The Bath of the Year has been chosen for the fourth time by the public. The aim of this competition is to promote the excellent Hungarian waters along with the relaxing health benefits of bathing. Sokszínűvidék reports about this year’s winners.

Altogether 200 baths were in competition to win the title of Bath of the Year over the course of the past few months. The voting ran from the 1st of June until the 31st of August. Only those baths could qualify that are equipped with at least one pool that is not for swimming.

The results this year are quite surprising compared to those from 2017

There are three distinct categories into which the organisers put the baths, considering the number of pools they have, the size of the town or city where they are located, and how well-known the bath is.

There was a need to separate internationally popular city baths from smaller, regional ones so the latter ones could gain recognition as well.

The Bath of the Year, 2018

35 baths, located in big cities or in bathing cities, frequented by tourists and known nation-wide or even internationally, were nominated for this title. The winner is the Szent Erzsébet Mórhalmi Gyógyfürdő.

This bath has both indoor and outdoor pools, including four with mineral or thermal water pools and 21 others dedicated for swimming and leisure. The curing abilities of the waters are highlighted: the Erzsébet and the Árpád mineral waters are excellent for treating joint pains, spine problems, muscular rheumatism and gynaecological issues. The latest mineral water additions, the Szent László and the Hunyadi Mátyás, are also high in minerals.

Apart from the curing waters, the bath complex offers over 30 types of massages and other treatments.

The Rising Star of 2018

Voters could pick their choice from 71 nominees that are significant on a regional level. The winner was the Gyopárosfürdő thermal spa, park and adventure pools complex, which is often referred to as the ‘pearl of the Hungarian Plain’.

Lake Gyopáros is surrounded by a beautiful scenery but it is mainly the healing power of the water that draws guests there. If you are suffering from musculoskeletal, gynaecological, urological, dermatological or neurological problems, the waters here will do wonders for you.

Top off your relaxing weekend at Gyopárosfürdő with a trip to the Ópusztaszer National Park where you can learn about Hungarian history and try an exciting maze

Although the lake has been visited for almost 150 years now, the thermal water was officially announced as a healing water only in 1999. The water naturally infused with painkilling abilities reaches 47 degrees Celsius but is cooled for guests.

If you choose to dip in the water below 34 degrees Celsius, you can expect a soothing effect, while the higher temperatures are good for muscle cramps.

The Locals’ Favourite in 2018

This category includes those baths that are important to small towns, having only a couple of pools. Out of the 86 nominees, the winner was the Tiszavasvári Strandfürdő.

Although it is a small complex, it is equipped with different pools: one has access to thermal water, one is dedicated especially for kids and one for swimmers, thanks to the renovation that took place a few years ago.

The thermal water is rich in iodine and bromine which are helpful in treating musculoskeletal and rheumatic problems. You can enjoy an extra shot of wellness, too, by trying out their massage services.

The complex also offers a bit of adventure with the help of a slide, a bouncy castle, a trampoline, a bungee trampoline and a splash.

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