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Gli effetti curativi delle sorgenti termali del territorio di Budapest erano già scoperti dagli antichi romani. Nonostante ciò la cultura delle terme iniziò a svilupparsi solamente nel Medioevo, nel periodo dei turchi.

Il bagno termale Széchenyi che ѐ stato costruito in stile neo barocco nel 1913, ѐ diventato il bagno più grande di Budapest fondato su sorgenti di acqua termale. La sua sorgente ѐ la più profonda e calda di tutte le terme di Budapest con numerose piscine sia interne che esterne. Si trova nel Parco Civico, di fornte al Circo, al lato Pest, ѐ raggiungibile con il metro di linea gialla, la fermata porta il nome del bagno termale, Széchenyi fürdő.


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"A great way to beat the summer heat"
Reviewed June 4, 2013
The Baths have countless pools (hot, warm, and cold) and several saunas. If you want to fully explore the Baths, you will need more than just two hours. The experience is definitely worth the time. In summer, it tends to get crowded and you may end up standing in a long line. If you want to avoid the line (or don't speak Hungarian), I recommend asking at your hotel if they would help you with tickets. The front desk of our hotel offered help when we mentioned we wanted to go there. They sold us the tickets and also made reservations for massages at no extra charge and added the cost to our hotel bill. Later, we discovered that they saved us from standing in a very long line (which we just bypassed, since we had already purchased the tickets) and we also avoided a lot of hassle since only few of the employees we encountered in the Baths spoke English. We spent the extra money to get cabins and we were glad that we did. You will get a watch-like bracelet, that serves as your ticket, unlocks your cabin, and will need to be scanned if you book a massage.

My masseuse was very good and thorough, but our communication was limited to the very basics and mainly gestures, since she did not seem to speak much English, and I do not speak Hungarian or German. The massage was refreshing, but the room was very utilitarian (I had to bring my own towel), so don't expect an American style spa. Also, they do not offer massages for couples, so my husband and I were separated. They were able to get us in at the same time though.

During this visit, I learned the hard way that waterproof/water-resistant watches are not "warm spa water-resistant". Remember to take your watch off before you get in the swimming pools. I ruined my favorite watch.
Visited August 2012

"A Unique Experience"
Reviewed June 3, 2013
My wife wanted very much to visit one of the famous Budapest baths. I had thought at first of going to the Gellert, but the Viking rep recommended Szechenyi. Also highly recommended by Rick Steves. It was an easy metro ride from our hotel. Check-in was easy, helped by an English speaking hostess who greeted us when we entered. It helps to read up on the entrance process beforehand - how to pay, the bracelets, changing cabins/lockers, towel rental. Unfortunately, one of the three outdoor pools was closed for maintenance, but we spent several hours lounging around and in the warm water pool. A unique experience providing a feel of Budapest life.
Visited June 2013

"Splendide!!"

Jun 8, 2013  A TripAdvisor Member
We spent a wonderful afternoon at these spas. There are many pools at all temperatures, indoor and outdoor, hot, warm or cold: a more beautiful than the other. They come in all flavors: with boiling water, with a relaxing geysers, with the "vortex" that pull you into the water, with the healing waters excellent for physical therapy, etc.. If you go to Budapest you have to come here. A great piece of advice, you make in your hotels or tickets online to avoid queuing.

"you must visit!"
Reviewed June 11, 2013 NEW
We visited the baths last week and easily passed 4 hours there and loved every moment. We booked our tickets in advance opting for cabins rather than lockers. The staff were very helpful showing the way to the cabins and how to activate and use the wristbands. It is popular and gets crowded but the outdoor pools are spacious and there's enough room for everyone. I don't understand comments saying that this place is dirty, we found it to be immaculate! It was a beautiful sunny day when we visited so spent most of our time in the outdoor pools but do take time to visit the various indoor pools each of differing temperature/mineral composition and also visit the saunas. There are a couple of cafes selling beers, snacks and drinks. It was the last day of our 4 day visit and the perfect way to ease the aching muscles and feet! thoroughly recommended!
Visited June 2013

“A relaxing afternoon”

Reviewed April 12, 2013

Myself and two friends visited the baths on our second day of a three night stay in Budapest. We bought the ticket from the hotel reception and got a cabin thrown in in place of a locker. Although it was a bit chilly outside the pools were lovely and warm.The activity pool is 30 to 34C the thermal pool is 38C and the swimming pool is 26 to 18C. Remember if you want to swim you must wear a swimming cap! However, you do not need one in the other pools.
Inside there are 14 other pools , hydro pools ,saunas and stream rooms for you to try.
Its a beautiful building and well worth a visit for the building alone.
There is a cafeteria which you can access pool side but the food is horrible.
There is a bar outside so take a waterproof carrier for some cash to save you a trip back to the cabin.
We hired towels as we didnt want to carry wet towels around with us, the cost is reasonable but you need a large deposit.

Visited April 2013

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“Confusing but a nice experience”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We opted for going to these baths and hopped on the metro that took us almost to the door.

We bought our tickets from the hotel and exchanged them for entry with a tourist point just as we walked in. W had to pay cash but it did mean we didn't have to figure out the wide range of options. Unfortunately then we were totally lost! We managed to get through the gate and find the towel hire (actual cost 700 HUF but large deposit as well). Luckily there were some staff around who helped us with the cabin system and we managed to follow some people to the showers!

Once in we had a wander round all of the pools. Most pools had Hungarian signs but little English. This was fine for pools as you can make out the temperature but for some of the saunas we weren't sure (there was an interesting one that goes through a cycle of lights, no idea why!). We didn't really know what we were doing but enjoyed it anyway.

Towards the end we did see some tour guides which I think we're free. I would recommend trying to find them on the way in, it would have been nice to know what the different pools are for so we could have made more of it.

Definitely pleased we did it and nice way to unwind

Visited April 2013

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"A must do in budapest plus some tips!"
Reviewed January 4, 2013
The Szechenyi baths are amazing and a must visit whilst in Budapest! Though they can be a little confusing! Just a couple of tips to make your visit as pleasurable as possible- purchase your tickets in advance so you don't need to line up (as the lines can get quite long!). We were able to buy some from our hotel reception. When you get in you can hire towels which are 4600 forints each- you receive 4000 back upon return of the towels. We didn't have enough cash with us so went without towels :( This one is pretty simple but we couldn't work it out the first time we came- To be allocated a cabin to change in you need to hold your wrist band against the electronic box (which are located in the change room areas) it will then flash up a number- go find your cabin and voila! Enjoy!

Visited January 2013

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“Die Buchung war perfekt.”

So wird das Urlaubserlebnis sehr besonders. In Ruhe zuhause gebucht, vor Ort Zeit gespart.
Sehr zu empfehlen.

March 13th, 2012

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“Altes schönes Thermalbad- viel Liegefläche outdoor”

Wenig Liegeflächen indoor, aber Ambiente beeindruckend im Außenbereich- gute schöne Lage- neben vielen weiteren Sehenswürdigkeiten...auf jeden Fall einen Besuch wert!

February 11th, 2012

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Wer in einem von den Bädern in Budapest gehen möchte, der sollte ins Szechenyi-Bad gehen. Es ist ein wirklich schönes Bad mit vielen Wellnessbecken drinnen und draußen. Was sehr streng genommen wird ist die Badehaube fürs Schwimmerbecken. Das ist das einzige Becken was etwas kühler ist, aber ohne Badehaube darf man dort nicht seine Bahnen ziehen. Viel Spaß dort

July 19th, 2011

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"Soak Your Cares Away"

The procedure was unfamiliar but easy.
We bought a voucher from our hotel concierge (no markup) for two entries and one changing cabin (the cabin is about 30" square). From the subway (it's not the last stop, so look out for the Szechenyi Fordu stop), it's a short walk to the wrong entrance for people with vouchers, but a sign told us to go to the other entrance, across from the amusement park carousel. The lady at the voucher-holders' desk gave us our wristbands and told us what to do. One wristband was for entry plus cabin, the other was for entry.
First stop is the turnstile; wristbands open the turnstile.
Next stop is to find your cabin number. Place the cabin wristband on the wall display (hard to describe, but obvious once you see it), and your cabin number appears. One of the attendants helped us with this. Next stop is your cabin. Your cabin wristband unlocks the door. All this is pretty simple and secure. We got changed, left our stuff and our towels in the cabin, and went to the big open pool in the middle of the courtyard with the circular current so you can swim in a ring with other bathers. We got curious as we saw people go up steps and into a door, so we followed them. Inside, we found a succession of large tiled pools with different temperatures (34, 36, 38, 40 and more) and saunas (hot, hotter, aromatherapy, lights); the temperatures are posted on the wall. We spent about three hours on Tuesday afternoon while the rain came down outside, and we soaked away our tourist aches and all our worries. People wore bathing suits of all kinds, some wore singlets (I think I saw one man in a t-shirt), some wore sandals or flip-flops to get from one pool to another, they ranged in age from babies to seniors, some brought towels to leave on the benches (lots of benches to sit or rest on); some brought cameras--the interior is impressive--one young girl from England had her (waterproof) camera in the sauna. A couple of massage therapists offered their services, but we declined. I saw one woman wearing a neck wallet such as you might wear at the beach; I guess most people (like us) left all their stuff in their locker.You're supposed to shower with soap before you enter the baths, and there are lots of showers, but we didn't see the sign until we reached almost the last pool. For two people with a cabin, the cost was 7,200HUF, about $32.
Don't miss this if you're in Budapest. Bring your bathing suit and optional flip-flops, bring a towel from your hotel (you can rent this stuff at the baths, too), and plan to spend a few hours.

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