Is Kiraly Bath, one of the most popular Turkish baths in Budapest, open during the Christmas holidays? Can you visit the thermal pools and enjoy the thermal and pool facilities?
Yes, Kiraly Baths is open at Christmas and on New Year too, though the opening hours are somewhat changed on the public holidays in winter.
Many Budapest travel guides say that Budapest is quiet or dead at Christmas, but this is not true any more.
Christmas opening hours 2012
- Dec 24: Closed
- Dec 25: Kiraly Baths is open from 10 am to 6 pm
- Dec 26: opening hours from 9 am to 8pm (all pools and the thermal section with saunas, steam rooms, plunge pools, thermal pools in Kiraly thermal Baths)
- Dec 31: open from 9 am to 6 pm. Enjoy some amazing days in Budapest in a stunning historical building (the old Turkish baths have been expanded with more modern pools and facilities of course)
- Jan 1: Kiral bath is open from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm. Visiting ‘the Kiray’ is a nice way to get over the New Year’s Eve party symptoms (hangover, stress of the new year, etc.). As Kiraly has not been restored yet (unlike Rudas, Gellert or Szechenyi Baths) it is the most authentically ruinous and historical baths currently in the city of Budapest
Kiraly means King in Hungarian, say kee-raay
The opening times above have been basically the same at Budapest Baths for the last ten years or so. If you are planning your Budapest Christmas trip for 2013, or 2014, etc. you can count on the baths staying open on the public holiday dates in December and January in Hungary.