The Thermals Baths in Budapest attract lots of different people from Europe, and all over the world. The baths are heated by natural thermal springs and are an awesome place to just ‘chill-out’ all year round. These popular places are often crowded with tourists, which can make it pretty difficult to reserve the perfect spot right next to the baths…
When we were travelling through Budapest we went to the Szechenyi Bath, which is the biggest thermal bath in Budapest and Europe. Complete with 18 pools as well as saunas and other therapeutic treatments, the Szechenyi Baths were pretty popular among tourists. After doing a lot of research beforehand, I figured out the best ways to truly experience everything the Szechenyi Baths have to offer.
Below is how you can get the most out of your experience at the Szechenyi Baths…
Plan When To Go
Planning when to go is always important for any experience, however with the Szechenyi Baths the crowds, the price of tickets and how long your ticket allows you to stay for. If you decide to go early morning, you’ll beat the crowds but your ticket may cost more. But if you go late afternoon, it will be crowded but your ticket will cost less.
We dedicated a whole day to the Szechenyi Bath alone. For us, it was truly a day to relax and unwind after non-stop travel for two months. So we decided that the best time to go was at about 8:30 am. We arrived just before the massive queues that we had seen in days previous and managed to get a pretty good sunbed right by the pool.
The best value ticket for budget travellers is the full day ticket including a locker. Costing 5 800 HUF (€18), and including a large personal locker, it was the perfect ticket for spending a day lazing by and relaxing in the 18 pools. Of course, there are other ticket options, including a late night pool party ticket…
Leave Early Enough
I know I may have already said this, but leaving early really is the best way to escape the enormous queues to get in later in the day. It really depends on where you’re staying, but make sure you’ve figured out how long it is going to take you to get to the Szechenyi Baths.
The Szechenyi Baths are located within a huge public park – The City Park – and right next to the zoo. So even if you are a little early, you can still explore the gorgeous city park which is actually home to one of Hungary’s World Heritage sites!
Bring Some Snacks
Now I really do love a good snack, so I can’t stress this enough! Whether its fruit you go for, a big packet of chips, or a full blown out picnic – make sure you bring food. Bring plenty of snacks to keep you satisfied throughout your day of lazing by the thermal baths and relaxing in the sun.
You can also buy food from the canteen in the baths, but if you’re on a bit of a tight budget it is a little bit expensive. You can also buy alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and ice cream. Either way, there’s nothing better than binging out on food while you relax.
Make Sure to Reserve Chairs
It goes without saying, reserving a chair is the key to making your experience at the Szechenyi Baths enjoyable. There’s nothing worse then there being little or no chairs to reserve, and it really is first in best dressed. But once you’ve got your chairs, you get the keep them!
We created a tag team where we would try to have at least one of us at the chairs at a time. But if we weren’t we made sure to keep all of our valuable locked away in our lockers. We managed to keep our poolside chairs all day, but we did snag them pretty early…
Try Every Bath and Sauna
If you want to get the most out of your experience of the Szechenyi Baths, this is definitely the way to do it! You’ll be surprised at the different temperatures and mineral qualities of each of the baths, and it’s pretty fun to go from bath to bath every couple of minutes.
Our favourite combination was spending a couple of minutes in the 90-degree sauna, before hopping straight into the 16-degree indoor bath! But there’s plenty of baths to choose from. There are two of the main baths outside with the rest of them indoors. One of the ones outside sits at about 30 degrees, while the other sits at about 25 degrees, complete with its own whirlpool and water fountains!
All of the rest inside range from anywhere between 18-30 degrees, with lots of different sizes! It’s an amazing experience to soak up the healing minerals while you’re relaxing in each different bath. There is even a beer spa that you can go into!
You can find out more about the Szechenyi Baths here…