‘Are children allowed at Szechenyi Baths Budapest?’ is one of the frequently asked questions about Szechenyi Spa. In short, Szechenyi Baths is not really recommended for children.
To be frank, children are allowed to enter Szechenyi Spa Bath, and even enter the warm spring waters of the various baths and pools – at your parental responsibility. That said, please bear in mind that the thermal waters of the classic spa baths in Budapest (like Szechenyi, Gellert, Rudas, Kiraly, etc.) are of around 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit), and are definitely not recommended to toddlers and kids under 14.
Although Szechenyi Spa Baths is world famous, and is indeed the number 1 attraction of Budapest, if you look at some photos of Szechenyi Bath, you will see that there are no, or rarely any children in the photos. And the reason is that the thermal waters are too hot for kids’ cardiovascular system, even if they are beneficial for adults’ health in general.
Then what amazing baths are ideal for children in Budapest?
Budapest has several fantastic bath and pool complexes with parks around them, where you will definitely have a nice experience. If you are interested in further children activities in Budapest, read our guide to Things to Do in Budapest with Kids.
Outdoor pools for kids in Budapest
No worries, there are other great places in Budapest (even swimming pool complexes with thermal baths) where you can take your children and toddlers to have a truly fun time. And we think in a greener beautiful area you will enjoy the baths and pools much better too.
Most of the child friendly baths and pools in Budapest are in fact open air lidos with about 10 different pools (with various temperatures, depths and sizes), the most popular of which are probably
- Palatinus Lido on Margit Island and
- Dagaly Lido by Arpad Bridge.
- If you are staying close to the City Park you may even try Paskal Lido in Zuglo District (easily available with some of the trolleys nearby).
Indoor pools for kids in Budapest
If your Budapest travel is scheduled for outside summer time, chilly or cold weather, you can visit Aqua World water theme park with loads of slides and excellent wellness facilities.
More info about Szechenyi Spa Baths here.