Rudas Baths

Budapest, Hungary

Rudas Bath is a thermal bath in Budapest which is claimed to have medicinal properties. It was first built in 1550, during the time of Ottoman rule. To date, it retains many of the key elements of a Turkish bath, exemplified by its Turkish dome and octagonal pool. It is located at Döbrentei tér 9 on the Buda side of Erzsébet Bridge. The bath has six therapy pools and one swimming pool where the temperature is in between 10 and 42 °C (50 and 108 °F). The components of slightly radioactive thermal water includes sulfate, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate and a significant amount of fluoride ion. A sight-seeing brochure claims the water can help to treat degenerative joint illnesses, chronic and sub-acute joint inflammations, vertebral disk problems, neuralgia and lack of calcium in the bone system.

The baths were used by Sokollu Mustafa Pasha, Beylerbeyi (governor) of Buda Vilayet of the Ottomans between 1566 and 1578. This is inscribed in Hungarian in the baths, on a stone standing atop the Juve spring, which is believed by locals to have a rejuvenating effect on people.

It re-opened at the beginning of 2006, after a comprehensive renovation of its interior.

The baths are open to women only on Tuesdays, to men the rest of the week, and both men and women on the weekend. The attached swimming pool is always open to both men and women.

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Founded: 1550
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Hungary

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Y. E. (2 years ago)
The prices are very fair. On the weekend you can spend your whole day at the spa for less money. From outside the building looks very small but inside it's huge and like a labyrinth. You can drink water through fountains there are many changing rooms saunas place to relax and so on. The water quality is very good. You can smell the thermal water. I liked it that there was no kids. The turkish bath area was amazing and the water temperature awesome. I didn't like it that inside it was a bit scruffy and one place of the building felt like in an old hospital or even like a prison.
Anastasia Karpovets (2 years ago)
Very nice view from the bathtub on the rooftop. But it’s very crowded! My favorite place to go in the winter! Basement floor has nice Turkish baths and saunas, very old fashion and unique. Price is much cheaper in the work days. Tuesday is women day. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are men day only. So be careful and plan your visit in advance.
Ana S (2 years ago)
5 star!! Impeccably clean and beautiful, newly renovated place. Friendly staff, lockers, several steam and sauna rooms with showers; indoor thermal pools and ice baths! And then one outdoor small thermal pool with incredible views and atmosphere!! It also has a sun deck and a couple of restaurants. During the week it’s not crowded. It’s just a fantastic, truly healing place PS good for healing but also a romantic date in the evening ??
Makar Ulitin (2 years ago)
Amazing baths! Great rooftop pool with pink lightning and view on Elizabeth’s and Liberty bridges. Authentic inner thermal bath with spherical ceiling and central pool. Separation on male and female days only adds up to this vibe. Big variety of water temperatures from 11°C to 45°C. Swimming hat is only required in the main swimming pool. We didn’t test out buffet with cakes and beers but others seemed to enjoy it. One of the best baths in town!
Helena Angel (2 years ago)
If you want to spend some time in relaxing environment and you are in Budapest, go to this thermal baths. They offer a lots of pools and saunas. You can relax in the pools with the different kind of temperature like 28C, 30C, 36C or 42C. Or you can choose saunas instead. You have great jacuzzi outside placed on the roof with the warm water (36C) and the great view of Budapest. Inside you have restaurant if you become hugry. You have practically everything what you need.
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