Best Swimming Pools in Budapest

Best swimming pools in Budapest

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Another hot summer means Budapestians will be drawn more and more to the many local swimming pools and aquatic parks in the city to cool off. There are a wide variety of pools to choose from; below we offer you a list of the best swimming pools in Budapest.

Best Swimming Pools in Budapest #1: Palatinus

Located in a beautiful setting on Margaret Island, the Palatinus water park is always a popular place in the summer. The complex boasts 11 pools, including two thermal pools, two children’s pools and two swimming pools.

Location: Margaret Island, District 13
Opening hours: May to September (weather permitting), 9 am to 8 pm daily

Best Swimming Pools in Budapest #2: Római

Római, or the Roman, outdoor pool is located in one of the oldest parts of Budapest. Archeological finds from the area date back to the Roman times. Római houses three pools, including a swimming pool and a children’s pool.

Address: Rozgonyi Piroska utca 2
Location: Óbuda, District 3
Opening hours: May to September (weather permitting), 9 am to 8 pm daily

Best Swimming Pools in Budapest: Római

 Best Swimming Pools in Budapest #3: Pünkösdfürdő

The Pünkösdfürdő open-air baths, established on the banks of the Danube, is a popular recreation spot, hosting three pools, including a children’s pool.

Address: Királyok útja 272
Location: Óbuda, District 3
Opening hours: May to September (weather permitting)
Monday – Friday: 9 am to 8 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8 am to 8 pm

Best Swimming Pools in Budapest #4: Paskál

Built in 1989, Paskál is one of the newest open-air pools in Budapest. There are two pools, one of which is a children’s pool.

Address: Egressy út 178/F
Location: Pest, District 14
Opening hours: May to September (weather permitting), 9 am to 8 pm daily

Best Swimming Pools in Budapest #5: Aquaworld

Aquaworld Budapest is a large indoor water park, open all year round. It consists of 17 pools, including a swimming pool, a wave pool, a surf pool and 11 slides. There is a separate area for small children, with pools and playhouses. In the summer, additional outdoor facilities are open on a fully landscaped beach area.

Address: Íves út 16
Location: Pest, District 4
Opening hours: year-round, 6 am to 10 pm daily

Best Swimming Pools in Budapest #6: Csillaghegyi

Csillaghegyi Bath has a unique setting: it is situated in a park separated into several terraces that have been carved into a mountainside. Two pools are located on the bottom terrace, with the children’s pool on the top terrace. In the winter the main swimming pool is covered with a heated tent.

Address: Pusztakúti út 3
Location: Óbuda, District 3
Opening hours: year-round
Summer: 6 am to 8 pm daily
Winter: 7 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday, 8 am to 8 pm on the weekends

Best Swimming Pools in Budapest #7: Lupa Beach

Lupa Beach opened in Budakalász  in 2016 and just an hour’s journey away from the city center. You can enjoy a great tropical beach experience while walking on soft white sand and drinking cocktails under the shade of palm trees.

Address: Budakalász, Tó u. 1, 2011
Location: Budakalász
Opening hours: from 9 am the beach is open after sunset

Best Swimming Pools in Budapest #8: Gellért Baths and Széchenyi Baths

In addition to the seasonal outdoor pools listed above, both Gellért Baths and Széchenyi Baths have great outdoor pools.

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Gary Lukatch is the internationally-unknown 🙂 author of several books dealing with his life, travels and other incoherent thoughts. After an undistinguished university career, and a stint in the US Army, he moved to California. After 15 years in the financial business in and around Los Angeles, he finally escaped to Albuquerque, New Mexico. At long last, having slogged through another 14 years as an Internal Audit Manager for other financials, in 1999 he quit his job, sold his house, sold his car, and moved to Central Europe, where he taught English to the people of Budapest, Hungary. He is the author of six published works: To Ur With Love (a romp through his second life as a teacher in Budapest); Bankers’ Hours (a romp through his first life in the financial industry); The Feline Mystique (a man’s guide to living with a cat as practice for living with a woman); Summers’ Time (a romp among the women of Central Europe); Travels with Myself (a collection of his newsletters and blogs throughout the years); and If You Can’t Take a Joke… (a collection of strange and wonderful humor sent to him by friends over the years). He has been inside an Egyptian pyramid in Giza, taunted the snake charmers in Marrakech and crewed an America’s Cup racing yacht. He has petted a live tiger in Thailand, a live crocodile in The Gambia and a koala in Australia. He has stood in awe of the Taj Mahal at sunrise and gazed down on Cape Town from atop Table Mountain. He has his name on an Olympic brick in Atlanta, Georgia. He has scuba-dived the Cozumel reefs, skied Mt. Etna and taught English in Oxford, England. These days he can often be found at one of several local watering holes in Budapest, Hungary, quaffing beer and singing karaoke.