Bathing and swimming in Hévíz
The thermal lake
The main attraction in the town of Hévíz is undoubtedly the unique thermal lake, the beneficial effects of which can be enjoyed in the renovated Lake Baths (Tófürdő).
The oldest and most well-known spa in Hungary - in accordance with records from Roman times - has a history of 2,000 years. Since that time, the waters are reputed to have curative effects, and there is a thriving health tourism industry in the area. The Hévíz treatment, in its present sense, dates back to more than 200 years.
The water of Lake Hévíz is rich in dissolved substances and gases, combining the beneficial effects of naturally-carbonated medicinal waters and those containing sulphur, calcium, magnesium, hydrogen-carbonate, as well as those with a slightly radioactive content. Due to the special composition of the water, the fauna and flora in Lake Hévíz are unique, and several species can only be found here. The medicinal mud, which covers the bed of the lake in a thick layer, also deserves special attention. It is unique in that it contains both organic and inorganic substances, and the radium salts and reduced sulphuric solutions in it represent special medicinal factors. The medicinal water and mud originating from the Pannonian Sea, several tens of thousands of years old, together with complex physiotherapeutic treatments, are suitable for treating all types of rheumatic and locomotive disorders. In winter, a 'mist cap' is formed from the vapour on the surface of the water, preventing it from cooling down, while at the same time a natural inhalatorium is created. Inhaling the sulphur-hydrogen mixture emitted into the air and the radium emanation produces favourable curative effects: it keeps our vocal cords in good condition.
The new building at the shore of the lake houses a spa pool, a sauna unit, a salt cabin, a massage clinic, treatment rooms, changing rooms, restaurants and a conference room. The older pavilions of the lake have been recently renovated. Thanks to a new walkway over the lake, the new block on the shore is connected to the pavilions in the middle of the lake. The renovation and modernisation of the complex is expected to be completed in 2011, when the new indoor baths and a therapy centre will have been built.
The modernisation and enlargement of the Winter Baths is also on the agenda, notwithstanding the fact that it is already a huge and 21st century complex. It will soon be available to our guests at a capacity double its previous level.
Of course, the nearby Lake Balaton is also an ideal place for water fun and swimming. The nearest beach to Hévíz is in Keszthely, but the beach of the village next to Keszthely (Vonyarcvashegy) offers various facilities as well (e.g. wakeboarding, surfing).
Hotels in Hévíz with swimming pools
Danubius Health Spa Resort Aqua****
8380 Hévíz, Kossuth Lajos u. 13-15.
- Pleasure baths on an area of 200m2, with indoor and outdoor pools
- thermal and cold pools,
- bubble bath, geyser and water cascade,
- Kneipp water treading tub
Kossuth Lajos utca 9-11., 8380 Hévíz
- Garden fun bath (200 m2 water surface) with underwater jet massage, waterfall, geyser. In addition, underwater music and light effects turn bathing into real fun. The bath is open all year.
- Indoor swimming pool
- Indoor thermal bath with two pools, Whirlpool
- Outdoor thermal pool with sun terrace (between mid-April and mid-October,
- Jacuzzi, sauna, steam-bath, textile sauna, Finnish log sauna in the garden
- Salt cave (for an extra fee)