We learnt that the largest hot spring baths in Europe is located in Budapest! So when we were in Budapest, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out the largest hot spring baths in Europe – the Széchenyi Bath!
The building was built in 1913 – that explains why the building looks like a giant opera house with intricate designs on the wall from the outside.
Since the thermal baths were not suitable for infants, Shirlene and family stayed with baby Liam while I went inside the complex.
One word of caution for anyone attempting this same arrangement — your partner may spend hours inside the spa complexes leaving you waiting for a loooong time! Luckily, there’s a nice little cafe you can hang out in while you wait.
One thing you will be struck by at the baths is the number and size of the pools! I felt like a child in a super duper big bath. I had a goal of soaking in every single pool they offered (I ended up spending about two hours there and that’s with me “rushing”)!
There’s probably a right way or sequence of pools to follow but given my time crunch (baby waiting), I basically went from pool to pool in the order of my line of sight!. The good news is this bath is frequented by a lot of tourists, so I didn’t feel like I was the only one that had no idea what I was doing!
There is the cold pool, warm pool with varying temperatures, sauna, steam room, solar room and the list goes on! There’s a total of 15 indoor pools, 3 outdoor pools, 10 saunas and steam chambers. I could spend the entire day here!