Veszprém, Hévíz, Zalakaros, Zalaegerszeg
The historic centre of Veszprém is the castle, which - together with the surrounding town - was one of the significant centre of our country until the Turkish occupation: it was the King´s and Queen´s seat and an episcopal seat. The medieval castle and town suffered large-scale destruction in the Turkish period. The present-day historic town evolved during the town development constructions of the 18-19 th and the early 20 th century. WWII and the following period caused relatively little damage to the old centre.
Veszprém is a quiet and shy town. One must pay attention to it. In order to absorb its special atmosphere, one must stroll around its streets and squares, listen to the bells and observe its walls and buildings.
A Hévízi gyógytó
The thermal lake of Hévíz is the largest biologically active, natural thermal lake of the world which refreshes both the body and the soul.
The oldest and most well-known bath of Hungary, in accordance with records from the Roman era, has a history of 2000 years. The Hévíz treatment, in its present sense, also dates back more than 200 years.
The 4.4 ha lake is fed by its spring rushing up at a depth of 38 m, containing sulphur, radium and minerals. Due to the high water output of the spring, the water of the lake is completely changed within 85 hours. The medicinal water and mud originating from the several then thousand year-old Pannonian Sea, together with the complex physiotherapeutic treatments, are suitable for treating all kinds of rheumatic and locomotory diseases.
The temperature of the water is 23-25 C in winter and 33-36 C in summer.
Relaxed floating on the water, the swinging water-lotuses and the green leaves of the trees tranquillize the nervous system and contribute to the psychic factor of recovering. In winter a ´mist cap´ is formed from the vapour on the surface of the water which prevents the water from cooling down and at the same time a natural inhalatorium is created. Inhaling the sulphur-hydrogen emitted into the air and the radium-emanation produces favourable curative effects: keeps our vocal cords in a good condition.
The advantageous effects of the Hévíz Lake can also be enjoyed through a drinking-treatment which is suitable for curing stomach and digestive disorders.
The Hévíz Spa and St. Andrew Hospital of Rheumatic Diseases Public Benefit Company is the maintainer of the thermal lake offering a whole range of services to visitors.
Zalakaros is one of the smallest cities of Hungary and is situated at the Western border of the Little-Balaton in the tourist area of Zala County, 20 air kilometres from Lake Balaton. From the point of view of accessibility the nearby main roads, the Sármellék airport and the M7 highway that is currently under construction highlights the city´s positive location.
With respect to order, cleanliness and public safety the city may be counted among the firsts, and it emanates a homely, serene atmosphere with its neat parks and green belt areas. The surrounding vineyards, orchards and forests provide the city´s clear air and have a beneficial influence on its climate. The beautification, flowering, parking of the public squares, and the creation of public square works of art is an important task, thus Zalakaros worthily won the “most flowery city of Hungary” title in 2002 and the “flowery city of Europe” in 2003.
The city´s reviving was established by the 96 Celsius degree thermal water rich in minerals that was discovered in the course of an oil prospecting drilling in the early 60s.
Following the opening of the thermal spa in 1965, within a few decades a modern bathing complex was built, holiday-resorts, hotels, and restaurants opened. Its waters became famous abroad as well, thus it was gradually improved due to the bath´s great number of visitors. In the last four decades almost 22 million visitors seeking healing have come here.
People looking for active rest can also find the appropriate selection, and there are more possibilities for doing some sports as well.
The fans of culture and musical programs are awaited by the “Karos Summer” event series, which offers festival-like, folklore, folk-musical, classical musical, theatrical and other entertainment programs every year from 1 May to the end of September.
It is the centre of Zala county in West-Hungary. It can be found in a distance of 50 km from the Lake Balaton, 35 km from Hévíz and 120 km from Graz. As a county town, Zalaegerszeg went through a dynamic progress in the past fourty years. From a clerk-town, counting thirteen thousand inhabitants, it became an industrialized, middle-sized town of sixty-two thousand people.