széchenyi Baths during your holidays in Budapest, make sure to bring your towel, bathrobe, and swimming cap otherwise you will have to rent these items at a very high cost.
It was only in 1963 that Szechenyi Baths remained open for the winter season, and since then it has proven a great success. Today the complex is open also on Christmas, December 31st and January 1st.
During that year corridors, lockers, and changing rooms got heating. Before the restoration works in 1997 there were indoor and heated corridors leading to the outdoor pools during winter days. Eventually these corridors were knocked to restore the aesthetics of the building of Szechenyi Baths.
This means that wearing a bathrobe and a pair of flip flops is highly suggested to those who wish to try outdoor pools during winter days, as guests will have to walk in the Hungarian freezing cold for a few seconds till they get to the steaming warm baths.
You can get to Szèchenyi Baths by:
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.