Széchenyi Thermal Baths

Having so much enjoyed our day at the Thermal Baths in Konstanz back in November, plus having recommendations from friends and Rick Steves, we put the Széchenyi Thermal Baths at the top of our “must do” list in Budapest. Even though you can rent a swimsuit here, we’re glad we thought ahead to pack ours. The rental line was long. And, ewww, a rented swimsuit?

I did not take any photos of this grand structure, mostly because we went there after sunset (late afternoon!), but also because it was so cold out that the steam from the hot water obstructed our views most of the time. You’ll just have to check out the website, or even better, watch this short video by Rick Steves which gives a quick overview of the Parliament Building, too.

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Even on a Monday afternoon, this place was extremely crowded, and we tried to rent a private changing room, but they were all taken, so off to the communal locker rooms we went (of course, separate for men and women). Having used the system in Konstanz, we understood how the little wrist-watch-type device worked to open lockers, and several women in the locker room were eager to have me help them. Good thing they spoke English…

I can see where in good weather you could spend an entire day here, but with temps below freezing, walking between pools and to the locker rooms was enough to set my teeth on edge.

Maybe I’ll have to look for thermal baths wherever we travel…


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