During your visit to Budapest, you are hopefully experiencing the rich foods, exciting nightlife, and beautiful surroundings. Even while you're on vacation, maintaining some semblance of your daily fitness routine can help to counteract the drastic change in your daily schedule and also combat jet lag. Many travelers don't think about working out on vacation past the hotel fitness facilities, which may not be very inspiring or challenging. One way to keep up with your fitness goals but still experience unique local workouts is to check out gyms in the city.
Just like gyms and fitness centers anywhere in the world, these facilities in Budapest, Hungary, come in a variety of types. That's good news for those who want to maintain a fitness routine while visiting or relocating to Budapest because it means there is something for everyone. Many facilities in this vibrant Hungarian city have a great, comprehensive approach to fitness, health, and wellness. Read on to learn more about five of the city's best gyms that will make you want to stay on track with your fitness goals.
Budapest, Nagyszombat u. 1, 1036 Hungary
This aptly named facility features fitness and wellness centers in a beautifully designed center with lots of great views out the windows and gorgeous natural lighting to keep you motivated while you sweat.
The fitness center includes group classes, top-notch cardio machines, and fitness equipment. They also have highly educated and qualified instructors to help you increase your endurance and strength. The wellness center contains a four-lane, 25-meter swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and massage services to help with work-out recovery and bring you bliss.
The Sun Palace is also a great choice because they have many different payment packages, called tickets, so finding one that suits your circumstances is very likely. You can get one ticket to use as a day pass for about $16, or three tickets—if you are in town for a few days—for only $30. You can also save on costs by purchasing tickets that limit the hours of accessibility, so working out during the day can be very inexpensive. Ticket packages get more discounted as you buy more, all the way up to a one-year, full-access membership for just under $740. You can also purchase ticket packages that target fitness or wellness if you choose to focus on just one of these areas.
Budapest, Holló u. 12-14, 1075 Hungary
For a serious gym with a younger vibe, Go/Active might be your fitness home away from home. The focus here is on challenging yourself, espirit de corps, and becoming the toned and fit best version of yourself.
There are aerobic classes and personal trainers who can be hired as needed or included in the price of your membership. Their trainers also mention their areas of specialties, so it should be easier to find your perfect match to meet your goals.
Go/Active might be a better choice for those staying in Budapest for more than just a few days. There are no day passes advertised, but you can sign up for a tour of the facilities. Memberships are tiered according to the services you want and the length of your commitment. Monthly memberships start at around $55 a month, all the way up to their annual, Platinum plan for an impressive $1600. This includes a weekly personal training session, a private locker, and the ability to freeze your membership a couple of times a year (for maybe vacations or a little time off from the gym).
Budapest, Ó u. 43-49, 1066 Hungary
As the name would imply, Bliss & Body Fitness és Wellness health club has a more holistic and Zen approach to fitness, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's more of a spa than somewhere to get an intense workout in.
They still have plenty of rigorous strength training and high quality cardio equipment if that's your thing. The fitness area contains your usual array of treadmills and free-weights, but also includes a functional space for those who may follow more old-school or cross-fit related activities with kettlebells, fitness ladders, bosu-balls, and bands. Personal trainers and fitness classes, like pilates and yoga, are available and they even include swimming lessons at their indoor pool.
After all of that challenging fitness work, experience bliss in the facility's wellness activities. In addition to the indoor pool, there is an adjacent hot tub to ease the soreness in your hard-working muscles. There is also a sauna, steam room, and massage services to prove that Bliss & Body really lives up to its name.
They have a fantastic pricing structure that includes a day pass cost of $6 for a discounted pass that gives you access to one class and the use of other facilities before 3:00 p.m. You can get a full-access day pass for only about $10! For guests in the area for more than a day or so, you can purchase session booklets for 5 or 10 sessions, at a cost of around $6 per session, but you are limited to one gym visit per day. For an additional cost, you can work with a gym expert on your body composition analysis, which takes about 30 minutes.
Bliss & Body also has an on-site Vitamin Bar, free WiFi, and offers bike rentals (including discounts for gym members) if you want to work out while you do some sightseeing around the city center. Located in the Pest section of the city and not far from the Danube River, the covered parking next door makes this an easy-to-locate and visit gym location for everyone in the city, even if you are staying on the Buda side of the river.
Budapest, Fényes Adolf u., 1036 Hungary
If you think the name implies that you are in for a different kind of fitness experience, you would be right! If you've ever dreamed of becoming Spiderman for a day, this is the perfect gym for you. The hall at the Spider Club is a challenging array of climbing opportunities, where you engage all of your muscle groups and use your own body weight in your quest for fitness. There is a rope climbing area, but the majority of the space is taken up by the Boulder Room, featuring climbing holds for experts and beginners that will take you up, down, and maybe even upside down.
Day passes are available starting at about $8 and come with beginner instructions for every new guest. There is also rental equipment available, so if climbing is something you've always wanted to try, this might be a great place to start. There is seasoned staff to get you going, and they take pride in the careful and methodical inspection of all the equipment that you will be using.
A group of 10 passes will run you about $6.50 per pass, or you can purchase a monthly membership for $77. The per-use rental of equipment will cost a very reasonable $7 or so for the full set-up. The Spider Club is a great place to switch up your regular fitness routine and test yourself.
Budapest, Márvány u. 17, 1012 Hungary
Whether you want hardcore bodybuilding facilities, or something more creative, Flex Gym may be just the place to challenge you. They have it all.
One visit to their website will validate their commitment to bodybuilding because you'll see the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson during visits to their facility. Their strength training area is complemented by a functional training area that includes TRX and an indoor (artificial) grass toboggan run. They also have a unique outdoor street workout area located next to the gym with the tallest outdoor rope climber in the country. Flex Gym is affiliated with NFG Bad Boys, who provide a variety of martial arts-related fitness programs including a three-day body, spirit, soul training camp. Finally, you can complete your visit to Flex Gym with a stop at the Flex N Fresh Café, with the usual power drinks and freshly made, nutritious meals to eat there or carry out.
A day pass is available for just under $10, and there are additional passes available as packets or as a monthly membership. Use of their infrared or Finnish saunas are included for free, and students receive a discounted price, so if you are a full-time student and under the age of 24, show your ID when purchasing passes.
Vacations can often mean a lot of rich food and a change from your daily routine. For many, that is the whole point of a vacation. It can also be fun to incorporate some aspects of your non-vacation life into your travels. Experiencing a new gym is a great way to counterbalance the rich food and remove the guilt while gaining a new perspective on ways to work out.
Budapest is a very walkable city, with lots to see and do. If you want to experience more structure to your fitness routine while vacationing there, visit the websites of these gyms before your visit or go in for a free consultation to find the perfect gym for your holiday needs.