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.
Sárvár is deservedly famous for its medicinal waters, as it has not one but two thermal water springs: one brings up thermal water from a depth of 1200 metres at 43 degrees Celsius, while the other one is even deeper: its high saline-content thermal water at 83 degrees Celsius rises from a depth of 2000 metres. The salty water is distilled to produce the famous Sárvár Thermal Crystals.
The pools at the baths are filled with the water rising at 43 degrees which is alkaline and contains hydrogen carbonate, while the water with high salt content is used for special treatments. The bath is open to visitors seeking family fun, relaxation and healing all year round.
The complex is divided in two parts, the medicinal section and the modern family spa, which are connected by a wide corridor. The medicinal section has 2 outdoor and 3 indoor pools where visitors can enjoy the benefits of the thermal water. The 5000 square metre family complex has the shape of an amphitheatre and offers leisure features for both children and adults: it has three giant slides, jacuzzis, a swimming pool, a climbing wall and a children’s pool as well.
Along with the pools, the wide range of various saunas also offer physical and mental recreation: the spa’s exclusive sauna world has outdoor and indoor Finnish saunas, a bio sauna, a steam sauna, aroma cabins, a Kneipp pool, adventure showers and giant jacuzzis at the disposal of guests seeking recreation.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Thanks to the European Space Agency (ESA), we now have a photograph of Hungary’s favourite lake taken from space.