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Lake Hévíz

Relax in the therapeutic water of this ancient lake, which has been revered for its healing properties since Roman times.

Immerse yourself in the warm, medicinal waters of Lake Hévíz (Hévízi Gyógytó). This is one of the world’s biggest thermal lakes and a natural landmark enveloped by a stunning landscape of thick forests. Swim or float in Lake Hévíz or simply view the lily pads decorating the water. Enjoy vistas from the open-air terraces of numerous bathhouses.

Gold coins were once found in the lake, which indicates that it was used thousands of years ago by the Romans. Earl György Festetics discovered the lake’s qualities in the 18th century and set about developing Hévíz as a spa town. Festetics commissioned the building of the central bathhouse. Additional houses were added in the 1900s. The waterlilies, which help to sustain the environment, were introduced to Hungary in the late 1800s.

Bring your bathing suit and enter the water via steps leading from the terraces of the bathhouses. The mineral water reaches the lake after traveling from a depth of 0.6 mile (1 kilometer) underground. Its temperature varies from about 73 F (23 C) to 97 F (36 C), thus making it comfortable year-round. Rich in calcium, magnesium and sulfur, among other minerals, the water is believed to aid those suffering from rheumatic ailments such as arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Out of the water, sit on the terraces in the center of the lake and around its perimeter. Most of the bathhouses have cafés where you can order light meals, snacks and drinks. There are also opportunities to indulge in massages, mud-pack treatments and physiotherapy sessions.

Find the lake in the southwest corner of Hévíz, a short walk from the town’s center. Use the parking, for a fee, close to the lake’s southern entrance. The town is well equipped with hotels and guesthouses if you plan to stay overnight. It’s about a 2-hour drive from Budapest.

Lake Hévíz is open daily and you can bathe until 30 minutes before closing. Admission is charged for periods of 3 and 4 hours or the entire day, week and year. Rent inflatable rings and towels if you desire.


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Lodging Near Lake Heviz

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Palace Hotel Heviz $78
Palace Hotel Heviz

Palace Hotel Heviz

Rakoczi u. 1-3, Heviz
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 118 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Heviz, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit and Lake Heviz. Festetics Palace and Varosi Strand are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Hotel Európa Fit $212
    Hotel Európa Fit

    Hotel Európa Fit

    Jókai u. 3., Heviz
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 39 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Heviz hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit and Lake Heviz. Varosi Strand and Festetics Palace are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Danubius Health Spa Resort Aqua $128
      Danubius Health Spa Resort Aqua

      Danubius Health Spa Resort Aqua

      Kossuth Lajos utca 13-15, Heviz
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 30 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Heviz hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Heviz and Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit. Varosi Strand and Festetics Palace are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Hotel Naturmed Carbona $200
        Hotel Naturmed Carbona

        Hotel Naturmed Carbona

        Attila u. 1, Heviz
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 22 reviews
          4.5 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Heviz, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit and Lake Heviz. Festetics Palace is 3.6 mi (5.8 km) away.

          Bonvital Wellness & Gastro Hotel Hévíz $86
          Bonvital Wellness & Gastro Hotel Hévíz

          Bonvital Wellness & Gastro Hotel Hévíz

          Rákóczi utca 16-18, Heviz
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 16 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Heviz, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Heviz and Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit. Festetics Palace and Varosi Strand are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Club Dobogomajor $66
            Club Dobogomajor

            Club Dobogomajor

            Hevizi utca 1, Cserszegtomaj
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 68 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Cserszegtomaj hotel is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Heviz and Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit. Festetics Palace is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) away.

              Lotus Therme Hotel & Spa $191
              Lotus Therme Hotel & Spa

              Lotus Therme Hotel & Spa

              Lotuszvirag u. 1, Heviz
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 96 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Situated on the Strip, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Heviz and Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit. Festetics Palace is 4.1 mi (6.6 km) away.

                Danubius Health Spa Resort Heviz $142
                Danubius Health Spa Resort Heviz

                Danubius Health Spa Resort Heviz

                Kossuth Lajos utca 9-11., Heviz
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 53 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Heviz, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Heviz and Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit. Festetics Palace and Varosi Strand are also within 6 mi (10 km).