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Lake Hévíz
Lake Hévíz
Coat of arms of Hévíz
Coat of arms
Hévíz is located in Hungary
Location of Hévíz
Coordinates: 46°47′32″N 17°11′06″E / 46.79234°N 17.18497°E / 46.79234; 17.18497Coordinates: 46°47′32″N 17°11′06″E / 46.79234°N 17.18497°E / 46.79234; 17.18497
Country Hungary
 • Total8.31 km2 (3.21 sq mi)
 • Total4,634
 • Density560/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)83

Hévíz is a spa town in Zala County, Hungary, about 8 kilometres (5 miles) from Keszthely.[2]

Description of the lake[edit]

The town is located near Lake Hévíz, the world’s second-largest thermal lake, but biologically the biggest active natural lake. Its temperature is affected by the combination of hot and cold spring waters, coming from 38 meters underground. The water breaks out from a spring cave, at approximately 410 liters per second, with a temperature of 40 °C (104 °F). The biological stability of the lake is shown by the temperature of the water, which has not changed for years[3] and even on the coldest winter days doesn’t drop below 24 °C (75 °F). That makes bathing possible in the lake year round. In the summer, the water temperature can reach 37 °C (99 °F).[4]


The lake's healing properties have been well known for centuries people lived here even at the end of the Stone Age. The foundation of bath culture was laid by the Romans in the 2nd century. The city and the bath began developing significantly in the 18th century, related to the Festetics family, who started scientific research about using the water for healing.[5]

Attractions to the city[edit]

The city provides facilities for visitors seeking to use the medicinal waters of the lake, including entertainment, hotels, parks, and sports.[6]

  • Dr. Schulhof Vilmos Promenade
  • Pedestrian Zone
  • Building of the City-hall
  • Church from the Arpadian age
  • Heart of Jesus church
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Church
  • Calvinist church
  • Art Cinema
  • Local collections - museum
  • Cafeterias
  • Egregy Wine Cellars
  • Museum of Egregy
  • Tomb of the Roman soldier
  • Roman ruin garden
  • Farmers' market of Hévíz

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gazetteer of Hungary, 1 January 2015. Hungarian Central Statistical Office.
  2. ^ "Spa Hévíz".
  3. ^ "Spa Hévíz".
  4. ^ "Spa Hévíz".
  5. ^ "Evolution of the bathing culture in Hévíz".
  6. ^ "Sights in Hévíz".

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