Design your own spa experience at Rudas, from a brisk exercise in the lap pool to a soak in the muscle-soothing thermal pools; temperatures range from 60–107°F (16–42°C). Unwind with a massage or body scrub, which you can book in advance or at check-in. Treatments usually incorporate local elements such as Hungarian wine and mountain herbs.
A separate wellness center has additional hot-water pools and a rooftop gastropub where you can supplement your spa experience with a multi-course meal overlooking the Elisabeth Bridge and Danube River.
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Things to know before you go
- Some baths are gender-specific on weekdays, but most are open to everyone on weekends.
- Certain baths allow you to wear an apron instead of a swimsuit on gender-specific days; however, swimsuits are mandatory in all areas on the weekends. Swim caps are always required for the lap pool.
- Children under the age of 14 are not allowed.
- Bring your own flip-flops and a towel.
How to get there
The Rudas Baths sit at the base of Gellert Hill near the Elisabeth Bridge on the Buda side of Budapest. Take tram 18 or 19, or hop on buses 5, 7, 8, 86, or 112.
When to get there
The baths are reserved for men only on Mondays and Wednesdays to Fridays, and for women only on Tuesdays. Saturday and Sunday are co-ed. Weekends have extended hours.
Public bathing is a centuries-old tradition in Budapest thanks to its natural thermal springs, and the city has dozens of spring-fed bathhouses to choose from for a quick soak or indulgent spa day. Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the largest in Europe, with a sprawling outdoor pool and many soaking tubs inside an ornate neo-baroque bathhouse. Gellert Baths is a local favorite for its gorgeous Art Nouveau design, while Lukács Baths are known for its extensive menu of medicinal treatments.
- Elisabeth Bridge (Erzsébet Híd)
- Gellért Hill (Gellert-Hegy)
- Gellért Thermal Bath and Spa
- Vigadó Concert Hall (Pesti Vigadó)
- Vörösmarty Square (Vörösmarty Tér)
- Váci Street (Váci Utca)
- Central Market Hall (Nagycsarnok)
- Budapest History Museum (Castle Museum)
- Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria)
- Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum)
- Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lanchid)
- Széchenyi Square (Széchenyi István Tér)
- Danube Promenade
- Adam Clark Square (Clark Ádám Tér)