Budapest, the perfect place to treat your body and mind with thermal spas.
A city with a long spa tradition, the local culture of bathing goes back over 2000 years to when the Romans first discovered these waters. The restorative practice of balneotherapy or “taking the waters” has for centuries been used as a cure for many ailments including poor circulation, muscular aches, arthritis and various skin conditions. Budapest offers a range of thermal spas from historic Turkish and medieval baths to the more modern.
Your time in Budapest includes entrance to the opulent baroque style Szechenyi Baths and the art deco Gellert Spa. The Szechenyi baths are one of the best and largest spa baths in Europe with a number of indoor baths and grand outdoor pools of various temperatures and minerals. The Gellert Spa is one of the most famous thermal spa baths in Europe and is a beautiful example of the Art Deco architecture that will be celebrating it’s 100 year anniversary this year.
While “taking the waters” will treat your body, Budapest has a wealth of historical and cultural attractions to satisfy your mind and soul. From river cruises down the Danube to nights at the Opera, a range of tours can be organised to help you make the most of your stay in Budapest.
A range of accommodation with excellent spas has been organised to suit your needs. Choose to stay in old-school glamour on the Margitsziget Island, a tranquil getaway in the centre capital. Located in the Danube River, between the Buda and Pest areas, the island is the green heart of the city with landscaped parkland and its own thermal water source, which is used in the therapeutic thermal pools of the resort.
The Aria Hotel Budapest is a luxury boutique hotel with an exquisite design inspired by music. Located in the historic city centre on the Pest side of the Danube River, the hotel is situated beside the famous St. Stephen’s Basilica. The hotel’s unique music, entertainment, and spa concept work in concert with this majestic city to create an unparalleled experience for all travellers.
If you wish to completely indulge yourself in the bathing traditions a stay at the Gellert Hotel, which houses the famous Gellert Baths is a must. The hotel retains the elegance of a bygone era and has long been an iconic landmark. Located at the foot of the Gellert hill, it is also a perfect base for exploring the city.
Some suggested itineraries are below to give you a few ideas but contact Sarah to help plan your perfect thermal experience in Budapest.