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Gyulai Várfürdő
 

5700- Gyula
Várkert 2.

 


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If you would like to refresh your self in elegant milieu with services on a high quality, one of the best choices is the Castle Baths in Gyula (Gyulai Várkertfürd?). The spa is situated in the former Almássy castle park. Beside the healing water and the services, the well-tended park also contributes in having a nice time here.


The healing water of Gyula - which has a brownish tone - contains alkali-hydrogen-carbonic and chloride. Bathing-treatment is recommended for those who suffer from motor disorder, nervous complains or are after some kind of accident injury and rehabilitation.


Inside the spa every age-group and people with different kinds of demands will find their wishes. There are eleven indoor and nine outdoor pools in the spa complex. There is a great adventure-pool, with wave-machine, “champagne-bubble” and water-slides. For the small ones there is a children-pool. There are an indoor and an open air swimming-pool for those who like to do sports. And of course different kinds of pools for those who came here to take a rest or to recover.


Before or after lounging around the pools, different kind of treatments are available, like mud wraps, tub baths, inhalation therapy, etc.

History

The name of the town might originate from an old Hungarian word, which the conquerors of Hungary used before. “Gyula” was the word for the head of the army. But some people think it was the name of the first owner of this land.


The first source which mentions the name of Gyula dates back to the 14C. This time it became the centre of the domain here. After this the settlement started to develop quickly. Thus in the 15C it became an oppidium. This meant a small town with some privileges. Under the rule of King Mathias the town flourished. After the Turks invaded Hungary, the town became under their authority until the end of the 17C. After brushing off the yoke of the Ottoman Empire, Gyula was no longer an important defence so the fortress here was tear down. Fortunately few parts of the great building still remain, as a monument of the life here in the Middle Ages.


The 18C was the time of reconstruction. A big number of German and Romanian settlers were settled here under this period. The develop of the town continued in the 19C, the railway was laid down. But Trianon has changed everything after the First World War. With the new boundaries of Hungary, Gyula has lost its important villages in its surroundings, and became borderland. When one found the healing water of Gyula in 1958, while searching for hydrocarbon, the town became an important recreation centre in Hungary. This has saved Gyula from undervalue as borderland.

Place of interest


After taking a rest in the spa you should take a walk in the town, visit its historical and cultural monuments and get to know more about this land’s traditions.


First take a visit the Andrássy Castle near the spa and after walk to the remains of the old Gyula Castle. The castle is the biggest gothic remain as whole in Hungary.


If you are interested in sacred places, walk up to the on the Way of the Cross outside the town. The Calvary dates back to the 18C. It was erected on an earth-pyramid which is about two thousand years old. There are also some great churches in the town.


There are plenty of interesting exhibitions here. You can visit the Erkel Memorial Museum, where you can get to know more about Ferenc Erkel, one of the greatest Hungarian composers. You can see different kinds of displays in the new Janos Corvin Museum, or see some temporary exhibitions in Dürer Gallery. There are also museums about folk culture in this region. If you are interested, visit the house known as Ladics House (Ladics Ház), or the Tanya Múzeum. There is also a special attraction in Gyula, the Hundred-year-old Café, some distance of the castle. It is worth a visit with its furnishings and wall decorations of an 18C style.


It is also worth to visit the surrounding land. The nature of the southern part of the Great Plane is rich and beautiful. If you like angling, there are great places by the side of River K?rös. If you have the time and possibility, don’t miss to visit Szarvas, Mez?túr or Gyomaendr?d. These towns are about 20km far from Gyula. To read more about these towns’ attractions, see the descriptions of their baths.

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