In a city full of bath houses, the Rudas Baths may be the most popular medieval bath in Budapest. Established as early as the 16th century at the foot of Gellert Hill, the Rudas Baths feature many elements of a traditional Turkish bath, including an octagonal pool and large dome that measures ten meters in diameter. In addition to six therapy pools and one swimming pool, the Baths offer massage services, foot care, body scrubs, a sauna and drinking cures from three different springs. The interior was completed renovated in 2006.
The Rudas Baths sit below Gellert Hill not far from the Elisabeth Bridge on the Buda side of Budapest. To get there, take tram 18 or 19, or bus 5, 7, 8, 86 or 112. Bathing suits are compulsory on the weekends when the Baths are open to both men and women. Extended hours are also offered on Fridays and Saturdays, from 10pm-4am. An on-site restaurant serves Turkish-Hungarian cuisine.