It might be -6°C (21°F), but it’s getting steamy out here! When visiting Budapest in the winter, I didn’t let the snow and cold put me off of visiting the beautiful outdoor thermal spas.
I decided to visit the Széchenyi Medicinal Baths that are located in a large park that’s also home to the Vajdahunyad Castle. The park was a 30-minute walk from my hostel down the famous Andrassy shopping street. The walk was quite lovely and I passed a bunch of beautiful buildings such as the Opera House, but other than that, I couldn’t afford to stop in any of the high-end stores.
Entering the park, I decided to check out the castle first and was astounded by its beauty! I didn’t pay for the museum or to go in any of the buildings, but just walking around the grounds and near the lake was a fun time.
The baths are right across the street from the castle, and the building is beautiful too! The Szechenyi thermal bath building houses 15 indoor pools and 3 outdoor pools. You can play chess, read a book, socialize with people, or take some time to relax in. one of the many steam rooms or saunas.
The outdoor baths were pretty crowded. There was snow on the ground which I had to run through to get there, but once you’re in the water you’re completely warm!
Luckily my phone is waterproof so I was able to keep it with me and take some photos. Otherwise, you have to leave all your stuff on benches outside of the pool. Of course there are lockers and even cabins if you want, so if you don’t want to carry your phone or camera around, I’d recommend leaving it all in a locked space.
In the end, I spent 4 hours at the baths. I read my book (which got pretty wet), spent time in every single pool and every single room, and spent an hour in the outside bath taking selfies and relaxing!
This is definitely one of the biggest perks of visiting Budapest in the winter – it’s not too touristy and you get to have this amazing and unique experience of being outside in negative degrees.
Also, visiting in the winter offers you amazing views around the city, such as these:
After almost boiling myself to a crisp and soaking my book, I finished up my day by heading to some of the awesome and really weird clubs that Budapest has to offer, like Instant: