6 of the best baths in Europe
Thermal sources - is groundwater facing surface and heating above 20 ° C. Their therapeutic effect has been known for a long time: the first terms in Europe appeared in ancient Greece, and then became widespread in ancient Rome, and from there went already across the continent.
Now it is a popular form of recreation and treatment, which does not depend on the time of year. Almost all the baths in Europe year-round, and the mild winters do not push away from swimming in the open air, even at low sub-zero temperatures.
The first takes place in the number of Hungary, which has long and successfully attracts tourists including medical tourism.
The most famous Hungarian baths - Szechenyi spa complex - located in Budapest, close to the park Városliget. Built in 1913, these baths look like a palace, both outside and inside. The entire perimeter of the building are small bath with water of different temperature and composition, some of them are equipped with a jacuzzi, as well as various saunas and baths, different temperature and humidity, there are also aromatic saunas. In the courtyard there are two large swimming pools, one of them the water reaches 34-36 degrees (more than 20 minutes to be in it is not recommended), in the other - about 30-32. Some of the paintings that can be seen in cross-section: older people are going to right here, open the pool at any time of the year for the game of chess. For young people have their fun: once a week bath open at night for one of the biggest parties in Budapest - chaff (Szecska). Price: 15 euros per day, in the morning (8 am) and evening (after 5 days) are cheaper.
To the south of Budapest, near the famous Lake Balaton, it is a unique thermal spring. Lake Hévíz - Europe's largest Hot-lake area of 47 500 square meters. It is fed by underground springs active and completely cleared within 28 hours. The water here ranges from 27 degrees in winter to 34 degrees in the summer, making it suitable for swimming all year round. Further, water has a rare composition comprising potassium, calcium, and hydrogen carbonates which are useful for people with musculoskeletal problems and musculoskeletal system, as well as the peripheral nervous system. Due to the composition and temperature of the water in the lake is almost no flora and fauna with the exception of water lilies. Middle of the lake built a spa with sauna, Jacuzzi and salt room, get in that can be both from the shore and climb directly from the lake.
Price: from 8, 5 euros for 2:00. Subscription for the day - 13 euros.
Baths in Miskolc-Tapolca
Another unusual Hungarian swimming pool is located in Miskolc-Tapolca (northeast Hungary) and is famous for its location in a natural cave, which was formed over several millennia under the influence of the thermal springs. Thanks to the thermal water in the cave formed a special wholesome air, and treatment is recommended for people with disorders of the respiratory system. The water here is, on the contrary, is not heavily saturated with salts and minerals, as in other thermal, and bathe in it without loss of time. In the pool Miskolctapolca there are several small rooms located in a cave, and a spacious swimming pool in the open air, surrounded by beech forest. Price: 11 euros per day.
Spas in Baden-Baden
The German city of Baden-Baden at the hearing since the XIX century, when there went the famous Russian poets, writers and aristocrats. Here are some of the most famous baths in Germany: Old Friedrichsbad, founded 2,000 years ago by the Romans (of course, baths were rebuilt in the XIX century, and the remains of Roman baths can be seen far away), and a modern bath Caracalla. In addition, many hotels in Baden-Baden have their own spas and private access to the sources. Baden-Baden is located in scenic Schwarzwald (Black Forest) between the slopes of the mountains, here healthy air and a favorable climate, together with useful thermal water makes it ideal for recreation, treatment and recovery. The baths themselves are also a wide range of possibilities: indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool and water showers, saunas and Turkish baths, wet, salt room, solarium and much more.
Price: 15 euros (2 hours), 21 euros (4 hours).
Of course, Baden-Baden is not the only city-resort in Germany. Pay attention to all of the city, having in its composition a piece of "Bad" - she says that there is likely to have thermal spas.
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland attracts many tourists are not far from Reykjavik, huge areas, the opportunity to warm up in hot water and useful when the temperature outside is usually cool. It is interesting that these baths are not of natural origin: the water is a real thermal, but the complex with the "lake" is a creation of human hands, perfectly imitating the natural landscapes. Price: from EUR 35 in winter and EUR 40 in summer.
Thermal Center Caldea
In a small Andorra, known as the center of tourism and skiing area with a reduced tax rate, it is the biggest mountain thermal center Caldea. Despite the fact that the hot springs in the Pyrenees have long found, spa center was built in Andorra in 1994 alone. Caldea more than most of the old baths, and includes all the fun: indoor and outdoor pools, aquamassage, saunas and steam baths of different temperatures, Jacuzzi, solarium, bathing with cold water, and much more. Baths are designed primarily for skiers - there they can relax and unwind after an active sport.
Price: 34 euros.