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Budapest has earned its title as City of Baths. The Romans already realised that the spring water was full of beneficial minerals, and the Ottomans, who conquered the region in the 16th century, skilfully built a number of thermal baths. The Széchenyi bathhouse, completed in the early 1900s, is the largest and one of the most beautiful in Budapest. It is further enhanced by a stunning location in the City Park.
At first glance the Széchenyi bathhouse looks a lot like a palace, located amidst the green of the City Park. The arcades and ochre-coloured façade give access to the reception hall, where a colourful fresco adorns the ceiling. The attractive Baroque ambiance is a favourite meeting place for people of all ages. A ticket provides a full day’s access to 2 large heated outdoor baths, 15 medicinal baths, hot tubs and a wide range of saunas.
“Cooling down is important; daredevils can venture into one of the ice baths.”