Heviz is one of the most important health and ourist attraction centre. It celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1995. During the past 200 years the Heviz Lake, wich is he largest hot-water on Earth, has become well-known not only in Europe, but throught the entired wold. At persent Heviz is the leading spa-centre in Hungary and is happy to welcome healthy or ill guests either from Hungary or abroad. A historical note of the settlement dates back to 1328 and stated that it was written as 'Heuwyz' that indicates the presence of thermal water. The vienity has been permanently occupied since the stone age and many memories have been discovered from the Romn times. Settlement names such as 'Alsópáhok' and 'Felsőpáhok' refer to local skon-dressing activities at that time.
Last year Archibisop emeritus József Szendi reconciled a new church in Heviz. That is the only church with seven towers in Hungary; yet the number of tower not ostentation, but the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
In the Middle Ages Keszthely had two centres one being the present Fő tér /Main Square/ and the surroundings of the mansion and the sights are still to be found in these places and the pedestrian street connecting them. Let us start our sightseeing tour in Main Square. Here you can see the Városháza /Town Hall/, which houses the Mayor's Office. The original building was started in the 18th c. its present form was built in Louis seize /late Baroque/. The square is dominated by the Franciscan Monastery and its church, which was used as a border fortress during the Turkish occupation. Its sanctuary boasts the largest Gothic frescos of Hungary.
The building of the Festetics Mansion was commenced in 1745. It was given its present form between 1884 and 1887. The 101-room building houses a museum and a conference centre. Its most valuable room is the Library, which was built from 1799 to 1801. Its furniture is that of the original room and it comprises about 86.000 volumes. There are 16 chambers showing the surroundings aristocratic families lived in in the 18-19th centuries. The visitors can also admire the most beautiful ornamental weapons of the Hungarian National Museum as well as the Trophy Collection presented to the Hungarian state by the Duke Windischgraetz. The Mirror Gallery offers concerts almost every day during the tourist season
At the Municipal Beach, the Island-bath still shows the silhouettes of the original building. The Pier, which protrudes deep into the lake provides a harbour for the boats cruising the lake on schedule and a favourite fishing place at the same time.
The Sümeg Castle
The Sümeg castle was built on the top of 87 meters tall cliffs at 270 meters above sea level. It streches long from North to South and wlls and buildings form an irregular polygon. The castle is 125 meters long and almost 80 meters wide.
It is the largest and most preserved ruins in the Balaton highland. The core was built during the 13th century to wich walls were attached in the 15th century. In the 16th century new antigun faccilities were added.
Indoor and outdoor leisure spas, wave pools, children's pool, a pool bar, a bubble-bath islands, a suna-oasis, and a salad bar attracts those who love fun and swim. The qualified, tested, Radon-free, sulphuric medical water is excellent to cure rheumatic, nervous system and gyncelogical diseases. The thermal water is free of Radium, therefore children and peolple with heart problems can swim in it all day.
Visitors can see and enjoy all the beauties and attractions typical of Western Hungary on this veried land alone: a nice alternation of hills and dales, forests, wooded grasslands and flowery fields are in green harmony with special plant associations and preserved animals. Moreover, there is another particular gem that can hardly be defined with everyday expression: the precious gift of the burning-hot depth, thermal water saturated with various valuable minerals nearly at 100C.