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The new wines of the year are presented at the November Wine Festival in the main hall of the spa Hotel Gellert, and in the Art Nouveau main lobby of Gellert Bath, Budapest.
Budapest St Martin’s Day:

Wine Festival on St Martin’s Day at Hotel Gellert Budapest.

Gellert Bath Lobby

Gellert Bath Lobby

Gellert Bath has recently been the venue of various nice events, like the venue of the Hungarian Swimwear Fashion Model Show, or the home of the Photo Exhibition – bathing at Gellert Spa Bath before WW2.

The tickets to the wine festival are very reasonable, if you only intend to try the wines. There are also dinner tickets sold at a higher price. The Sunday brunch at Hotel Gellert is combined with the last day of the Wine Festival, also a good deal.

  • Sunday brunch ticket 5990 Ft, including unlimited wine and food consumption (new wine, wine, champagne, beer, soft drinks and coffee)
  • participation in the programmes of the entertaining finale
  • valid for the day stated on the ticket, 50% reduction for children under 12, no charge for children under 4

Gellert Baths has been a popular thermal bath and spa complex for over a century now. In the 1930s it was much loved by the locals of Budapest. Here is a lovely vintage video of one of the outstanding Budapest baths.

Gellert Bath is like a maze, best to get an idea about what you are about to visit: a big palace with a symmetrical structure, ten pools and lots of spa facilities. Please read the most important info about Gellert Spa Map before your bath visit to save you some unpleasant moments.

Gellert Bath Entrance in the Evening

Gellert Bath Entrance in the Evening

On our Gellert Bath Map info you can see the internal floor map of Gellert Baths in Budapest where the red arrow shows the entrance from the side of Gellert Hill (the right side of the building is the hotel, and the bath entrance is independent from the hotel).

Unfortunately the various rooms and facilities have a poor signage in Gellert Bath so if you do not have your own map with you, you will get lost at a point.

Please ask the cashier for a free map when buying your ticket. If you buy an online bath ticket to Gellert Bath, the Help Desk will automatically give you a free map too. If any of them forgets to give you a map, do ask for it, it will come in handy.

But you can also download your own Gellert Bath Map (see below) if you wish.

 

More frequently asked questions about Gellert Spa here: Gellert Baths FAQ. Click on the map to enlarge, zoom in and then hit ‘control P’ to print out your own bilingual (Hungarian – English) Gellert Bath map. Avoid getting lost in the maze of the Gellert Baths.

Gellert Baths Map

Gellert Baths Map

 

Why is the Signage Poor in Gellert Baths?

The signage is poor for two reasons: on the one hand, Gellert Baths is a historical monument regulated by special rules on what can be put on the wall and what not (nothing new, according to the National Office of the Conservation of Hungarian Monuments ).

On the other hand, Gellert Bath and the state have a strict security policy, especially in wet bath areas. Now this fact affects what can be placed on the corridors (which are routes of escape in case of fire). If signs cannot be put on the walls (for historical maintenance reasons), they will be stood on the floor. But the Hungarian Safety and Public Health authorities are very strict about how many standing posts can be placed on the corridors in the bath (few, very few).

As you can see, for bureaucratic reasons, Gellert Baths is in an inconvenient situation: it cannot improve its signage the way you would expect. And as the bath is visited by about half a million people a year (many of them tourists), it would be high time to have signs in English. Unfortunately, when the baths were built in the 1910s and 1920s no English signs were made for the many rooms, pools, facilities, and now the bath finds it hard to add the signs for tourists.

Gellert Bath, which is one of the most famous thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary with its fantastic Art Nouveau architecture,  has become mixed all week since Jan 1, 2013 (previously in 2012 Gellert Bath was only mixed at weekends).

While the thermal baths used to be women-only or men-only from Monday to Friday,  thanks to the recent changes all baths and pools in Gellert Bath are now co-ed from Monday to Sunday, regardless of which pools or which days you visit the thermal bath house.

Gellert Spa Bath Budapest

Gellert Thermal Bath Budapest – Motodraconis Photography

The change took place at the beginning of 2013, and now the bath is open to women, men, couples, families all week, all year round.

This means that all major spa baths in Budapest are mixed at the weekends (including Rudas Bath, which is also coed on Saturdays and Sundays, while women-only and men-only on weekdays.

If you are looking for an excellent mixed bath for the weekdays, now you can consider visiting Szechenyi Baths in the City Park (Városliget), Gellert Bath by the Gellert Hill, Kiraly Bath in Fo Street (Buda side) or Lukacs Bath by the Margaret Bridge (Buda side).

 

The open air pools are finally open for the summer time at Gellert Baths, Budapest.

Main Hall of the Gellert Baths Budapest

Main Hall of the Gellert Baths Budapest (photo by Adam Currell)

The good weather and all the sunshine is here, please enjoy the superb bath facilities and the relaxing pools. Sun beds are available by the pools and there is a small buffet with drinks and cold sandwiches.

Now out in the open, you can enjoy the outdoor fun Wave Pool too (artificial waves are generated in the pool) in addition to the other two open air pools. Of course, most of the thermal baths and spa facilities are within the building of Gellert Furdo, which you can enjoy all year round. Just as the fantastic mosaics, the Art Nouveau decors and the lights shining through the painted glasses on the roof.