Wild Swimming Picture of the Week: Hungary

Wild Swimming in Gyogy-to (thermal lake) of Heviz

Bathers swimming in Gyogy-to (thermal lake) of Heviz

Visit Budapest reports: Ancient coins found in Lake Hévíz proved that the Romans were probably the first to take advantage of the lake’s healing qualities. Nevertheless, it was not until the 18th century that Hévíz became a spa resort under Earl György Festetics.

A wooden bathing house was built, and soon the bath looked more or less as it does today. Hévíz became famous all over the country. At the beginning of the 20th century, hotels and restaurants were built.

The water temperature of Lake Hévíz is 30°C (90°F), making open-air bathing very pleasant even in the winter. The hot springs, rich in minerals, feeding the lake emerge from 0.6 miles (1km) beneath the ground. The healing water contains sulfur, radium and minerals. Due to the high water output of the springs feeding the lake, the water completely changes every 85 hours. The thermal lake is open daily; however, opening hours vary according the season.

Indoor bathing is available year-round. There are 9 indoor thermal pools, each with a water temperature of 96°F.

Discover the history of swimming and bathing at: Hung Out to Dry

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