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“One of the largests baths I've been in”

Szechenyi Baths and Pool
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Skip-the-Line Széchenyi Spa Entrance Ticket
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$23.17*
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Private Entrance to Széchenyi Spa in Budapest with Optional Massage
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$73.77*
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Budapest Szechenyi Spa Entrance with VIP Massage
Ranked #4 of 122 Spas & Wellness in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The palace-like edifice contains a huge thermal pool where people often play chess while immersed in chest-high, and very hot, water.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Very beautiful, especially at night. Not as breathtaking as Gellert though. Bigger and more pools however. We enjoyed it, especially being in the 38 degree outdoor pool in the spring with -2 degrees in the air.

Bring your towels from your hotel to save on towel rent! They also take out a deposit on the towels. If you can, bring slippers. The ground is cold when you go out of the water.

We thought about brining our camera but decided not to because of the risk of theft. In hindsight, it's pretty safe to bring it IF you get a cabin to lock your valuables in.

The price for massages on the site is only valid if you book in advance, otherwise you can get it at a higher price from one of the many independant massage companies inside the bath.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Definitely a must in a weekend in budapest. My tip is to get there early (by that i mean latest 10 - 10.30) as it packs out around 1pm and much more enjoyable without the crowds. It has so many baths but outside is definitely the best!! Bring flipflops and a towel and worth it to get a cabin to leave your things. Ive been to gellert spa too and this is heaps better!!

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Of all the baths I visited in Budapest, this felt the most 'touristy' and was certainly the most expensive, but there is nothing quite like being in a warm outdoor spa pool on a cold, sunny day. On warmer days, I imagine you could probably spend the best part of the day there, in the water and lounging beside it, but I love the contrast of hot and cold in the winter.

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We imagined that the spa water would be smelly ( i.e. sulphuric)-- but our local friends assured us this was not the case. INdeed, the many pools were spotless and great fun to viist. The place is enormous and we got some good tips about how best to visit.
We went on Friday afternoon -- we bought tickets for a private, locked changing room on the main floor (rather than using the locker room and showers on the basement level-- we opted to shower at home). We brought bathing suits, but rented towels ( which you get on the basement level).
The baths are enormous and varied. When you step out form the changing area, there are several baths outdoors -- The first is a shallow, warmish pool with a section that ahs a strong circular current in the center that "pushes" people around the circular barrier. It's fun.

The second out door pool is a large lap-pool-- and it looked about 25 meters long but sadly I forgot to bring a cap-- good for cleanliness, bad for me! If you want to swim, bringa cap!. ( You can buy and rent bathing suits, and probably caps, too, but I didn't relaize this until it was too late in our outting).

The third outdoor pool is a warm pool. Really glorious to be in the water and have the cool blue sunny sky above ( this was March). The locals make a day of it -- there are old guys playing chess in the water and young couple and some families. Very "authentic" and comfortable.

Then , parallel to the building where the lockers are, there';s a separate buidling with indoor pools, saunas, and steam rooms. We checked out the MANY options ( at least 10) and in the end we liked the marble pool on the left as you enter. The pools varied by temperature, some hotter some cooler, and one small, cold dipping pool.

You can also get massages and I imagine other treatments as eel ( in the first, main building).

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Quite expensive but well worth it.
The whirlpool in the outdoor pool is an absolute scream. Lots of adults behaving like kids. Very funny.
The saunas and the indoor pools are all well worth it.
A great way to spend a good few hours whatever the weather.

BRING FLIP FLOPS !

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