Is Kiraly Bath, one of the most popular Budapest baths and the oldest Turkish bath in Budapest, open during the your Budapest New Year holidays? Can you visit the thermal pools and enjoy the thermal and pool facilities in late December and early January? Kiraly Bath is definitely a different experience than Szechenyi Bath or Gellert Spa.
Yes, Kiraly Bath is open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day too, though the opening hours are somewhat changed on the public holidays in winter.
Many Budapest travel guides say that Budapest is happy and open on New Year’s Eve, but too calm and closed on New Year’s Day, but this is not true any more.
New Year Opening Hours
- Dec 31: the Kiraly Bath is 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 10 am 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 New Year break, you can count on the baths staying open on the public holiday dates in December and January in Hungary.