Hot water has always been appreciated in Hungary, and the name of a small town at the south-western corner of Lake Balaton is a living proof to that. Hévíz (literally meaning hot water) is the proud home of the second largest thermal lake in the world. Lake Hévíz is not only hot and big though, it’s also beautiful. Just looking at the floating water lilies on the surface of the lake in the embrace of rising steam in the morning helps you unwind and cleans your soul. And the lake can do much more than that.
Lake Hévíz and its curative effects have drawn visitors all through the centuries, and continue to give off remarkable benefits. The lake itself covers 4.4 hectares and is fed by a hot spring from 38 meters below its surface. The water of Lake Hévíz is rich in potassium salts, sulphur and hydrogen carbonate. This natural science laboratory has curative power that provides relief for a number of ailments.
Even if you’ve been to Hévíz before, you’ll be amazed by the spectacular innovations. You won’t feel like a fish out of the water when you’re actually out of the water. The new recreational complex on the lake offers a wide range of spa and beauty treatments. What’s more, the holistic approach to health in Hévíz means that it’s not a painful knee treated here, but the whole person who happens to have a painful knee. As not only medical but related professions are also employed here, Hévíz can offer the relaxation technique, autogenic training that basically helps you reverse the stress spiral and ergotherapy, the therapy by the help of working. The dietetic consultation, the tissue and segment massages and the therapies will not only make you feel better, but will also give you something precious to take home with you.
Today, you’ll find a modernized spa housed in the beautiful old buildings, offering numerous treatments and amenities. When visiting the lake, most bathers rent or buy an inflatable tube because the water is quite deep. This makes for a special sight, as the lake is full of people floating and relaxing, taking in the curative effects. There are also special railings dotted around the water to rest on. For your share of peace and quiet, you’ll find the isolated spots on the water where the bubbling hot water is only yours.
You’re fit as a fiddle? You shouldn’t miss out on Hévíz either, as this magical lake does not only offer remedy for the sick but also emphasizes prevention and a holistic approach to health. Whether you need therapeutic massage, mud packs from the bottom of the lake, electro- and hydrotherapy, water aerobics or physiotherapy, the highly qualified staff are on hand to pamper you from head to toe. And you shouldn’t worry about when to visit Hévíz. The temperature of the water never drops below 25°C, and the protective woods around the lake guarantee you won’t even feel a breeze.
After a day or two in the water, the town of Hévíz invites visitors for a stroll among tree-lined streets and gentle hills. There are plenty of boutique shops and restaurants to enjoy while here. An area on the edge of the town offers a traditional Hungarian feel, with a street lined with csárdas (traditional restaurants) and vineyards. It is up a small hill, and the view of the valley below is the ideal backdrop for a hearty meal after a day in the lake. Ideally situated, Hévíz is not far from Lake Balaton and neighbouring towns that offer additional sights worth a visit. Have a day trip to Keszthely (it’s only a stone-throw away), and stroll around the magnificent Festetics Palace before you return to this nurturing oasis of calm, Hévíz.