The building dates from the century, when the occupying Turks were constructing bathing facilities to make the most of the city's 80 geothermal springs. I love this bathouse, but I recommend going on a weekday.
Széchenyi Baths - Opposite the circus in City Park is the mustard-yellow, neo-Baroque edifice housing Europe’s largest spa. It’s cheaper than the Gellért Baths and is generally regarded as being friendlier in atmosphere. : Hungary: the Bradt Guide
Thermal baths are to Budapest what baguettes and boulangeries are to P or yellow taxis are to NY. Locals and visitors enjoy the cleansing and healing benefits of the thermal water, sometimes while enjoying a game of chess.
One of the greatest pleasures of Budapest is the city’s spectacular thermal baths. These architectural gems surround a labyrinthine network of saunas, steam rooms, and naturally warm pools whose mineral-infused water springs straight from the ground.