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Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

1. Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

Book your full-day ticket to the Széchenyi Bath in advance and avoid the long wait in the queue at the entrance. Additionally, take advantage of complimentary tasting of Hungary's famous spirit "pálinka" on an optional guided tour inside the Pálinka Museum. The Széchenyi Bath is the largest thermal spring bath complex not only in Budapest but in Europe as well. It was built in 1913 in a Neo-baroque style. At the time it opened its baths were private, having separate steam baths for men and women, as well as different public baths for men and women. In 1927, the spa complex was expanded and today it comprises 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools. After its expansion, the thermal artesian wasn’t adequate to supply the spa, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal spring dates from 1938. Towels and swimsuits are available for purchase only, no rental. Please note that swimsuits that cover the entire body are not permitted. During your visit, blow off some steam at the pools of Széchenyi Spa (built-in 1913.), which is Europe’s largest healing bath with its’ 15 indoor, and 3 grand outdoor pools. Pools are of varying temperatures, between 18 to 38 °C (64 to 100 °F), and complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and steam bath. Afterward, discover a hidden gem in the city center to taste some Hungarian pálinka (spirits; non-alcoholic drinks are also available). Differently from whiskey or vodka, pálinka is made exclusively from different sorts of fruits and has an aromatic smell. Inside the Pálinka Museum's interactive exhibits, you will learn about its birth, tradition, and history. That’s why Hungary's Pálinka Act of Parliament exists which regulates and protects the production and quality of palinka.

Budapest: Rudas Spa Wellness and Dining Experience

2. Budapest: Rudas Spa Wellness and Dining Experience

Spend a day at the 450-year-old Rudas Thermal Bath and relax in the warm thermal waters. Enjoy the spa facilities including the sauna area, a 42-degree thermal pool, an 11-degree plunge pool, as well as a panorama pool.   Then head over to the bistro and enjoy a delicious 3-course meal from the a la carte menu. Select the wine or champagne options to complete your meal with a drink.    Dine while admiring the stunning views over the Danube River and the cityscape. Enjoy this unique wellness adventure, in the heart of Budapest.

Budapest: Margaret Island Day Spa Entry Ticket

3. Budapest: Margaret Island Day Spa Entry Ticket

Pamper yourself at the prestigious Thermal Margaret Island for a day. The spa is the wellness center of the Ensana hotel which is located in the middle of the biggest island on the Danube. Enjoy the natural surroundings and take a break from the hubbub of the city. With your ticket, you will have access to the extensive spa facilities including multiple indoor and outdoor thermal pools, the sauna, and the solarium. Enjoy the warm sunshine and the natural beauty of Margaret Island. With a total of 7 different pools and twelve massage rooms, your relaxation is guaranteed.

Budapest: Szechenyi Thermal Spa & Szechenyi Ship Danube Tour

4. Budapest: Szechenyi Thermal Spa & Szechenyi Ship Danube Tour

Indulge your weary muscles and enjoy a cruise down the Danube River. This combined flexible use ticket gives you a whole day entrance to Széchenyi Spa with cabin usage and either a dinner cruise or a drinks cruise through the city center at night aboard the Gróf Széchényi ship. Visit one of the city’s most sophisticated thermal baths with a fast track ticket to the beautiful neo-Baroque Széchenyi Spa. Experience Hungarian bathing culture first-hand, and relax with the locals. The spa is open throughout the year, with outdoor and indoor pools of thermal waters offering an extensive range of temperatures. Admire historic locations in Buda and Pest illuminated for the night as you feast on a dinner. Pass by iconic sights such as the Chain Bridge, the House of Parliament the Gellert Bath and the Buda Castle with the Fisherman’s Bastion at the top of Buda Hills.

Underground Cave Walk into Budapest's most famous caves

5. Underground Cave Walk into Budapest's most famous caves

Spending the day cave-exploring is one of the lesser known ways to enjoy Budapest. This tour is for for those who want something more active and less touristic than museums and ruin pubs. Join us and discover the most characteristic caves of Budapest, nestled within the beautiful Buda Hills, 35-40 minutes from the city center. Follow professional English-speaking guides, members of the Hungarian Caving Association. With their guidance you will have access to some parts of the caves where most of tourists can’t enter. We will visit two caves both of which are equipped with pavement and artificial lighting, although there are some ladders to climb. Their distance from each other is 800 meters and our visit will cover 500 meters in each caves. Both caves have a special thermal origin caused by an up welling of warm mineral rich water from a deep level, unlikely to the word’s most caves which are mostly formed by solutional activity via down flow of water. Our first site is Szemlő-hegyi Cave, also known as the underground flower garden of Budapest, as the mineral-laden waters have created forms such as cauliflowers, pea stones and popcorn, with walls of mineral deposits that are unique to Europe. Because the caves enjoy a steady temperature of 10 degrees Celsius with pure - dust and allergen free - air along with 100% humidity, the lowest level of the cave is succesfully used to heal respiratory problems. An interactive exhibition about caves and an outdoor rock exhibition with an educational trail makes the experience even more colourful. As there is no underground connection between the two caves, we will take a pleasant pavement walk of about 10-15 minutes to the Pál-völgyi Cave. Marvel at the longest cave system of Hungary, around 32 kilometers, known for its lofty passageways and great difference levels. Here, find stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations and glittering calcite crystals. Experience the famous Theater Hall, renowned as an echo chamber with impressive acoustics. Finish your tour with a peek at the quarry from one of the caves many hidden exits. Both caves have a cafeteria, so you can have a coffee-pause or refreshments in Szemlő-hegyi Cave, or after the tour you can chill at the moody beer terrace of the Pál-völgyi cave.

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4.0 / 5

based on 7,315 reviews

Definitely worth a day or half a day in this Spa! You have a variety of hot medium and cold baths you can relax in. Sauna and steam rooms in few places. The restaurant is open from 8am. Check in was easy and we were led straight to the spa. If you don’t have swimwear, towels and flip flops you can buy them at the shop there. When you buy the day pass you can stay 9am till it closes at 6pm. We did not get the tour of the museum or the welcome drink. We didn’t bother asking as well. We had a great time at the hot springs. It was amazing. Highly recommended.

The Széchenyi Baths itself is a must for all visiting Budapest, even if just for a couple of hours. I recommend arriving as early as possible, to avoid the noon crowd. Not sure it was worth the extra few quid to enter the Palinka museum though, as there was not much to see. Although, to be fair, we opted for a self guided tour, and I believe the guided version would have improved our experience.

Remember to take your own towels and sliders as you can’t rent only buy at the venue. Otherwise it’s a great way to spend some time.

Lovely as always! You can’t hire towels any more though, so bring your own or you have to buy disposable ones.

take two towel when going here, one for outside and another to dry off in the locker room/cabins