The city of Budapest is famed for its beautiful architecture, incredible food and its offering of thermal baths and spas.
Szechenyi is the largest thermal baths in Budapest, as well as the largest medical bath in the whole of Europe. Consisting of 18 pools, as well as saunas, a steam room, spa facilities and immersion pools, Szechenyi Baths are one of the most popular destinations for both tourists and locals in Budapest.
While the Gellert Baths are quite as large as the Szechenyi Baths, they're still an incredibly popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. Opened in 1918, the Gellert Baths are home to a range of thermal pools, ranging from temperatures of 19°C to 40°C, and have a selection of immersion pools, spa treatments and facilities as well as plenty of thermal baths for you to enjoy.
When it comes to choosing which one to visit, however - Szechenyi Baths or Gellert Baths - it can be quite hard to make your decision unless you can thoroughly compare them both.
The table below will show you a brief comparison of both thermal baths to help you make your decision about which one is best.
#1 of 137 spas and wellness in Budapest
#23 of 137 spas and wellness in Budapest
|Architecture||Palace-like structure (largest thermal baths in Europe) complete with outdoor pools and marbled architecture||Most famous Art Nouveau-style building home to thermal baths in the whole of Budapest and Europe. Often referred to as the “Palace of Baths”|
|How Long It Takes to see||Locals spend as little as 15 minutes here, but you can spend as much as 8 to 12 hours experiencing every that it has to offer||Depending on the experience you want to have, you can spend as little as 30 minutes (in the thermal pools) all the way to all day if you want to experience the spa packages and treatments|
6am to 10pm every day
Open 365 days of the year
6am to 8pm every day
365 days per year
|Best Times to Visit||Early morning or late evening, especially during the weekend as the baths are incredibly busy on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Low season months from November to March are less busy||Early mornings or later in the evening are the best times to go. Low season, particularly in the winter months are also much quieter and less crowded with tourists|
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|Is It Right for Me?||Children over the age of 14 are permitted in the baths, children who are not fully toilet trained are not permitted in any pools, children under 14 are permitted in some pools but not in pools that are more than 33°C||The same rules apply for almost every thermal bath in Budapest - children over the age of 14 are permitted in the baths, children who are not fully toilet trained are not permitted in any pools, children under 14 are permitted in some pools but not in pools that are more than 33°C|
|How to Get There?||
Hotel pick-up with your ticket
Several buses and metro links available
Within walking distance from Charles Bridge and Gellert Hill
Hotel transfers and pick-up available
Metro links and bus routes
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|Read More||A Complete guide to Szechenyi Baths||A Complete guide to Gellert Baths|
Duration: 9 hours
Duration: 4 hours
Duration: 30 minutes
Duration: 90 to 120 minutes
Duration: 2 hours
Duration: Approx. seven and a half hours
Duration: 50 minutes
Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 45 minutes
Duration: 3 days 18 hours