Lukacs Baths, Budapest · sadtuna [181]

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Thermal Baths in Budapest

Because of its location on a tectonic fault line, Budapest has over 120 thermal springs, particularly in the hilly Buda side of the city. These springs form the source of 21 baths (or spas), of which 10 are considered medicinal-therapeutic. The bath culture of Budapest can be traced to Roman times and was influenced by a long period of Ottoman rule. Not only are the baths important social meeting places for neighbors and friends, they have been an important source of tourism for the city. As the largest spa town in Europe and certainly the most metropolitain, Budapest was one of the favorite destinations in the heyday of spa tourism. Scientists had already proved the healing effects of water in the 17th century. By the 18th century it had become fashionable for members of the upper classes to recover from the stresses of life by retiring to spa towns. „[...] Trips to spas became a status symbol and one of the most popular leisure time pursuits.“ ("V. Overall Europe from the 16th to the 19th Centuries", As the upper middle class grew, the spa tourism industry boomed. Now, luxuries previously available only to the rich could be enjoyed by a much wider public. Spa towns such as Aachen and Karlsbad also became the sites of significant political negotiations. In addition to bathing and sauna facilities, some Budapest baths operate pump rooms, offering a drink to bathers and non-bathers alike. The Rudas Baths on the Donau in Buda offer water rich in Calcium, Magnesium, Hydrogencarbonate and Sulfur, but it is the radioactivity of the liquid which is believed to stimulate the metabolism. The pump room at the Lukacs Baths (also in Buda) offers water which is said to heal the digestive tract, the liver and the gall bladder. If you bring a container to Lukacs, you can also get your healing water to go.