Tourist guide to Heviz
Heviz is a resort with a history of over 2000 years. It is located in the region of Zala region in western Hungary near the Lake of Balaton, at only 5 km from Keszthely and at 193 km from the capital. In 1795 Count Festetics enlarged the settlement and built a health house, a kind of a floating complex. The first hotel in Heviz was built in 1907, but the medical spa just took off in 1930.
With an experience of centuries Heviz can offer an exceptional holiday in a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere with all the natural conditions and a spectacular setting.
The thermal waters and mud from Heviz is recommended for those suffering from rheumatism, locomotor system diseases, inflammatory diseases of the joints, fractures, mild disorders of the nervous system, chronic gynecological diseases. As drinking water is recommended in chronic biliary inflammation, diabetes and allergies. So you can combine business with pleasure, as aquatic entertainment and health benefits.
The Lake of Heviz
The Heviz Lake is very close to the Balaton and is the second largest thermal water lake in the world. The area of 47,500 square meters embraces a thermal with curative effect filled with water lilies. The 420 liters that comes to surface per second with a temperature of 36 degrees, appear to be rich in radioactive, murmurous and gas substances having a specific flow.
The outdoor bath is chosen by most of the tourists who come here in the winter. The mud on the bottom of the lake is great for curing diseases, especially those related to musculoskeletal diseases, rheumatic or inflammatory arthropathy.
Since 1795 the Lake of Heviz is used for baths, but here there is also the opportunity to do a drink cure. In 1968 appeared the indoor mineral baths which are fed with the water of the lake. All of the treatments are done properly, monitored by medical specialists of the Hospital for Rheumatology and Rehabilitation.
The lake water contains sulfur, radium, carbon dioxide, calcium, magnesium and is slightly radioactive, which provides an almost involuntary relaxation of the body muscles. The water has a temperature between 33 and 36 Celsius degrees in summer and between 23 and 25 Celsius degrees in winter, so allows bathing throughout the year. The lake is surrounded by a nature reserve spread over dozens of acres and consists primarily of alder.
The Fortress of Sumeg in Heviz
Today still stand the remains of the largest fortifications in Hungary, built at a height of 270 meters above sea level on a cliff that is 87 meters high. In the summer there are organized games and medieval battles for visitors, and concerts and film screenings.