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"There are only two ways to live
your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is, as if everything is a miracle."

--Albert Einstein

Wellness Stays in Hungary

THREE MILLION liters of thermal water rushes to the surface in Budapest every day, so it should be little wonder that the city has a flourishing bathing culture. Most locals have their bath and swimming pool preference.

Budapest truly deserves the name 'Spa City' due to its natural resources, the many mineral springs under the city. The Roman and Turkish occupiers have begun to build baths tapping some of these resources and as Hungary developed, new baths were added to cure and beautify locals and visitors.

In addition to the variety of mineral waters for the outside of the body, there are drinking cures available free at the baths and healing/beautifying mud may be purchased to enjoy at home.

Hungarians are also aware of the benefits of herbs and have used these natural substances for many years for health and beauty products. Ilcsi natural beauty products, and Laszlo cosmetics will be familiar names to many of you.

When visiting Hungary you will find it available to you in many forms. Enjoy learning about these wonderful places and we hope you will be curious enough to visit most of them.

Below you will find a short-list of some of the most visited Budapest spas:

Spa Hotel Gellert (XI Kelenhegyi ut 2-6, tel: +36 1 889-5500 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +36 1 889-5500      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +36 1 889-5500      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +36 1 889-5500      end_of_the_skype_highlighting) is an upscale spa built in 1918 attached to the famous Hotel Gellert. Near the Danube on the Buda side, the beautiful Art Nouveau facilities focus on high standards of service. They are open to the public and feature 13 pools, jacuzzis and whirlpool baths, therapeutic services, and sunbathing terraces for women only and for naturists. The spa is beautifully decorated with mosaic tiles and stained glass. Admission to the spa is 1000 HFT, about 5 USD, with services extra. Open daily year round except for the open-air pool.

Kiraly Thermal Baths (II Fo utca 82-86, tel. +36 1 202-3688) are Budapest's oldest Turkish baths, built during Ottoman rule in the 16th century by two Turkish pashas of Budapest. The baths are small and allow only 80 visitors at a time; they are located in the district north of Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Women: Mon, Wed, Fri, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Men: Tue, Thur, Sat, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. Price of admission: 1,000 Ft (about 5 USD).

The largest baths of Budapest are the Szechenyi Baths (City Park; tel. +36 1 121-0310), whose waters are the warmest of any wells in the city. Located in the City Park, the spa opened in the early 20th century and retains the look of a Baroque Hapsburg Empire palace. It has 15 pools, both for swimming and for therapy, and numerous therapeutic services. Popular with tourists, open daily year round from 6 am - 7 pm.

Lukacs Baths (Frankel Leo u. 25-29, tel: +36 1 326 1695) date from the time of Ottoman rule but the current building is from the 19th century. The baths focus on curing health problems. Mon-Fri: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sat-Sun: 6:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Daily pool admission: 1,000 Ft (about 5 USD). Bus 6, 60, 86 Tram 1l.

The Rudas Baths (I Döbrentei tér 9) also date from the 16th century and have retained their original Turkish design. The beautiful octagonal pool has huge columns supporting the ceiling. This bath is popular with tourists. Open: medicinal bath: for men only; swimming pool: 6 am - 6pm Mon-Sat, 6 am - 1 pm Sun. Bus 7, 7/A, 86; Tram 18, 19.

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