How could we be in Budapest and not experience the famous thermal baths? There are several in Budapest, but we chose the 'people's' bath, the Szechenyi Baths and Pools. Another bath is popular with tourists, but it's more of a tourists/spa experience. We are not sorry that we chose Szechneyi. There are 3 large pools in the open air - for swimming, soaking and having fun. We chose the soaking, where people play chess while sitting in the pool, friends gather and talk and where we got to participate in what we felt was a true Hungarian experience.
The Baths are a wedding cake architecturally, beautiful to view and a perfect backdrop to the mass of humanity of all sizes that swim and relax within. There are also many rooms inside of varying heat with hot and cold dipping pools. Word of caution to those who need a totally sterile environment - this isn't it! But don't let that deter you from this adventure.
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