Széchenyi Thermal Bath – Budapest, Hungary

Traditional health and wellness services, spas, thermal bath

The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is o­ne of the largest spa complexes in Europe. It’s also the first thermal bath of Pest. It owes its existence to Vilmos Zsigmondy, a mining engineer. o­n his initiative, successful deep borings had been performed in the City Park, where later, in 1881 already an “Artesian bath” was in operation. However, this temporary type of bath was meeting the demands of the age less and less, so the Széchenyi Thermal Bath was built in 1913 o­n the basis of plans composed by Gyozo Czigler. The Bath was expanded in 1927 with a public bathing department for gentlemen and ladies and a beach site. In the middle of the 1960s, further transformations took place, including the creation of a group thermal section in bathing suits as well as a daytime outpatient hospital (complex physiotherapy department).

The reconstruction of the pools of the swimming section, their equipment with water filtering and circulation devices was completed in 1999. The so-called fancy bath includes a whirling corridor, underwater effervescence production, neck shower, water beam back massage installed in the sitting banks and many other services.

The thermal spa complex is the winner of the Hungarian Product Grand Prix in 2012.

Széchenyi Thermal Baths were named Best international medical thermal baths by medical travel publication the IMTJ Medical Travel Awards 2016.

The thermal bath is situated in the City Park, near the Zoo.

By public transportation: trolleybus 72 and the millennium underground train.

The water supply for the bath is provided by the Saint Stephen Well Nr.II commissioned in 1938. It is a hot-spring water with calcium, magnesium, hydro-carbonate, also containing sodium and sulphate, with a significant content in fluoride and metaboric acid.

The water of the drinking well is a healing water with calcium, magnesium, hydro-carbonate, chloride, sulphate, also containing alcalics and a substantial amount of fluoride.

Therapeutic suggestions:

  • degenerative joint diseases
  • chronic and sub-acute arthritis
  • orthopedic and post-accident treatments

Drink diets:

  • chronic gastric catarrh, gastric ulcer, intestinal catarrh
  • overproduction of gastric acid
  • chronic inflammation of the pelvis of the kidney and of the urine paths
  • certain forms of renal stone illnesses
  • chronic catarrh of the inhaling organs
  • influencing disturbances of metabolism linked to gout
  • in case of certain illnesses of the gall-bladder and the gall paths, for enhancing gall-discharge

 

Lithium Li+ 0,20 mg
Sodium Na+ 176,20 mg
Potassium K+ 21,40 mg
Calcium Ca2+ 156,30 mg
Magnesium Mg2+ 35,00 mg
Fluoride F 2,75 mg
Chloride Cl 197,00 mg
Bromide Br 0,20 mg
Iodide I 0,07 mg
Bicarbonate HCO3 554,60 mg
Sulphate SO42- 211,20 mg
Sulphide S2- 1,21 mg
Metaboric acid HBO2 6,50 mg
Silicic H2SiO3 36,40 mg
Carbon dioxide CO2 375,50 mg
Total: 1774,53 mg/liter

 

History:

The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is o­ne of the largest spa complexes in Europe. It’s also the first thermal bath of Pest. It owes its existence to Vilmos Zsigmondy, a mining engineer. o­n his initiative, successful deep borings had been performed in the City Park, where later, in 1881 already an “Artesian bath” was in operation. However, this temporary type of bath was meeting the demands of the age less and less, so the Széchenyi Thermal Bath was built in 1913 o­n the basis of plans composed by Gyozo Czigler. The Bath was expanded in 1927 with a public bathing department for gentlemen and ladies and a beach site. In the middle of the 1960s, further transformations took place, including the creation of a group thermal section in bathing suits as well as a daytime outpatient hospital (complex physiotherapy department).

The reconstruction of the pools of the swimming section, their equipment with water filtering and circulation devices was completed in 1999. The so-called fancy bath includes a whirling corridor, underwater effervescence production, neck shower, water beam back massage installed in the sitting banks and many other services.

Services

  • Indoor and outdoor pools with thermal water  (on weekdays 15, on weekends 18 of them are available)
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor leisure pool with jacuzzi and whirlpool
  • Steam chambers
  • Saunas
  • Massages
  • Aquafitness
  • Sundecks

Medical services

  • Drink therapy
  • Balneotherapy
  • Private tub-bath
  • Mud treatment (avaliable only on medical prescription)
  • Weight bath (avaliable only on medical prescription)
  • Carbon-dioxide bath (avaliable only on medical prescription)
  • Medical massage (avaliable only on medical prescription)
  • Underwater jet massage (avaliable only on medical prescription)
  • Underwater curative gymnastics (avaliable only on medical prescription)
  • Complex balneotherapy treatment (avaliable only on medical prescription)

Photos: official

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