MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020
There’s nothing like lounging around in some fresh water to chase away a hangover from some harsh partying.
Being an inland city certainly does not hold the Budapest locals back from enjoying a good ol’ splash around. In fact Budapest is world famous for its thermal springs! There thought to be over 1000 in Hungary, with upwards of 120 in the city itself. The best part of all this? Some clever cookies decided build baths on top of them!
The biggest and most popular of these are the Széchenyi Baths, located smack bang in the middle of City Park. This grandiose bad boy has a combination of 15 indoor pools, 3 large outdoor pools, and other perks like saunas, the perfect combination to sweat out last nights party. If you’d rather keep the ball rolling, Széchenyi also has a beer spa option which comes with 45 minutes of free beer.
The baths are also the proudly chosen location of the world famous Sparty. Every Saturday (in summer) the baths turn into a glimmering concoction of dance music, lasers and debauchery.
The Gellert Baths are nestled into the foot of Gellert hill (a great insta photo op location if you don’t mind a short walk). The site once housed original Turkish baths, but were since rebuilt along with a hotel. These baths are a perfect stop to imagine yourself prancing around as a Roman emperor among their large marble columns and crazy mosaics.
If you’d rather entertain your inner child, Aquaworld is every big kids dream. Looking like it’s just dropped out of an Aztec warriors wet dream, it has 11 giant slides, wave and surf pools. Just like the baths, Aquaworld is open all year round. In summer it also has additional outdoor facilities on a large landscaped beach.
Located on the Buda side of the city, Csillaghegyi (try pronouncing that with a mouthful of goulash) is Budapest’s oldest open air baths. Surrounded by a beautiful park, the baths are the perfect location to escape from Budapest’s brutal nightlife.
Palatinus Baths are located on Margaret Island (or Margitsziget) which is a park in the centre of the city with plenty of other things to do and see, such as a musical fountain. Palatinus also includes a wave pool and an array of slides, just be careful not to have last nights party coming back up through your mouth. Caveat: This is more of a summer location, so maybe give it a miss and drown your sorrows in a ruin bar if you are outside the season.
If you don’t mind going a little out of the city (an hour or so) Lupa Beach is a unique chance to lie on a warm sandy beach and pretend like you’re in the Bahamas. Enjoy a cocktail under a palm tree and soak in the vibes.
So Budapest is more than just a pretty face aye? This thriving city has endless places to explore and experience, summer or winter, rain or shine, it’s swimming game is no exception. So, what are you waiting for?