One of the outstanding points of Budapest's vibrant spa life is the Art Nouveau-style Gellért Bath and Swimming Pool and the adjacent Hotel Gellért. The complex at the Buda end of Liberty Bridge was opened to the general public after World War I, but a bath has stood here as far back as the Middle Ages. At the site of the former community bath, which changed hands several times after the 150 years of Turkish rule, construction finally began in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.
Jane Fonda and Ryan Gosling was the guest of the Gellért
The completed hotel was the most modern luxury building in Budapest at the time, and the bath became the most state-of-the-art facility of its kind in Europe. It was extremely important for the management of the hotel and bath that the complex’s standard should be at the forefront of Europe, so, for example, the kitchen was managed by the Gundel family, one of the most influential restaurateur dynasties of the age. The wave pool – then unique in Europe and functioning to this day from May to September – was completed in the bath’s park in the years between the two wars. The building, heavily damaged in World War II, slowly regained its former glow and thus welcomed guests such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dmitry Shostakovich, Richard Nixon, Anthony Quinn, Jane Fonda or most recently Ryan Gosling.