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Southern Transdanubia - the country of hot wells. Here innumerable people are looking for healing of their suffering each year - nevertheless ever more frequently also just distance from everyday's life.

Hungary has a rich history of using thermal waters. The water can already be won from a relatively small depth and was therefore available already early in history. Also in this context the Hungarian baths are unique in Europe. Since thousands of years are the warm wells are known to the people and after a short initial distrust people of all cultures used them for their health. Old Romans are a excellent example for the cultivation of bathing as an indispensable component of the ancient medicine. After many ways of treatment were developed by the centuries and scabbed out of the medical science even fast, balneotherapy kept recognised healing method through the times. The today's kind of cure is an invention of the 18th century. In this time also in Hungary the first famous health resorts were developed. At those times bath cures were however mainly only available for the upper class. From the begun of mass tourism in the past century to bath cures for everyone it was only a small step. Were first if the older and frail, who visited therapeutic baths, till in the last perhaps ten years ever more young West-Europeans got interested in the course of the arising wellness culture, when they experienced fast the positive influences at the own body. Among the Hungarians there is already since a long time a very mixed aged public to be found in the therapeutic baths - and here nothing is closer than a thermal bath. More than 100 Hungarian places got thermal water and you can use it in about 400 health resort facilities - regularly new wells are found and new health resort facilities are opened. Each day more than 77,000,000 imperial gallons (92,000,000 American gallons) of the natural therapeutic material comes to the earth's surface.
The Thermal Baths in Southern Transdanubia

The Therapeutic baths in Southern Transdanubia

Important: all information specified here is arranged with greatest care possible. However we cannot take over any guaranty for the correctness of this information here. Please always consult your own doctor or a bath doctor of your confidence.

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The important therapeutic baths in Southern Transdanubia:

Babócsa
Bikal
Csisztapuszta
Csokonyavisonta
Gunaras (Dombóvár)
Hárkany
Hévíz
Igal
Kaposvár
Magyarhertelend
Marcali
Nagyatád
Nagybajom
Sellye
Sikonda
Siófok
Szigetvár
Szulok
Tamási
Zalakaros

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Babócsa

The therapeutic bath

Thermal Bath In a calm and quiet loneliness lies in a protected natural park the thermal bath Babócsa. In the summer months the open-air bath can be used, the inside basin is all year round at your disposal. The water is outstanding suitable for the treatment of gynaecologic and rheumatic complaints, of illnesses of the joints and the spinal column as well as to and treatment after fractures. Against stomach complaints the water is also used as drinking cure.

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The Pascha garden The fortress Babócsa mentioned in 1450 for the first time, fell with the attack of the Turks 1555 as one of the few castles of Hungary without fighting, when it was betrayed. One can still see here very well how in the Turkish time fortifications were built. In the East of Babócsa you find the Pasha Garden, which is said to be an relict of the Turks. In April and May you find here an unbelievable quantity of a narcissus, which changes the Pasha garden into a white sea of blossoms. It is a particularly rare and very warmth needy kind and so the entire area is a protected nature resort.
 
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Bikal

The therapeutic bath

Thermal bath in the Castle Hotel Bikal In Castle Hotel Bikal there is a very elegant thermal and bath and wellness centre. The hotel is built in the style of 19th Century and waits with a stylish service. The attached bath is waiting in accordance with quality services, but the atmosphere doesn't come from the past of bathing days, but is highly and nowadays. Moreover, there is a modern sports centre attached to the Castle Hotel. Of course, it doesn't only serves hotel guests.

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The Puchner Castle Bikal the village is nestled in the hills at the north of the Mecsek Mountains. Dense woods, fields and extensive outstretched lake areas determine the rural region. The Puchner Castle is located in the charming village, which is easily accessible form both Dombóvár and Bonyhád.
 
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Csisztapuszta

The therapeutic bath

The hot spring of Csisztapuszta Csisztapuszta is a small bath, whose large advantage is - beside a particularly good thermal water - the geographical proximity to Lake Balaton. The 108 F warm water, containing a lot of mineral materials in excellent composition, mainly hydrogen-carbonate and sulphur, additionally important quantities of carbonic acid. Guests can supply themselves in the bath with warm and cold meals.

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The in the proximity of the bath laying village Buzsák  expects the  visitors with its famous ethnographic museum and a handicraft exposition all year round. You can reach the bath from Lake Balaton with a narrow-gauge railway, which already means a very special experience for many travellers. The line begins in Balatonfenyves (see our Balatoninfo) and connects Csisztapuszta additionally by other lines with other villages of the nature area Nagy-Berek.

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Csokonyavisonta

The therapeutic bath

In The Bath of Csokonyavisonta 1943 was found a 163 F hot sources while digging for oil. It is alkali-hydrogen carbonate containing thermal water with high concentrations of organic compounds. Due to the iodide ions content it can be assigned to the group the iodide therapeutic waters. The bath is nowadays certified for the treatment of illnesses of the movement organs and degenerative illnesses the spinal column. The thermal camping on the bath area grants direct passage to the bath.

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In the south of Somogy we find the cosy village Csokonyavisonta. Rest and contemplatively dominate the atmosphere. The environment is characterised by a wide nature, lonely forests, the untamed river Drava and an unusual quantity of game, under what also various rare and threatened animal species are.

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Gunaras

The therapeutic bath

Thermal Bassin in Gunaras Chute in Gunaras The bath Gunaras is lain about 43 miles in the south of Lake Balaton, 28 miles in the north of Pécs and the Mecsek Mountains, in front of the gates of the small town Dombóvár. In the sixties of the last century the thermal water was discovered and the bath was opened in 1973. Four years later it was it was declared a health spa with therapeutic water. Nowadays Gunaras is more important, continuously developing cure resort in Southern Transdanubia. The therapeutic water is an alkali-hydrogen carbonate containing thermal water (131 F) with a high fluoride content. In the health spa all year round physiotherapy and balneotherapy, comprehensive medical services (26 different treatment types) are available to the guest; sauna, solarium and qualified masseurs are at your disposal. On the 17 acres large park of the thermal and bathing beach offers not only basins with different water temperatures, but also a paddle pond, a giant chute and various sports, fishing and entertainment offer fun, recovery and relaxation.

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Gunaras is a small and offside vacation settlement with good accommodations and restaurants. The connection to the nearby town with shopping street and restaurants is good. Not far from Gunaras there is a riding school in the small village Sütvény. You find two castles in Sütvény and Bikal in the environment.

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Hárkany

The therapeutic bath

In the Bath Harkány is one of the most important cure and therapeutic baths of Hungary. The therapeutic effect of the water as well as the favourable situation with that nearly Mediterranean climate carry for healing respectively to support the treatment of many diseases and suffering. Thus Harkány also the "Mecca of the rheumatism patients" is called. The water, which arrives from 5000 feet depth with approx. 145 F at the surface and is particularly good for healing. The bath essentially consists of two from each other separated basins. One has a water temperature of approx. 100 F and the other one of approx. 90 F. The active substances are alike in both basins. A completely special stimulus is given in the winter, when the water steams at low outside temperatures and it possibly also snows in addition.

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Walking in a Park The place was already in the time of Turkish occupation well known for its therapeutic water. After the Osmanic troops in late 17th century were driven out the natural resource went ever more into oblivion. The swampy area was not worth a journey to anybody. 150 years ago the in Hungary well-known family Batthyány began with the use of the wells. Since then the ascent of the place began. Until today everything is determined by the hot water in the village. Accordingly the hotels, pensions and restaurants are well developed.

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Hévíz

The therapeutic bath

On the thermal lake The central building in the thermal lake The world-wide well-known health resort Hévíz lies nearby Lake Balaton, close to the city Keszthely and ranks among the probably most important thermal baths in Hungary. The Hévíz thermal lake is worldwide the second largest thermal lake, it has a surface of 11 acres and is approx. 120 feet deep. The lake is fed by an underground thermal source, it has also in the winter still a pleasant temperature of at least 77 F. In the summer the water temperature is around 95 F. Hévíz actually has about 6000 inhabitants, the many tourists and visitors however are far more. The heart of the city is the thermal lake, which already exists several ten thousand years. At that time rose the warm source, which feeds the lake still today. Already the old Romans knew and used the curing effect of the Hévíz water. In the year 1795 count Festetics developed the place to a therapeutic bath, by establishing different bathhouses and health resort facilities. Nowadays about 900.000 visitors come to this place each year. The water of the lake of Hévíz is suitable for the treatment of different diseases.

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In the surroundings Gallery Hévíz The place is dominated beside the thermal lake, on which from April to Octobers water lilies are flowering and in that which diving is possible, by hotels and sanatoriums. The accommodations cover 10,000 guest beds in all categories. Recovery you will find also in the park all around to the lake, which has many walking ways. Culture programs take place regularly, above all the "Gallery Hévíz" is very active here about, in which all year programs can be visited beside the also regularly hold exhibitions.

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Igal

The therapeutic bath

Swimming Bassin In Igal The approximately 2000 inhabitants counting settlement owes its European-wide name to the therapeutic water. In the thermal bath - opened all year round - several water basins with different temperatures, which are filled with from 651 m depth coming, 169 F warm thermal water, expect the recovery of looking guests. The therapeutic water of Igal is alkali-chloride and hydrogen carbonate containing thermal water. In the bath medical personnel and a specialist for rheumatology provide for your imminent recovery and give depending upon diagnosis useful pieces of advice. On the bath area you find several restaurants, stands, wine and beer tubes and much more besides that. Bassin In Igal The old bathouse has been demolished some time ago and a completely new building was erected and opened in June 2003. Thereby Igal is a modern and comfortable bath with a lot of facilities. But much more important than architecture is the extreme high water quality and the good care in both medical and tourist meaning. Further the bath is situated very central, well reachable from Lake Balaton, close to the beloved centres of village tourism and not far to the important cities in the Southwest.

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The village Igal lies between the Lake Balaton and Kaposvár, in the beautiful, gentle, wooded hilly country of the external Somogy. The village has an already 800 year old, eventful history. Once Igal dominated the entire surrounding countryside as a big city. But after the Turkish occupation not much of the former city had remained. Only slowly here a village was established again, which awoke from its sleepiness only, when one found thermal water instead of the expected oil under the hills.

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Kaposvár

The therapeutic bath

The "Flowers Bath" in Kaposvár Kaposvár is lain on the two banks of the river Kapos 116 miles from Budapest. The bath lies 10 minutes from the city centre in a pictorial environment and fresh air behind the Jókai wood. The bath covers about 12 acres. The therapeutic water is alkali-chloride and hydrogen carbonate containing thermal water, which has also a smaller bromine and iodine content as well as a more important fluoride content. It is suitable primarily for the treatment of illnesses of the movement apparatus, circulatory disturbances and joint illnesses, but it can successfully be used also to gynaecologic therapies.

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The Theater of Kaposvár Kaposvár is the capital of the komitat Somogy. All supplies, which can be expected in such a city, can be found here. For a detailed description of Kaposvár see our information aboutSomogy.

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Magyarhertelend

The therapeutic bath

Bathing in Magyarhertelend In the pleasant shady park, which covers 7 acres and accommodates numerous rare plant species, 4 basins are at the disposal of the guest. The first thermal source was found in 1958 with drillings, when one researched for uranium ore. Since the thermal water was proved as healthy, in 1962 a further well followed. The thermal water can successfully be used against rheumatic complaints, circulatory disturbances and illnesses of the nervous system. It contains hydrogen carbonates, sodium, potassium, iron, magnesium, sulphate, calcium, chloride, iodine, carbonic acid and paraffin. The fluoride containing water means an outstanding preventive protection against illnesses of the teeth.

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The thermal bath Magyarhertelend is lain 12 miles from Pécs on the northern slopes of the Mecsek Mountains. The municipality is settled since Roman times, all south Hungary crossing peoples left their traces here. Approximately 300 years ago the village became also settlement area of Swabians originating from Germany, which settle here since that time with the Hungarian population. Its vineyards, where a good drop is cultivated, dominates the calm village. In the proximity are the lakes of Orfű and in the neighbouring Abaliget the largest stalactite cavern of Transdanubia.

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Marcali

The therapeutic bath

Thermal bath Marcali Marcali belongs to the younger baths in Hungary. In 2003 was the opening of the approximately 8 hectares large park. The new bath is very modern and has with all requirements. From its character, it is a beach with all modern comforts, but missing a few shady trees. With the old baths of Hévíz and Zalakaros nearby Marcali competes mainly by low prices and relinquishes this to a broad-based medical program.

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Marcali is one of the small towns in the hinterland Balaton with tourists and was quite unknown. Not with right, because the beautiful natural area of Boronka is next to the gates of the town. The watery forest area owes its name even to outskirts of Marcali. The somewhat isolated town tries now to take part in thermal tourism.
  
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Nagyatád

The therapeutic bath

The Thermal Bath of Nagyatád The 1989-1990 in the northwestern part of the town established bath of Nagyatád, which uses a formerly closed hydrocarbon well in the valley of the brook Rinya, offers space for 2000 people. The natrium carbonate containing thermal water, which is suitable primarily for the treatment of rheumatic illnesses and joint diseases, is led directly from the thermal source into the basins as well as in the bath tubs and the showers. On the 15 acres large beach is also a camping established in 1991.

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Nagyatád is the largest settlement in the region Internal Somogy, a cosy town in the Southwest of the komitat, 16 miles from the Slovenian border, 34 miles from Lake Balaton. The city can be attained both on the road and with the train without any problems. The internal Somogy offers excellent cultural and tourist possibilities to its visitors. Also for your entertainment is taken care in the best way. The surrounding forests are rich at rare plants and animals. Also for guests spending their vacations in the more well known bathing resorts at Lake Balaton an attractive trip. The town, decorated with the Hild medal, is owing its attraction to their well-maintained environment and calm parks.
 
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Nagybajom

The therapeutic bath

The bath in Nagybajom One of the latest thermal baths in Hungary is unfortunately currently closed for financial reasons. The bath of the 1970s has been replaced by a new built bath with all facilities. 2004 the bath opened with all the medical facilities. On the land around the bath a high-quality residential park in pleasing contrast to the well-known holiday villages is planned.

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Nagybajom distinguished mainly by its beautiful location on the northern edge of the nature area of Boronka, but also by its very large stork population. The village is close to one of the main traffic routes in the south of Hungary. Its spaciousness feels it is not disrupted, but can enjoy rest and nature. Nagybajom is a historic settlement area and in the town itself, but also in the vicinity, there are many historic monuments. For more information, see the description of Somogy county.
 
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Sellye

The therapeutic bath

Sellye The town-bath of Sellye is due to the thermal water found here not just a typical beach, but also a bath promising especially the relief of joint pain. In course of time, further increasing the facilities for bathing facilities, as well as recreational value have been added.

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Sellye is the central place of the region Ormánság, described in our guide to the Baranya. The baroque Draskovich Castle is an outstanding monument in a unique park.
 
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Sikonda

The therapeutic bath

Outer area of the thermal bath Sikonda Wellness and spa hotel Sikonda The Spa Hotel is located in a small, lovely valley surrounded by forests. The modern facility is open to everyone and offers next to a modern environment and the necessary facilities of a bath with medical meaning. The outer area is embedded in the beautiful nature. The baths has a special emphasis on family-friendliness. There is a separate area for the youngest, which is set up very exactly according to the balneological needs and limitations of children.

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When regarding the surroundings of the spa, situated between the forests and near an idyllic lake, you wouldn't believe that it is belonging to the coal digger town Komló. The centre of town is only a few kilometres away from the bath, but separated by a back of the Mecsek Mountains. This means that you don't have not only the profits of the beautiful natural scenery, but also the amenities of a major city.

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Siófok

The therapeutic bath

Wellnesscentre Galéria Fürdö Siófok In memory of Roman baths traditions, the bathing centre was opened in 2006 and got the name of Emperor Galerius. The modern bath receives its water from the nearby Nagyberény and thus spares the tourist the trip to the Balaton back-land. The spa offers thermal water treatments for a myriad of other treatments, and also much to entertain the guests. The operators want the guest to relax physically and mentally, and so designed a high-quality atmosphere.

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Siófok is the holiday stronghold on the southern shore of Lake Balaton, and you can find more information in the chapter about the Hungarian Sea. The Galéria bath is a good step to improve tourism in and around Siófok qualitatively.
 
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Szigetvár

The therapeutic bath

The bath A very natural treasure, accompanied with an incomparably beautiful landscape close to Szigetvár, is the 144 F warm therapeutic water, full of mineral salts and noble gases. It was discovered with drillings in the year 1966. The thermal water is sodium chloride and alkali hydrogen carbonate containing, which is outstanding suitable for the treatment of rheumatic and joint illnesses. Due to the important fluoride content it slows down age conditioned bone decreases and even the emergence of caries with children. The iodide ion content contributes with drinking cures or by inhalation to the healing of thyroid illnesses and works preventively against the emergence of iodine deficiency diseases. The thermal bath offers a lasting experience to all guests of Szigetvár. The bath lies in a quiet and calm environment in the proximity of the city centre and offers you, no matter whether you are looking for healing or just mentally and physically regeneration, excellent possibilities.

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In town In the historical city at the foot of the Mecsek Mountains live today 13.000 inhabitants. Already the Romans knew this settlement and named it Limosa. The city received the today's name after the castle, which was established on an island in the brook Halmas (Szigetvár = Island Castle). 1566 the border fortress of that time defied with a crew of only 2,500 men the Osmanic army of hundred thousand men for 33 days, until a powder explosion in the internal castle destroyed the fortress. The Turks had so expensively paid for this victory that the course to Vienna had to be stopped. Still today the enormous brick-red ruins are impressing. Clear traces of the Turk time are to be found up to the today's day, for example in form of the mosque or magnificent houses of Turkish architecture. In addition Szigetvár is well known, for its Christian architecture - represented all above through in the baroque churches.

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Szulok

The therapeutic bath

Into the 1960´s thermal water was discovered here, since those days here is a seasonal bathing and besides that a well equipped camping. In the municipality village tourism flowers. The old church is worth visiting, as well as the local museum.

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Church in the village

Szulok is a very old, since the age of the Árpádic kings known settlement, which was given by king Béla III to the knight-monks of Saint John of Szekesfehérvár, the Hungarian capital of those days. The village was completely destroyed in the Turkish period and was repopulated around 1715 by German settlers. The Hungary-German Dance Ensemble is a worthy representative of the traditions, the folklore and the dance culture of the village. Still today 65 % of the population are using the German language.

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Tamási

The therapeutic bath

Thermal bath Tamási The thermal bath and it's camping are lain at the foot of the wooded castle mountain on a green area of 7 hectares. The 7 differently large basins are kept at a moderate temperature. Annually recover about 150.000 visitors here. The two basins equipped with seats are fed by a thermal well, the water shoots out at a temperature of 126 F from 6500 ft depth. Due to high salt, alkali chloride and hydrogen carbonate content it was declared to be a therapeutic water. The pleasant water temperature of the remaining basins is guaranteed by a 115 F warm thermal source. The therapeutic effect of the water is usable against deformations of the joints, the spinal column, with wear of cartilage as well as in the after treatment of accident and other orthopaedic damage. The modern equipped pools fulfil the requirements of each float. As services healing and refreshment massages, solarium and cosmetics are offered but also sauna, water chute and tennis court at your disposal.

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Tamási is appropriate for 24 mi. in the south of Lake Balaton in the komitat Tolna. Vineyards and loads surround the small, sleepy town for vacation and to enjoy the Hungarian way of life. Above all older humans and families with children find somewhat apart from hectic life at Lake Balaton in Tamási rest and recovery. The possibilities are numerous, because Tamási offers opportunity beside a recommendable thermal bath, for moving and to recover. A secret tip is here betrayed: in Tamási is the largest coherent hart resort of entire Europe. Particularly in the autumn a excursion with the hunt jeep or by feet in the woods are worth a stay.

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Zalakaros

The therapeutic bath

Health Centre The open-air bath The 1965 established bath experienced in the past years a comprehensive development. The thermal water originating from 2700 m depth is a hydrogen carbonate-, iodine-, bromine and sulphur hydrogen containing therapeutic water with high concentrations of organic materials and salt solutions and an important content of fluoride, metabor acrid and metasilic acid. In the well-equipped medical department a lot of balneologic, hydraulictherapeutic and electricaltherapeutic treatments are to the disposal of the guests. The extraordinary therapeutic centre makes a most extensive recovery possible. The considered bath with the medical department and the therapeutic centre is all year round opened, while the open air bath, lain in a park, is only opened seasonally.

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Hotel Thermal Zalakaros is lain 22 mi. in the west of Lake Balaton, 9 miles from the city Nagyakanizsa at the feet of the hilly country of southern Zala, shaped by wine gardens and forests. The old settlement and the vacation village, the bath and several hotels, are situated in a beautiful environment, lends the ambiance of a town to the settlement. According to the present knowledge about the first mention the village originates from the year 1254, then it was mentioned under the name Korus. First it was only a settlement inhabited by Hungarians only, later however brought the wife of king Béla IV foreign settlers here. In 16. and 18. century the settlement was mentioned as small market town the first time.

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Principally you must not try to cure illnesses of what kind ever with bath cures without advice of a medical specialist! Ask your family doctor of the bath doctor as you prefer. This should also decide about the duration, kind and frequency of the treatment. Also in Hungary you will find enough medical personal that is able to speak English!
       
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