The Rudas Thermal Bath is one of the oldest baths in Budapest. According to an
inscription on the wall of the bath, the foundations were laid down by the Turks
sometime in the 15th century. In other words, it is a very old bath.|
This is the men-only section of the Rudas.
If you do go to the Rudas, you soon discover that it is a men only bath and women are not allowed within the bathing area. However, not too many foreigners know that there is a so-called family bath service which will not only allow you to enjoy the thermal water but even get a special kind of service. The family bath consists of a private chamber with a huge basin, a shower room, and a sauna.
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It is truly a unique experience to bath here. The water in the basin is
the same thermal water as in the main pools,
coming straight from underneath the ground. The tap is huge so the large
basin fills up in a matter of minutes. By the way, the basin is enough for 3-4
If you are tired of the thermal water, you can go into the sauna or take a shower. There are even two massage beds with clean sheets.
All in all, this is a great experience and something out of the ordinary. And all this is for less than $20. To get the family bath, you should ask the cashier for a "Csaladi furdo" (chalah-di furdo). They will assign you an hour and half time slot. (It is not always easy to get in.)
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