- Parent Category: Article
- Category: Thermal & Wellness
- Published: Thursday, 13 August 2015 17:08
- Written by Szántó Zsuzsanna
Have you ever been in Veli bej Turkish Bath in Budapest? If not, do not put it off any longer. It is a great facility to relax. This small bath used to belong to one of the oldest and most beautiful Ottoman bath named Császár Bath in the city.
It was built by Sokollu Mustafa pasha in 1575. Its history was quite adventurous but finally it became the property of the Ordo Hospitalarius again in 2000. After regaining the owner status of the bath, the monks decided to renovate the buildings completely.
It is a strange sight watching the bath building because a big hospital was built up around in 1970. The renovation works were finished in 2011. The external walls remain original design and it is surrounded by a very spectacular glass roof. In our opinion medieval charm of bath is in harmony with the 21st century facilities.
The domes of Veli bej Bath are clamped between two buildings and surrounded by glass roof.
You can reach the Veli bej Bath over the hall of Budai Irgalmasrendi (Ordo Hospitalarius) Hospital. You can use special plastic bracelet not only for enter and exit but for locker.
Tickets: 2,800 HUF/day, discount tickets between Monday-Thursday: 2,240 HUF/2 hours.
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 6:00-12:00 a.m. and 3:00-9:00 p.m.
The locker room is coeducated. There are modern furnitures, neat covers, natural light and cleanliness everywhere. You can reach the bath across the shower (separated for women and men).
It is the biggest thermal pool under the central cupola.
The bath has a huge thermal pool (36°C ) under the central cupola which is surrounded by four smaller thermal pools. They are 9-10 square meters and have different temperatures: 40, 32, 28 and 22°C. There is also a brand new wellness department with jacuzzi (for six persons), two steam chambers (for eight-eight persons with 40°C or 50°C), Finnish (for ten persons) and infra saunas (for two persons) and several massage showers next to the ice maker machine. You can also get massage at very affordable prices. You can walk to the restaurant directly.
Entering to the separated medical session, a special ticket is needed. There are a Kneipp walk pool, therapeutic swimming pool and underwater massages.
The spring is a curiosity to spout to surface so strongly that whole thermal water can exchange in every four hours. It is total hygienic and besides the water is so clear.
You can find a pleasant rest on the bright, glass-roofed corridor.
The water of the bath is beneficial in the following cases: degenerative disorders of the bones and joints, calcium deficiency in bones. It is good for recovery after operation and bad injury. You can find the thermal water composition here.
Others: Every day is coeducated. We met guests only in the age of thirties and fourties in a Friday morning. Accessibility of building is done. The thermal water does not consist of sulfur so it does not smell like rotten eggs. There is a small museum in a corridor. You can see the old pipeline and spring there. There are a couple of good restaurants, coffee and food bars in the neighbourhood.
We can offer the Veli bej Bath to you with pleasure. If you would like to look around there, you can watch this video.