Budapest: “City of Spas”
Budapest abounds with thermal spas. The city’s bath tradition dates back two thousand years to the Roman times when Hungary was part of the Roman Empire.
Romans built the first baths over the hot springs of Pannonia. Under the Roman occupation, the province was known as "Aquincum", meaning "abundant in water”. Remains of the enormous Roman bath can still be seen today. The next important stage in developing the city’s baths and establishing its bathing culture came with the Turks during the 16th and 17th centuries. Bathing in hot waters played a significant part in the Turkish culture.
Today, after hundreds of years, Hungary is one of the few places where you can still experience original Turkish baths. Rudas and Kiraly baths have the original Turkish domes and pools. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw a rise in the popularity of baths in Hungary and famous bath houses like Gellért and Széchenyi were built with significant medical and technological advancements.
In the early 1930s Budapest was awarded the title "City of Spas" since the capital possesses the most healing thermal water springs in the world. Thermal waters in Budapest spas are not simply mineral waters containing magnesium or calcium but proven medicinal waters with various healing effects.
Hungary's traditional baths offer an unforgettable experience for visitors. Whether you are looking for just to be pampered or experience the healing powers of the Budapest spas, you will not be disappointed!