Széchenyi Thermal Bath in City Park is one of the largest public baths in Europe. It was built in 1913 in Neo-Baroque style and has been extended and modified over the years. Today, there are 18 pools in the complex, 15 of which are spring-fed. In addition to these pools, there are 10 saunas and a range of massage therapies and treatments available.
The hot spring that feeds the thermal pools is rich in minerals including calcium, magnesium, hydro-carbonate, sodium and sulfate. The waters are recommended to help cure degenerative illnesses of joints and bones and treat certain injuries.
Tips for visitors
There are three entrances to the baths – the rear entrance on Állatkerti körút is recommended as this is where the private changing cabins are located. Upon paying the entrance fee, you'll receive a plastic armband that grants you access to a private changing cabin or locker and all of the pools, saunas and steam baths. Swimsuits are mandatory in the complex.
If you visit in the summer, be sure to take some sunscreen with you. Bring some slip-on shoes, towels and a bottle of water. Basic swimsuits and bath towels are available for purchase in the lobby. There's also a charming cafeteria overlooking the outdoor pools that serves light snacks and sandwiches.
During summer, Széchenyi Thermal Bath offers a popular Saturday night party series called Szecska. Pool parties with plenty of great music run every Saturday from 10:30pm to 3am from June until August.
A day pass with a locker is 4,100 Ft (approx. 19.50 AUD) during the week and 4,300 Ft (approx. 20 AUD) on the weekends. A day pass with a private changing cabin is 4,600 Ft (approx. 22 AUD) during the week and 4,800 Ft (approx. 23 AUD) on the weekends.