There is More to Hungary Than Just Budapest
Recently, my husband and I traveled to his home country of Hungary, as we have done many times before.This time we decided to start our trip in one of our favorite parts of Hungary, Lake Heviz. It’s little known by us in the USA, but is a destination that has been well-known for centuries to Europeans as a “wellness lake”. The first study about this lake was published in 1769 by Ferenc Szlaby noting its profound effects on the body to help with what we now know as arthritis. While the settlement was established in 1946 by the unification of two villages, it was granted the designation of a town on May 1st, 1992. Today, the development of the town is based on tourism and has several thousand visitors each year.
The lake of Heviz is the biggest biologically active, natural medicinal water in the world. Its temperature is affected by the combination of cold and hot spring waters coming from underground. The medicinal water breaks out from the spring cave on the surface at the rate of approximately 108 gallons per second and with a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. According to that delivery, the water in the lake changes every three and a half days and keeps uniformly clean. This is a great way to kick off your Hungarian summer vacation, as it’s just about
If you choose to stay in Heviz, there are day trips available from there as well. Go to see Festetics Palace or visit the fort museum of Sumeg Var. Or even wander over to the Balaton Lake for a fantastic day trip. Spend an evening in Heviz and have dinner in the vineyard district - complete with local wine. They offer a lot of festivals in the town as well; while we were there, they had a music festival in the street with bands of all kinds on every corner.
After our four-night stay in Heviz, we made our way to Szeged where we visited family and friends. This is also a great city to visit, as it’s only 100 miles from Budapest and can be reached by train. This
Article by Edgerton Travel Agent, Tammy Honti