Step 1: Pick a bath. In a city called, "The City of Spas," for its prime location over natural thermal springs, this was no easy feat. We eventually settled on Szechenyi (pronounced "say-chen-ee" - I think) Baths because of it's beautiful Neo-baroque architecture and status as the largest bath in Europe.
|The exterior of the massive Szechenyi bath complex|
Step 3: Pack a bag. We didn't think to pack flip flops or towels; while "towels" were available for rent (thin, white sheets), we really missed our flip-flops while walking barefoot across the tiles. (And in the sauna. Holy blisters on the bottom of your feet batman.) Also would highly recommend waterproof mascara.
Step 4: Find the right entrance. Not to be confused with the hospital entrance. Yeah...
|What? This is a hospital? Ohmygodwearesosorryandleavingrightnowpleasedon'tjudgeusasidiotAmericans.|
|This whole complex is baths. Behind the outdoor pools are more indoor pools, saunas, steam rooms and more pools.|
Step 8: Clear your calendar for the rest of the day. You could also explore one of the several incredible museums nearby if you're super-human and have any energy left over. Two and a half hours of bathing later, we'd all unwound so much we were exhausted; our muscles so loose they hovered somewhere between numb and sore. We decided our best next course of action to be spicy sausages and beer.