60% of foreign tourists visit one of the many baths during their holiday in Budapest. But what’s the appeal? Termalfurdo.hu has compiled a guide to the baths of Budapest based on ratings and feedback given by foreigners on tripadvisor.com to find out what tourists think about these extremely popular places.
All in all, we can say that tourists have a very high opinion about the baths of Budapest. They like the atmosphere of the old buildings, the traditional baths, especially the ones reminiscent of Turkish times. They are satisfied with the services and the water quality as well. The only downside mentioned is the staff’s occasional lack of language skills and the lack of information signs.
The Széchenyi Baths have received the highest amount of feedback, over 14 thousand votes. More than half of the visitors gave 4 or 5 out of 5 points, and the baths earned 4 out of 5 points in total. The feedbacks reveal that the baths are frequented by couples and families the most. Tourists especially love the outdoor pools which are an amazing experience even in the coldest of weathers. People appreciate the long opening hours, but they also mention that the queues for the entrance and the towel and slipper rental are often very long. Some also mention the lack of information signs and the language difficulties.Gellért Baths. Photo: gellertfurdo.hu
The Gellért Baths received a rating of 3.5, based on more than 5 thousand feedbacks, which is still an excellent score on the website. The baths are visited by couples most often, and only rarely by families. Many people praise the various massages and the historical-mystical atmosphere of the indoor pools. First time visitors sometimes feel as though they are in a maze which is due to the historical building’s interior. The lack of towel and slipper rental is mentioned as a downside, but many people highlight the staff’s language skills. The visitors also like that the baths are easily approachable by public transport.
Quiz: Can you recognise the historic baths of Budapest? Rudas Baths. Photo: rudasfurdo.hu
Close to Gellért is Rudas Baths, which received 1,700 ratings and 4 out of 5 points. A big percentage of the visitors are single tourists, mostly because the bath keeps separate days for men and women. Visitors also praise the renovated bath’s interior which blends Turkish and modern architecture. The panorama pool on the roof is also a favourite, and so are the days when the baths are open at night.Irgalmasok Veli Bej Baths. Photo: termalfurdo.hu
The Irgalmasok Veli Bej Baths are not so well known but all the more loved by those who have visited it. The baths received 303 ratings and 4.5 out of 5 points on Tripadvisor. Foreigners find it quiet and calm, it’s not crowded, and the traditional Turkish bath has a wonderful atmosphere. Visitors highlight that the bath is very clean and not too expensive, but the website is not updated regularly.Király Baths. Photo: kiralyfurdo.hu
Király Baths received 4 out of 5 points and over 500 feedbacks. One of the visitors summarised the experience by saying, “those who want to have fun should go to Széchenyi Baths, but those who want a spiritual experience should choose Király Baths”. For many tourists, the relatively small and old bath feels like a Medieval time travel.Lukács Baths. Photo: lukacsfurdo.hu
Finally, Lukács Baths got 4 out of 5, based on 524 feedbacks. Many people praise the water quality and the quiet atmosphere of the bath. Lukács is also a great choice for those who want to know how the local population spends their time in baths.
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