Veli Bej Bath Budapest
The old new bath of Veli Bej
The Veli Bej Turkish bath (formerly called Császár Bath) is located in Buda in district II. and recently has been refurbished to give you one of the best spa experiences in Budapest.
The Turks were big bath enthusiasts so they constructed several thermal and steam baths in Buda during their 150 year occupation in Hungary. Besides the currently known three Ottoman baths (the Király, the Rudas and the Veli Bej), there were a couple of smaller baths that didn’t survive the passing of time.
Built by Sokollu Mustafa pasha in 1574-75 the Veli Bej Bath not only the oldest but also said to be the most beautiful Ottoman bath in Budapest. During the reconstruction project lead by József Hild in 1841-48 the bath was significantly enlarged and its name was changed to Emperor’s Bath = Császár Fürdő in Hungarian.
After regaining the owner status of the bath, the Ordo Hospitalarius (Irgalmas Rend) decided to completely renovate the buildings and reconstruct the original Ottoman bath with the help of archaeologists and art historians. The renovation works were finished in 2011 and the Veli Bej Bath welcomes everyone with old world charm and 21st century spa facilities. Due to the meticulous archaeological restoration works the original design of the interior have been preserved. Remains of the original plumbing built by the Turks can be seen in the walls.
There is also a brand new wellness department with two steam chambers, a jacuzzi, Finnish and infra saunas, massage showers, a Kneipp walk pool, swimming pool, and various massages.
The cafe of the bath offers basic food and drinks should you feel starved after a soaking in the hot water. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, mineral water, sandwiches, baguettes, a few cakes at very affordable prices.
Monday-Sunday: 6.00 – 12.00 and 15.00 – 21.00, closed over the Easter Weekend (04 -06. April 2015.)
Tickets: 2 800 HUF/3 hours
discounted ticket between Monday-Thursday 19.00-21.00: 2 240 HUF
children under the age of 14 cannot visit the bath