Medicinal baths and thermal spas
One specialty of Budapest is that it is the only large city in the world which is very rich in medicinal water springs. The total discharge of thermal water with temperatures ranging from 21° to 78°C, gushing out from 118 natural springs and drilled wells, is 70 million litres per day.
It has been known as early as the Roman Age that the water of the thermal springs has curative effects. Having occupied the territories to the west from the Danube, the Romans established the town of Aquincum, for they liked the healing waters of the gushing, hot water springs. You can see the ruins of their enormous baths in several places in Óbuda. During the Turkish occupation of Hungary (1541-1686), a number of baths were established for the purposes of personal washing and curing. The relics of the Turkish Age have remained intact to date in a few baths. Budapest was awarded the rank of "City of Spas" in 1934.
Bathing culture plays an important role in the life of Hungarians. In Budapest, medicinal baths, thermal spas, open-air swimming complexes and swimming pools can be found all over the city. The elderly like to spend their time in baths, since balneotherapy courses are very well suited for curing diseases and mitigating their symptoms. In addition, the beneficial effect of thermal water also helps in the maintenance of health and relaxation. Special bathing at night and Cinetrip (more recently: Magic Bath) parties are popular among young people in Budapest.
Tourists visiting Budapest may gain a great experience if they visit and try one of the medicinal baths. We wish to remind you that before setting off to discover a public bath, seek information, because not all public baths may be used by both sexes at the same time or may only be visited jointly by men and women on selected days. It is worth trying one of the largest bathing complexes in Europe, Széchenyi Baths, or the most beautiful public bath in Budapest, Gellért Baths, as well as the beautifully refurbished Rudas Baths, which host nighttime bathing.
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