Lukács Baths

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Lukács Baths

The Lukács Thermal Bath (Hungarian: Szt. Lukács gyógyfürdő) is a historic indoor/outdoor thermal bath spa in Budapest, Hungary, heated naturally by hotsprings. It can be used by men and women everyday, however the swimming pools have historical names such as men swimming pool and women swimming pool. There are ticket with lockers or cabins. All pools and 4 saunas can be used by all ticket basically. The only optional area is the sauna world, which contains 5 more extra saunas, ice cooling pool, igloo and heated roman bench. There are sauna nights in this bath on fridays of every even week from 20:00 to 02:00.

History[edit]

Lukács Baths

Thermal baths have been used at the location since at least the 12th century (by the Knights Hospitallers, and one remaining interior wall is actually the wall of a former Ottoman powder mill (the Császár mill) which used the hot spring water as a source of power.[1]

The first spa hotel was completed in the 1880s, and named for Saint Luke. This spa was expanded with a drinking-water hall constructed in 1937 and a day-use health clinic added in 1979.[2]

One exterior wall of the spa features a variety plaques sent in thanks by people from around the world who feel they were cured by the waters at Lukács.

The Császár Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool next door to Lukács, is the oldest continually operating thermal bath in Budapest, and was originally built by Szokoli Mustafa. It was redesigned in 1844 by József Hild, and is now part of the National Institute of Rheumatology and Physiotherapy.

Facilities[edit]

Thermal section[edit]

  • Three thermal pools, with 32 °C (90 °F), 36 °C (97 °F) and 40 °C (104 °F) temperature, and a cooling pool with 24 °C (75 °F) temperature
  • A dry sauna and a steam room
  • Massage and relax
  • Mineral water vending machine

The hot spring water is rich in calcium hyrodgencarbonate, Calcium hydrogensulfite, and magnesium hydrogencarbonate and magnesium hydrogensulphate; chloride; and also contain sodium and a substantial content of fluoride ions.

Swimming section[edit]

  • Two swimming pools with 22–24 °C (72–75 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F) temperature

Wellness section[edit]

  • Leisure pool with 33 °C (91 °F) temperature (mixed with thermal and normal water)
  • Finnish sauna and herbal sauna
  • Kneipp pool
  • Salt wall (decoration)
  • Cooling pool
  • Rental and inner cassa
  • Canteen
  • Lounge
  • Gymnastic pool
  • Weight treatment (doctor recipt)
  • Mud treatment (doctor recipt)
  • Massage

Sauna world[edit]

This is a textil-free section. People should wear sauna sheets instead of their swimming wear.

  • Finnish (program) sauna
  • 15 minute sauna programs with music and flavor
  • Steam room
  • Nudist sauna
  • Infra sauna
  • Salt sauna
  • Ice cooling pool
  • Heated roman bench
  • Igloo
  • Relax

Tub section[edit]

  • Private bath
  • Massage
  • Tub treatments (doctor recipt)

Roof[edit]

  • Street workout
  • Relax

Drinking hall[edit]

  • Thermal water and medical mud for sale

Gallery[edit]

  • Exhibition of paintings and photography

Event room[edit]

Hospital[edit]

At floor number 2, there is a hospital for customized treatments and course registration.

Lockers and cabins[edit]

Lockers are included to every ticket. There are lockers separated to men and women (in front of the swimming pools) and there are lockers together for men and women (at first floor). In the case of mixed lockers people can change their clothes in a cabin, but they can't leave their stuff in the cabin. Cabin ticket includes a private cabin (booth) by extra fee. There are cabins at 3 different sections (Wellness, Thermal, Reseda - Swimming section).

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Coordinates: 47°31′4.18″N 19°2′12.2″E / 47.5178278°N 19.036722°E / 47.5178278; 19.036722