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'Night of Baths' highlights benefits of thermal water in Hungary

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Bathers relax at the Rudas Bath during the "Night of Baths" in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 20. Music and dance programs take place from 10 pm until 4am at the five most popular thermal baths in Budapest during the event.

Although the thought of bacteria's tendency to grow in warm places kind of creeps me out, Rick Steves makes the public baths sound pretty appealing below. Sign me up.

From a piece by Rick Steves that msnbc.com travel ran a ways back:

Sitting in hundred-degree water under glorious Baroque domes, I felt my stress ebb away as I enjoyed some of Europe's most memorable people watching. Hungarians of all shapes and sizes were stuffed into tiny swimsuits, strutting their stuff. People floated blissfully in warm water. Speedo-clad intellectuals stood in chest-high water around chessboards and pondered their next moves. It's Budapest at its best.

Read 'Taking the Plunge in Budapest' in its entirety.

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Bathers relax at the Rudas Bath during "Night of Baths" in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 20.

Bernadett Szabo / Reuters

A man relaxes at the Rudas Bath during the "Night of Baths" in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 20.