Is Szechenyi Baths open at Christmas? In the last 10 years it has been, so it will be very likely open this year too. Szechenyi Bath Christmas opening hours are slightly different from the normal Szechenyi Bath opening hours. But, most important of all, you can – highly likely – celebrate your Christmas in Budapest at Szechenyi Baths! Most of the 18 pools and other thermal services are usually open on both days of Christmas (Dec 25 and 26).
Christmas Opening Hours in Baths
Christmas opening hours at Szechenyi Spa Baths, and further Budapest baths will be as follows:
- Dec 24 : planned opening hours from 6am to 2pm (all the facilities in Szechenyi Baths). Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 1 pm. The rest of the major thermal baths in Budapest like Gellert Spa, Rudas Bath, etc. are usually open from 6am to 2pm. Kiraly Bath is closed on this day.
Note: the entry price on Dec 24 and Dec 25 requires weekend tickets as Dec 24 is already part of the holiday season in Hungary (even though it is generally a half day only).
- Dec 25: planned opening hours from 10am to 6pm (all 3 outdoor pools, and most of the thermal section in Szechenyi Baths). Check-in for online reservations: 10 am – 5 pm. Also from 10am to 6pm on December 25 other Budapest baths are usually open: Lukacs Baths, Kiraly Baths, Gellert Bath.
- Dec 26: planned opening hours from 6am to 10pm, as usual (all 3 outdoor pools and most of the thermal section in Szechenyi Baths). Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 6 pm. Further thermal baths in Budapest will also be open on Dec 26: Rudas Bath, Lukacs Baths and Dagaly Baths are open from 6am to 8pm, Kiraly Baths from 9am to 8pm, Gellert Bath from 8am to 8pm.
Budapest December 24 – Dec 24 is a semi bank holiday for Hungarians: please note that public transport and city life usually quiets down by mid afternoon (let’s say by 3-4 pm). Budapest Metro usually runs until 4pm, then the metros are replaced with buses on the routes of the metro lines. Shops also close by 2-3pm, so local last minute shoppers who will run around to find some gifts will have to finish their Christmas gift chase by 2pm to get home with the precious ‘loot’.
Ideas for what to do during the Christmas days in Budapest:
Dec 25 Budapest Activities: Christmas Day events, concerts, tours, cruises, walks
Dec 26 Budapest Activities: Boxing Day events, concerts, tours, cruises, walks
Dec 30 Budapest Winter Party in Szechenyi Baths: the pre New Year Bath Party is traditionally on December 30, organized by Cinetrip, the Sparty is an international greatest hit among party goers
There is a wonderful Budapest Christmas Market, one on Vorosmarty Square, and there is another market, which is right in front of the St Stephen’s Basilica – both in the city centre of Budapest.
December 24 may not be called ‘Christmas’ by you, but this day is the traditional ‘boxing day’ in Hungary, when families visit each other, come together to sing around the Christmas tree, have a festive dinner of fish soup, beigli (a Hungarian cake with walnut and poppy seed, etc., and give each other Christmas gifts). In fact, Dec 24 is the most festive day in Hungary, so Szechenyi Baths personnel is also celebrating on this most cherished day of love, Christmas Day “a la magyar”.
Hence the shortened opening times on December 24. Please note that the metros usually stop running at about 3-4 pm on Dec 24, the first day of Christmas in Hungary. So if you are planning to use the M1 metro to Szechenyi you will be fine until 2-3 pm but then you will need to use the buses that replace the metros along the metro lines (and run infrequently).