A spa culture is something Americans really can't relate to. Don't get me wrong, we do some great above-ground pools from Wal-Mart, but to date, I have never seen anything in the US quite like the Gellért Thermal Bath and Spa. Ok, now that our deflated American egos have recovered, let's discuss an amazing way to experience spa culture - Budapest!
According to the trendy Bud News, even though The Gellért was built in the early 1900's, it is still one of the most popular places to visit in Budapest. With its open-air and indoor pools, hotel guests can relax in the thermal waters of Buda. While the scene above appears to most Americans as something out of a gladiator movie, there is something to be learned from relaxation, an inherently un-American trait. Considered medicinal, Budapest thermal spas have been enjoyed since the 2nd century.
Budapest holds the titles "City of Spas" and "The City of Healing Waters" boasting over 118 natural springs that produce 70 million liters of thermal medicinal water each day. The spa and bath culture took off in the 1600's leading to a way of life most would envy. During the 1920's locals began to understand the commercial appeal of Budapest's natural springs and began marketing the beautiful settings as a tourist destination. Whether to heal, relax, or view the amazing architecture, a truly beautiful experience will be found. Home of Wealth is a huge fan of Budapest because it is a value vacation destination filled with beautiful history and local culture. As minimalist destinations go, Budapest ranks in our top five!