Gellért Baths, connected directly to the Hotel Gellért, consist of an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, wave bath, sunbathing terrace and thermal spa and can be used by the hotel guests free of charge. Thermal baths, containing water from Gellért Hill’s mineral hot springs, are used for healing several illnesses.
The water contains calcium, magnesium, hydrocarbonate, alkalis, chloride, sulphate and fluoride. Medical indications of the water include degenerative joint illnesses, spine problems, chronic and subacute joint inflammations, vertebral disk problems, neuralgia, vasoconstriction and circulatory disturbances, asthma and chronic bronchitis problems.
The complex also includes saunas and plunge pools (segregated by gender), an open-air swimming pool that can create artificial waves every 30 minutes and an effervescent swimming pool. A Finnish sauna with a cold pool and a children’s pool is also enclosed within the complex. Masseuse services are available.
References to healing waters on the site are date back to the 13th century. In the Middle Ages a hospital was located here, and baths during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. The complex was built between 1912 and 1918 in the Art Nouveau style. It was damaged during World War II, but then rebuilt.