Budapest is a breath-taking tourist attraction and the proud capital of Budapest. It is a city of history enriched sites, rich Hungarian cuisine and local delicacies, antiques, ceramics, paprika, and, of course the ever famous thermal baths and spas. The amazing city of Budapest is visited by people from all around the world that travel to the city in order to indulge in its unique experiences including its relaxing thermal waters.
One of the many famous thermal baths of the city of Budapest is the Veli Bej Baths. It is also widely known as the Irgalmasok Veli Bej Bath and is located in Budai Irgalmasrendi Kórház. Veli Bej is also often referred to as the “Császár Baths” as it is in the same building as Hotel Csaszar in Budapest. Excitingly enough if you book a room at Hotel Csaszar in Budapest for at least three nights then you receive a free entrance ticket to the Veli Bej spa and you also have free direct access to the pools of Hotel Császár; one is a 50-meter long pool and the other is a 25-meter long swimming pool, both are included in all room prices.
To be more specific, with the introduction of this amazing historic thermal bath, the Veli Bej Turkish bath was formerly called Császár Bath and it is located in the Buda region of Budapest in district 3 on Frankel Leó út, which is the name of the street that it proudly sits in. The recently refurbished spa complex operates within and managed by the Budai Irgalmas Rendi Hospital, locally known as the Ordo Hospitalarius. It happens to be one of the oldest Turkish baths in the Budapest and it has recently been fully renovated. Veli Bej Bath is one of the oldest and most beautiful Ottoman-era baths in the city that was built in 1575. It houses five thermal pools of varying temperatures to cater for all types of desires of comfort and relaxation of its various visitors.
Veli Bej thermal bath was built in the Ottoman era. The Veli Bej Bath maintains a unique and prestige atmosphere of a traditional Turkish spa from the Ottoman times. However, the redesign and renovation of the building have added to it some modern fixtures. Although the spa offers limited-time allotments of two or three hours per session and it also has a relatively smaller capacity, the visitors can enjoy and experience many of the elements of a classic Budapest bathing experience. Veli Bej houses Finnish and infrared saunas, a steam bath, an aromatherapy pool, a Jacuzzi, a full body shower, and a communal hot pool with thermal water. What makes Veli Bej so unique and relaxing, is its healing waters that contain calcium carbonate which is a highly beneficial ingredient or substance for people that suffer from rheumatic problems or even people that are recovering from surgeries. The beautifully aesthetic and uniquely classic interior beneath the Turkish dome of the building was designed by the famous Hungarian architect known as “József Hild” who was an architect of the Basilica fame. The Veli Bej bath is part of a hospital complex with therapeutic rheumatology and cardiology wellness departments that were built back in the 1960s.
The overall experience of Veli Bej is quite relaxing and calming as it ensures comfort. Here, the bath is nice and quiet and also very warm and soothing. The place, in general, has an excellent ambiance. It also incorporates a relaxing sauna. One of the best parts was the Turkish-styled “cupola” which gives the feeling of swimming inside of a temple. The thermal pools with the neck massage that are offered here at Veli Bej are perfect for a relaxing and soothing endeavor after a tiring day for locals and tourists alike. Everything about this place is uniquely pleasing and it offers its guests one of the best thermal spa experiences in town. The time here for each individual session is limited to about three hours which is understandable considering the amazing experience they have maintained and the relatively smaller set up that it is. After the specified time limit of three hours you start getting charged by the minute.
As opposed to the other thermal baths in the city, Veli Baj is relatively less crowded with tourists and is more of a local attraction for a relaxing spa day or break from the daily hectic routine. However, it is highly recommended for tourists to find this quiet and peaceful place and enjoy a day here just like the locals. If you are looking to enjoy a relaxing, quiet, and chilling afternoon then Irgalmasok Veli Bej Bath is the perfect place to be. The place is kept very clean and professional to provide its guests and visitors with an amazing and refreshing experience and to maintain the high-quality status that it has so proudly gained over time.
This place is simply a must-visit if you are ever in town. Next time you plan a trip to Budapest, make sure to add this unique thermal bath experience on your list of places to visit and experience in full. It promises not to disappoint and is especially recommended for people who travel across the world just to visit and enthrall in the unique and various thermal baths of Budapest as this will definitely complete the experience that you are looking for. Better yet, it preserves its Turkish history and is located in one of the most historic sites of the city so it offers the perfect setting for you to feel like you are a part of a royal family from ancient times being pampered the right way.
So make sure to add this place to your list of luxury, traditional thermal baths that you simply have to experience once in your lifetime or else you will seriously be missing out!