In Hungary, there are over 100 medical and recreational baths powered by underground hot springs – but which ones are really worth visiting? We have already gathered a couple of stunning destinations for bath lovers in our previous article but we felt that the list was not complete without mentioning these 4 stunning spa complexes below. Plan a day of relaxation in one of these splendid Hungarian thermal baths where you can heal, splash and soak your worries away in unparalleled settings.
Tucked in the southeast corner of the country, lies the historical spa town of Gyula. The city is best known for its medieval castle and superb thermal spa that draws thousands of visitors every year. Residents discovered the medicinal properties of the hot water running underneath the surface in the first half of the 20th century. The constructions works of the bath quickly followed in 1942. The spa is located in the enchanting park of the Almásy Palace, at the heart of the city. It boasts no less than 16 different pools. You can enjoy entertainment and therapeutic pools, swimming pools, bubbly jacuzzis, various types of beauty and medical massages, water geysers, neck massaging water sprays and nearly everything your heart desires. You can even sip on a refreshing drink at the pool bar while soaking in the balmy waters. The spa employs a renowned Hungarian rheumatologist and two therapeutic practitioners who can arrange appointments even on the spot.
The northeastern town of Miskolctapolca is a real treasure for spa lovers who seek ultimate relaxation in a breathtaking setting. The cave and the lake bath have been known since ancient times. The area first belonged to a Greek Orthodox abbey that, upon inviting doctors to examine the remarkable qualities of the hot springs, ordered the development of the bath. The city’s municipality acquired the spa in the early ‘30s and has expanded it several times ever since. The thermal bath has a lower salt content than other popular spas; hence, visitors can bathe for an unlimited time in the warm waters. You can take some laps in the underground passages that were formed by nature over centuries or unwind in the doom-shaped room and let the therapeutic water work its magic. If you fancy trying something unique, explore the float spa where you can float on the surface of a super-saturated 25% salt water solution. It is a holistic experience that heals both your body and soul, thus you will leave the bath completely rejuvenated.
Famous for its striking ‘salt hill’, the northeastern town of Egerszalók offers a unique experience that stands alone in Europe. Ranked one of the best in the sulphuric medicinal water category, the 65-68 C° (149-154 F°) thermal water erupts from deep within the earth. The aquifer that provides the medicinal water to the bath was discovered in the 1730s. Before entering the pool, the steaming spring water runs down a series of cascades and its gleaming mineral content crystalises as it interacts with air at atmospheric temperature thus creating this picturesque travertine which is often referred to as ‘salt hill’ by the locals. The water is not only rich in sulphur but also in calcium; both natural components are highly recommended for conditions such as inflammatory issues, gynecological diseases, psoriasis, and musculoskeletal disorders. The medical and wellness spa has a total of 17 pools that are located both inside and outside, covering a staggering water surface of 1900 m2. The thermal pools, jacuzzis, adventure pools, slides, children’s area, fitness room, and sauna world ensure an unforgettable stay for all ages.
This charming town, which is well known for its health center throughout Europe, lies in the southwestern part of Hungary, at the foot of the Villány Mountains. The scenic environment and the pleasant climate make Harkány a desired destination among wellness tourists. The history of the bath goes back to 1823 when János Pogány, an adventurous well digger made the realisation that his aching legs feel lighter after soaking them in the local hot spring. The mineral water bursts to the surface from as deep as 50-70 metres, and yields an average temperature of 62.5 C° (144.5 F°). The characteristic scent of the water comes from its rich sulphur content which absorbs into the body through the skin and inhalation. A large variety of pools and a family-friendly atmosphere await visitors in a beautifully wooded 13.5-hectare park. Outdoor ‘butterfly’ pools, spacious swimming pools, covered and semi-covered indoor thermal pools, relaxing jacuzzis, children pools and an adventure area entertain guests throughout the year.
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Source: Daily News Hungary
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