Can you get into the baths just to look around and take pictures? Sadly, we won’t have to get in and enjoy them.
There is a large entrance room where you buy tickets which has large windows that overlook the baths. I had no problem looking and taking photos. It looked really inviting.
Can you get into a rock concert just to take pictures? Please don't be a ugly American.
What Chani said. It's a bit pricy to get in and not use. But well worth just looking from the lobby if you are interested.
I am also curious about anyone who has photographed at the Szechenyi baths. I was very inspired by Ami Vitale's work awhile back (https://www.amivitale.com/photo-story/budapest-baths/) and think it would be an amazing place to photograph. I would love to hear anyone else's experiences there. Also, has anyone tried to photograph a Sparty at night? They look really unique and colorful. If so, I was wondering if you needed to push your ISO past 3200...and, if so, how dark was it? My camera starts showing signs of graininess around 4000 ISO.
Thanks in advance!
The prior posters are correct about getting photos from the lobby. IMHO it would be conspicuous (and somewhat rude) to roam the baths fully clothed taking photos. It is worth your time - pay the entrance fee, put on a suit, and get in the water. A group of us took a waterproof camera (inexpensive, not fancy) and took some fun photos while bobbing around.
While planning for my own upcoming visit, I did see on their website that they offer a 20 minute guided tour for people who don't plan to bathe or get a massage. Tour hours were more limited than opening hours and cost was 3,000HUF.