Our decision to go to Szechenyi Baths was driven by a lot of positive review and advice of locals. I cannot say we were really satisfied with the visit.
Here is our experience and some pieces of advice.
We went through the entrance near metro station Széchenyi fürdő, in front of the Circus. The staff was advertising an extended ticket with bath tour, fruits and stuff like that, but we went with the normal ticket. For normal ticket there is a locker and a cabin option. We took the cabin (for 2 people 1 ticket is more expensive (includes cabin price), another is at the normal price like for the lockers).
Then you go to the place with lots of cabins, by reading your bracelet you can learn your cabin number (the staff can help here). After changing in the cabin you go to bath itself, which has 2 areas - outdoor with a swimming pool and warm pools, and indoor with lots of thermal pools and saunas. The place lacks some signs for newbies, so it was not easy to find all the facilities available (e.g. to go to indoor area we had to cross the outdoor area and go into the door inside).
The place itself looks old and historical, but it lacks maintenance in our point of view. As a result, not everything is looking clean and hygienic, however it is crucial for this kind of place.
Regarding the health effect: the skin was feeling good after visit. But for sure it is impossible to see the real effect after 1 visit. Probably it is good for locals who go there regularly (there are a lot of them there), but not for the tourists who just make 1 visit.
To go to the place it is necessary to have bath suite and bath slippers. Also it is recommended to take a towel, as the towel rent there costs money and the process seems to be quite complicated. Also swimming cap is a must if you plan to swim in the swimming pool.
Leaving all the personal belongings seems to be quite safe (at least in a cabin).
To sum it up, we can advise to visit the place, because it is a nice experience, but probably you should not expect that much. Also it may be a good idea to try other baths in the city, but we are also not sure whether they are better or worse.
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