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Can Children Go to Szechenyi Baths – Szechenyi Bath FAQ

One of the most frequently asked questions about Szechenyi Spa Baths is whether children (teens, kids, toddlers, babies) can go to Szechenyi Baths.

Children in Szechenyi Baths Budapest
Children in Szechenyi Baths – Chris Yunker Photography

Children Under 14 Years

The short answer is that children over 14 years old can go to the baths, under 14 the pools are not recommended for kids, but if the parents decide to come anyway at their own responsibility, they can.

Babies / Toddlers

However, children & babies who are not dry and clean yet (being potty trained) are not allowed in the pools, not even with a swimming nappy. This usually applies to children under 3 years of age. Babies and toddlers can come with you to the bath, and stay outside the pool area.

As most of the outdoor and indoor pools and baths at Szechenyi Baths are more than 33 degrees Celsius, which means increased stress for the cardiovascular system of kids, whose body is not fully developed yet to be able to cope with the heat of the bath waters.

Baths for Families

In 1913, when Szechenyi Bath was opened, the whole bath complex was, and is still aimed at adult bathers, so we recommend families with children visiting one of the open air lidos in Budapest, especially Palatinus Pools on Margaret Island and Dagaly Lido close to Arpad Bridge (north of Margaret Island).

Both of these Budapest pool parks (lidos) are within easy reach of the city center, and have lots of fun pools designed specifically for children, plus there are various baths with thermal water for parents too.

So you can enjoy the famous natural spring waters of Budapest without a compromise. Palatinus and Dagaly are also much loved by locals as the pools are surrounded by grassy, bushy green areas where you can play volleyball, Frisbee, the children can run around, etc.

As a contrast, at Szechenyi Baths there are no slides, or very shallow toddler pools , nor is it allowed to throw balls in the pools. In addition, the area of the pool side is not covered with grass but with stone panels. While we think of Szechenyi Spa Baths as a truly fun place, the baths, saunas, and pools have been primarily designed for men and women and of course, for patients who have been prescribed aqua therapy, balneotherapy, etc. for some kind of medical condition (hospital patients are treated in the special pools, which can only be used by hospital patients – in our Szechenyi Spa Baths map indicated with green color, saying ‘Hospital Pool’).

Dagaly Baths - child friendly lido in Budapest
Dagaly Baths – child friendly lido in Budapest

As a rule of thumb, kids under 14 are prohibited to use the thermal baths, while children over 14 can use the thermal baths for a limited time. Most teens and adults at Szechenyi Baths enjoy the outdoor whirlpool with its fun whirls, sweeping you off your feet in a circular motion.

Please be aware that as a parent it is your sole responsibility what you do with your children at the baths. We strongly encourage you to enjoy the best bath facilities Budapest can offer for children and families at one of our lidos (Palatinus, Dagaly, Csillaghegyi, Romai, Paskal, etc.)

You can also visit Szechenyi Baths for a short bath tour (without soaking in the baths, just to take a look around) for a modest price. Please check our price list for Szechenyi Spa Baths.

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  1. Can i come with my son..who is 6 month old…and have swimming nappy for him…he wont styay longer in poll but just he is with us…so for few minutes in and out…of course it would be our responsibilty

  2. Dear Szechenyi Team, My child is 8 years old and we will travel in Budapest in October. Is there any outdoor swimming pool still open for kids?

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Michael,
      thank you for your inquiry. The outdoor thermal pools will be open, but please note that the hot thermal water is not recommended for kids under 14 years. Unfortunately there is no specific children pool in Szechenyi Baths. Thank you for your understanding.

  3. Is there a babysitting service available at the spa for children under 14 ( 2 year old) so that we could visit the spa?

  4. are the concentrations of the minerals different in the different pools???

  5. Hi there! I have an infant that we’re traveling with in March. Can the baby be admitted if we take turns going into the baths and don’t bring him in the water?

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Jocelyn,
      Yes, small children can come to the Baths too (free for under 2 years), but they are not allowed in the pools. Thank you for your understanding.

  6. Hi
    The next week I will be in Budapest with my daughter seven years old and we want visit the Baths.. With only seven years old, the pools are dangerous for my daughter?.

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