SLOVAKIA

Spa tourism has long been a mainstay of the Slovak tourism industry. A combination of geothermal sources and fine-quality mineral water means that the country has several spa towns. The most prestigious, Piešťany, is about an hour north of Bratislava. More recently, aquaparks with slides, hotpools and wave machines have grown up not far from the capital. The closest aquaparks to capital are in Senec, Veľký Meder and Galanta.

Senec is the most important and popular summer resort in the Bratislava Region – Senec and Sunny Lakes (Slnečné jazerá) spreading over 100 hectares with aquapark, a variety of events, pleasant atmosphere – these are attractions for summer holidays, sport events and relaxation. Aquathermal Senec is open all year round and has 9 indoor and outdoor pools, water attractions and a relaxing „water world“. Accomodation is available in hotels, bungalows and a camping site for caravans and tents.

The thermal baths are the greatest attraction in the region of the Danube lowlands. Three thermal springs arise in Patince and the beneficial effects of the water with a high mineral content are enjoyed by visitors to the thermal bath, equipped with five pools and a wellness hotel. The nearby yachting marina on the Danube has sightseeing cruises on offer.

Also, one of the most important wellness destination is Štúrovo. The first thermal bath in Štúrovo opened as early as in 1952. The most attractive features of the bath are a giant lagoon stretching over an area of 3800 square meters, the toboggan world with five toboggan slides and a swimming pool with artificial waves.

HUNGARY

Hungary is a small country with great spa culture and traditions. If you are looking to combine a rich cultural experience with medical, health or wellness treatments, then Hungary could be the perfect destination for you!

Hungary boasts 60,000 thermal-water wells – does any other country sit on such a reservoir?

The geological features of the Carpathian Basin are such that the earth's crust is very thin, so waters rise easily to the surface. These warm waters have a minimum temperature of 86 °F/30°C, and are rich in salts and minerals. Bathing in medicinal water or drinking it, can be a remedy for various ailments without any side effects. Thermal waters are beneficial for a large number of diseases ranging from rheumatic complaints to female and skin problems.

Therefore, Hungary is one of the Top 5 destinations with the most abundant thermal water resources worldwide and one of the Top 10 medical tourism destinations in Europe.

Hungarian spa hotels offer beauty and medical treatments of the highest quality, combining the beneficial effects of healing thermal water, professional know-how and the latest treatment trends, helping the guests to have the inner and outer beauty and health they deserve. A number of successful beauty products and treatments – combining the latest innovations and active natural ingredients – originate from Hungary. All the major spas and baths in the country offer some kind of healing, relaxation, adventure programs and family fun areas all the year. From the largest wave pool of Hungary in Zalaegerszeg to water bob tracks in Abádszalók, there are plenty of options wherever you go to cater for your splashing pleasure.

Hungary’s capital, located along the Danube was awarded the title ‘Spa Capital’ of Europe. Budapest boasts more thermal springs within its city borders, than any other in the world. Many types of spas from historic Turkish to Art Nouveau and modern baths, from medical to party spas can all be found right here!

The biggest indoor water theme park in Central Europe is on the outskirts of Budapest, called Aquaworld, and features a monumental Angkor Wat temple replica, 11 slides of various lengths and sizes, and 17 pools.

Only 23 kilometres north-east from Budapest, in Mogyoród lays the epitome of aqua parks. With slides over and under the ground and pools spread across almost 12 hectares, a real water adventure is to be had here.

Outside Budapest, aquaparks, bath complexes, wellness and medical spa hotels await you both near and far from the Danube.

A short distance but far enough from the maddening crowd of Budapest to the north, you’ll find the land of natural beauty and tranquillity, the Danube Bend. Jewel box small towns, castles and forests are waiting for you to explore them in the embrace of the Danube.

Visegrád is a small town where being in nature is part of the everyday life. Its three castles basically on top of each other offer you the chance of hiking not only through forests but also history. Whether you start form the bottom or the top, breathtaking views will greet you with every single step. Should you be interested in a more extreme adventure, don’t miss out on the canopy ride or bob sleigh whizzing through the woods! Also, be sure to visit Thermal Hotel Visegrad.

South Transdanubia is always a unique experience. Pеcs has preserved all cultures from the Roman times until today and reveals them on an area of merely one square km. The richest collection of Roman remains in Pécs was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2000.

Villány-Siklós Wine Route is Hungary’s first (1994) wine route and has been most visited ever since.

Besides the cellar street in Villány and the traditional cellar villages of Villánykövesd and Palkonya, large cellars and extended hotels responding to international architectural and service trends have emerged here in the past few years. Today, Villány features also from the four-star wine-wellness hotel with spa treatments to pansion.

Harkány is one of the most frequently visited place because of its effective healing water. The renovated medicinal centre, recently opened three- and four-star hotels await medicinal tourists. The thermal water is remedy for sufferers in gynaelogical problems and psoriasis and according to earlier studies, 30 per cent of sterile woman treated here got later pregnant.

A short distance but far enough from the maddening crowd of Budapest to the north, you’ll find the land of natural beauty and tranquillity, the Danube Bend. Jewel box small towns, castles and forests are waiting for you to explore them in the embrace of the Danube.



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