St. Gellért Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool

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St. Gellért Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool

St. Gellért Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool
3.5
Historic Sites • Spas • Thermal Spas
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Located in the Gellert Hotel, these grand, early 20th-century thermal baths are surrounded by mosaic-covered terraces and marble balconies.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Gellért Hill
If you want to treat your camera to some amazing scenery, Gellért Hill is a must on your itinerary. A funicular journey from the Chain Bridge along the hillsides provides a fast connection between Buda and Pest, hoisting visitors to panoramic vistas. Once on top of the hill, you’ll find the Citadel dominate the landscape with its imposing 19th century construction, a site that’s hard to keep your eyes on without being distracted by the phenomenal view over the Danube and the eight bridges crossing. Once on Gellért Hill however, one mustn’t miss the famous Gellért Baths. Budapest is renown for its thermal waters and its baths, and the Gellért Baths are housed in an impressive art nouveau structure. Its interior design, with its many mosaics, recalls the preceding relationships the city has had with healing springs and saunas, traditionally used within this neighborhood since the Ottoman Empire.
How to get there
  • Szent Gellért tér • 3 min walk
  • Fővám tér • 6 min walk
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Ellen V
Windsor and Maidenhead, UK42 contributions
Stunning building
Nov 2019
Stunning building and a great inside to how people used to “take the waters”
I especially loved the super hot baths.
Don’t forget your flip flops.
Written October 25, 2020
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hollyjaane
Dumfries and Galloway, UK48 contributions
Gorgeous architecture
Dec 2019
I really enjoyed our trip to Gellert. The architecture is incredible, I could have spent hours looking at the gorgeous ceilings in every room and I loved the old fashioned wooden changing rooms. There are "normal" changing rooms in other parts of the building but we had a changing cabin to ourselves with a locker for all our things - I would definitely pay for this again as there was lots of space to get ready.

The baths themselves were great, we loved them all and the gorgeous tiles and murals, though found it very hard to navigate round. The signage isn't clear and the staff aren't very forthcoming with where to go and what to do...

We spent a lot of time in the outdoor pool, though the larger one wasn't open in winter. The only downside was the large group of kids running about and screaming, running in and out of the sauna and jumping into the pool, it somewhat dampened the romantic/relaxing vibe outside!

We would definitely go back, though I think knowing a bit more about the different baths and where to go would make a difference next time.
Written September 16, 2020
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Aisling
Ireland7 contributions
Highlight Of My Trip
Feb 2020
This was definitely the highlight of my trip to Budapest! The baths were brilliant and it wasn't too busy. We went early in the morning on a Friday morning in Spring. The big outdoor pool wasn't open but the others definitely made up for it. The 40 degree bath was brilliant but you wouldn't want to spend too long. The pools and surrounding areas were very clean. The decor inside the pools was breathtaking. I would go back to Budapest just for these baths !
Written July 29, 2020
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sophiewallace
5 contributions
Overcrowded, unclean and gave terrible tummy bug !
Sep 2019
Expensive, overcrowded and unclean...

The waters were nice and warm but sadly I would not go back or recommend as a few hours later suffered with a very very bad tummy bug. Must have been from the bacteria breeding.
Written July 25, 2020
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Dear sophiewallace2! I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for sharing your opinion with us here on TripAdvisor! I am saddened to learn that even though you loved the pools you had such a horrible experience after your visit. I would like to ensure you that the medicinal water of St. Gellért bath is being tested regularly and all the test are coming back flawless, which means, that the chances of having harmful bacterias in the water is close to zero, most likely it was a food poisoning, which has similar symptoms to "tummy bug". I truly hope that one day we will get the chance of welcoming you back to St. Gellért bath! Kind Regards, Aranyossy Kristóf Vice-manager
Written August 5, 2020
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Natalie
London, UK30 contributions
Reasonable costs but a little dated
Dec 2019
We visited in winter so most of the outdoor pools were closed... of 10 pools only about 5 were open. While some of the architecture is quite beautiful (around the main pool), a lot of the design feels quite dated and in need of some TLC. We booked massages and have no complaints about those, and costs were extremely reasonable! The changing area felt a little dirty and cold, and there were hidden costs in things like swim caps, changing rooms and towels.
Written June 9, 2020
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SpirosK photography
Athens, Greece1,365 contributions
Really happy withour visit
Jan 2020
It was far too cold to try the outdoors pool but we were really happy with all the indoors pools and the helpfulness of the staff. Only downside was that you are requested to buy a cap for the pools, but you learn this right before diving which leads to going back to the cabin, getting money, going back, etc.
Otherwise we are extremely happy and satisfied by our visit.
Written May 10, 2020
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Sue S
Kingston, Canada263 contributions
Memorable and unique
Mar 2020
Pros: 1) jaw-dropping interior with Neo-classical design ; 2) large facility with numerous heated pools of varying temperatures( 36-40 C) as well as cold baths (12-14 C) and steam rooms; 3) clean and adequately maintained 4) we felt extremely relaxed after soaking for over an hour in the mineral waters-a unique Budapest experience; 5) they have an excellent electronic wrist band system for the lockers
Cons: 1) quite expensive but you don't feel ripped off; 2) not easy to navigate- watch You tube videos before hand so you can find your way around; 3) staff display varying degrees of helpfulness ; 3) small lockers
Tips: 1) entrance to the pools is at the side of the hotel- you can go into the hotel lobby just to the see the interior but you can't get into the pools from the lobby ; 2) bring your swimsuit, flip-flops, towel and bathing cap-otherwise prepare to pay! ;3) bathing cap is only needed for the main pool unless you are bald
Overall- unique and memorable Budapest experience- not to be missed!
Written May 10, 2020
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Emkate88
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
Essential Budapest experience
Mar 2020 • Couples
This place is very well set up, use of electronic wristbands makes for a relaxing and easy visit. Very old (and beautiful) but clearly well maintained buildings. We were able to just go from pool to pool at our own pace, no time limits except for the general closing time. The other patrons were generally respectful, not intimidating at all just everyone having a relaxing time. If you’re worried because you’re visiting during the winter months, still go as the outdoor pools are heated, in fact it makes the experience even cooler! It is worth booking a spa treatment or massage too, very professional service. Also if you’re wondering when to go here, it was the first thing we did after checking into our hotel and let me tell you, soaking in mineral-enriched water and getting a massage after a long plane trip was pure bliss!! They provide towels for a small price but make sure you bring your own swimsuits and flip flops as they cost a bit more on site.
Written April 8, 2020
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Liz B
Budapest, Hungary13 contributions
Unique & healthy!
Apr 2019
I set out from my hotel in the morning, taking the oldest Metro service in Europe to my destination. The exit is very close to the entrance to these spectacular baths. I was agog at the interior of the building from the time I entered until I left. Loved the package I received containing a towel, thongs, bottled water etc. Although the weather was very cool, once in the water I felt very cosy. The baths are very beautiful. There are 3 pools, one of which contained a whirlpool which started up by surprise. There was much laughter as we all whirled around, gently bumping into each other.
Written March 26, 2020
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Dandydees
Nottingham59 contributions
Bit disappointing
Mar 2020
the best bit by far was the massage we booked. Really brilliant and that was worth five stars. They don't really cater for people who don't already know how it works. They told us we had to allow an hour after arrival before we could have a massage so we told them we were arriving at 2. They then booked the massage for 40 minutes later. If we hadn’t changed our plans to allow more time and arrive much earlier we would have had virtually no time in the spa at all. They also say on the website you can buy a plastic swimming hat for half a euro or a more expensive cloth hat. You bring enough money for that and then t turns out a swimming hat costs 5 Euro each and is a cloth hat only. That my husband wore for precisely 3 minutes. The couples massage happens outside the spa -as in you cross the cafe full of people in their coats and hats, wearing a swimsuit and draped in a towel. Not very spa like. The thermal baths are nice. The main outside pool is shut, full of greenish water and blocked off with tatty red tape. As is the outside jacuzzi. There is a smaller outside bath which is nice enough and an outside sauna that looks like its in a cheap trailer park. Hmm. The baths are warm, smell reassuringly minerally (ie good whiff of sulphur) but we just didn't really rate it. There are tatty laminated signs everywhere like a school gym. They’re not geared up to explaining how it works or even helping you find your way around, its a warren and we kept using the map that led us to doors that were locked, or pools that were closed. The changing cabins are fine. Staff are nice enough but not very welcoming or helpful. I wouldn’t recommend it I’m afraid other than a truly excellent massage.
Written March 15, 2020
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