A gleaming example of Hungary’s hammam heritage is Eger, 140 km east of Budapest. Here bathers soak beneath a golden dome built 400 years ago and renovated over time. The traditional octagonal pool and 200,000 pieces of gilded mosaic reflect an authentic ambience, enhanced by the foam massages and apple teas also available.
Down by the Romanian border, at Makó you can bathe in a church-like building designed by the acclaimed Imre Makovecz. His Hagymatikum Spa hints at Hungary’s folk and pagan past, as well as Makó’s prime onions, hagyma. You can explore a tropical storm cave, play chess outdoors in winter and relax in medicinal mud from the Maros river.
By the Serbian border, the century-old Anna spa in Szeged offers night bathing amid Neo-Renaissance architecture.