The largest natural and biologically active thermal lake in the world was declared a "Hungarikum" (meaning special things which are unique to Hungary) years ago and was also included in the list of special national values of Hungary. The flora and fauna of Lake Hévíz are unique due to the water temperature, its composition and its special environment. Due to mild water temperature that you can experience all year around, there is a Mediterranean microclimate around Lake Hévíz, which has produced some very rare animal and plant species. These wonders of nature must be consciously and sustainably protected, and it is precisely for this reason that a comprehensive protection project is being implemented, for which 662 million Hungarian Forints are being invested.
THE PARTS OF THE LARGE-SCALE PROJECT
- In the nature reserve of Lake Hévíz the reduction of invasive alien animal and plant species, and species protection was introduced,
- the improvement of the tree population in the protection forest in the nature reserve was executed,
- The biodiversity of the green areas in the Hévíz-Keszthely moor was increased,
- Improvements to the water level regulation and the water control system - this includes e.g. the locks – were made.
- The infrastructure that showcases the Hévíz Lake and the Hévíz Stream as a green corridor between the Keszthely Mountains and the Kis-Balaton was developed.
SPECTACULAR PROJECT ELEMENTS DELIVERED ON JULY 14th:
- the 2.2 km long Water Lily educational trail at the thermal lake
- 15 m high treetop viewpoint
- A plank path from which the swampy habitat with the newly filled thermal lake can be admired on accessible routes
- The resting areas, benches and bridges were renewed
But the work is far from over. Many elements of the project are still in the works, and ideas for further improvements came up that would serve the comfort of guests and residents alike. For example, the design of resting and stretching points next to the running routes, family-friendly natural rest areas, additional planting, but also the creation of a wet biotope is a process that takes several years. In addition, walkers with dogs will not be left without developments in the near future, because development plans have also been drawn up that think about them.
The opening ceremony was followed by a tour of the development area, part of which was the handover of the roofed canopy viewpoint, which is currently in trial operation.
Tourinform Office Hévíz
8380 Hévíz, Rákóczi str. 2.
+36 83 540 131