We stopped by at the Heviz lake on the way to Nagykanizsa, and I'm glad we did. I have never been before myself, mainly because it's on the other end of the Balaton from a Budapest point of view. After paying the entrance fee of 2000 HUF (about £5.50, and about half the price of any thermal spa in Budapest), we went in the unisex changing rooms. It didn't bother me whatsoever as we only had one bag with us, so it was more convenient for me and my girlfriend.
Having noticed later on that they only take responsibility for items kept at the reception I took my valuables there and received a clumsy big wooden key to attach to my changing room wrist-key. Unfortunately as it's so bulky, the chain of the key broke in the middle of the swimming, and as it's like 20m deep, impossible to find. So off I went and explained the situation and they were really helpful, guaranteed they won't give my stuff away to anyone that may find the key and I can just get it when we were departing. I thought it was nice that they didn't raise any fuss as I was rather worried.
Anyway the thermal lake was awesome. We ended up enjoying it mostly outside rather than inside, as it was around 10C outside in the air and raining, yet there we were in the 27C water swimming around without any problem. It was really cool. My girlfriend really enjoyed it as well. I was surprised how many Slavic people seemed to be around though, my family in Nagykanizsa also said there are Russians buying up many properties around Heviz as well. At any rate Heviz is a blast, well recommended, especially during the winter months.
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