by Péter Békássy
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Wellness Hotel Balf ****
Location and History
Balf, located in North-Western Hungary is a historic Hungarian village: it was first mentioned in 1199, but it is known that the ancient Romans already inhabited the area: they were the first to explore the region’s healthy sulphuric springs. It became an important township in this region only in the 16C.This time some Austrian engineers started to regulate the springs here. In the 17C the first modern bathing facilities were built. When the railway had been laid down, more guests could reach the spa, so some reconstructions were needed. New hotels and healing pavilions were built. In the 20C, until the Second World War, the spa life of Balf flourished. After the war, for some reasons, its popularity diminished. One rediscovered the possibilities in this region, and the mineral water only after the 60s. Although Balf with its atmosphere of intimacy is a place of complete rest, there are also lots of interesting things to see and do. The village, with a population of a thousand people is seven kilometers to the south of Sopron, the regions largest city. If you decide to spend your holiday in a beautiful town, where many cultural programs are available, - such as cinemas, museums, different kinds of festivals and so on - you can visit Sopron.It is also close to the Fertő-Neusiedler Lake, which is part of the UNESCO world heritage list. The remarkable rural architecture of the villages surrounding the lake and several 18th- and 19th-century palaces adds to the area’s considerable cultural interest. You can visit the fine building complex of the famous Hungarian noble family, the castle of Esterházy (Eszeterházy Kastély) in Fertőd. Not far from Balf, you may visit Nagycenk, which has...