Budapest for me, was not a city of love with first sight. However, there was one thing I really loved about it, and that was the thermal baths.
There are a total of seven baths to choose between in the city. So many, because there is thermal springs that are located underneath the city. However, we ended up visited the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, due to that this was the one recommended by several of the locals. And it is also the biggest one, and probably the most famous.
And this time Budapest did not let me down…
The architecture dated back to 1913 is stunning, and one of the thing I also enjoyed was to see the local middelage men sitting playing chess while being in the pool for hours. They actually played the whole time we were there. A cultural experience for sure!
Some visitors have complained about the pool being overcrowded. We were far from alone, but there were still a lot of space for us. But we did not go in the middle of the tourist season. It might be different then.
Others claim that is dirty. And I have to agree it is not the most hygienic place I have been. But still it is not the dirtiest.
That being said, a day in the Széchenyi Thermal Bath was exactly what we needed, and it ended up being our favorite thing to do in Budapest.
If you are going to visit Széchenyi Thermal Bath, here are a few tips:
– Bring your own towel – and put it on a “safe” place. One of ours got stolen.
– Bring your own shampoo and soap – there is none there, and you will feel like using this after getting up from the baths.
– Pay a bit extra to get a locker, than just a safe. Then you get privacy for change your clothes.
– Brig flip flops. This we did not have, but wish we did as the floor is a bit dirty, wet and cold.
– In tourist season you can buy the tickets for no extra charge at your hotel or the tourist information – this can save you some time in the queue.
– Most important of all – Enjoy and relax!
Have you been to Budapest? What was your favorite thing to do – did you like the baths?