Destination Balaton, and where else than Heviz, that homes the largest thermal lake in Europe and second largest in the world. Lakes strong flow of waters replenishes itself completely within 48 hours and due to its slightly radioactive and sulfuric compounds in the water, it has a unique flora and fauna. But not to be worried, with 35 m in depth and same much in warmth, the lake is actually known for its medical reasons and helps to treat rheumatic joints and locomotor disorders.
Thanks to the spa culture, the town is a tourist magnet and very popular among German and Austrian elderly, who come to pamper themselves with weeklong getaways. Everywhere on the small town center you can find beauty salons, dental care and of course the secret sauce of youth – plastic surgery. Careless and happy grandparents come there to spend their time and money in some lavish hotels or in fancy camper parks that caters for all their needs. That all also reflects in the prices, where Heviz tends to be a bit higher than the neighboring towns.
Thermal lake on cheap
For cheapest option into the Thermal lake arrive there at 15:30 when the Lotus Package is available only for 2800HUF. It will give you access to all, including the Sauna area. Make sure you get into sauna complex at 16:00 because they will add some infusion to the experience. There selection of saunas is extensive – Infrared, salt, warm, hot and ice cold plus some other nice relaxing options. Just remember that your stay is limited to 3 hours so don’t waste it all just by sitting in the sauna 😉
As we planned to camp there (as it would be cheaper) and wild camping seems to be a big No-No, we were dropped off at the most known camping site within the area. Well, after learning that one small tent and two people have to pay 30€ all together, we decided to look around some more from the outskirts of the town. Just 2 km out, a small Rosengarten family run camper site was welcoming us. Everything written-spoken in German, the place had room for about 15 camper buses and tents and seemed to be pretty well known as the spots were almost all occupied. Being just a bit under 10 € it provided hot water, toilets and humble company. Also bicycles were free to use – those kept us occupied for the next few days. We did miss a kitchen like utilities where to cook some warm food, but they were nice to bring us a water kettle and even breakfast on one morning.
Besides Heviz, Lake Balaton is close by to be visited in town Keszthely. Town itself is small, offers beach vacation and some very expensive coffee. As we had got there already on low-season, all the private beaches were open for visitors and most of the town dead. During the prime time of summer, 1800 HUF would have granted an entrance to the areas that have cleaned up beach with sand, water slides, canteens and fast food courts. Most likely the small strips of access to the lake would have been filled with people, so bathing would be most likely a very crowded activity. Would it be worth the money? We would say no.
But never the less, with a sunny day and all the time in life on our hands, we walked slowly through the pedestrian area and rewarded ourselves with ice-cream. That’s the joy of travelling when others are already done with their vacations.
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