About spa culture of Hungary
The key to Hungary's thermal culture is its location on the Carpathian Basin. The earth's crust is very thin here, allowing water to rise easily to the surface. Thus it is a land of more than 1,000 hot springs. Since ancient times, and all though the History of Hungary, the hot water bubbling up all across this region has been put to good use for its beneficial effects. The ancient Romans prized the healing effects of Hungarian thermal waters and developed bathing culture in Hungary more than 2000 years ago. During the Turkish occupation in the 16th century, the Turks added their own beautiful Turkish Baths, some of which are still in use today.
Where to find them:
Spas are located in big cities and smaller towns throughout the whole country. Some are simple thermal baths serving the local community, others are larger commercial baths. All the major spas and baths in the country offer thermal pools, leisure pools and some kind of family fun areas (kids' pools or slides of all lengths and shapes) and some count themselves as Aquaparks, (though they all feature thermal water pools). Some Spas in Budapest are housed in beautiful old buildings in Classical or Turkish style dating back anything from 100 to 400 years have become famous as tourist attractions in their own right. The biggest indoor water theme park in Central Europe is located in the outskirts of Budapest, while the largest spa complex is located in Hajdúszoboszló. Another larger-than-life phenomenon is Lake Hévíz, a real natural phenomenon with an average yearly average water temperature of 25 °C (77 °F ). This is the largest biologically active thermal lake in Europe. Tourists also enjoy the phenomenon of swimming in a huge, warm lake, even on the coldest winter day!
Hungarian spa hotels also offer cosmetic and beauty treatments of the highest quality, combining the beneficial effects of healing thermal water, professional know-how and the latest treatment trends. There are also successful Hungarian beauty products and treatments, which are based on natural active ingredients (mineral-rich thermal waters and mud).
Relaxing in Hungary's Thermal water relieves stress and anxiety and accelerates the body's own healing processes. Due to their chemical and biological structure, medicinal waters are:
- proven to remedy locomotive disorders
- beneficial for countering gynecological diseases, infertility and chronic skin problems
- an effective part of the rehabilitation process following sporting injuries.
Unique Hungarian methods have been developed to make maximum use of the waters. Hydrotherapy makes use of the physical qualities of water, such as buoyance, resistance and temperature. Weight baths for treating spinal conditions, are perhaps the best-known example. Balneotherapy is the technical name for the thermal water treatments that make more use of the chemical qualities of the water, which is rich in minerals but free of nitrates, nitrites and bacterial growth. Mofetta (a sort of dry bath employing carbon dioxide bubbles) is one example of this. Medicinal and rehabilitative tourism (based on thermal water, medical caves, medical resorts, balneotherapeutical treatments and special Hungarian methods) attracts more and more patients.
Hungary, the ultimate destination for combining healing, relaxation and adventure.