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.
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.
Some useful information for those who wish to visit Szèchenyi Baths:
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.
There are a number of different types of tickets, including discount and reductions. For further information please check the ticket office – which closes one hour before the closure of the complex. Buy your ticket online to save money.
You can get to Szèchenyi Baths by:
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.