Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was the first to proclaim: “Nature is the physician of our diseases”. In fact, Mother Nature has been especially bountiful towards Hungary: the country sits on one of the richest geothermal and medicinal water resources in the world. The local culture of bathing goes back two thousand years; excavated remains of bath houses, frescoes and mosaics demonstrate that the Romans discovered and exploited these thermal water resources.
Hungarian water is not just for splashing – it can be soothing too. The country is blessed with an abundance of natural thermal springs, which emerge at a temperature of 86°F/30°C and are full of salts and minerals.
Hungarian springs have supported a bathing culture dating back to Roman times. Whether you’re after relaxation, refreshment, rejuvenation or recovery, Hungary will not fail to meet your needs. Many towns have thermal baths of some sort, providing not only the chance to soak away those aches but also to take advantage of massages, saunas and perhaps more advanced treatments such as pearl baths and Kneipp treatments. The water can be used to ease specific medical complaints (including muscular, arthritic, gynaecological and skin conditions) or simply to pamper the body. In addition to the public baths, over 50 spa hotels have been constructed, allowing guests to tailor their holidays around the beneficial effects of the springs.
One of the largest bathing complexes in Europe, the premier medicinal bath of Pest- Its thermal springs were discovered in 1879; they are the deepest and hottest ( 74 - 75 C. ) thermal wells in the capital. The neo - Baroque baths were built in1913, the swimming pool in 1927. The open - air sections with their pleasantly warm waters are equally popular in winter.
One of most popular baths for tourists visiting Budapest. The medicinal spring here was already famed in the 13th century. The spa is decorated with a wealth of original Art Nouveau furnishings, artistic mosaics, stained glass windows and sculptures, although the interior of the hotel built alongside has lost many of these fittings over the years.
The bath was built in 1550, and then reconstructed by Pasha Sokoli Mustafa in 1566. Some of the Turkish-period features are still used today: the octagonal pool, the four small corner pools, each with water of a different temperature, and the characteristic Turkish dome. In its drinking hall, the water of the springs Hungária, Attila and Juventus can be consumed for the purposes of a drinking cure. In the bath, there is a daytime outpatient hospital operating with a complex physiotherapy department.
Spas of the 21st century
Hungary, the land of hot water springs and thermal baths, hosts a unique party series that has been transforming bath culture and Budapest night life for more than a decade. Cinetrip is an audio-visual genre, which brings the atmosphere of the heroic-archaic ages of the cinema to the audience through the means of modern technology. Cinetrip events take place in extraordinary locations, adding its own magical-spectacular enchantment.
The series started in Rudas Bath by providing soundtracks to silent movies, and during the years have widened its spectrum of parties, evolving into Cinetrip The Party Brand. The Rudas parties are once a month and are involving artistic shows of DJs, live acts, fire dancers, air acrobats, water ballet, oriental style belly dancers. We also provide massage and various surprise activities. You can buy any kind of drinks and sandwiches, have a bath in 4 different rooms of this historical venue. One of the halls is an ancient Turkish thermal bath which is around 600 years old. People can relax here whilst listening to soothing sound waves of ambient selectors.
From the 2007/08 season, silent movies were replaced by 21st century technology (LED-walls and -curtains) with DJ’s and performances (fire-jugglers, aerialist and belly-dancers) enchanting the audience. Each event has a unique slogan, around which the DJ’s tune their sets. The Rudas bath events boost 4 locations with different musical styles with a set of resident and a group of associated DJ’s. The swimming pool area is house and broken beat oriented, the hall is pumping bootleg music, in the Turkish bath ambient sounds are floating around the 5 hot and cold water pools, and in the relax area funk and disco gems keep spinning. The sparties start at 9PM, the Turkish area closes at 2am, the relax cabin at 3am, the swimming pool at 4am, with the hall providing the last sounds to leave for home by.
The Rudas Bath parties of the winter-spring season have been re-launched in 2007 as Cinetrip Sparty. Over the summer period we move from the hot steam to the open air. Our Plain Air series disrupts the usual holiday-schedule along natural ponds and lakes (for instance at Coke Club in Siófok), while we are planning our special summer movie-nights in Széchenyi and Gellért Baths for those who stay in the capital.