The year 1989 signalled a significant shift for the Hungarian people; A peaceful revolution saw the country transform its political and administrative system, transitioning from communism to democracy, finally witnessing the first free parliamentary election in 1990. This change was most obvious in the capital, Budapest which became a symbol of Hungary’s development and progress and remains one of the most visited cities in Central Europe.

With the beautiful Danube River running through the heart of the city, Budapest is a vibrant destination, often dubbed the “Queen of the Danube”. The city is packed full of architectural marvels, museums, entertainment centres and numerous bridges and landmarks, including the Szechenyi thermal Baths.

Budapest Parliament Building on the DunubeBudapest Parliament Building on the Dunube

Built in 1913, the Szechenyi Thermal Baths are one the largest medicinal baths in Europe. A huge complex, it houses three grand pools and fifteen indoor baths. It is also equipped with 10 saunas, steam cabins and offers activities such as massage therapy, aqua therapy and facial treatments to name but a few. Furthermore the spa water is famous for its medicinal properties, containing minerals and elements that alleviate muscle aches, pains and other ailments. It is also perfect simply for relaxation; sit and enjoy the sun set or spend hours swimming laps while enjoying the warm water.

A highlight at Szechenyi Baths, try their fish pedicure; soaking your legs in a large fish tank, allowing schools of fish to gently clean the soles of your feet. Aside from dipping into the thermal pools and spending time enjoying the numerous activities it offers, one may also dine at its café, which serves especially appetizing Hungarian cuisine. Simply put, the Szechenyi Thermal Baths are guaranteed to refresh and revitalize, gifting you endless energy and vigour to discover more of the magical city of Budapest.

Szechenyi Baths PanoramicSzechenyi Thermal Baths Flickr: Erwan_martinSzechenyi Baths, Budapest Hungary
Playing chess at Szechenyi bathsYou can play chess there too!

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