If you did some research when planning your Budapest trip, you surely added the Széchenyi Baths to your itinerary. The Hungarian capital is renowned for its thermal waters, making a dip in one of its many pools a must. While the Buda side boasts centuries-old Turkish baths and stunning Art Nouveau facilities, Pest is home to the iconic Széchenyi Baths. This is Europe's largest medicinal spa complex, nestled in the City Park, which opened its Neo-Baroque doors over a century ago in 1913.

Hungary is a thermal water empire, ranking as the fifth largest in the world, so a trip to Budapest wouldn't be complete without experiencing one of the city's magnificent baths. These structures are not only architecturally intriguing – some dating back to the 16th-century Ottoman occupation – but their water also has healing power. One of the city's most renowned bath complexes, Széchenyi Baths, is celebrating its 111th anniversary this June, adding an extra reason to visit its world-famous outdoor pools. While there, engage in a game of chess in the water, indulge in a beer bath, chill in the Palm House, or join the Grand Budapest Bath Party

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While Buda has long been abundant in thermal baths, the Neo-Baroque Széchenyi Baths complex was the first of its kind on the Pest side. It's no surprise that it quickly became popular among the residents of Pest, who were delighted when it opened its gates in 1913. Initially, the baths were supplied by a single thermal spring, with 74,5 °C medical water rising from a depth of 970 metres. As the baths gained popularity, an expansion was needed, along with an increase in the water supply. Another well was drilled in 1938, where they found 77°C thermal water at a depth of 1,256 meters – solving both the thermal water supply and heating issues. See how city dwellers enjoyed this iconic spot back in the day: