According to, the historic Hungarian Széchenyi Bath won the ‘International thermal medical bath of the year’ award at the International Medical Travel Journal’s gala dedicated to medical tourism awards.

The titles are awarded in 21 categories by an international jury every year to enterprises in the medical tourism industry that can show outstanding results. “The award reflects the international acknowledgement of our developments” said László Szőke, the managing director of Budapest Thermal Baths and Thermal Waters Inc. The jury only accepted the entry of baths in the category that could prove the water’s medical effects by research.

széchenyi bath 1930

The Széchenyi Bath in 1930

This is how IMTJ defined this category: “Awarded to the medical bath which bases its medical interventions on natural thermal water attracting domestic as well as international patients. Entries will be accepted from baths which provide evidence-based medical treatments with the supervision of physicians and medical personnel. Judges will be looking for evidence of the number and type of patients treated, quality and range of services as well as clinical trial information (regarding the evidence-based therapies). Supporting information should include numbers of medical tourists treated, country of origin, plus evidence of range of services, service quality and patient satisfaction.”


The Széchenyi Bath today

This is a great honour for the Széchenyi Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool, which is one of the biggest bath complexes in Europe. It was the first thermal bath in Budapest and it was built between 1909 and 1913 in modern renaissance style. Its thermal water comes from the capital’s second deepest well, from 1246 metres and 76° Celsius. The maquette of the building will represent Hungary in Brussels at the Mini Europe maquette exhibition.

The bath complex went through three major renovations in the last couple of years which, all in all, costed more than 3 billion forints. The mechanical engineering modernisation started last autumn and will last for 18 months, besides ongoing opening hours.


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