Kiràly Baths are one of the most popular thermal baths in Budapest. The complex dates back to 1565; the construction works began by Arslan the Pasha of Buda during the Ottoman reign in Hungary and ended a few years later by his successor Sokollu Mehmet.
In 1769 the bath was acquired by the German family König. They restored and extended the complex preserving its original Turkish touch. To date the structure is still an authentic work of art that fascinates whomever visit it.
Back in the past Kiràly bath had no direct hot water base, nor has it today. The water is supplied by the surrounding Lukàcs baths through an old, larch wood aqueduct. There is a specific reason behind this unusual architectural choice: the Turks built the complex far from the springs in order to ensure the possibility of using hot water even in case of siege.
Pools temperature ranges from 32°C to 40°C. The water has therapeutical properties and it is suitable to heal degenerative diseases, spinal deformity, discus hernia, back problems, and other issues. The Kiraly bath’s water is rich with calcium, magnesium, sodium, alkaline chloride, and fluoride.
Kiràly Bath features an immersion pool where water ranges around 26 °C. Moreover, the complex offers a number of paid services such as different types of massages. In addiction, the structure offers also the following services:
Visitors can use private lockers. Towels and flip flops rental is also available.
Király Bath is open every day from Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm. The entrance is allowed to people over 14 years old. There is a variety of tickets that can be purchased upon arrival, some at discounted rates. Visitors will receive further information at the ticket office – be aware that it closes one hour before the closure of the structure.
Recently the alterante men-or-women-only-days rule has been abolished. Today the structure welcomes all visitors any day of the week.
Kiràly Bath is located on the left side of Danube river, not too far from the Lukacs Baths and Margaret island. The structure can be reached by buses 9 and 109 or by tramways 19 and 41, getting off at Bem Josef Ter.
The closest train station is Batthyány tér: once you get off you will need to walk for about 500 along the Danube river enjoying the stunning view of the Hungarian Parliament.