St. Gellért Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool

St. Gellért Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool

Historic Sites • Spas • Thermal Spas
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Located in the Gellert Hotel, these grand, early 20th-century thermal baths are surrounded by mosaic-covered terraces and marble balconies.
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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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donavan94563
Orinda, CA155 contributions
Sep 2022
Gellert Bath is the most famous Art Nouveau thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary as well as in Europe. Gellert Spa, founded in 1918. The spring waters of Gellert Bath were discovered in the 15th century, by the 1920s hundreds of thousands of bathers were enjoying the natural healing powers of the geothermal waters.

There are 10 pools of various sizes and temperatures. Besides the outdoor wave pool with sauna and cool dip pool which is a big hit in summer months, there are several geothermal pools open to both men and women.

Inside the building is the labyrinth of the Art Nouveau palace revealing 8 artistic pools with naturally warm spring waters. The inside is a maze and you half to go up and down and all around to get to each of the pools.

Make sure to bring your own towel and sandals/flip flops and, if you want to swim in the indoor main swimming pool you will also need a swimming cap. A swimming cap is not needed for the geothermal pools inside and outside the building.

We changed in the dressing rooms and did not utilize the lockers. We just brought our stuff with us in a tote bag.

Place is getting kinda old and the price is a bit steep at 17 euros however worth the Budapest experience!
Written September 24, 2022
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NW-NW8
London, UK50 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
It’s March so the hotel suggested we go to the Gellért spa rather than the larger Széchenyi Bath which has a great number of outdoor pools.

This was possibly a mistake.

The changing rooms are 1960s inspired local Corporation style public baths. It’s worth paying the 400HUF for a private cubicle which you can lock and leave your clothes in. Don’t forget to take a swimming cap, flip-flops, soap and a towel.

Unfortunately the one outdoor swimming pool at the Gellért spa was closed and full of rather murky green water. The dry sauna was also closed leaving only a small 36° Outdoor pool available.

The art nouveau inside baths are elegant if rather worn and whilst having separate “male and female” baths are in fact mixed. The hot baths on the “male“ side are more elaborately decorated and have a hotter, 40° bath. The steam room is also hotter on the ”male” side.

Overall slightly disappointing. If I went back, I would visit the Széchenyi Baths instead.
Written March 8, 2020
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Dandydees
United Kingdom65 contributions
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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Jake A
11 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Lovely building and pools, was great to explore but.
Upon entry we were told they didnt hire towels or robes and we would have to buy them from the shop. €43 euros later for 2 towels and 2 flip flops....to later find they did hire all the gear for €5 was very annoying.
We booked x2 20 minute massages, it was the worst massage ive ever had. I can only liken it someone applying suncream to my back for 20 minutes over and over. Poor was an understatement.
In general the staff lacked charm and we left feeling very underwhelmed.
Glad we got to look around the old gellert baths but definitely wouldnt go again.

Thanks
Written November 8, 2021
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Esther W
14 contributions
Apr 2022
These baths are beautiful! So quiet and relaxing, The only issue we had were the lack of direction to the different pools. We walked back and forth trying to navigate where the pools were. Also you cannot rent towels, only buy a tiny white towel for 14 Euro.
Written May 9, 2022
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gv0410
Modiin, Israel113 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
We chose Gellert vs others because they are more comfortable with people bringing children under 14.
The place is GORGEOUS- so that’s one.
When we went the outside thermal pool and sauna were both closed. The pool outside was open but no waves.
Inside, we had a good time hopping from one thermal baths to another - people don’t seem to realize there are pools on the sides of the building and they were cramming in the thermal bath by the main inside pool.
The main pool inside is only open to people who have swimming caps.
We rented a cabin and I think it is well worth it - you have privacy and a safe place to leave everything.
Showers and bathrooms were clean.
Written May 20, 2022
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MattJ1985
Hailsham, UK112 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Of the two thermal baths we visited this was our favourite. There is less outdoor space than the other but the indoor thermal pools were beautiful. (The adventure pool was closed so there is more outdoor space than we saw) The mosaic decoration and general atmosphere made for a memorable experience. It was great to just float around and forget about life for a while.
They seem to be doing some work on the outside areas and the hotel it is attached too, whilst architecturally beautiful, seems to be closed and falling into disrepair.
I would recommend a visit, but don't forget your own towel and flip flops or you will have to buy them, and, if you want to swim in the swimming pool you will also need a swimming cap. If you forget yours they will happily sell you one.
Written May 28, 2022
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JADE ANGEL
Calgary, Canada7 contributions
Nov 2022
The entrance was grant, but the inside is old, may be even deteriorated.
There were only three pools opened when we were there
The major indoor pool, The one you saw in all the advertisements. You have to have a swimming cap before they will allow you to enter. There was a gentleman sitting there monitoring it.
Some people just use a shower cap from the hotel. It appeared this is acceptable.
The small indoor poor is crowded, some what deteriorated, and the temp is not that hot.
The lovely outdoor pool was closed. the unfortunate part was that they didn't even bother to drain it. Its was a pool of dirty water. It was not that present to even look at it.
The remaining outdoor pool was nothing more than a rectangular swimming pool, and the water was less than thermal.
I have strong feeling that their main business is the massage spa treatment and not the thermal bath.
If you can
just tried the thermal bath in the city park.
Written November 6, 2022
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LAP
Windsor, UK4 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We came here because a few books and websites said they would be more welcoming to under-14 children.

We arrived just before opening at 9am on a Monday having booked online. We had costumes and towels but no caps or flip flops and needed to buy those from the little shop opposite the desk. At 8.55am, I wandered in (there's no fourth wall or door) to be told that they were not open yet. Fair enough. At 9am, I and a few others went inside to buy the bits we needed. The lady was blunt with anyone who dared to ask about flip flop sizes (small or large, that's it) and it did feel like we were annoying her by being there. I got what I needed and got out. If you can bring everything with you, do: the prices are high and the retail experience lacking.

The spa and pools themselves were pretty good. We found our way first to the outdoor area. Despite several signs mentioning a wave pool, this was not in evidence, and the strangely named 'Adventure Pool' was a bit warm and had a fountain. Outside there was: big pool, adventure pool, sauna, cold plunge tub, deckchairs and loungers. Also outside: a distracted staff member dressed as lifeguard but emphatically not behaving as a lifeguard. I've no doubt he would spring into action when he noticed a problem, but it would take him a while to notice as he was absorbed in his phone.

Wandering inside, it took us a very long time to work out how to get to the indoor pools as the signage is unhelpful in this regard. Once there, it then took us a while to realise that there were 4 further pools tucked away beyond the massage areas. In all, I think there were 6 pools indoors: one main pool (caps required) with a slightly warmer pool next to it; 4 thermal pools in pairs off to each side past the curtained massage beds.

The pools were lovely, the decor beautiful and we were glad we went, but there were definitely gaps in the experience.

Oh, and one of my flip flops broke whilst I was outdoors so I had to spend the rest of the time shuffling around! Not really their fault but a bit annoying having paid so much for them.
Written July 25, 2022
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Will V
Langley, Canada12 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
To be clear the baths themselves are wonderful and I would recommend to anyone. However this review is in regards to booking them through trip advisor. A man named Peter or budapest365 causes nothing but issues for this company. I spoke with them for nearly 40 minutes regarding the issues while we tried to figure out why my ticket wasn’t valid. Budapest365 with not sending valid passes as well as mass sending one ticket to many groups. When you show up the ticket says you’ve already scanned in and will not be Valid. (This is what happened to us)

On top of all these Peter is charging more than double through trip advisor ($84.00 CAD) than what the a ctual cost of the bath is ($38.00CAD)

The baths are never fully booked, you will get in.

Go to the baths and have a great time, however let’s help the staff at the Gellert Baths and DO NOT pre book with Budapest365.

Peter, I hope you see this.
Written May 9, 2022
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