It is Budapest and Europe’s largest spa with its 18 pools. There are 15 indoor pools and 3 outdoor pools. This is also the first medical bath of Pest. On the Buda side the beneficial effects of the thermal water were already put in use by the natives in the celtic times, since the geological structure was optimal, it was able to find it’s way to the surface. Unlike this the Pest side is mainly covered with clay and the healing water remained hidden until the first deep borings. With it started the history of the Szechenyi Thermal Spa.
Nobody believed in the success, so the last years of the works were financed by Zsigmondy himself. There is a memorial plaque
on the Heroes Square between the Millenium monument and the Heroes Stone about the first artesian well of Pest, on the location of the well.
At that time it had 51 private baths, separate men and women steam-bath sections. The Bath was expanded in 1927 according to the plans of Imre Francsek, with a public bathing department for gentlemen and ladies and a beach site. During World War II the building suffered damage by only 20%, and the restoration works began already in 1945. From this time the bath was upgraded and renovated from year to year until it got its today’s form.