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Hagymatikum, the bath of baths

The small town of Makó in Hungary, famous for its excellent onions, has a veritable thermal bath complex in the town centre. On a plot of 12 thousand square metres, the complex offers 18 different pools, 8 kinds of saunas, a steam cabin as well as leisure, therapeutic and wellness services, offering visitors an unforgettable recreational experience.

In a plot that was the yard of the Makó District Council at the time, a well was drilled in 1956, and the hole yielded thermal water at 41 degrees Celsius. After the discovery, a pool was built around the well, followed by the construction of the Makó Bath from 1961 with a thermal water pool, a leisure pool, a children’s pool and a sunbathing terrace added as the years went by.

The medicinal section of the bath was opened in 1982, and the thermal water was officially declared to have medicinal qualities in 1988. Shortly afterwards, the beneficial effects of mud from the Maros river were discovered, and the facility was extended to include additional medical services based on them.

The most beautiful building of the bath, known as the Hagymatikum (’Onionicum’) was designed by the celebrated architect Imre Makovecz: it was his last work, completed in 2012. The complex, with its characteristic cupolas, also has a spectacular interior, ornamented with stylised heads, angel’s wings and plant motifs. The tree of life in the middle of the leisure pools and the windows towards the sky make for unforgettable visits.

The main building of the Hagymatikum was the last work of master architect Imre Makovecz Photo: Shutterstock

The baths offer 18 pools, including an adventure pool with a 75-metre slide, a flowing river section, geysers, as well as a wave pool and a relaxation pool. The atmosphere of rainforests is brought to life in the cave pool with various sound and light effects. In addition, there is a training pool, a 33-metre standard swimming pool and two children’s pools to serve visitors.

The wellness section offers massages, beauty treatments, saunas and resting areas for those seeking leisure and recreation. The Hagymatikum Bath at Makó is a superb choice for children, adults, families as well as those seeking healing or recreation.

18 pools await visitors at the Hagymatikum in Makó Photo: Shutterstock
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