Imagine Budapest Tour’s City of Waters excursion provides an insider’s guide to a tranquil and traditional part of Hungarian’s history. Beat the heat of the city’s streets by relaxing in one of Budapest’s Turkish Baths. Sporting both historical significance and classical medicinal treatments, the scenic baths line the Buda promenade.
After traveling past the Taban and through Watertown, the tour commences at the Racz Bath that has royal roots. It’s said that there are underground tunnels linking the palace with the bath. The elegant façade had a face-lift by prominent Hungarian architect, Miklos Ybl who also remodeled the interior. Closed since 2004, locals hope that the hotel/historic spa will reopen soon.
There are 121 thermal springs in Budapest and to give a colorful depiction, that’s enough to fill every bathtub in the city. Deciding where to bathe is an important as the event for certain houses are renowned for their users. Lukacs is considered an intellectual crowd, Rudas a popular Turkish Bath and St. Gellert’s a tourist-mecca attracting a younger clientele.
Leaving behind Racz, the tour continues to Rudas where the guide discusses the bath’s history as well as restorations. Built in 1550, the spa is at the foot of Gellert Hill and renovations include a panoramic roof deck pool overlooking the Danube.
Continuing along the promenade, guests reach St. Gellert Hotel and Thermal Baths. Located in the city center, the stately hotel is considered a Danube landmark. The thermal baths were discovered in the 15th century and played an important role in Turkish/ Hungarian history. In 1918 the Gellert opened its door and offered guests the royal treatment. Featuring a wave pool, thermal baths and spa areas, it’s considered a hot spot by the international crowd.
Take the time to climb to the top of Gellert Hill as behind the hotel offers picturesque views. Locals and tourists alike indulge in the sunshine and retreat to the cool waters when waves emerge.
As an inside tip, the Pagony Garden, located kitty-corner from the hotel, provides a tranquil spot to unwind as well as an ideal spot to enjoy a glass of wine in a refurbished pool. The Art Nouveau architecture gives the park an aesthetic flair while providing travelers a calming retreat from the Buda streets.
For a refreshing way to explore the city, sign up for Imagine Budapest Tours’ City of Waters. The historical tales and artistic ambiance will quench travelers’ thirst.