St Margaret's Island is situated in between Buda and Pest. It is a haven for peace and tranquility due to its ban on transport. The leafy parks and extensive outdoor pools (some very shallow, making it perfect for young children), make it an oasis in a bustling city.
Cross the bridge near the Houses of Parliament
A perfect day out for families is the Gellert Hotel and Spa, open to the public and very inexpensive. As well as the option of massages and beauty treatments, the indoor swimming pool is set in palatial surroundings, whilst the spa pool is a perfect temperature for old and young alike. Older children will love the outdoor pool with its wave machine, whilst the gardens and sun lounger area are perfect for parents to relax in.
From the Market Hall (in Pest), cross the bridge into Buda
A must for any Budapest visitor is a trip to the Gellert baths. Heated by geothermal energy, the baths offer an interactive adventure into the post-imperial era, whilst dressed in nothing more than a loin cloth.
The entry price is the only thing you will find in English, but it's no problem and ends up adding to the fun.
Don't be put off by the 20+ stone masseuses, stay your nerves and be sure to spend an hour there.
The Szechényi fürdő (fürdő translates as “baths”) renovation was completed about a year ago, it is excellent, always gets good reviews and I would always recommend it, especially for families. There are quite a few indoor pools with varying temperatures, plus a couple of steam baths and two large saunas. They have a very nice bucket shower next to the sauna, you pull a chain and cold water is dumped on your head, very refreshing.
Outside are two thermal pools and a swimming pool (swimming cap required). One of the thermal pools is great for kids - there’s a walled off circular section which uses pumps to get a current running. It’s like flowing downstream on a fast river, but you go round in a circle. Kids (and me) love it. Everything is mixed sex, so swimming suits are required.
The Rudás fürdő has been done up recently, it's the old Turkish baths on the Buda side of the Erzsébet híd (Elizabeth Bridge). I haven't been yet, but some people say it's the best in Budapest now.
Gellért is overrated. The swimming pool looks nice from the gallery, but is cold and you have to swim around the pool clockwise, very dull. Thermal pools are segregated, so you can go naked, or borrow a loincloth or wear a swimming suit. Quite nice, but not really suitable for a couple on their own.
Gellert: Kelenhegyi út 4
Szechényi: Állakerti körút 11; nearest metro: M1 Széchenyi fürdő
Rudás: Döbrentei tér 9, Tram 18,19, Bus 7 to Döbrentei tér
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