This location shows its most charming face in the summer, as the bath, situated in a huge park area at the Banks of the Danube turns into an enormous lido for the sunny season. XIII., Népfürdő u. 36., (+36-1) 452-4556, Mo-Su 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Entrance fee: HUF 1,150 to 2,300
This beach is the greenest and also the longest running open-air bathing facility of the city. The baths contain three pools (beach, children’s, swimming), which are never crowded and use natural mineral water, which enables visitors to relax in pleasantly cool water full of minerals (although no medicinal water). Thanks to the terraced structure of the area, a separate slope has been provided to naturists. III., Pusztakúti út 3., (+36-1) 242-0754, www.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu, Mo-Th 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fr-Su 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrance fee: HUF 1,200 to 1,700
The three pools are surrounded by a vast and well-kept green area, so here you will feel more like in a park than on the beach. It is a popular family destination: as the kid’s pool is superb, you do not need to be worried that our child will be swept off their feet by the crowd, and there is plenty of space for running around. After the beach has closed, you can go on discovering Római by visiting all the fast-food places and pubs. Order fried hake and a “long step” spritzer to try one of the most typical Budapest gastronomic experiences. III., Rozgonyi Piroska u. 2., (+36-1) 388-9740, www.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu Opening hours: Mo-Th 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fr-Su 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrance fee: HUF 750 to 2,000
This bathing location is known as the most reasonably priced beach of Budapest. It was originally built on the plans of Alfréd Hajós. The park, located among rose arbours, as well as a familiar atmosphere make it attractive to visitors. III., Királyok útja 272., (+36-1) 388-6665, 1 June to 31 August. Mo-Fr 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sa-Su 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrance fee: HUF 750 to 1,500
Palatinus, now located in the middle of Margaret Island, was first launched as a beach at the banks of the Danube. Then it became so popular that in 1937 it was decided that a 75,000 sqm complex should be built. The Bauhaus-style gate originates from this period. The 11 pools in the huge park get their water from the hot springs of Margaret Island, making the bathing experience enjoyable even on cooler summer days. The wave pool and the slide park are a must. XIII., Margitsziget, (+36-1) 340-4505, www.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu, open between 1 June and 20 August. Mo-Th 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fr-Su 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., between 21 and 29 August 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entrance fee: HUF 1,250 to 2,500
Aqua World Budapest has everything a child could dream about. And, to top it all off, all the services are available throughout the year, as the facilities are roofed. The services cover a wide range, including 11 slides, 17 pools (with surfing in one of them), a 3-metre diving tower, a sauna, a snow chamber and a wellness centre. Although entry fees are indeed exorbitant (however, for that, there is no difference between weekday and weekend prices), the slide starting at a height of 17 metres is worth a test of courage—even for adults.
IV., Íves út 16., (+36-1) 231-3760, www.aqua-world.hu Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, Entrance fee: HUF 1,200 to 4,900
Aquarena Water Park Mogyoród
In addition to the numerous pools, this adventurous water park even includes a camping place in case you should want to stay overnight in Mogyoród, known for its Formula One racing circuit, realising in the evening that one day has not been enough.
Mogyoród, Vízipark út 1., (Close to Hungaroring), (+36-28) 541-100, www.aquarena.hu, Opening hours: from 23 may to 31 august. Mo-Su: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m
The well-kept lawn, scintillating pools, strict house rules and a smoking ban ensure a healthy and enjoyable relaxation time. As it is located in the middle of the sports centre, visitors have the opportunity to play tennis, go to the sauna, do some running, and play basketball or trying out a climbing wall.
II., Budakeszi út 73/c, (+36-1) 391-0010, www.kulkerpark.hu Opening hours: from 1 May until the end of September, 5.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Entrance fee: HUF 1,800 to 2,800