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Budapest Spa Guide: the correct etiquette

Our guide to luxury river cruise. These are particularly useful in the steam rooms where it is often a requirement to wear footwear. Do not forget to bring a couple of towels; the towels that some spas offer can either be in short supply or small and well-used.

Pay attention to single-sex/mixed-sex set days and times

Rudas Bath tends to have separate days for men and women. Szechenyi Baths, Gellert Baths, Lukacs Baths, Veli Bej and Kiraly Baths are all shared. It is well worth checking out each thermal bath's guidelines before visiting so that your journey is not wasted.

Follow a local

If in doubt, follow the actions of a local who clearly knows their way around a Budapest spa. Bear in mind that some areas and times are for men or women only when following a local bather, but changing areas should be easy to find following the signs.

By watching locals it soon becomes apparent that Budapest's spas are more about meeting friends and relaxing in the soothing waters than swimming intensively; try to adopt this outlook. Alternatively, some Budapest spas have separate pools especially for swimming.

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