The Thermal Bath
The Thermal Bath of Bogács offers wonderful relaxation and enjoyment for the whole family at any time of the yearThe thermal bath – apart from making the earth's treasure, the sulphuric water available for everybody – takes great pains to make every minute spent in the bath enjoyable for each and every member of the family. Everybody can find what they need in the accommodation around the bath and the health centre whether they wish to relax, have fun, be cured or rejuvenated.
On the premises of the bath there are 9 pools – six with thermal water, two for children and a swimming pool – where you can bathe in the summer season from 1st May to 30th September. Out of season four thermal pools are open (one of them is covered). The tenth pool can only be used by the guests of the Yurt Holiday Resort, which is connected to the thermal bath.
Playground in the water – you can never get bored with it. Toddlers can use a traditional playground too, not only the one in the water. Older children can test themselves in water football or in huge water balls. Teenagers or even older kids can enjoy the special experience of night bathing. And talking about special bathing: in Bogács you can plunge into the water even in winter after building a snowman.
People staying at the accommodation connected to the bath can feel as if they have their own pool because the apartment hotel and the pension open to the site of the bath, and the campsite is the extension of the park of the bath itself. The Yurt Holiday Resort is also directly connected to the bath – its apartment and yurt houses provide excellent accommodation for big companies or students on school trips.
And last but not least a modern health centre complements all this with its relaxation and medical treatments.
Our medicinal water and thermal bath
A modern, constantly improving thermal spa welcomes locals and guests visiting BogácsSimilar to the other famous Hungarian spas and thermal water, the bath in Bogács started with the drilling of oil. On 9th October, 1955 76 °C hot water came up from a depth of almost 500 metres, and it was declared medicinal water in 2001. This excellent thermal water can be found in six pools of the Bogács Thermal Bath. There are some additional pools, as well, for children, for those who want to have a bath or swim, so the spa offers a healthy and relaxing time in every season throughout the year. Since the summer of 2014 a slide complex has been waiting for visitors. The entrance fee to the slides is included in the entrance fee to the bath.
On the basis of its mineral content the water is calcium magnesium and hydrogen-carbonated and belongs to the sulphur medicinal waters on the basis of its main biological active substance. That's why it is specifically recommended for people suffering from locomotor diseases or circulatory problems but it can effectively cure other problems, as well. The water can also be used as a drinking treatment.
Apart from bathing in several pools you can find many other ways to enjoy yourself such as night bathing, water football and water balls.
The nearly 360-degree view from the gazeboOn the hill towering over the village there's a gazebo, from which there's a breathtaking view of Bogács and the Bükkalja region.
Built in the year of the millennium, this hexagonal building is situated very high but not because of the steps leading up to it but because of the hill it's built upon. The parapet standing on the ground was made from local stones. The gazebo can be found inside the village not far from the folk house.
Looking down from it we can see Bogács, the neighbouring settlements, and we can admire the beautiful landscape around and below us. To the north we can see the southern part of the several-century-old, tree-covered slopes of the Bükk Mountains. If we look to the south, we can see as far as the South-Borsod Plains and the Heves Plains.
It can be visited free of charge at any time
Address: Szomolyai Street
The history of our village can be described with dates and events. However, we think that history is most of all the history of men so we should not only remember the dates, which can be found in textbooks, but those people as well, who did a lot for Bogács in their line of work or in their free time.
Through the centuries
The area surrounding Bogács has provided living and working opportunities for the locals for centuries. Even hunting, collecting cavemen settled down here. In 1932 János Dancza found the bones of a Neanderthal man and a lot of stone tools at the mouth of the Hór Valley in Suba Hole Cave.
Also, other findings from the prehistoric stone age and the new stone age were discovered in the village. Findings from the copper and bronze age were discovered in Pazsagpuszta, not far from Bogács. A very valuable artefact from the bronze age was found in the ruins of Tomor Castle, a laced bronze ring with hanging decorations and rattling plates..
The Turkish Rule
Bogács belonged to the territory of the Turkish empire, and when the village was not ravaged by battles, taxes made life difficult. The amount of the taxes was determined by how well-to-do the villagers were. As soon as the standards of life became higher, or the Turks needed money, the taxes became higher.
KLater the Turks demanded tithe and other services, but so much that sometimes the villagers were not allowed to go home until others had arrived in their place to continue socage.
The destruction of the Turkish rule can clearly be seen in the census of 1685 counting inhabited and empty houses. According to this 9 houses were inhabited and 11 empty. In the nearby villages this rate was the following: in Bükkzsérc 8-10, in Cserépfalu 6-10, in Tard 6-34.
Famers and the treasure of the land
In the first decade of the 8th century the abundance of land, the small population and the low standards of the productive forces caused the medieval forms of the common ownership of the land to be invigorated and even revived. The bigger population, the growth of the livestock and the inevitable decrease in the abundance of the land, however, meant the end of seizing land freely and a new system was started: reallocation of plots. This later led to the solid plot system.
In the 8th century settling also started. By 1786 the population of Bogács had reached 815. In the 9th century there was no free land left. Beside farming tourism was also significant in the 10th century. After World War II Bogács became really popular because of its thermal bath.
The symbols of Bogács
THE COAT-OF-ARMS OF BOGÁCS. The shield is blue, its bottom is round. In the middle there’s a silver wave dividing the shield into two parts. Above the wave two men are carrying a huge bunch of grapes hung on the pole flung over their shoulders. Under the wave we can see a coulter pointing upwards and on each of its sides two ploughshares are placed symmetrically pointing downwards. The coat of arm picture above the wave is golden, under it is silver. There’s a gold crown placed on top of the shield.
The oldest known version of THE SEAL PRINT OF BOGÁCS was dated in 1778 and it can be found on a document in the County Archives of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County. This seal has the date 1710 on it.
Wine cellars in Cserépi Road
Special experiences are waiting for you in the wine cellars on Cserépi Roadpincéi. The wine cellars of Bogács date back to several centuries that is why there is a special atmosphere. If you want, you can even take a walk among the wine houses. The improvements of the past few years ensure that this place will be worth visiting even for a glass of wine, a friendly chat or an evening out.
From local grapes fiery wines are made in these special microclimate cellars, which have been carved into rhyolite tuff. The wines can be tasted in one cellar or going from one to the other.
In Bogács, similar to the most significant settlements of the region, cellars have been built on a large scale. The cellars have been expanded and modernised in accordance with the official regulations and the growing demands of the tourist industry.
Thanks to this, the wine cellars in Cserépi Road have become one of the best entertainment places of the region. During the day you can taste quality wines and do some shopping, and during the evening – even if there's no specially organized event e.g. Grape Harvest Festival or the Display of the Dishes of the Hungarian Seasonal Workers or Martin Day festivities – you can listen to live music and have a wonderful time.