Gellert Thermal Bath II

Gellert Thermal Bath IV

Gellert Thermal Bath III

Faucet in Gellert Thermal BathI am posting this from back home again. The trip was short, intense and filled to the brim with interesting discussion about our project’s features like thermal mapping of city quarters as a support for decisions to thermally renovate buildings in order to cut their CO2 footprint. Photography was for the fringe time, like early in the morning. At that time only some locals were already in the thermal bassins (they open at 6 a.m.) and the relaxing effect was proportional to the absence of other hotel guest’s idle chit-chat.

Built in the style of the Vienna Secession, the Gellert Bath was opened in 1918, and since then the thermal bath has changed only marginally. The thermal fountains in the underground provide the hot water for the basins since the 13th century, throughout the times when the Turkish occupied Hungary, up to the very presence.

Update: I added one more image from the Bath – I hope my fascination for the room and its colors gets transported.

Pomp: Gellert Thermal Bath, Budapest

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7 thoughts

    1. Earl, you are most welcome. Besides the normal stress of a business trip it was a truly remarkable experience.

    1. Cabins in the Gellert BathOf course I did take a bath, which was an adventure in itself and comparable to what I would expect from a british club: After walking into the thermal bath section you have to chose a small cabin, equipped with a resting bench with white sheets and a small wardrobe, where you change. Afterwards the attendant closes the wardrobe for you, and you can enjoy the thermal water, cold bassins, showers, and maybe a massage. Afterwards a short nap in your private cabin completes the recreation. Mind you – the cabin is yours during the whole stay in the bath. A minor problem was my camera: in the shower there was no good place to leave it. But I carried it, even into the breast deep water (breathing shallow only and hoping not to slip).

  1. Ah, that’s a nice addon to a business/project trip! Great photographic opportunities, wonderful architecture – and a relaxing bath on top of it. Perfect…

    1. Well, others call it obsession: instead of relaxing walking miles through downtown or get up at 6:00 just for photographies of a thermal bath. Still, for me it really was perfect.

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