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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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St Stephen's Basilica
A neoclassical cathedral dedicated to the first Christian king of Hungary; his (alleged) right hand is housed in its reliquary.
Great Synagogue
Europe's largest - and the second largest in the world - this imposing Moorish Revival synagogue dates from 1859.
Buda Castle
The historical residence of Hungarian royalty, this impressive palace complex has seen a series of transformations since the mid-13th century.
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.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of the Buda Castle District
In this four hour walking tour, your expert local guide will take  you to some of the important historical and cultural sites of the Buda. As it was once the capital of Hungary, the Buda area of the town contains monuments that define the city’s legacy. 

  • Commence your tour on Castle Hill, which offers phenomenal panoramas of the city 
  • Visit the stunning Matthias Church 
  • Enjoy a short stop at the Fisherman's Bastion, offering stunning panoramic views
  • Explore the gardens of Buda Castle and learn about the Hungarian monarchy
  • Proceed to Gellért Hill, which again offers admirable views of the city 
  • End your tour at Gellért thermal baths, and snap photos of the intricate architecture 
Origins of Budapest

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 have made the city famous for its public baths which come in a variety of architectural styles from the Turkish era to Art Nouveau. 

Panoramic Views over the City

Your private guide will begin your tour on Castle Hill, which stands more than 100m 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. Build 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 pop into the bath-house and enjoy Gellért at your leisure. 
Private Walking Tour of Budapest with a Local
Travel isn’t just about travel, it’s people, faces, food and cultures, fresh perspectives, discoveries and different ways of life - it’s about uncovering the city’s soul. It’s about connection. On your private, guided tour of Budapest with a local: 

  • Enjoy meaningful insights from a Budapest local .
  • Hear how locals describe Budapest - the experiences that have shaped their worldview, the differences between ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’, and what it’s like to have spas at the centre of urban culture.
  • Spend a few hours walking around the city’s highlights with a private, local guide.
  • Pick up invaluable recommendations, advice, tips and reassurance as you explore highlights and off-the-beaten-track side streets.
  • Grab a beer or a coffee in your local guide’s favorite haunt.
  • Learn first-hand what locals love about Budapest from someone who knows the place inside-out.
Considered one of Europe’s most striking cities, Budapest contains an incredible array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Split by a wide sweep of the River Danube, despite a 1873 merger of both independent settlements Buda and Pest, the city is rich in geothermal water resources with thousands of subterranean pools spouting mineral-rich waters dating back over 2,000 years. Using 20-million litres of water, Budapest’s grand, mosaic-clad bath-houses are open to the public, earning it the title of  ́World's Spa Capital’. 

Enjoying a private, guided tour with a local will help you discover the sights that tourists so often miss. Hear the intriguing backstories and learn the neighbourhood’s contextual backstories and rumors which bring Budapest to life, from the Ottoman period (16th century) to the present day. On your private walking tour with a local, you will see the Neo-gothic parliament building, trace Roman era history at Budapest History Museum and stroll bird-scattered Trinity Square to 13th-century Matthias Church. You will also see first-hand how a diversity of styles of urban art, architecture, and ideas have breathed energy and spirit into previously dilapidated areas of public space in a wide range of neighbourhoods. Experience the practical good-naturedness of a Budapest local over a local beer or coffee at one of Budapest’s famed coffee houses, and then jot down your guide’s version of “must do Budapest’.
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