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Budapest is known for its baths. During the Roman times, there were 14 thermal baths and by the time of the Turkish rule, it counted eight. A visit to this magnificent city is not complete without visiting at least one of the baths in Budapest (currently about 21 available of which 10 are said to have healing powers).
The warm water source of the Rudas Baths ( read reviews) has been used since the Middle Ages. The octagonal cupola in the form of a hemisphere make this building one of the best conserved Turkish Baths. The swimming hall and steam room are additions made in the 20th century.
The ruinous and authentic Turkish bath, the Kiraly Baths ( read reviews) on the Fô utca street, was built in the 16th century, extended with modern facilities in the 20 century. Looking from the Ganz utca street, you can see the characteristic Turkish cupolas. The baths used to be gender separated but are mixed now.
The Csaszar Baths also stem from the same era. Its octagonal cupola covers its pools. According to the memorial stone, which is inscribed in Turkish, the Baths were built in 1570. Further pools were added in the 19th century.
Already in the 13th century, there was a hospital on the site of the Gellert Baths ( read reviews). The Art Nouveau building of today's Baths as well as the hotel were constructed in 1918. The spa offers thermal water (22-38 °C), Finnish and infra sauna, steam cabin. The ticket prices for the spa includes whole day ticket (cabin or locker usage). 30 minutes arome massages or 1 hour VIP massages are available in the package with the ticket.
The recently renovated Lukacs Baths ( read reviews) are known to have great effects on joints. Regardless of this speciality, locals enjoy the Baths in the summer as well as winter months while floating in the outdoor warm water pool.