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Budapest’s 5 top thermal baths with outdoor pools

Budapest is a city of spas, never better illustrated than in summer, when these baths become family-friendly lidos, equipped with slides, wave pools and sunbathing zones. Here we pick five of our favourites.


Csillaghegy Baths

Surrounded by a park of ancient trees, the most beautifully located lido in Budapest is this one at Csillaghegy. Recently it has been extended, with a new spa centre, thermal pools, large sauna world and a children’s section. 

Csillaghegy Baths
District III. Pusztakúti út 2-6
Open: Pool Daily 6-8pm. Spa, children's zone & sauna world Daily 8am-8pm


Dagály Baths

Budapest’s revered Dagály was closed while the Duna Aréna swimming complex was built for the FINA world championships in 2017 and has only recently reopened. It has since been expanded with a thermal, spa and medical department. Set by the Danube, the Dagály remains a firm family favourite. 

Dagály Baths
District XIII. Népfürdő utca 36
Open: Daily 6am-8pm


Gellért Baths

The most sumptuously decorated spa in Budapest always attracts tourists, but it is quieter during the week. The wave pool outside was the world’s first and the warmer pool also has attractive features. 

Gellért Baths
District XI. Kelenhegyi út 4
Open: Daily 6am-8pm


Lukács Baths

The waters at the Lukács are meant to have the strongest healing powers, and this is certainly Budapest’s most versatile spa. In addition to the luxurious indoor areas, there’s an outdoor pool and two swimming pools, and you can also use the sunbathing terrace and the fitness equipment. 

Lukács Baths
District II. Frankel Leó út 25-29
Open: Daily 6am-10pm


Palatinus Baths

At this spa on Margaret Island, you can even sweat in the geothermal sauna, but you should also enjoy the sunshine outside on the giant slides or in the swimming, adventure and wave pools. 

Palatinus Baths
District XIII. Margaret Island
Open: Daily 8am-8pm

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