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Budapest Repurchases Historic Rác Baths

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.06.01.

Budapest metropolitan council’s spas company has made a successful bid to repurchase properties housing the city’s historic Rác Baths, the council said in a statement on Monday.

Returning the thermal baths to the city “in their full glory after over a decade of lying in waste” has been a priority of the city’s leaders since entering office in 2019, the statement added.

In March, a non-profit set up to handle the disposal of the property invited a public auction for the historic baths and 67-room hotel adjoining it. The starting price was 5 billion forints (EUR 14.3m) and a deposit of 254.4 million forints had to be raised by all bidders.

Budapest Spas and Baths Gradually Reopening Under Strict Hygiene Rules
Budapest Spas and Baths Gradually Reopening Under Strict Hygiene Rules

The use of face masks is compulsory for all guests during entry and for the duration of their stay in the interior of the baths, except for the pool areas, saunas and steam rooms.Continue reading

The state has 30 days to exercise its pre-emption right, but otherwise metropolitan council’s spas company, BGYH, will start planning the property’s renovation.

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