Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest, Hungary (I)
Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest, Hungary: Császaár-Komjádi Pool – Where the serious swimmers swim
Though the vibe here isn't as pleasant as at the Hajós Alfréd Uszoda, the city's other main lap-pool complex across the river on Margaret Island. But the pools here, on a traffic-choked street in Óbuda, attracts serious swimmers.
There is a full-sized lap pool outside, a smaller lap pool which is often used for lessons, and a children's pool which is ever-busy with patient instructors teaching kids how to take their first strokes. The outdoor pools are open year-round, but there are also indoor pools (under a roof which can open up) and saunas.
This pool is perfect if you want to just get in some quick laps, but since the concrete, tree-less grounds provide no shade, it won't make you want to linger.
Bus: 86, 160, 206 (to Császár-Komjádi Uszoda)
Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest, Hungary: Dagály Strand / Thermal Bath – Pools for all ages
During the summer the Dagály, located near the Pest side of Árpád Bridge, is a nice alternative to visiting the more crowded pools on nearby Margit Island. The attraction during the cold months is the two large open-air thermal pools, where tourists rarely venture. The Dagály swimming complex covers nearly 20 acres of park-like grounds next to the Danube, much of it is grassy and perfect for picnics.
During the summer, the place has a retro-resort-like atmosphere, with playgrounds, a tennis court, fast food, cotton candy, and kids playing with water toys. There are a eight pools, including two lap pools (50 meters and 25 meters), several children’s pools, and a wave pool. There are a few sauna, treatment rooms, and plenty of room for sunbathing.
The thermal water—rich in calcium, magnesium, sodium, and fluoride—comes from an on-site spring, which was discovered in the 1930s when drillers were looking for oil, but instead found thermal water. Look out for the drinking fountain (a statue of a woman bending over, located by the entrance gate) that spurts medicinal drinking water.
Navigation: Buy your tickets and enter the characterless rows of changing cabins and lockers, which on busy days means slippery, muddy floors. Head downstairs to the gaudy tiled hallway leading to the sauna area and the thermal pools (which are separated by a glass wall). During the summer a second entrance is added, which bypasses the changing rooms.
Metro: M3 (to Árpád híd)
Tram: 1, 1A (to Népfürdő utca)
Bus: 115 (to Népfürdő utca)