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Healthy Route through the Western Trans-Danube, the paradise of the Wellness.
HEALTHY ROUTES

 

By MAYTE SUAREZ SANTOS
Journalist specialized in Medicine and Thermalism
Publisher of the electronic Magazine TermasWorld.com


In order to discover the multifaceted, beautiful and hospitable Hungary, nothing is better than traveling through to the Western Trans-Danube that has frontiers with Slovakia, Austria, Eslovenia and Croacia. This region is known as "the entrance door to West" and it stretches from Lake Ferto that is part of the National Park Ferto-Hanság to the Lake Balaton, one of the main tourist attractions of the Central Europe. With this refreshing itinerary we design a Healthy Route to rejuvenate.

From Budapest to Hévíz is the relaxing escape through the paradise of the Wellness. A cruise by the roads of water in the greennest region of the magyar country. Dive in the culture of the well-being and live some vacations with style. Hungary is in fashion.

 

Map itinerary Healthy Route through the Western Trans-Danube

 

Hungary is a vacational destination of well-being. Its great thermal power emanates from the underground, authentic reservation of waters with healing and medicinal properties that stretches almost over the whole Hungarian territory, about 93.030 square kilometers.

Due to the strategic situation in the basin of the Cárpatos, Hungary has shared with the neighboring countries, Slovakia, Ukraine, Rumania, Serbian / Yugoslavia, Croacia, Eslovenia and especially with Austria, a great part of this valuable patrimony.

At the end of the XVIII century, they were many of well-to-do Austrian families that traveled to the Lake Balaton, in the heart of the Trans-Danube, attracted by its fame as a summer SPA, to enjoy the nautical sports and to relax in Balatonfüred, the aristocratic thermal city.

The incorporation of Hungary as new member of the E.U. in May of 2004, it is a key event of its contemporary history. This country of prizes Nóbel and discoveries and ingenious inventions, has a civilization marked by the culture and the respect by the traditions. They are part of the life of the Hungarian people that feels special inclination to the music, the arts and the literature.

In this door open to the friendship, the magiar inheritance contributes to the community countries a thermal culture 2000 years old and a tourist trajectory in syntony with the leisure and health perspectives of the new millennium.

Healthy Routes return to Hungary to welcome the magyar country into Europe. This time we enter by the "Door of West". In this part of the west of Hungary, woodeed by beech and oaks, exuberant vegetation, lakes and rivers, we will have the opportunity to know its gastronomy, folk festivities, to admire its local craft, to be soaked of culture and history in its Gothic cities and medieval castles and mainly, to enter in the world of the sensations and thermal pleasures through the 48 hotels - spa and centres of well-being distributed along the region of the Western Trans-Danube.

This is the Wellness Route, one of the most emblemátic tourist-thermal circuits of Hungary, for holidays of rest and health. An exciting Hungarian adventure that we will share, during twelve days, with a group of tourism specialists from Spain, and that begins at Barajas, Madrid airport in the 13:30 scheduled flight of MALEV, the Hungarian air company and heading for Budapest, the thermal capital of the new Europe.

It is the second trip for us and we take an thrilling baggage: the new meeting with a country that has left us a deep print and a pleasing memory of admiration and respect. To live emotions and experiences to transmit them, it is the objective of this Healthy Route. We don't need visa neither the passport, simply with the identity card we can already embark.

While we take off I think over the community advantages that Hungary has now. The European sanitary card for instance. As citizens of the European Union, if we need urgent medical attention during the displacements through another country member, we know that we are insured. In the case of having to pay for these services, there is the right of being repayed of the corresponding quantity. The normative went into effect from June 1 2004.

During the trip our friends consult the informative material of the itinerary of the Route while I, flying with the imagination, were reminded the empress Sissí (Isabel of Wittelsbach), another great lover of Hungary.

She was the great protector of the Treaty(Ausgleich) of 1867 that transformed the centralist empire of Austria in the empire of Austria-Hungary that would last until 1918. The most conservative sectors in Vienna never forgave her support to the turbulent hungarian. While, the magiars adored her. In Budapest there are many monuments to Isabel, and in her tomb, in the crypt of the Capuchins of Vienna, even today still don´t lack flowers, many of them with a Hungarian flag.

Its friendship, almost a platonic falling in love, to the Hungarian count Gyula Andrássy reported she painful rumors. One of these rumors said that María Valeria was the count's daughter. The slanderers of evil tongues, become disappointed: the child turned out to be exact in their physical resemblance to Francisco José, and the hoax didn't progress. She was also a great traveller. In Spain she visited Barcelona, Cádiz A Coruña, Mallorca ...

The stewardess interrupts these moving thoughts to inform that, in few minutes, we will land. In least than three hours and with the pleasing company of the MALEV staff, we arrive to the capital of Hungary, the elegant Budapest.

In the Ferihegy airport personnel from Danubius Group was waiting us and we went directly to the Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget, located in the Margaret Island about 28 kilometers in the middle of the romantic Danube.

It takes approximately 45 minutes to arrive to the Árpárd Bridge, the only access through which the cars are allowed to enter in Margitsziget Island, one of the most beautiful parks of the capital. At sunset the island contour become longer and seems most slender.

If Budapest is the "Queen of the Danube" as she was promoted in 1920 and in 1930, then the "charming Island" in the heart of the city, it is without a doubt the "Royal Princess", at least from the moment the island received the name after a princess, Saint Margaret, of the Arpárd House.

According to the book published because the celebration of the 125 years of the Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget where we will lodge, the island originally was small, rich in thermal springs in the north part however the river currents slowly were eroding the island. The named Painter's Island, near the south side of Buda, become united to the main island in 1873. At the present time, the island is two kilometres long and 500 meters wide.

To visit the Margitsziget Island is one of the thermal pleasures that we begin to enjoy in the first stage through the itinerary for the Western Trans-Danube. Accompanied by one responsible of the Danubius Grand Hotel managing deparment, we go across of the facilities of this emblemátic building whose construction goes together to the history of the Island, an oasis of tranquility inside the cosmopolitan city that is Budapest.

SEEN PANORAMIC OF ISLA MARGARITA

 

As a matter of fact, in the book "Budapest. Grand Hotel Margitsziget. 1873 - 1998", it is said that "in the romans time, the Danube was considered as the eastern border of the Roman County of Pannonia and when the "calcareous" or fortifications were reinforced, the island also became partly of the defensive chain. Three watching towers provided of look out surveillance to observe the river and the horizon of the "barbarian side" .

Subsequently to the Turks, XVIII and XIX centuries, the island belonged to the Palatine, representative from Hungary in the court of Vienna. In 1796 Archduke Joseph was designated Palatine and the island received the name of "Nádor" (Palatine) or Palatinus Island.

The new proprietor felt passion for the gardens, creates an attractive park and he built a summer residence. In 1800 he married Alexandra Paulova, daughter of the Russian Czar, Pablo I, taking she to the island The vines grew around the residence in the splendid garden, and the newspapers at that time they picked up in varied reports, the lively celebrations of the vintages.

The later period to the death of the Palatine Joseph in 1847, was a difficult time for the island and for the whole country. During 1848-49 the War of the Independence and the following years of absolutist government, the buildings were abandoned and the gardens were disregarded, losing the Island part of its attractiveness.

Finally in 1866, the son of the Palatine, Joseph, also called Archduke Joseph, took the "ruined paradise" in his hands, reorganizing the garden. Buildings were constructed, the park was cleaned, the trees and the rose garden were pruned. The time of splendor was recovering.


 
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