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Budapest: thermal bath capital of the world

No other capital city has as many thermal baths as Budapest. They are refreshing, rejuvenating, healing and inspiring. Some offer bathing under the stars, “spartys, or you can soak in beer, play chess in the pool, or travel back in time. 

Thermal water come from hot springs deep below the surface and were used by the Romans and Ottomans centuries ago. As the hot water travels under the ground it mixes with rich minerals that are beneficial for the body, mind, and soul. No visit to the City of Spas can be complete without relaxing at one of the thermal baths. 

Let’s have a sparty! 

At the Grand Budapest Bath Party you can enjoy electronic dance beats and a mind-blowing visual experience while partying in the pools of Széchenyi Bath. The idea of Sparty began in 1994, when a group of friends decided to bring together two things they love: the bath culture of Budapest and modern electronic music. The result: aqua magic every Saturday. 

Play chess in the water with a local master 

Hungarians have been great chess players since the 14th century. The Polgár sisters, for example, were raised from an early age to become chess masters. The three girls became world and Olympic champions. At Europe’s largest bath complex, with 21 pools and 10 saunas, you can play a round of chess with a local while benefiting from the thermal water. Alternatively, enjoy the private spa if chess is not your game.  

Relax in a tub of beer 

At Lukács Bath you can enjoy a 45-minute thermal beer spa session in a wooden tub with unlimited beer to drink. The Bath Master mixes the beneficial dry ingredients of beer with 36-degree medicinal water. Hops have a sedative effect and will relax you, and malt is full of vitamin B, which will keep your skin smooth. Yeast helps blood circulation and opens the pores of the skin so they can release toxins. Vitamin B in yeast will be benefit your nails and hair. Cheers! 

Sensory time travel at a hammam 

Hungary was under Ottoman rule for 150 years. The Turkish brought their bathing culture with them and established Turkish baths and hammams all around the city. One of the most charming and bestpreserved is located inside the thermal area of Rudas Bath. The pillars support the grand dome through which light streams and touches the surface of the water. Check opening times as only weekends are mixed; some days are open for men or women only. In case you visit on the wrong day, you can enjoy the open rooftop jacuzzi with the UNESCO World Heritage panorama of Budapest.    

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