• Megan Kate

Szechenyi Baths: Tourist Trap or Worth Your Wages? | Travel Reviews

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

If you're new here, let me introduce you to my newest segment of Meg's Gap Life: "Tourist Trap or Worth Your Wages?". In this segment I give a quick, basic review of a famous tourist attraction that I probably paid a lot more to see than I normally would (I'm the queen of doing all the free things a place has to offer), letting you know whether I thought it was worth the hype, and most importantly worth the price, once I got there.

We've already spoken about the Empire State Building in our last TToWYW post (here) and today we're focusing the famous Szechenyi Baths in Budapest. Let's get straight into it...

Name: Szechenyi Baths

Address: Állatkerti krt. 9-11, Budapest

Price: HUF 5,900 (Around £15)

Booked through: Tickets for the baths with access to lockers are bought from the cashier once you arrive. If you want to book cabins or treatments etc you can do so through the website here.

Verdict: Worth Your Wages!

Details: I visited Budapest in 2016 but skipped the baths as I was on a very VERY tight budget at the time. Then, in 2019 I went back with a group of my closest friends and finally decided to make the trip to see them, and I'm so glad I did! For the price of HUF 5,900 you have access to all 18 pools as well as multiple saunas, whirlpools and the underwater jet massage area. You could honestly spend all day in here just wandering around the crazy labyrinth of pools. The pools are safe, clean and well looked after with employees around every corner to help you if you need, and it truly is a one of a kind experience that I think everyone should try when visiting Budapest.

Top Tips: -Go at night! The steam coming off the geothermal pools into the dark night sky makes the experience feel even more magical.

-Don't take phones or cameras in with you unless they are waterproof. Even if you don't drop them, the crazy humidity of some rooms, and the icy cold of others is going to do nothing but damage to your tech.

-Stay together. It sounds childish but I really mean it when I say navigating your way around the building is like finding your way out of a labyrinth. We split into 2 groups throughout our visit and it took us nearly half an hour to find each other again as none of us had phones!

-Be aware of the heat in the saunas. I didn't personally have this problem but inside some of the hottest areas of the baths there were quite a lot of people struggling with jewellery heating up and burning the skin. If you do wear any jewellery, especially any pieces you'd be devastated to lose if you took them off for a minute, maybe leave them in your locker just in case!

And that's it! See I told you it would be quick. What do you think, are the Szechenyi Baths something you can see your self spending some extra money on? If you've been already I'd love to know whether you thought it was worth it or not!

Stay tuned for some more reviews coming soon, and make sure you're following me over on Instagram to watch my adventures unfold in real time. See you in the next one, Meg x