Gellért Baths

This thermal spa is part of the famous Géllert Hotel, containing eight pools in elegant Art Nouveau style.

TravelCurious Tip

Even if you don’t want to try the baths, it’s worth walking in front of them to enjoy the architecture — and then have a coffee and cake in the lovely Gellért Café

Of all the baths in Budapest, the Gellért Baths are the most luxurious: they has been described as like taking a bath in a cathedral. Standing on the Buda side of the Danube, by Liberty Bridge and at the foot of Gellért Hill, it’s the perfect place to rest after a day on your feet — or you can simply slip from your bed into the bath, quite literally if you are staying at the Danubius Hotel Gellért.

Built between 1912 and 1918 in Art Nouveau style, the whole complex has recently been refurbished. Within you will find a huge tiled arcade, with mosaic floors, stained glass and domed ceilings. Eight thermal pools hold water that ranges from 26 to 38 degrees celsius in temperature, but there’s much more besides: massage halls, beauty salons, cafés, a chiropody hall, and even a dentistry complex, oddly enough. If you’re feeling brave, roast in the sauna before hopping into the freezing plunge pool.

Water of Life

The thermal baths contain water taken from Gellért hill’s hot springs. It contains all sorts of things, such as calcium, magnesium, hydrocarbonate, alkalis and sulfate, and people swear by it as treatment for a whole range of conditions, from joint problems to circulatory disturbances, and from asthma to neuralgia.

Venus and Mars

From its inception to January 2013, the Gellért baths had traditionally been separated into pools for men and pools for women. Now they are all mixed, so you won’t have to split up to enjoy them.

Nearby Attractions

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Great Synagogue
Europe's largest - and the second largest in the world - this imposing Moorish Revival synagogue dates from 1859.
Gellért Hill
Named after a saint who was rolled to his death from here in a barrel, this hill offers magnificent views of the Budapest skyline.
Great Market Hall
Budapest's oldest and largest indoor market, selling a vast range of local delicacies.
Hungarian Goulash
Hungary is the birthplace of goulash, a delicious meat stew spiced with paprika.
Inner-City Mother Church of the Blessed Virgin
In 1046, Bishop St Gellert was buried at Budapest's Inner City Parish Church, the main parish church which stands today.
Dohany Street Synagogue
Also known as the Great Synagogue or Tabakgasse Synagogue, it's a historical building in Budapest and the largest synagogue in Europe.

Related Tours

Buda Castle District: Private Tour including Gellért Hill
On your private walking tour, your expert local guide will take you to some of the important historical and cultural sites of Buda. Once the capital of Hungary, the Buda area of the town contains monuments that define the city’s legacy. 

On your private tour, you will:

  • Commence your tour on Castle Hill, which offers phenomenal panoramas of the city;
  • Visit the stunning Matthias Church with tickets included;
  • Enjoy a short stop at the Fisherman's Bastion (with tickets included), and admire the panoramic views;
  • Explore the gardens of Buda Castle and learn about the Hungarian monarchy;
  • Discover Gellért Hill, a 235mt high hill overlooking the Danube;
  • Visit Gellért thermal baths, since 1918 have become the city's most famous Art Nouveau baths;
  • Your tour ends with tickets included to enjoy the thermal baths at your leisure, be sure to bring your swimsuit.

Budapest is widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, home to an incredible array of World Heritage Sites and stunning architecture that draws millions of tourists each year. The Danube river splits the Buda side of the city from the Pest which, having both been independent cities originally, were unified to become Budapest in 1873.  The multitude of hot springs has made the city famous for its public baths which come in a variety of architectural styles from the Turkish era to Art Nouveau

Your private guide will begin your tour on Castle Hill, which stands more than 100 m above the Danube and offers outstanding panoramas of the city. Here you will find the stunning Matthias Church, dating back five centuries. The Fisherman’s Bastion is also worth your attention, a terrace with stunning views dedicated to the fisherman that defended the city walls in the Middle Ages. Buda Castle is the historical residence of the Kings and Queens of Hungary, an imposing building that has undergone a series of transformations since the mid-13th century, and on this tour, you will explore the gardens with your guide.

As you wander to Gellért Hill, enjoy yet another stunning vantage point to admire the city in all its glory. The hill was named after Saint Gerald, who was thrown to his death here. Built with impressive Art Nouveau architecture dating back to the 20th century, the Gellért thermal baths are the quintessential place to spend the rest of your day. Your guide will depart with you here, so you can visit the bathhouse and enjoy the Gellért spa at your leisure. 

Please note that children below 15 years are not allowed to enter the Thermal Pools.


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