Introduction

 

Lake Hévíz is the largest bathing suitable, peat mud-bottomed thermal lake on the world. It waits with its green surroundings for those wish to heal, recreate and relax. The water is excellent for locomotor diseases besides it recharges the tired organism as well. It can be visited with the purchase of an entrance ticket. The temperature of the water during winter is 22-25 °C and during summer it reaches 32-38 °C, therefore we can swim outdoor in a natural environment all year. The water lily is the symbol of the Lake which is a protected plant; it was introduced at the end of the 19th century. The surface of the water is 4.4 ha, which is surrounded with more than 40 ha protective forest. From the 38 meter deep spring 40 000 liter, 39.5 °C water crushes the surface minutely so the water of the Lake entirely replaces in every 3 days. The Lake is biologically active, for instance the little Grebe inhabits the area among others. It is easy to swim round the Lake and we can also hold on railings. Many people use floating rings/tubes so it is not stressful for us to stay in the water. The average depth of the water is 1.5-2 meters. We can put our legs into the curative mud at several points on the edge of the Lake. The extra water from the lake flows to the Zala River then to the Lake Balaton, by the Berki Promanade.

 

The water of the Lake not only offers the experience of bathing in every four seasons, but helps us to stay healthy, heal the locomotor problems and be symptom free as well. The buildings of the Bath were entirely renovated in the past few years. They improved its services with fitness room, salt grotto, resting rooms and mud pool. We can use these facilities with a simple entrance ticket during the opening hours, without paying extra fee. First we have to buy a ticket to the Lake Bath and then we will get a digital watch which will allow us to open and lock our locker. There are time-control machines on the walls informing us about the time we have left and show us our locker number. The 10 hours Lake-pass is valid for 10 days, but if we buy the 20 hours Lake-pass it is valid for 20 days and we can enter the Lake 2 times every day with both tickets. Those guests staying at the members of the association will get 1 hour extra bathing time for the 10 hours Lake-pass; 2 hours extra bathing time for the 20 hours Lake-pass or 300 Ft discount from the daily price of the 3 hours Lake ticket, if they use the right coupon of the association at the cash desks.

 

As a part of the Lake Bath (also one of the entrances), the Festetics Day Spa can be approached from the Ady Endre Street. We have to buy an additional ticket – besides the entrance ticket – to access the wellness center of the building. It helps us to strengthen our immune system with Finnish sauna, ice grotto, infra sauna, aroma cabin, steam bath, Jacuzzi, Kneipp pool and salt grotto. Upstairs, we can find changing rooms, resting rooms and they do therapy and cosmetics treatments here as well. The specialty of the Kaviczky treatments, which are available here, comes from the joint use of the Lake’s water and mud, cereal extracts and biologically clean volatile oils. These pampering treatments increase the absorption and moisturizer ability of the skin. You can park your car next to the main building. Every cure is preceded with an entrance medical examination; according to the results the doctor sets up the complex cure and the series of treatments. The base of the Hévíz medicinal cure is the curative water, but it can be supplemented with all kinds of treatments. The medicinal massage, physiotherapy, mudpack can ease the patients’ pain for a longer time. The weight bath was developed by Dr. Károly Moll who was a rheumatologist in Hévíz. They use the treatment in the Lake Bath and in the Covered Bath of the hospital as well.

Egregy was a medieval village which was destroyed during the Turkish times. German settlers re-built it in the 17th century. The winemakers kept the thriving grape and wine culture traditions until today so we can meet them on the wine cellar row. Delicious snacks, fine wines, walking or cycling in the nature, that is to say, let us go Egregy! We reach the church of the age of the Árpáds – which was built in the 13th century -, as walking across the wineries. In the Egregy district, next to the road to the wine cellar row, can be found the Grave of the Roman Solider. Besides the skeleton of the Roman Solider – which can be still visited there – a bronze belt buckle, a clothing clip, an iron knife and a coin from the age of Emperor Constantine II were among the artifacts. The artifacts are kept in the Balaton Museum in Keszthely.