Commentary Spa

Budapest spas hit visitor record in the first quarter

Budapest’s spas have hit record numbers of visitiors for the second year running, approaching one million bathers.

Budapest Spa Company marketing director Szilvia Czinege told national news agency MTI that the Hungarian capital’s spas had a total 980,000 visitors in the first three months of the year, an increase of 67,500 compared with the same period in 2018.

The first records of thermal baths in the Budapest region goes back to the Roman era, when the Aquincum garrison of the Pannonia province had a total of 18 such facilities. Even the name Aquincum means – according to the best guess of linguists – “five waters”.

Budapest currently has eight thermal baths, three of which are also historical monuments. One of them – and the most popular with tourists – is the Széchenyi Spa pictured above, located in the capital’s central park, Városliget. It was built in 1913 in Neo-Baroque style. It has three outdoor and 15 indoor pools.

Title image: The Széchenyi Spa in Budapest (Wikimedia commons, Marc Ryckaert)

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