Is Szechenyi Baths open at Christmas? Of course it is! Szechenyi Bath Christmas opening hours are slightly different from the normal Szechenyi Bath opening hours. But, most important of all, you can celebrate your Christmas in Budapest with us at Szechenyi Baths! Most of the 18 pools and other thermal services are open on both days of Christmas (Dec 25 and 26) – usually.
First of all, there are no regular Christmas Opening Hours at Szechenyi Baths and Pool. What the Christmas opening times were last year, may not be the same this year.
However, there are some trends in the opening times, and we will keep you posted about the upcoming Christmas opening hours of Szechenyi Baths as soon as the management decides on the current year’s opening hours. What you see below is the provisional Christmas times at Szechenyi Baths.
Christmas opening hours (tentative)
Traditionally Christmas opening hours at Szechenyi Spa Baths are as follows (which may not apply for the current year, so please check back in December in the year of your Budapest visit please, or call the office of Szechenyi Baths in Dec at +36-1-363-3210):
- Dec 24: opening hours from 6am to 2pm (all the facilities in Szechenyi Baths)
- Dec 25: opening hours from 10am to 6pm (all 3 outdoor pools and most of the thermal section in Szechenyi Baths)
- Dec 26: opening hours from 6am to 8pm (all 3 outdoor pools and most of the thermal section in Szechenyi Baths)
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’. There is a wonderful Budapest Christmas Market, one on Vorosmarty Square and the other 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, stand and 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 presents). 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).