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Budapest baths and massages in October

We will be in Budapest towards the end of October. It will be the last stop of our 3 week vacation and we’ll be there 3 solid days. One if the things we want to do is go to the baths and get massages. We’re really looking forward to getting massages after 3 weeks on the road. I know, life is rough 😁. I’ve been looking through some threads already but I’m hoping someone can suggest a great place to do both and if massages need to be booked in advance. One friend is worried that it will be too cold for the baths but my thinking is how often will I get the chance to do this. I have to do it!

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Don’t know about massages there, but loved the Széchenyi Thermal baths in December outdoors with several inches of snow on the ground. Running between the steam pool and the pool with jets, in the snow, is part of the fun!

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From pictures that I have seen there are baths outside and inside, so no worries about the weather.
Enjoy your trip.

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And they are natural thermal baths so even outside, they are warm, and it's sort of fun to be in a hot bath on a 30F night.

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Hello from Wisconsin,
Well, never too cold for the baths. Széchenyi Thermal baths is where Hungarians go and I would highly recommend it. A bit on the old Soviet style of things. They offer the baths and massages. The other famous bath is the Gellert Baths, an art nouveau beauty. Filled with tourists.

Google the Széchenyi Thermal baths. Here is what my wife loves about the Hungarians, they have no body image concerns. Back hair, beer gut, with a speedo cannon balling into the pool. That's the guys by the way. Old men playing chess on floating boards.
The women in the baths made my wife feel comfortable about her mature build. I bring a towel on my trips to Budapest especially for this bath. That way I don't have to rent one.

I have a map I made of the city so a tourist can find their way around. If you want a copy ask me for it at wmcca@hotmail.com

wayne iNWI

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I think it would be more correct to say that Hungarians still use the Széchenyi bath “despite” the tourism. I would guess nothing less than 50%, and probably substantially more, of the patrons on a typical day are tourists.

There are a couple of bath houses where tourist are rare. But those are my secret.

Should you go? Heck yes. It’s is both enjoyable and a way of dipping into the culture. Which one? Either Gellert of Szechenyi as they are both set up for tourists.

Note the snow in the photo: https://hungarytoday.hu/budapest-spas-attracted-4-5-million-visitors-last-year/

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We went to the Széchenyi Thermal baths in July and did the massages. The website indicates you need to book ahead for the massages, but we did not and were able to get 3 spots when we arrived. They have both male & female masseuses and if you have a preference, it would probably be best to book ahead, otherwise it's the luck of the draw. Be aware however, that the massage rooms are not like here with low lighting, scented candles & music, etc. I would describe them more as a cross between a locker room and doctor's office.

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We just lost a day in Budapest (long story) so with 2 solid days, I’m not sure if i’ll have time for the baths. Thanks for all the tips though! I’m still working on my itinerary for those 2 days and am a bit overwhelmed!

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Do try to squeeze in some time. Szchenyi would be less crowded (I hope) outside peak travel season.

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Wouldnt be on my top 10 if I were short on time. Now a confession, I traveled there multiple times a year for nearly 10 years before I went....

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Even with just 2 days- I would still do the baths. We had 3 days- but it was the highlight of our time there- so fun and unique.