Veli Bej Thermal Bath – Budapest, Hungary

Budapest’s Secret Bath

If you are a type of visitor who would rather discover some more hidden baths so that you can avoid the crowds of tourists, you don’t choose the popular baths because they are very pretty, indeed, choose the less known bath – Veli Bej.

In the Turkish Bath there is a warm big pool and four little pools of varied temperatures.

Other wellness services:

    • Finnish Sauna
    • Infrared Sauna
    • Steam Bath
    • Jacuzzi
    • Kneipp’s Foot Bath
    • Massage
    • Special Bathtub for Hydrotherapies

The History of the Veli Bej Spa

The healing waters in this location date back to Roman times. The Turkish bathhouse, originally named Veli Bej, was built in the 16th century during the Turkish era. Commissioned by pasha Szokullu Musztafa, this was one of the most beautiful baths of its time. The original stone building survived the varied history of the ensuing centuries. After the Turkish occupation the bath was renamed to Kayser Bad, Császár Baths in Hungarian, and later it was given to the Order of Hospitallers, who used it for healing the sick.

Throughout the years several extensions were added to the core building. The Classicist-style building, still in use today, was designed in the 19th century by architect József Hild. Today, this building houses a hospital and a hotel that faces the Komjádi Sport Swimming Pool, another one of the additions to the original complex. The historic Turkish bathhouse, which was closed to the general public for decades, regained its original splendor with the recent renovations.

Healing waters

The hot springs feeding the thermal pools rise from the wells of the nearby Lukács Baths and from Margaret Island. The waters, rich in calcium, magnesium, hydrogen-carbonate, sulfate and sodium, with a significant content of fluoride ions, are recommended to help cure degenerative illnesses of joints, chronic and semi-acute arthritis, spinal problems and post-injury healing.

Photos: Császár Hotel

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