Széchenyi Spa

Szechenyi Spa

This spa is undoubtedly the most famous in Budapest and the largest spa in Europe.

Prices and availability of accommodation

Originally, the site was occupied by the so-called Artesian Baths from 1891, but these were rebuilt in 1909-1913 into their current neo-Baroque form. The building is designed in a mirror design, with two identical parts, which refers to the division of the baths into male and female parts, as was the case in the past.

The huge complex and the magnificent buildings

The complex is divided into internal and external parts, with two thermal pools with temperatures of 74 and 77 °C flowing from a depth of 1,256 metres.

There are 15 smaller indoor pools with different water temperatures, saunas, steam chambers, a large swimming pool and two large outdoor thermal pools.

Thewater temperature in the pools varies between 28 and 38 °C.

Bathing in the backdrop of ornate neo-Gothic buildings has its own unique charm. In addition to the classic pools, you can enjoy various massage gargoyles and benches or relaxation zones.

Healing water not only for the musculoskeletal system

The healing water here helps especially patients with joint and movement problems. It is also suitable for the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, neuritis, post-traumatic treatment, but is also enjoyed as a drinking cure for the treatment of the respiratory and digestive system. In short, after a day of swimming in the local pools, your body will feel as if it has been reborn.

The thermal water at Széchenyi Baths contains sulphur, calcium, fluoride, boric acid and magnesium bicarbonate.

Interestingly, the water from the pools is diverted to the neighbouring zoo for the hippo enclosure. In fact, the water in their homeland has a very similar composition to the local thermal spring.

Admission and practical information

The Széchenyi Thermal Baths are open every day:

Tickets are sold by the day only (for a specific calendar day, not 24 hours) and the base price includes access to all indoor and outdoor pools, saunas and steam rooms. It also includes a locker for storing personal belongings.

The price is the same for all ages and the complete price list can be found on the website:

Monday-Thursday Friday and weekends Holidays
Day admission (arrival after 9 am) 10 500 huf 12 000 huf 13 000 huf
Daily admission (arrival before 9:00) 8 400 huf 9 700 huf
(discount on Fridays only)
discount not available

Personal massages, wraps, baths, manicures, pedicures or even beer baths can be purchased at an additional cost. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, but also online at the spa's website.

Bring a swimsuit and towel, a swim cap is also compulsory for the outdoor swimming pool (not the two thermal pools) and can be purchased on site if required.

Location and transport

Széchenyi Spa is located in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings of Városliget Park on the eastern edge of the wider centre.

It is conveniently accessible by the historic M1 metro line, which takes you to Széchenyi fürdő station. The 72M trolleybus also stops here.


Are you coming to Budapest primarily for the spa? Then it's definitely worth staying in a hotel as close to the spa as possible. In particular, look for hotels in the nearby Heroes' Square, where you will find several of them:

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