The BBC’s list features numerous beautiful French, American and German baths. Although Gellért Bath was actually built in an Art Nouveau style, it was still highlighted in the list as it has one of the “most gloriously grand baths”. What’s more, the British news outlet even chose it as the featured photo for the list.
The Gellért Bath is situated at the foot of Gellert Hill, where an ancient thermal spring rises from the site, inside the luxurious Art Nouveau style Hotel Gellért on the Buda side of the Danube.
The bath, completed in 1918, stayed open throughout the turmoil of World War II and, though the hotel itself was rather run down during the Cold War years, the baths remained as opulent as they had ever been. It was damaged during World War II, but then renovated and reopened to the public.
Visitors can enjoy 35 °C and 40 °C thermal water that contains calcium, magnesium, hydrocarbonate, alkalis, chloride, sulfate and fluoride from the hill’s mineral hot springs.
What’s more, last year when the Canadian actor Ryan Gosling worked on his film Blade Runner in Budapest, he was posing in Gellért Spa for GQ Magazine.
The following twelve baths were featured by BBC Designed on the finest art déco baths list:
- Astoria Park Pool, New York, USA
- Piscine Molitor, Paris, France
- Piscine Pailleron, Paris, France
- La Piscine Museum, Roubaix, France
- Stadtbad Neukölln, Berlin, Germany
- Stadtbad Oderberger, Berlin, Germany
- Eastern Columbia Building, Los Angeles, USA
- Zodiac Pool, Umaid Bhawan Palota, Jodhpur, India
- Jubilee Pool, Penzance, USA
- Mounts Baths, Northampton, UK
- North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool, Australia
- Gellért Spa, Budapest, Hungary
You can take a virtual tour of the Gellért Bath here:
via bbc.com, gellerthotel.hu, dailynewshungary.com