Sometimes when you pass Mezőkövesd`s Zsóry Baths you are assailed by the smell of rotten eggs, ironic really, as the source of this unpleasant odour is renowned for its curative properties.
The smell in question is caused by the high sulphur content which, along with calcium, magnesium and hydrogen carbonate, is responsible for the health benefits of the water.
In fact, so highly-regarded is it that the National Health Insurance Fund covers the costs of patients using the baths.
A lot has changed at the Zsóry Baths since they first opened in 1940
As with many of today's thermal baths in Hungary, it was the oil industry who first discovered Mezőkövesd`s springs when prospecting for the black stuff.
Big business's loss was the town's gain, over the years a sizable complex has been built up around the water's source taking us to where we are today: 21 pools of varying temperature covering an 11 acre site.
The indoor pool
All ages are catered for from toddlers all the way up to senior citizens, and it's not all water fun, you can also take advantage of the many therapies and facilities on offer: all manner of massages, sauna (bio and Finnish), steam cabin, aroma cabin, salt cave, infra sauna, jacuzzi, mud packs, water gymnastics, the ice cascade (!) and the list just goes on and on.
While you soothe your aching bones, the little ones can try and damage theirs
It was in 1968 that Mezőkövesd`s thermal water was certified to be of medicinal value, it is indicated for the treatment of rheumatism, certain gynecological conditions, inflammation arthritis and for those recovering from orthopedic surgery.
In 2013 the Mezőkövesd-Zsórifürdő area was officially classified as a 'Health Resort'
For those with young ones be aware that some of the pools are closed during the off-season: the wave pool, the children's pool and the round pool are only operational from June to September.
The baths are open all year round from 07.30 - 18.00
For more information, please visit the baths official site