Regardless of the season, Budapest as the “City of Spas” awaits visitors with a wide range of outdoor thermal pools in the winter as well. Thus, if we would like to relax a bit during these cold days, it is worth visiting the open thermal waters in the Hungarian capital and getting immersed in the pleasant bath experience.
Széchenyi Thermal Bath
The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of the largest and most famous outdoor spa complexes in Budapest and Europe. Located in the biggest green oasis of the capital – the City Park –, the beautifully restored antique spa has become an iconic symbol of the Hungarian capital. The thermal bath is also popular in cold weather thanks to its steaming outdoor pool. Here, visitors can get immersed in the autumn sunlight or enjoy the snowfall in wintertime.
The outdoor pool includes a drift corridor, underwater bubbles, neck showers, and a jet of water massaging the back,
reported Termálfürdő. Inside the bath, guests can also enjoy numerous indoor pools, saunas, and steam rooms. In addition, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath offers a wide range of medical and wellness services. If you are in Budapest, you should definitely visit the spa and enjoy its autumn-winter charm that will amaze you for sure.
Gellért Thermal Bath
Next to Gellért Hill, you can find the similarly popular Gellért Spa which awaits guests with both indoor and outdoor thermal pools. Besides its architectural wonders, you can enjoy several wellness and spa services, numerous pools, saunas, and steam rooms. The outdoor area is also worth a visit, with a fantastic outdoor thermal pool. Here, you can admire the mesmerising Gellért Hotel and the surrounding ancient houses on one side and the renovated park of Gellért Hill on the other side.
Additionally, a sauna and an ice-cold plunge pool in the exterior area further enhance the pleasant thermal bath experience.
Rudas Thermal Bath
At the foot of Gellért Hill, we can find the Rudas Spa, also known as one of the most iconic Turkish baths in Budapest. Inside the 450-year-old thermal bath, guests can enjoy six different temperature pools, a wellness department, and a cocktail bar on the rooftop. In addition to its special spa services and traditional water massages, Rudas awaits guests with a special night experience above the city. On Friday and Saturday evenings, you can get immersed in the relaxing world of Rudas Bath with your partner, friends or family. According to the website of Rudas, the attractive thermal programme enables you
“to stop over the pulsating city and end the week in the rooftop panoramic Danube pool with a sip of champagne.”
Lukács Thermal Bath
The indoor/outdoor thermal pools of Lukács Bath are heated naturally by hot springs. The indoor thermal department awaits guests for healing and relaxation with 3 spa pools at different temperatures. In the wellness area, the outdoor adventure pool is available in both winter and summer. This is the most popular swimming pool in the spa where guests can enjoy whirlpool beds, neck showers, back massagers, and a drift in the pool to make the most of the bathing experience.
Good to know: From 1 November 2021, it is obligatory to wear a mask in the indoor areas of the thermal baths, except in the pools and pool areas.
Read alsoTwo Hungarian hot springs are among the best in Europe – Lonely Planet
Source: termalfurdo.hu; rudasfurdo.hu
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