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Why Hévíz?

Hévíz

Hévíz is a historic town located in Zala County, in South West Hungary. The town's medicinal lake with its unique natural peat mud was known and appreciated as early as the Roman times. According to an ancient Roman legend, the Holy Virgin opened a spring of water at the prayer of a Christian nurse who wanted to heal a paralysed child. The warm water and hot mud welling up from the deep cured the skinny, sickly child. The young child later became an Eastern Roman emperor by the name of Flavius Theodosius, who declared the Christian religion a state religion in 391. The spring created by the Holy Virgin still feeds the medicinal lake of Hévíz and heals sick people.

The Hévíz Lake is Europe's largest hot water lake with healing power. Its water contains calcium, magnesium, hydrogen carbonate, sulphur and radon in low concentration. The water's temperature results from the mixing of cold and warm waters welling up from deep underground. In summer this temperature is between 33 and 35°C, while in winter between 24 and 26°C. Normally, the temperature of the water is consistent across the entire lake, since the 1.5-2 metre-thick layer of mist prevents the water from cooling down, while the multidirectional flow of water and the extensive protective forest zone ensure uniform water temperatures. Due to the high water output of the spring, the water of the lake is completely changed in three and a half days, as a result, it is always clean.


For ideal curative effects, it is recommended staying in the water for 20-30-minute sessions and for a total period of 1-1.5 hours, keeping a break of at least 30 minutes between two sessions. The hydrostatic pressure of the water is beneficial for the limbs, while the water flow and the fine mud particles ensure that the guests' skin will be smooth as silk. The rocking sensation of the water, the lotus flowers and the beauty of the surrounding nature will calm and soothe the nervous system.

The Hévíz Lake is especially recommended for rheumatic locomotor problems, osteoporosis, degenerative spinal/joint problems, Bechterew's disease, chronic inflammatory diseases of the joints, the post-treatment of injuries and locomotor operations, soft tissue rheumatism, secondary joint problems, chronic and peripheral complaints relating to the nervous system and caused by mechanical reasons, pre- and post-treatment of joint and disc operations as well as chronic gynaecological problems.

It is contraindicated in case of infectious diseases, malignant tumours, heart problems, circulatory disorders, thrombosis and other blood production disorders, asthma, high blood pressure and pregnancy.

Dentistry in Hevíz

Héviz combines both excellent dentistry and an excellent holiday destination and is very easy to get to. Héviz is well known for its quality of dentistry and Germans/Austrians have been coming here for years. There are approx 34 dentists in the town. One of the best is The Flavius clinic.

Sights

Hévíz: Its main attraction is the Hévíz Lake, however, you can take delight in the natural sights of the town on the dr. Schulhof Vilmos Promenade or in the Protective Forest Park. The town can boast of a number of monuments, including the Saint Magdalene church dating back to the Árpád period, the Roman age garden of ruins, the tomb of a Roman soldier, the Holy Spirit church, the Calvinist-Lutheran church and the Heart of Jesus Catholic church. Those visiting the Collection of Museum Pieces can see the prominent pieces created by Hungarian and international masters of the fine and applied arts. The wine-cellars of Egregy provide a great gastronomic experience. Keszthely: Tourists visiting the town must see the beautiful Festetics Palace in the Helikon Park. The Georgikon Manor Museum lets you have an insight into the secrets of agriculture and the life of servants. You can also visit Europe's first college for agriculture, founded by György Festetics in 1797. In the Balaton Museum, the archaeological, folk, historical and scientific heritage of the Balaton region will ensure a good time for those interested.
The website of the town of Hévíz: http://www.heviz.hu/

Szigliget: A beautiful view unfolds before the visitors of the Szigliget Castle, while they roam among the ruins of a proud period in history. If you don't want to break away from historical sights, then visit the ruins of the Avas church dating back to the 13th century.
The website of the town of Szigliget: http://www.szigliget.hu/

Tapolca: Visitors can have a boat trip on the green water of the Lake Cave of Tapolca, while taking a closer look at the natural attractions of the cave. The humid air of the cave is beneficial for those suffering from respiratory diseases. Balatonederics: Nature lovers can visit the Africa Museum and Wildlife Park, including the heritage of dr. Endre Nagy, the famous hunter.
The website of the town of Tapolca: http://www.tapolca.hu/

Badacsony: It is famous for its fine wines, especially Szürkebarát, its generous hospitality and the splendid view of Lake Balaton from Mt. Badacsony, the so-called the 'Basalt King' of Lake Balaton.
The website of Badacsony: http://www.badacsony.hu/

Sümeg: The most famous attraction of the town is the Sümeg Castle. In the castle museum, visitors can explore the treasures of the castle and have an insight into the medieval life of the castle. In summer tournaments are organised here, followed by a medieval dinner, where guests can experience the dishes and eating habits of the age. The most beautiful monument of Sümeg is located at the foot of the castle hill: the Bishop's Palace, the beauty and look of which is unique in Hungary.
The website of the town of Sümeg: http://www.sumeg.hu/

Kis-Balaton: It was once an open-water bay of Lake Balaton, however, it was filled up with sediment and turned into a marshland and an area covered in reeds over the ages. 'Little Balaton' is a paradise for ornithologists who have found 232 bird species here (great egret, cormorant, common spoonbill, squacco heron, etc.). Its avifauna can be best seen from the Kányavár Island. Since this is a protected area, a permit must be obtained for admittance. Permits are issued in the research centre in Fenékpuszta (ask for an appointment first).
The website of Kis-Balaton: http://www.kisbalaton.hu/

Balaton: The largest lake in Central Europe. It is justly famous for its fine wines, fruits and landscape. Water sports lovers can find here everything they need. The extremely popular Blue Ribbon International Regatta is organised on Lake Balaton every year. Those fond of angling can catch a number of fish species here (sabre fish, northern pike, common rudd, etc.).
The website of Lake Balaton: http://www.balaton.hu/

Balaszentgyörgy: The Star Castle, which was built in the 18th century and named after its star-shaped layout, was originally a hunting castle of the Festetics counts. A hussar museum, a forge, a museum and medieval life waxworks depicting scenes from the life of our forefathers can be seen in the castle. Much to the delight of young children, domesticated animals kept in Hungary can be seen in the castle garden.
The website of Balaszentgyörgy: http://www.balaszentgyorgy.hu/

Zalaszántó: The main attraction of the settlement is the Buddhist stupa which was completed in 1993. There is a 24-metre high tree of life and a gold-plated Buddha statue inside. The Dalai Lama was also invited to the opening ceremony of the stupa. The Kotsy water mill is another major sight where visitors can explore the secrets of grain milling. There are several castle ruins in the area (Tátika, Rezi), which provide a historical insight and tempt visitors to get immersed in the beautiful landscape.
The website of Zalaszántó: http://www.zalaszanto.hu/