Széchenyi fűrdő

Address
Állatkerti krt. 11.
(36-1) 363-3210

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About
Széchenyi furdo is one of Europe’s greatest spa complexes. A physiotherapeutical department, run as part of an outpatient hospital, in addition to the medicinal water and the lovely surroundings, ensure the healing for visitors. This spa is not only extraordinary for its medicinal water and the large area it occupies, but is also special for the care manifested in the architecture of its facilities; the sculptures and glass mosaics decorating the spa were made by Hungary’s leading artists. The spacious and sunny pool halls bear a touch of the Roman fondness for spas, and the tub bath reflects the signs of the Greek and Scandinavian bath cultures. These are shown in the saunas, baths and steam rooms available at the different departments. The present building of the spa was completed in 1913. The Szecsenyi swimming pool was built in 1927, and following that it was converted to the winter season, it is open to visitors all year long. Also in 1927, a bath department and a complete physiotherapeutical department were added as part of an outpatient hospital. (From: spa.hu)


One of the largest spa complexes in Europe, it was also the first thermal on the Pest side. Located in the City Park, the Széchenyi Baths are the most popular with locals and travelers alike. From the outside, you’d never believe its enormity, but once inside it is humungous with a variety of water temperature pools including a whirlpool that spins you around. Crowds of bathers including many families and tourists visit the palatial unisex outdoor swimming pool, but due to its size, it never feels overcrowded. Turkish-style thermal baths are segregated and are located off to the sides of the pool. In warm weather, there is segregated nude sunbathing on the roof. Any tourist photo of older gentlemen playing chess on floating chess boards while half-immersed in water is a photo of this bath. Prices are all posted in English, and the refund system is described. (From: Frommer’s)


Budapest has been celebrated for its curative baths since Roman times, when the city was known as Aquincum. Among the most venerated are these baths, which sit atop a metro station (Szechenyi furdo) in the middle of City Park. Occupying a sprawling, neo-Baroque complex from 1913, Szechenyi has 15 pools ranging from frigid to steaming. Be sure to bring a swimsuit: unlike many segregated baths in town, Szechenyi is co-ed and has a G-rated family atmosphere. (From: New York Times)

Comments
I visited this bath on a warm, sunny weekday. It was certainly visited by others, but didn’t feel crowded at all. The complex is setup as a veritable maze of different pools of different temperatures. You will find yourself walking through many of them just trying to find your way outside from the changing facilities. When you arrive and pay, you must decide if you want a locker or a cabin, which is actually more of a closet that you change in. The lockers are large and secure, so unless you are extremely modest and don’t want to change in front of the same sex, their is really no need for a cabin. The complex is home to everyone of all body types, though not many children were there when I was. Prepare yourself for speedos. The pools outside are the nicest in my opinion and have water temperature clearly posted. Most everyone wears flip-flops and removes them before entering. Food and drinks are somewhat pricey. If you want a beach chair it must be rented, though you are free to sit on the many benches around.