NileGuide Expert Says:
This legendary au naturel Turkish bath should be at the top of a must-do list in Budapest!
Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9, Hungary
(1) 356 1010
Of the four remaining Turkish baths dating back to the 16th century, the Rudas is most famous. It is located at the foot of Gellért Hill on the geological fault line running along the embankment to the Margaret Island, where the medicinal thermal water surfaces. Its water is ideal for treating joint problems, calcium deficiency and lung disease amongst others.
The Ottoman cupola, octagonal plunge pool and four small corner pools of varying temperatures have been preserved in their original form, comprising the main part of the bath. A drinking hall for drinking cures can also be found, ideal for stomach problems.
The plunge pools still operates according to Turkish tradition: it's women's day on Tuesday and men's day on the remaining four days of the week. Saturday and Sunday are co-ed. A co educated swimming pool, a recent addition to the bath house, is open to men and women seven days a week.