Budapest’s Gellért Bath Makes List of the Most Beautiful Art Déco Baths in the World
Fanni Kaszás 2017.12.01.
BBC Designed compiled a list of the most beautiful art déco baths and swimming pools of the world. A Hungarian bath, the famous Gellért Spa, has also made it on the list.
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.