Within Hungary, Bogács is renowned for its thermal bath and the Romanesque/Gothic church, the spire of which can be seen from miles around.
Although the village has its fair share of guesthouses (see below), it is possible to take a trip from Eger to Bogács and be back in time for dinner.
View of Bogács from the village's lookout tower
What we call Bogács today was first mentioned in church records in 1248 - the date when the Church is said to have been constructed.
During the Turkish occupation the village was completely deserted and only repopulated in the 18th century with most of its inhabitants employed in viticulture. In World War II the village was the scene of some fierce fighting during 1944 between the Axis forces and the Russians.
Today the wine industry still plays a large part in village life but since the chance discovery of thermal waters in the 1950s when oil prospecting, tourism has become the bread and butter for the majority of villagers.
As mentioned above, Bogács's thermal springs were discovered quite by accident while drilling for oil, and in 1959 the first pool opened. More followed, and in 2012 a major refurbishment project brought the bathing complex up to international standards.
Today the baths are one of most popular in the area, there are 10 pools in total including medicinal pools, children's pools and a competition-sized swimming pool.
The bath complex is quite extensive
During the winter not all the pools remain open, only three of the thermal pools (hot water) and one of the indoor are accessible during the colder months.
The water was designated medicinal in 2001 and is indicated for musculoskeletal conditions amongst others. For more details on the Bogács Thermal Baths please take a look at our page dedicated to the complex.
The first written evidence of a church on the site of modern day Bogács dates from 1248. Built in the Romanesque style it was replaced by a Gothic construction in the 15th century which by the 1700s had fallen into a state of disrepair.
Unfortunately most of the Gothic church was destroyed in 1928 when the building underwent extensive reconstruction work.
Despite being a mishmash of the old and new, St. Martin`s is a pretty church
It is the nave, the lower part of the bell tower and the vestry that are the oldest parts of today`s St. Martin`s but it is impossible to date them accurately.
It is said that the church has some of the finest acoustics in the country and it regularly hosts organ and chamber concerts.
Entrance is free but unfortunately it is a bit of a lottery getting in as opening times are erratic but usually there is someone around to contact the keyholder.
Other sights in the village include the mandatory Peasant House Museum displaying all manner of artifacts from peasant life of the past, the Folk House a repository of traditional arts and crafts ranging from embroidery to homemade dolls, the Bogács Wine Cellars where you can taste and purchase the fiery red wine from the area and the Fishing Lake for which it is possible to buy fishing permits locally.
If you fancy something a bit more active, then there is the possibility to hire a bike and head into the scenic Bukk National Park.
Homespun dolls wearing traditional dress, exhibit in the Folk House
The thermal baths are a big draw for tourists which means that there are plenty of guesthouses in the village. Some of the better ones include:
There are also guesthouses/hotels within the thermal baths complex itself for more information on these, go to our page dedicated to Bogács's Thermal Bath.