What to see in Heviz
There are several artworks in the public places of the town; you can see a statue or sculpture nearly in every street, most of them were created by the famous sculptor, László Marton. In the park of the Lake Spa, known as Hévíz Statue Park, there is a group of statues including the busts of three outstanding figures of Hungarian literature: bust of Zsigmond Móricz (created by László Kutas), Mihály Csokonai Vitéz ( by József Rátonyi) and Dániel Berzsenyi (by Tibor Riger).
You can see 13 memorial tablets placed on the wall of the Winter Spa to commemorate the most famous visitors of the Spa.
Dr. Schulhof Vilmos Promenade
The Promenade is part of the park, located around the thermal lake. The Dr. Schulhof Vilmos Promenade is starting from the “winter bath” („télifürdő”) building, located at the end of the pedestrian zone and it leads to the main entrance of the thermal lake. Hévíz Lake is situated on one side of the Promenade, which is shaded by sycamore trees and bordered by benches, while on the other side we can find the historical buildings of Szent András Reumakórház (Saint Andrew Rheumatologic Hospital). These buildings were built in the 1870s and they were transformed into the current two-storey structures in the beginning of the 1900s.
Each house got its own history.
The entire length of Rákóczi Street is a pedestrian zone. This street connects Széchenyi Street (which is the main street) with Dr. Schulhof Vilmos Promenade.
The Tourinform Office is located at the beginning of Rákóczi Street. If you are coming from Széchenyi Street you will find the Office is on your right. The tourist information office is open all year round and offers programs in the area and tourist information for the visitors. The office also provides internet facilities and bicycle rental services.
If you carry on down Rákóczi Street towards the thermal bath it is worth looking at the buildings hiding behind the trees among boutiques, cafeterias and ice cream parlours. The pedestrian zone is bordered by villas built in the 1920s, which are nowadays - after significant restoration works- accommodate apartments and cafeterias.
Fontana Motion Picture Theatre (Fontana Filmszínház) is located half way down Rákóczi Street and opposite the id. Dr. Moll Károly Square with a fountain and the full size bronze statue of Károly Moll. Károly Moll is the „father” of weight bath, which he developed in Hévíz in the 1950s.
The building of the winter bath is situated at the end of the street. The Therapeutic Centre (Terápiás Centrum) was handed over in 1968, which is nick-named by the locals as the winter bath. It was reconstructed in 2004 and there are plans to extend and further develop the building in the near future. We can view the Pantheon on the external wall of the building, and in the foyer the Jupiter stone is exhibited, which proves that people were living in this area already 2000 years ago.
Building of the City-hall
The new building of the city-hall is located at 1 Kossuth Lajos street, it was constructed between 1998 and1999 on the place of the former town-house. It has been inaugurated on September 9th, 1999.
The building is one of the important eyemarks of Heviz; it has been built in 1950, and in 1997 the renovation was started behind the former town-hall. On January 31st, 1998 Bertalan Farkas, the first astronaut of Hungary and the mayor laid the foundation stone. The plans were prepared by Laszlo Benczur and Peter Takacs, under the co-ordination of Peter Reinholz Kossuth Prize-winning architect. The Building-trade Company of Zala county was implementing it. The useful floor-space of the building is 3367 m2.
The office of the local government is located in the building, its employees receive the clients every working day. The southern side wing includes a conference and theatre hall for 200 persons, this facility serves not only the meetings of the city, but all other scientific and cultural events.
There is an ellipse-shaped tower standing next to the main entrance housing the staircase. The carillon of 18 bells located on the top of the tower is playing several times a day. Many people are visiting the square to listen to the music played by the carillon.
While the carillon is playing puppets are going on parade, the first one is the mayor with the keys of the city-hall in his hands, tailing after by a young couple boating on the lake. They are followed by two mermaids (fish), and then comes the cherub protecting the lake against demons, finally the child riding on a baton with a lath in his hand picturing the rejuvenescent feature of the lake.
Church from the Arpadian age
The Egregy part of the town called Heviz used to be a medieval village, which has been destroyed during the Turkish occupation and has been rebuilt by German settlers in the 17th century. The traditions of vine-growing are preserved by the local oenologists and inns. One of the pearls of the town, the ancient monument church built in the 13th century is located in the Egregy part of the town. The church is surrounded by a graveyard. From the top of the hills there is a wonderful view to see.
The exact date of the construction of the church is unknown; presumably it was built in the middle of the 13th century. Written records mention it for the first time in 1341. The building was heavily damaged during the 16-17th century, in the baroque times it has been renovated in 1731. Luckily only the parts that absolutely needed action were involved in the renovation, therefore, the medieval form of the church remained. The results of this renovation included the internal and the external decorative paintings, heightening of the nef, and the missing arches have been replaced, too. The first patron of the church was St. Catherine of Alexandria. After the renovation the church has been consecrated again, and the new saint patron was St. Magdalena. Then the church has been subject to renovations repeatedly: in 1860, in 1912, between 1964 and 1965, in 1990, and in 1991.
There is an opened baroque door on the southern side. The arching of the tower has been renewed in the 18th century, and the quadrangular nef adjoins it. The only decorative element adding space to the interior of the church is the row of chambers in the northern wall.
It is important to pay attention to the paintings on the wall of the church. These are not of medieval origin, but are the clear evidence of the architectural enrichment of the church. It reflects the due respect of the folk art treasure forms. Inside the building there are the fragments of a baptising pool from the Roman age, and a consecrated cross from the medieval age.
The church of Egregy is one of the three churches from the Arpadian age left entire in the area of Lake Balaton.
The structure and the space of the orientated church are clear-cut, it has a straight sanctuary and a single nef. The tower has three floors of rich formation, with double and triple windows. The tower is covered by an octagonal helmet-shaped roof reinforced by eight quarter-timbers.
The foundations preserved the forms used for building from wood. The painted decorations and the scratched forms remained on the external surfaces.
Heart of Jesus church
The Heart of Jesus church is located in the Egregy part of the town. It consists of two parts constructed in different ages. Close to the church there are building ruins left from the Roman age, the excavation was brought to a close in 2004.
Its GPS co-ordinates are the following: N 46° 48' 07.28' , E 17° 11' 20,94”
The church was built based on the plans of Janos Bocskai architect. The belfry was built at the beginning of the 20th century, while the nef was completed in 1994-1995. The belfry built in 1905 had two floors, but in 1937 a third floor was added. The tower built in Roman style has twin windows and includes a small and a large bell. The small bell has been founded to do homage to Maria Magdalena in 1905. In 1937 the large bell was founded upon the order of Egregy village to do homage to those who died in the King’s service. To pay homage to those 16 people lost in World War I there is a table made of stone in the middle of the cope and the names are listed on this. In commemoration of them again there were 16 trees planted, together with grave-markers having each name, date of birth and birth of death carved into those. There are only 6 trees alive as of today. To pay homage also to those who died in World War II there was a memorial tablet placed into the wall of the belfry, including the names of the young people from Egregy who died. Later the tablet has been moved to the graveyard.
In 1994 the construction of the church nef started in accordance with the plans of Janos Bocskai. Then it has been consecrated by Dr. Gaspar Ladocsi major-general, chaplain general to the forces on April 22nd, 1995.
The church is also called Fradi church, due the significant support provided by Sport Club of Ferencvaros (Fradi) for the construction. The white and green colours of the interior and the small memorial corner reflect the ties with the club.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
The Holly Spirit Catholic Church is the largest church of Heviz. Its seating capacity is about 1000. The foundation stone of the church was laid by Jozsef Szendi then bishop in May 1996.
Its GPS co-ordinates are the following: N 46° 47' 21.85', E 17° 11' 06.04'
The church was built based on the plans of Janos Bocskai architect. Due to the support of the town and the population it has been completed in three years. The seven sky-high towers serve as a guide for the visitors of the town. The seven towers are the symbols of the seven gifts of the Holly Spirit.
On September 9th, 1999 it has been consecrated together with the Town Hall by Jozsef Szendi retired bishop.
The interior of the church is alloying modern architecture and tradition enhanced mainly by the nice wooden panels. Its excellent acoustics makes it a suitable scene for giving organ concerts, too. The colourful windows with their Gothic-like forms are the hand-made products of Endre Simon artist from Heviz. The torso cross on the wall of the sanctuary is a 200 years old art treasure that has been granted to the church and has been restored by Gyula Karolyi restorer and painter.
The bronze statue of Christ on the left side of the altar was created by Laszlo Marton. He is also the composer of the bronze statue called the Dowager of the Hungarians standing on the right side and wearing the Hungarian Crown. The lustre glaze pictures on the walls were made by Laszlo Morvay. The wooden structure was built by Tibor Kováts and the wooden works of the interior were produced by Andras Hegedus.
There are four bells in the towers. In the garden of the church and in its neighbourhood there are several statues and reliefs.
Due to static reasons there was no bell placed in the highest tower. In the tower on the left there are two bells ringing, one of those have been founded by Dr. Bela Horvath and his family to pay homage to Saint Peter, the another was moved here from the old church. One of the bells in the right tower have been founded to do homage to Saint Paul and the costs were covered by the widow of Imre Varga, its another bell is again from the old church.
ArtMozi (Art Cinema)
The official name of Hévíz ArtMozi is Fontana Filmszínház (Fontana Motion Picture Theatre). The Motion Picture Theatre has a projection room for 104 people, which was renovated in 2005.
Recently new digital technology equipment has been installed ensuring up-to-date video and sound quality.
Hévíz Museum was established on the top floor of the Sétáló Street (pedestrian zone) building.
The history of Hévíz town
Medical history memorial room for Senior Dr. Károly Moll
Hévíz Thermal Bath memories
Exhibition of artist József Simon
Temporary exhibitions offer opportunity to introduce local and national artists of fine arts, photography and works of creative communities.
The buildings located next to the main car park in Széchenyi Street are called „the row of cafeterias”.
If you approach Hévíz from the direction of Lake Balaton, turn right at the first crossing to Széchenyi Street, and after passing the forest belt you can already see the cafeterias.
If you fancy a tasty “lángos” (fried dough) or a grilled sausage, here you can find what you are looking for from the wide choice of delicacies offered by the best buffets. If you prefer a traditional dinner or lunch, don’t hesitate to treat yourself in one of the many restaurants of town.
You can purchase Hévíz gifts and the must have swimming aid during your holiday at the gift shops located in between the cafeterias.
Life music and entertainment programmes are also offered to the tourists in the evenings.
Egregy Wine Cellars
The Egregy part of Hévíz town is famous for its gastronomic delicacies. From downtown you can access the wine cellars in 25 minutes on foot. On your way you will we pass Jesus’ Heart Church (Jézus szíve templom) at the end of Zrínyi Street or you can visit the Roman excavation site at the end of Attila Street.
In the evenings the wine cellars and restaurants built in between the rows of vines are magnets for the guests of the town. This is a great place for the guests - exhausted after bathing – to charge up with a nice dinner or enjoy a wine tasting event while listening to live music. Restaurants offer not only traditional Hungarian specialties, but also international dishes on their open air terraces or in the cosy wine cellars.
If you carry on down Dombföldi Street among the wine cellars, you can reach the Arpadian Age Church, which is one the most beautiful built cultural heritage of Hévíz.
Tomb of the Roman soldier
The tomb of the Roman soldier, or the late Roman brick-tomb is located in the Egregy part of Heviz. The tomb was made out of bricks with quicklime.
It has been discovered in 1925 when doing earthworks and it was fully intact. The objects found in the tomb were from the era of the Roman imperator Constantinus II. Bronze belt decoration, cloth clamps, knife made of iron, coins of the imperator and of course the skeleton of a Roman soldier were found. The findings were placed in the Balaton Museum located in Keszthely, and the skeleton was left on its place. In 1931 the ruins of aRoman cottage of the early Augustan age were discovered a few hundred meters to the East of the tomb, in the neighbourhood of the Villa Rustica excavated between 2001 and 2004. The house was built at the end of the 1st century. The findigs suggest that the building must have been richly decorated and it was still in use in the 4th century. When digging in the backyard of one of the houses of Egregyi Street a brick burning kiln was found.
The items discovered in the neighbouring area testify that man of means have been staying here long time ago. For example on the way to the church to the Arpadian age there was a clay pot found, and there were 276 pieces of Roman coins from the 4th century in it.