Lukács Baths

Budapest, Hungary

Photo Credit: Gabor Losits

Budapest’s Lukács Baths have a long history of healing. Before they ever hosted patrons looking for a leisurely dip, the Baths served as the healing home for an order of medieval monks.

All the way back in the 12th Century, the Knights of the Order of St. John settled in the area and created an oasis for the sick to enjoy the thermal waters’ healing properties.

Fast forward to the rule of the Ottoman Empire, the springs were transformed into Turkish baths while also powering mills to produce gunpowder and grind wheat. Eventually the baths became city property and were sold to Fülöp Palotay who renovated the property into a spa and “healing complex” — thus introducing the modern era of public baths.

Palotay built the spa hotel, established a hydrotherapy department, and completely remodeled the pools, naming the complex after St. Luke. Upon opening, visitors flocked hoping to be healed by the famed waters. One exterior wall of the spa still features plaques sent by people from around the world in thanks for their ‘curing’ by the waters at Lukács.

Expanded and modernized over the decades, the Lukács Baths remain a staple of life in Budapest, providing daily relaxation and even a Saturday night party series – and while a locker is included with every ticket, please don’t forget your bathing suit. (This is a family establishment for goodness’ sake.👙)

Written By: Kelly Murray

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