Last updated on May 8th, 2023
The gorgeous, Art-Nouveau style Gellért Thermal Bath opened its doors in 1918 in the iconic Gellért Hotel. The complex’s pools contain water from Gellért Hill's hot mineral springs. Although, the bath itself had existed in some form since the 13th century, it got its final design and form in 1918 with the completion of the hotel. This richly decorated building, built partially by Russian war prisoners, was the first luxury hotel in the country. It has a well-light entrance foyer thanks to its arched glass roof with a café that has a real European feel of the turn of the century. The walls are decorated with mosaic tiles made of Zsolnay porcelain, mosaic tiles. Ornate decorations of oriental influence created with deep, sophisticated colored tiles form its unique Art-Nouveau style. The bath has always welcomed highly exclusive guests: Richard Nixon, Arthur Miller, Rabindranath Tagore, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Yehudi Menuhin and the Dutch Queen Juliana have all visited this luxurious bath complex. Men and women were required to bathe in separate rooms, but this rule was revoked in 2013.