Visiting Budapest is not complete without bathing in one of its world-famous thermal spring spas. The Romans had already discovered the healthy effects of the thermal springs on the locations now inside Budapest, however the culture of bath started to develop just in the Turkish times.
Since its building in 1918, the Gellért Spa was one of the most prestigious thermal baths on the Buda side of the city. Gellért spa is famous for its main hall with gallery and glass roof, built in the Art-Nouveau style, sparkling bath and open-air pool with artificial waves. The bath is decorated with numerous Art-Nouveau furnishings, artistic mosaics and sculptures.
The earliest remaining records about the "magical healing spring" are from the 15th century. Later the Turkish favorised this spring, because it was warmer and larger than any other springs in Buda. In the 17th century the bath was called the "muddy" bath, due to the fine layer of mineral mud consolidated on the bottom of the pools.
The current bath complex and hotel was opened in 1918, and was expanded in 1927 and 1934 with artificial wave pool, and with bubble bath.
Today its working also as a medical bath, with wide variety of services, including even an inhalatorium.
+Massage: +17 EUR
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Give the gift of an unforgettable experience!
We give you the opportunity to surprise your loved ones with a wonderful experience by purchasing a free date ticket for them to use whenever they like.
If you book this program online, you can enter the spas with the printed confirmation email between 9-18 hours, and you can stay till closing time (20-22 hours).
If you booked massage with your ticket, our collegues will contact you via email about the time of the massage (in between 9-18hours)
Coordinates: 47° 29.0574' N, 019° 3.1044' E
“Relaxing in glorious surroundings”
4 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 28, 2014 NEW
We pre-booked our trip to the spa which gave us access to lockable cubicles where you just leave all your stuff. However, they are a bit grotty, while the more public changing rooms where you can rent a locker looked much nicer, as though they had been recently refurbished. However, this didn't spoil our visit, which included a quick aqua fit class in the swimming pool, which seemed to happen fairly often. You will need to take a swimming hat (a shower cap will do if you aren't going to do any serious swimming, although the Hungarian slow swimming club seemed to be there in numbers), a towel, and flip flops - the floors in the saunas and steam rooms get very hot. If you opt for any massages etc. you need to come out of the pool area and cross the lobby to the other side, which is a bit weird if you are only wearing a swimming costume! The massage took an hour and was lovely, and the staff were really helpful. I would only question the choice of 'relaxing' music for the massage - Michael Bolton! Although the outside temperature was below freezing, one of the outdoor pools was open, as was the sauna outside. Well worth a visit.
Just Go and Relax...”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 10, 2014 NEW
As one of the 3 main thermal baths in the Budapest area, this labyrinth of pools will get your body well relaxed after a walking day throught the city. We walked from the hotel (15 minutes walk from the Marriott Millenium Hotel). If you have the oportunity, buy the tickets at the hotel and will save on making te line and few bucks also. Tey have 3 choices:
1. Just access to the pools
2. Access with Lockers access
3. Access with cabin access (more private)
As soon as we arrived the acknowledge the hotel voucher and moved us to the front, issued our access bracelets and we were in. They might offer you a massage packaged, which is good too, but is your choice. Now, like I mentioned before, is a like a small maze to get the the lockers area, make sure you bring a towel and some sandals if you like to walk around the place. They have several pools and they are marked with the water temperature, very convenient if you want to go to the hot water pools. Select the pool you like to relax in and enjoy your time. The outside pool is closed during the winter season, however, the outside hot pool and sauna are open.
The ancient decoration inside is as relaxed as the pools.
“Worth a visit but read reviews first”
Reviewed June 29, 2013
Beautiful and interesting old art nouveau building. These baths are magnificent and well worth a visit but it's expensive at roughly £15 each and staff are unhelpful at best so read the reviews so you don't need to rely on them.
Book in advance at your hotel and pay the extra for a cabin (cubicle). Take your own flip flops, towel (your hotel will lend you one) and swimming cap (even men need to wear cap in main pool). The entrance to the baths is on the right hand side of the building. When entering, the 'help desk' for pre booked tickets is immediately on your left before going through the swing doors. You will be given a wrist band which will get you through the turnstile and lock your cubicle. Go through the 2 sets of swing doors and the entrance to baths is on your right after the ticket and 'information' desks. Follow stairs down to cubicles. Main pool and spa is immediately on your right as you reach cubicle area. Outdoor wave pool, spa and sauna are further along on your left. There are maps of the baths on the walls but it can still be confusing. Take your towel with you to pools. Showers are through the door to wave pool, in the toilets at top of stairs to lockers, outside next to wave pool and next to main pool too - take your pick. To lock lockers push in button on door with disc on wrist band and hold until it clicks. Same to unlock. I imagine its the same for cabins which I advise you get unless you're happy to change in front of everyone. Wave pool is great fun. Lifeguard will let you know when it's due to start. Baths are open until 8pm - make sure you get your money's worth. Massages available at extra cost.
Visited June 2013
Get your hotel to help you book if you dont speak Hungarian. Rather complicated if you are unfamiliar. Take a swimming cap (or your hotel shower cap) as you need it for the communal baths. Perhaps worth booking a cabin (and you have to book a massage) with your hotel to make it easier. Also take flip flops to avoid burning your feet in the sauna! Dont be shy to explore. The separate men and women sections are vast. Mid week is a great time to experience the locals as they soak away their worries and chat in this majestic baths.
Visited January 2012
Das Gellert Bad ist wirklich sehr faszinierend.
Das wundervolle Jugendstilgebäude mit den atemberaubenden Bäder und Hallen und die warmen Quellen sind bereits eine Reise nach Budapest wert!
January 10th, 2011