On Saturday morning, June 20th, the Aquaticum Strand complex opened to the public, now completed at the cost of HUF 9.5 billion investment with government support of HUF 7.1 billion.
The cornerstone of the Aquaticum Debrecen Strand was laid in the summer of 2018, and in two years that followed “perhaps the most modern” bath in the country was completed – stated Gergely Gulyás, Minister of the Prime Minister’s office, at the opening on Friday.
László Papp, the mayor of Debrecen, called the development an “extraordinary investment” because it was a great challenge to create a unique space in terms of appearance and experience in comparison to the bath at Hajdúszoboszló, the largest spa complex in Europe.
“The Great Forest deserves a great bath complex with pools at the top,” he said, referring to the fact that pools have been set up at a height of 12 meters. The bath complex is a key element of the developments of the Modern Cities Program in Debrecen.
The 8.5-acre facility has built 15 pools with 5,500 square feet of water, eight slides, 12-foot sun terraces, and a separate 1,900-square-foot children’s world. The complex includes, among other things, a spa pool, a mildly drifting “slow river”, a 200-square-meter plunge pool, a glass-bottomed relaxation pool (on top of the main building), and a 50- and 30-meter swimming pool and training pool.
Restaurants and cafes await the guests along the strand promenade, and with the current and previous developments, the Nagyerdő in Debrecen has become one of the most beautiful urban parks in Europe, the mayor remarked.
Lajos Kósa, the Member of Parliament for the region, said that in his opinion the beach in Nagyerdei is not in competition with the spas in the area, on the contrary: tourists arriving in Eastern Hungary can find unique attractions in Hajdúszoboszló, Nyíregyháza-Sóstó, and Miskolc-Tapolca, all within 120 km.