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Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

1. Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

Book your full-day ticket to the Széchenyi Bath in advance and avoid the long wait in the queue at the entrance. Additionally, take advantage of complimentary tasting of Hungary's famous spirit "pálinka" on an optional guided tour inside the Pálinka Museum. The Széchenyi Bath is the largest thermal spring bath complex not only in Budapest but in Europe as well. It was built in 1913 in a Neo-baroque style. At the time it opened its baths were private, having separate steam baths for men and women, as well as different public baths for men and women. In 1927, the spa complex was expanded and today it comprises 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools. After its expansion, the thermal artesian wasn’t adequate to supply the spa, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal spring dates from 1938. Towels and swimsuits are available for purchase only, no rental. Please note that swimsuits that cover the entire body are not permitted. During your visit, blow off some steam at the pools of Széchenyi Spa (built-in 1913.), which is Europe’s largest healing bath with its’ 15 indoor, and 3 grand outdoor pools. Pools are of varying temperatures, between 18 to 38 °C (64 to 100 °F), and complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and steam bath. Afterward, discover a hidden gem in the city center to taste some Hungarian pálinka (spirits; non-alcoholic drinks are also available). Differently from whiskey or vodka, pálinka is made exclusively from different sorts of fruits and has an aromatic smell. Inside the Pálinka Museum's interactive exhibits, you will learn about its birth, tradition, and history. That’s why Hungary's Pálinka Act of Parliament exists which regulates and protects the production and quality of palinka.

Budapest: Szechenyi Thermal Spa & Szechenyi Ship Danube Tour

2. Budapest: Szechenyi Thermal Spa & Szechenyi Ship Danube Tour

Indulge your weary muscles and enjoy a cruise down the Danube River. This combined flexible use ticket gives you a whole day entrance to Széchenyi Spa with cabin usage and either a dinner cruise or a drinks cruise through the city center at night aboard the Gróf Széchényi ship. Visit one of the city’s most sophisticated thermal baths with a fast track ticket to the beautiful neo-Baroque Széchenyi Spa. Experience Hungarian bathing culture first-hand, and relax with the locals. The spa is open throughout the year, with outdoor and indoor pools of thermal waters offering an extensive range of temperatures. Admire historic locations in Buda and Pest illuminated for the night as you feast on a dinner. Pass by iconic sights such as the Chain Bridge, the House of Parliament the Gellert Bath and the Buda Castle with the Fisherman’s Bastion at the top of Buda Hills.

Budapest: Guided E-Bike Tour

3. Budapest: Guided E-Bike Tour

Explore Budapest, the so-called "Paris of the East," on a comfortable on a brand new e-bike from the leading German manufacturer, Kalkhoff. First up, take in the full-length of the Andrássy Avenue passing the Hungarian State Opera House, the House of Terror, and arrive at Heroes' Square. You can be sure your guide will have all the stories along the way. From Heroes' Square, continue into City Park where you’ll be surprised by a fake castle and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the largest and most popular in the city. The trip continues with highlights like the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and the Jewish Quarter before diving into the downtown area.  See and learn about St. Stephen's Basilica, largest church in Budapest. In the heart of the financial district lies Liberty Square with a bloody history and a disputed Holocaust memorial. From here it is not far to the Hungarian Parliament Building, a landmark in Budapest. Next, reach the Danube River with a breathtaking view on the Buda side of the city. Cross Margaret Bridge using a nice bicycle lane and arrive at Buda and EuroVelo 6, an international bicycle way along the Danube River. Ride down to Batthyany-Square, take a picture of the parliament across the river, and continue to Széchenyi Chain Bridge, from where you will start to climb Castle Hill. Here the electric support of your bike will show its strength. Admire Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion before returning to the Shoes on the Danube Bank and passing the historical Rudas Bath. At Gellért Hill, see the famous Gellért Thermal Bath cross back to Pest via Liberty Bridge, the most popular bridge in Budapest. Do not miss the Central Market Hall and the Hungarian National Museum before you reach the Dohány Street Synagogue, the final stop on the tour before you return to the starting point of the tour.

Budapest: Half-Day Private Car Tour

4. Budapest: Half-Day Private Car Tour

You can see the most important sights of Budapest during this 4-hour long tour. This program is recommended for those who have only a short time, want to explore the city alone, or need an orientation. During such a city tour you can decide what you want to see more thoroughly and where you want to go back to. Sightseeing by car is more comfortable and less tiring and allows more time to spend in all places. The suggested highlights include Heroes' Square, Széchenyi Spa, Vajdahunyad Castle, Andrássy Avenue, State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica, Liberty Square, House of Parliament, Chain Bridge, National Museum, Synagogue, old historical town with tight streets of the Castle District, Fisherman's Bastion, Royal Palace, Matthias Church, and the spectacular view from the Gellért Hill (Citadel).

Budapest: Private City Tuk-Tuk Tour & Boat Cruise

5. Budapest: Private City Tuk-Tuk Tour & Boat Cruise

This tour takes you to see the famous sights of Budapest, such as the Andrássy Avenue, old Jewish District, Gellért Baths, Citadel, Castle District, Margaret Bridge and the Government District and Parliament. Your tuk-tuk driver is also your personal guide, so sit back and enjoy his stories and insights as he takes you on a tour catered to your interests, temperament and pace. Every tuk-tuk is equipped with a tablet to give passengers access to PocketGuide, the audio tour application. Other sites on this tour include the Hungarian State Opera House, Heroes' Square, Széchenyi Spa, Great Synagogue, Petite Paris, Great Market Hall, Liberty Bridge, Philosopher's Garden, Castle Garden Bazaar, Chain Bridge and Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion. Following the Tuk-Tuk tour, enjoy a 1-hour and 10-minute boat tour along the River Danube. Relax and watch as the city's sights float by.

Budapest: Private Full-Day Discovery Tour

6. Budapest: Private Full-Day Discovery Tour

Traverse both the Pest and Buda sides of the city during an eight hour, full-day tour. With the added convenience of a private car that will transport you from place to place, you will have more than enough time to explore the city more deeply, and learn about Hungarian history, culture, arts, politics, gastronomy, and people. Avoid the tiring drudge of walking back and forth across the city and save your energy for exploring the sights themselves. Some highlights of the tour include Heroes' Square, the Széchenyi Spa, Vajdahunyad Castle, Andrássy Avenue, the State Opera House, the St. Stephen's Basilica, Liberty Square, and the House of Parliament. You will also have the opportunity to experience Chain Bridge, the National Museum, the Synagogue, and the old historical town of the Castle District throughout this comprehensive city tour. Stretch your legs at a number of sites and hop back in the vehicle when you've explored to your heart's content. 

Budapest: Private Walking Tour in the Pest Side

7. Budapest: Private Walking Tour in the Pest Side

Get a perfect insight into Budapest's history, development, and main attractions. Visit Heroe's Square, a UNESCO World Site, Millenium Monument, City Park, Andrassy street, Szechenyi Bath, St. Stephen Basilica, Budapest Eye, Dunacorso Promenade, and Downtown of Pest. Hear great stories of a great city from your guide and after visiting St. Stephen Basilica, head up to a terrace to admire the views and take great photos of the 360-degree panorama of Budapest.

Budapest Private Bike Tour with Cafe Stop

8. Budapest Private Bike Tour with Cafe Stop

This 3.5 hour cycle tour can be tailored to suit your wishes, stopping at various major sights of the city including Heroes’ Square, where you will learn about the rich history and culture of Hungary, City Park and Vajdahunyad Castle (including a peek into Széchenyi bath house), the Opera House, St Stephen's Basilica, Liberty Square, and the Parliament. Other sights include the Danube Promenade, the Chain Bridge, inner central Pest, Margaret Bridge and Margaret Island, the Buda Castle District (Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church), the Grand Market Hall, National Museum and Great Synagogue. A coffee break with a traditional Hungarian pastry is included. Your experienced guide will always take the safest routes.

Budapest: Legends and Mysteries Tour in Spanish

9. Budapest: Legends and Mysteries Tour in Spanish

Meet your Spanish-speaking tour guide in one of the most popular squares in Budapest, The Heroe's Square. Surrounded by numerous statues, learn the stories of the founders of Budapest. When night falls, this beautiful city is transformed into something darker, where the illuminated buildings draw sinister lights and shadows, like at the Vajdahunyad Castle. Hear about the city's witches, murders, popular myths, as well as the darker rituals that have taken place in Budapest. Visit City Park and Bagni Szécehnyi. Learn the origins of Danube River, the mysteries of Attila, the secret of Countess Elizabeth Báthory's youth, and the stories behind the Hungarian Pauline Order.

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What people are saying about Szechenyi Thermal Bath

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 7,660 reviews

beautiful location. The bathhouse exudes a special atmosphere. It is therefore a beautiful building in neo-baroque style. Wonderful when the sun is also shining to enjoy a drink on a sun lounger between the many baths.

Great experience with Stephen. He was very knowledgeable about Hungarian history. I recommend his services. You won't regret it. We had a great time in Budapest.

Superb buildings and facilities. A tip to take the private cabin, it's more fun. The indoor baths are also very nice

Gorgeous decor. Great moment of relaxation. Time stops the time to savor this moment.

The place is easily accessible and easy to find. It is located in a beautiful park.