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Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

1. Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

Book your full-day ticket to the Széchenyi Bath in advance and avoid the long wait in the queue at the entrance. Additionally, take advantage of complimentary tasting of Hungary's famous spirit "pálinka" on an optional guided tour inside the Pálinka Museum. The Széchenyi Bath is the largest thermal spring bath complex not only in Budapest but in Europe as well. It was built in 1913 in a Neo-baroque style. At the time it opened its baths were private, having separate steam baths for men and women, as well as different public baths for men and women. In 1927, the spa complex was expanded and today it comprises 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools. After its expansion, the thermal artesian wasn’t adequate to supply the spa, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal spring dates from 1938. Towels and swimsuits are available for purchase only, no rental. Please note that swimsuits that cover the entire body are not permitted. During your visit, blow off some steam at the pools of Széchenyi Spa (built-in 1913.), which is Europe’s largest healing bath with its’ 15 indoor, and 3 grand outdoor pools. Pools are of varying temperatures, between 18 to 38 °C (64 to 100 °F), and complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and steam bath. Afterward, discover a hidden gem in the city center to taste some Hungarian pálinka (spirits; non-alcoholic drinks are also available). Differently from whiskey or vodka, pálinka is made exclusively from different sorts of fruits and has an aromatic smell. Inside the Pálinka Museum's interactive exhibits, you will learn about its birth, tradition, and history. That’s why Hungary's Pálinka Act of Parliament exists which regulates and protects the production and quality of palinka.

Budapest: Half-Day Private Car Tour

2. Budapest: Half-Day Private Car Tour

You can see the most important sights of Budapest during this 4-hour long tour. This program is recommended for those who have only a short time, want to explore the city alone, or need an orientation. During such a city tour you can decide what you want to see more thoroughly and where you want to go back to. Sightseeing by car is more comfortable and less tiring and allows more time to spend in all places. The suggested highlights include Heroes' Square, Széchenyi Spa, Vajdahunyad Castle, Andrássy Avenue, State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica, Liberty Square, House of Parliament, Chain Bridge, National Museum, Synagogue, old historical town with tight streets of the Castle District, Fisherman's Bastion, Royal Palace, Matthias Church, and the spectacular view from the Gellért Hill (Citadel).

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What people are saying about Szechenyi Thermal Bath

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 5,702 reviews

Definitely worth a day or half a day in this Spa! You have a variety of hot medium and cold baths you can relax in. Sauna and steam rooms in few places. The restaurant is open from 8am. Check in was easy and we were led straight to the spa. If you don’t have swimwear, towels and flip flops you can buy them at the shop there. When you buy the day pass you can stay 9am till it closes at 6pm. We did not get the tour of the museum or the welcome drink. We didn’t bother asking as well. We had a great time at the hot springs. It was amazing. Highly recommended.

The Széchenyi Baths itself is a must for all visiting Budapest, even if just for a couple of hours. I recommend arriving as early as possible, to avoid the noon crowd. Not sure it was worth the extra few quid to enter the Palinka museum though, as there was not much to see. Although, to be fair, we opted for a self guided tour, and I believe the guided version would have improved our experience.

Remember to take your own towels and sliders as you can’t rent only buy at the venue. Otherwise it’s a great way to spend some time.

Lovely as always! You can’t hire towels any more though, so bring your own or you have to buy disposable ones.

take two towel when going here, one for outside and another to dry off in the locker room/cabins