|The main indoor pool at Gellert Bath and Spa in Budapest, Hungary.|
No matter, the thermal pool into which I immersed my body felt heavenly.
|The hotel and spa are located at the bottom of|
scenic Gellert Hill in Budapest.
Whether or not the calcium, magnesium, hydrocarbonate, alkalis, chloride, sulfate, and fluoride (yes, all those minerals are in the thermal pool waters) actually alleviate aching joints, improve circulation, or cure a variety of ailments doesn’t matter to most people visiting the thermal springs today. The baths have become a social gathering place for fun and entertainment as well as relaxation and healing.
|Locals and tourists wait for the huge manmade waves |
that roll though this pool.
While it’s still possible to experience traditional Turkish baths in Budapest, Gellert and Szechenyi, the two largest and best known public baths, have been modernized for today’s clients. I was able to experience both of these during my August visit to Budapest.
|Lavish decorations inside Gellert Bath.|
|Spring-fed Szecheny Bath is located in Budapest City Park.|
The spring waters of Szechenyi Baths were discovered in the 1880s, and by 1913 millions of people were immersing themselves in the therapeutic powers of the baths. Szechenyi is a huge public coed bath located in City Park, the largest green space in Budapest. The Neo-baroque palace was specifically built for hosting Szechenyi Baths, which includes a total of 18 indoor and outdoor pools, some fed by hot springs and others featuring cooler temperatures. Ten saunas and steam baths are also available for guests, as are aroma therapy massages and other spa services.
|Buildings surrounding Szechney Baths are also ornate.|
|Bathers enjoy the warm, therapeutic waters indoors year round.|
If you're into wellness and spas, don’t miss this iconic experience when visiting Budapest.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier