Why Hungarian spas are famous


In our mission to bring the best complementary therapies to our local community, I decided to embark on a trip to a Day Spa, Hungary; to see what is so famous about them and how the country benefits from a range of therapies to improve wellbeing.

Whenever I go to Hungary, I always visit at least one of the many Spas in the country. What can be better than relaxing in lovely warm water! Hungary is rich in thermal mineral waters and the Spas are often very beautiful and a great tourist attraction. They even have big evening parties in them in Budapest now, or a group of friends can rent a pool in the evening and drink unlimited quantities of artisan beer.

However, in Hungary they are also part of the Health System as there is a long tradition of medicinal use of the waters going back at least as far as Roman times. In some areas, local mud may be used as well, as it is also rich in minerals.

All the spas have small treatment pools and doctors prescribe courses of treatment.

Of course we have hydrotherapy pools here, but research has shown that the minerals in the spa water enhance the effects of the hydrotherapy treatments. The reason for this is not fully understood. One theory is that the minerals in the water may affect nerve endings and prolong the beneficial effects.

People have treatments for a range of conditions including osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions, inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, skin problems, and muscular spasms.

Studies have shown the mineral spa treatments are more effective at relieving pain and improving flexibility than treatments carried out in heated tap water.

The Lukacs Thermal Bath

The Lukacs Thermal Bath (Photo credit: Paula Cave-Ayland)

The Lukacs Baths in Budapest and is one of the oldest spas in Budapest and the waters have been in continuous use since Mediaeval Times.

On a wall you can see a series of plaques:

Lukacs Baths Wall of Testimonials

“You helped my lumbago” reads one, “I couldn’t walk when I arrived here” says another. “Eternal Blessings on the Lukacs Spa” declares another. Writ in stone – that is what I call a testimonial!

To sum up the health system in Hungary look great and it would be great to see this practice adopted in the UK.


Blog post by Paula Cave-Ayland