Hungarian spas are world famous, and a relaxing and rejuvenating visit to a spa in Hungary is undeniably one of the top things to do in Hungary. After a long day of sightseeing, the perfect thing to refresh tired and aching muscles is a soak in the famous thermal waters of Hungarian spas. For those who are true spa enthusiasts and looking to take a spa vacation, what better place than a country known internationally for its natural thermal springs.
There are countless thermal spas in Hungary to choose from. Hungary has around
1,500 natural thermal springs, nearly half of which are used for bathing. These
springs are rich in salts and minerals, and Hungarian spas have been used as
natural healing remedies for ages. One of the easiest ways to visit a spa in
Hungary will be to incorporate it into a holiday in Budapest.
Hungary's spa culture has a long history
in Budapest, where people have been bathing in the thermal baths for nearly
2,000 years. Excavated remains of bath houses in Budapest show that the Romans
used the thermal springs. Within Budapest alone there are nearly 50 baths, spas
and pools. The architecture and history of many of these Budapest resorts
are fascinating, so you'll be soaking up culture as you soak a spa in Hungary.
At Budapest baths there are generally several pools, with different pools for men and women and pools of varying temperature. There are often certain days on which the spa is male-only and others on which it is female only. At a spa in Hungary you also usually can steam in a sauna, get massage, mud mask, or other spa services right on site.
Among the best known Budapest baths are the Gellért Baths, the Széchenyi Bath and the Lukács Bath. The historic Gellert Baths were built in 1918, and this upscale location is a popular pick for tourists. The Király Baths were built back when the Turks ruled Hungary in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Lukács Bath and Széchenyi Baths are two large and popular sites, the latter is one of the largest bath complexes in all of Europe! By staying in one of the Budapest spa hotels, you can strike the perfect balance of historical and cultural sightseeing around the vibrant capital city with plenty of relaxation and downtime in the waters.
The thermal springs are by no means confined to the Budapest city area. Most medium-sized towns with have thermal baths, so even out in the country you will have plenty of options for choosing a Hungarian spa town. You can relax for several days at a single resort in a Hungarian spa town, or easily hop from one Hungarian spa town to the next. One popular spa in Hungary is at Lake Hévíz, which is the world's largest biologically active, natural thermal lake of the world. The Danubius Health Spa Resort Hotel Hévíz is located less than half a mile from the lake, and provides not only indoor and outdoor thermal baths, sauna, and steam rooms, but also 15 types of massages and spa treatments using the medicinal mud of the lake.