Our Favorite Budapest Baths

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Gettin’ Rudas
photograph courtesy of generationexpat.com

One of the wonders of the world can be found in Budapest. We’re talking, of course, about soothing thermal spring baths. Exploited back in the day by both the Romans and the Turks, thermal spring baths continue to ease the stresses and strains of life for locals and visitors alike in contemporary Budapest. Check out Budapest Spas and Hot Springs for overviews of 15 baths in Budapest.

Among the oldest and most exquisite baths in operation in Budapest today are the Rudas baths (Döbrentei tér 9, telephone: +36-1-356-1322), where six pools, three saunas, and two steam rooms await. Visitors to the Budapest Spas and Hot Springs site have voted Rudas the third most popular baths in town.

Renovated in 2005 in a manner that maintains its exquisite Ottoman architectural details, the Rudas spa gives its guests the opportunity to slip not only into calming spring water but also into an altogether different time.

Massages using two different techniques are available: orvosi, which is relaxing and meant to restore the body’s balance, and vizí, which is meant to, well, beat your muscles into submission. Try both techniques. If you have ovaries, make sure to call ahead. On most days, baths are open exclusively to men.

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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