The medicinal water of Budapest is not only beneficial for bathing – Try out the drinking halls!
The what? Budapest is extremely rich in natural mineral and thermal water: 70 million liters of thermal water gush out per day at more than 100 places, only in the capital. And while everyone knows about the bath culture, only a few people know that many kinds of the water have beneficial medical effect. There are 3 drinking halls in Budapest, where you can drink from this healthy water, and if you bring bottles, you can also buy it for later for 70-80 forint/liter, which is the price of a cheaper mineral water in stores.
These waters are medicinal, and depending on their minerals they have, they are good for several illnesses. Please note that only 0.3 – 0.5 liter can be consumed daily and also that the thermal water is stinky and brown, but that the normal condition. Before you start an intense drinking therapy, it is advisable to consult a doctor about it, but 1 or 2 glass of this thermal water is always a good idea. So let’s see:
There are currently three operating drinking halls in the city, where we can choose from a total of five kinds of medicinal water.
Szent István Well at Széchenyi bath: This water can be beneficial for gastric, kidney and bowel inflammation, catarrhal diseases, gall-bladder disease, but also good for the bones because of its limestone content.
Lukacs bath: The medicinal water here contains sodium, calcium and magnesium. The water from the Molnár János cave is also recommended for gastritis, gastric acid abnormalities, renal pelvis and urinary tract infections, respiratory problems and osteoporosis.
Rudas bath - Hungária, Attila and Juventus fountains: Hungária water is good for catarrhal diseases and inflammation of the pelvis, Attila is beneficial for the respiratory system and it can be also good for bladder, bile and liver problems. Juventus is a real life-saver, has anti-aging effect, good for high blood pressure, rheumatism and gout.