Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Renown thermal baths

The Hotel Gellért in the Buda side of Budapest, is home to the most famous bath in Budapest, the Gellért Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool. The Hotel itself is world famous and is a four star hotel. The baths complex is connected directly to the hotel. It is open to the public and hotel guests. The baths are also called the Gellért Baths or Gellért fürdő in Hungarian. In was constructed between 1912 and 1918. During the time of Ottoman Occupation in the 16th and 17th centuries, baths were built on the site of the complex today. It was known as the "magical healing spring" in those times.
 The Gellért Baths were heavily damaged from bombing during World War Two. After the war, the baths were rebuilt modestly due to the bad economic conditions resulting from the war. In 2008, reconstruction work began to restore the baths to their former original splendour. The complex includes thermal baths, which are small pools containing water from the Gellért hill. This water has become to be known as "healing water". The water is rich in natural minerals such as calcium, magnesium, alkalis, sulfate and fluoride. The waters benefit those with such ailments as joint illnesses and inflammation, vertebral disk problems, circulatory disturbances and spine problems. For those that don't have any ailments, the baths are a great place to relax and enjoy the day.

The baths also have saunas, plunge pools and an open-air swimming pool. Masseuse services are also available. Both tourists and local Hungarians enjoy the Gellért Baths which is located in the heart of the city. Budapest has many other baths as the city is the site of many thermal springs that are underneath the ground. In 1934, the city of Budapest was given the title of "Spa city". If you are ever in Budapest, visit the Gellért Baths.