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The Miskolctapolca Bath: bathing deep in a cave

Along the with its pools of thermal water for those seeking its therapeutic effects, the unique Miskolctapolca Cave Bath also offers visitors an opportunity to bathe in naturally formed cave passages and chambers.

The thermal waters of the cave have been known since antiquity, and many people sought healing there over the centuries, but construction of the resort only begin in the early 20th century. The underground lakes were mapped in 1936, and they were opened to the public in the same year. Two indoor thermal pools were added to the complex in 1959.

Photo: MTI/Péter Komka

In subsequent years, the bath was developed further, and today, a huge aquapark awaits visitors with a range of saunas and children’s pools as well.

The 30 °C spring-water is
extremely rich in minerals,
and unique in the whole of
Europe as the warmest natural
spring-water in a karst region.
It is primarily recommended for
motor and neurological disorders.

The most interesting feature of the bath is the aqua massage area in the cave, where the thermal water conducted there via pipes rushes out of the wall. The Roman Hall has a genuine atmosphere of the Classical Age, while the dome of the Star Hall evokes a starry night sky. The two indoor pools have the hottest water of the bath, offering the health benefits of 35 °C thermal water.

Along with the cave bath, the complex also has outdoor pools, including two paddling pools for small children, so the aquapark, which is unique not only in Hungary but the whole of Europe, offers relaxation and recreation for the entire family.

Photos: Shutterstock
Further information: Miskolctapolca Cave Bath

A Balaton landscape shrouded in a blanket of autumn fog

Lake Balaton and its environs are rewarding photographic themes in every season: along with the lake itself, the surrounding landscapes are also astonishingly beautiful. The natural areas and the hidden wildlife around the lake are favoured themes for many photographers – and the autumn sunrise lends a spectacular splendour to the Balaton Uplands and Mount Badacsony, captured this time by Josef Jordan.

The Old Lake at Tata – a haven for migratory birds

The Old Lake at Tata is Hungary’s oldest artificial lake, created before the Hungarian conquest by building a dam across the Átal-ér Stream. There is a comfortable footpath around the lake, but it is a popular destination not only with hikers but also with migratory birds. Tens of thousands of wild geese and ducks spend the autumn and the winter on the lake.

A fairy-tale fishpond in Sződliget

30 km from Budapest, Hungary, near the town of Vác and the village of Sződliget, there is a hidden treasure: a romantic little fishpond that is a veritable entrance to the world of fairy tales. The lake’s shore is composed of a series of tiny coves, with idyllic little lodges of reeds and wood hidden under the gigantic floodplain trees.

Lake Fertő: a world heritage site in Hungary and Austria

Lake Fertő is an increasingly popular destination for nature-lovers: it has a cycle path all around it, many exciting beauty spots, atmospheric small towns and inviting, beautiful landscapes. Although it lies partly in Hungary and partly in Austria, the open border means that the Fertő Region still forms a single unit.

The Sárvár Spa: recreation for the whole family

The Sárvár Medicinal and Wellness Spa, completed in 2002, is the largest bath complex in Western Transdanubia. The spa offers thermal pools, giant slides, kiddie pools, a climbing wall and wellness services to entertain visitors looking for relaxation and recreation.

Hagymatikum, the bath of baths

The small town of Makó in Hungary, famous for its excellent onions, has a veritable thermal bath complex in the town centre. On a plot of 12 thousand square metres, the complex offers 18 different pools, 8 kinds of saunas, a steam cabin as well as leisure, therapeutic and wellness services, offering visitors an unforgettable recreational experience.

Underground boating

The most famous sight of the town of Tapolca is hidden underground and may be explored in an extraordinary fashion. The Tapolca cave lake, unique in Hungary, is not famous for its spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, but the underground boating that it offers.

Lake Bokodi, a floating village by the foothills of the Vértes Mountain

There is a special lake near Oroszlány, Hungary, by the foothills of the Vértes Mountain: meandering wooden piers and boardwalks lead to the small, red, blue and yellow cabins floating on the water. The Bokodi Lake is the artificial lake of the Vértes Power Station, but it offers a living
fairy-tale world for visitors.

Enchanting landscapes in Hungary: Backwaters along the Tisza River

Riverbanks with ancient trees, a diverse birdlife, branches arching over the water: amazing backwaters await nature lovers along the Tisza River outside the town of Mártély in Csongrád County.

Lake Balaton from space

Thanks to the European Space Agency (ESA), we now have a photograph of Hungary’s favourite lake taken from space.

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