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Baile Felix & Oradea - Romania

Photo book on the greatest and most famous wellness resort in Romania and the City of Oradea. Baile Felix is located in Bihor County and is the largest spa and resort in Romania. The name was given by monk Felix, abbot of the monastery of Szentmárton who discovered the healing properties of the thermal springs at about the year 1000. With information about hotels, treatment options and the City of Oradea and its attractions. This book is also available in German and Romanian.

Photo book on the greatest and most famous wellness resort in Romania and the City of Oradea. Baile Felix is located in Bihor County and is the largest spa and resort in Romania. The name was given by monk Felix, abbot of the monastery of Szentmárton who discovered the healing properties of the thermal springs at about the year 1000. With information about hotels, treatment options and the City of Oradea and its attractions. This book is also available in German and Romanian.

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THE IDEA<br />

"Mens sana in corpore sano" - a healthy mind in a healthy body.<br />

A spa holiday in <strong>Felix</strong>bad provides new strength and recovery,<br />

regardless of whether you want to cure or prevent. This<br />

illustrated book brings you closer to the enchanting <strong>Felix</strong>bad.r.


FOREWORD<br />

<strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong> is the largest and most famous spa and health resort in <strong>Romania</strong>.<br />

It is a located very advantageous and only 250 km away from<br />

Budapest and 500 km from Vienna. SC Turism <strong>Felix</strong> SA has made massive<br />

investments in recent years towards the infrastructure to create all<br />

guests a more comfortable and restful stay.<br />

The main attractions are the thermal water, the swimming pools, numerous<br />

wellness centers and modern treatment facilities, all in hotels rated<br />

with 2 to 4 stars. Particularly noteworthy were the Hotel International,<br />

the Hotel Complex Terman Nufarul, Hotel Poienita, Hotel Mures and the<br />

Apollo <strong>Felix</strong> Strand. At the moment, a five-star hotel is being build,<br />

which will be the culmination of the hotel landscape of <strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong>.<br />

The international certifications like EUROSPA-med, TUV and the Iso<br />

quality management system 9001 guaranties to tourists the quality of<br />

the services offered by Sc Turism <strong>Felix</strong> SA.<br />

The 110 double rooms (from which 3 rooms for persons with disabilities),<br />

80 single rooms and 20 apartments, the restaurant, the treatment<br />

base, the wellness center, the conference rooms the pools and the terraces<br />

on Hotel International ****, are equipped with the technology and<br />

the facilities to complete your expectations which you have from an international<br />

five stars hotel.<br />

The international restaurant, treatment rooms on the latest technical state,<br />

a wellness center, fully technical equipment conference rooms and<br />

not to forget the huge pool area, offers the type of pleasure to all visitors,<br />

which is actually expected in five-star locations.<br />

Our hotel restaurant offers the right ambience, whether you want a business<br />

lunch, cocktails, or a romantic dinner for two.<br />

We will make your stay in <strong>Felix</strong>bad a memorable one and we look forward<br />

to your visit.<br />

Florian Serac
<br />

President<br />

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HEALTH & RECREATION<br />

<strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong> is located in Bihor County and is the largest spa and<br />

resort in <strong>Romania</strong>. The name was given by the monk <strong>Felix</strong>, abbot<br />

of the monastery of Szentmárton. He discovered the healing<br />

properties of the thermal springs at about the year 1000.


BATH OF FELIX<br />

From 1711 until 1721, the spa was first historically mentioned, as a<br />

place for the treatment of patients. With more than 200 thermal<br />

springs <strong>Felix</strong>bad is the largest resort in <strong>Romania</strong>.<br />

WHO IS WHO IN BAILE FELIX<br />

Important figures such as Marlene Dietrich, Claudia Cardinale, Charlie<br />

Chaplin, Charles de Gaulle, Salvadore Dali, Aristotle Onassis and<br />

Jacqueline Kennedy were among the spa guests of the renowned<br />

bath.<br />

TREATMENT OF THE FOLLOWING DISEASES<br />

• Rheumatic inflammatory diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, debilitating<br />

spondylosis, acute articular rheumatism) in biological stabilization<br />

prior.<br />

• Degenerative rheumatism.<br />

• Spondylosis (neck, back and loinspondylose) with or without<br />

Cervikobrachialgy.<br />

• Sciatica and lumbago.<br />

• Arthrosis, polyarthrosis.<br />

• Articular rheumatism: tendonitis, tendinitis, Tendomyosen, Periarthrita<br />

scapulos humeralis.<br />

• Post-traumatic conditions: sequelae of surgical procedures on<br />

the joints, bones after breaking distortions and contortions.<br />

• Central and peripheral neuropathy: hemiparesis, paraparesis,<br />

various paresis.<br />

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WATER LILIES<br />

The water lily "Nymphaea lotus var Thermalis" is the symbol of<br />

the bath and was found in 1789 by the botanist P. Kita Bible<br />

and named in 1908 by Johann Tuzson.


The water lily that grows in the thermal<br />

waters of <strong>Felix</strong>bad is related to the Nile water<br />

lily. In the park there are also long-stemmed<br />

pink lotus plants.<br />

Not to be overlooked are the many turtles<br />

that feel very comfortable in mineralized<br />

water.<br />

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LEISURE TIME<br />

Numerous parks invite the visitors for a walk. For guests who<br />

want to relax not only in massage and therapy, but also want<br />

to refill their mental batteries, <strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong> offers optimal<br />

conditions.


SPA PARK<br />

In the Spa Park, there are two skillful ornated<br />

wooden churches. Immediately following the<br />

park are the lily ponds.<br />

Around the park you will also find many<br />

shops, market stalls and cafes.<br />

Just make a hold on one of the many<br />

wodden benches and enjoy "relaxation<br />

galore".<br />

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STRAND APOLLO-FELIX<br />

The “Strand Apollo <strong>Felix</strong> - Beach” is a great<br />

water park, which offers each age group a<br />

lot. In addition to a large thermal pool, there<br />

are also numerous swimming pools, water<br />

slides and waterfalls. Not to mention the<br />

wave pool, in which periodically marine<br />

feelings arise.<br />

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TREATMENT<br />

The hotels, medical and bathing facilities are open all year<br />

round. Situated at an altitude of 140 m, <strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong> offers a<br />

temperate continental climate. Favored by the weather and<br />

located close to major routes, <strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong> is always in season.


THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR<br />

The mineral springs that <strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong> is<br />

blessed with, have proven their excellent<br />

curative effects over several hundred<br />

years. In the professional treatment base<br />

of Hotel International, the possibilities are<br />

fully applied.<br />

The temperature of the spring is between<br />

41 ° C - 49 ° C and contains a salt concentration<br />

of about 1 gram per liter.<br />

The mineral water offers the entire musculoskeletal<br />

system of the human body recovery,<br />

rehabilitation, prevention and cure.<br />

In addition to the relief of symptoms of<br />

many diseases, the treatment is also suitable<br />

for the prevention and general wellbeing<br />

of the spa guest. In Chapter 2 you<br />

will find a list of treatable diseases we<br />

have.<br />

• Hydrotherapy (Caracalla hydromassage,<br />

underwater shower, galvanic baths, Stanger,<br />

etc)<br />

• Thermotherapy (paraffin and mud)<br />

• Hydrokinetotherapy, physiotherapy,<br />

Veno-lymphatic drainage,<br />

• Eight types of massages (classic Swedish<br />

massage, relaxation massage, reflexology,<br />

cellulite massage, etc.).<br />

In a nutshell, these therapies increase the<br />

mobility of joints, muscles, improve blood<br />

circulation and relax reduce pain.<br />

Dr. Mirceau Tarau
<br />

Med. Director<br />

In our modern treatment rooms, numerous<br />

therapies are applied:<br />

• Electrotherapy (Diadynamics, ultrasound,<br />

laser, plating, etc.)<br />

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THE THERMAL SPRING<br />

<strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong> is well known for the healing<br />

properties of its 41 ° C - 49 ° C thermal<br />

springs. The radon mineral water has a<br />

content of approximately 903 mg / l,<br />

chlorine, sulphates, bicarbonates, sodium,<br />

Potasium, calcium and magnesium.<br />

THE TREATMENTS<br />

The essential aspects of the treatments in<br />

<strong>Felix</strong>bad are based on the excellent thermal<br />

and mineral waters. The water was awarded<br />

a gold medal at the World Fair in 1896.<br />

TREATMENT IN THE HOTEL<br />

In many of the hotels the treatments can be<br />

carried out directly. On the following pages<br />

you'll find a short documentation on how the<br />

treatment centers look at the individual<br />

hotels.<br />

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HOTEL INTERNATIONAL<br />

In large, bright and friendly rooms treatments<br />

at the highest level are offered.<br />

The Hotel International is certified by the<br />

ESPA. (European Spas Association)<br />

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HOTEL POIENITA<br />

The main aim in all spa hotels is to ensure<br />

that the customer feels comfortable.<br />

Modern equipment, friendly staff and all<br />

under one roof, that is the recipe for success<br />

of <strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong>.<br />

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HOTELS<br />

In <strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong> are hotels in each price and comfort class. The<br />

medical treatment is undertaken in many hotels. The following<br />

is a representative overview of these spas, which would be<br />

very happy to take care of you.


HOTEL INTERNATIONAL<br />

The modern hotel complex was renovated in<br />

2007. The International features a huge<br />

outdoor area and a fantastic cuisine.<br />

HOTEL.INTERNATIONAL@TURISMFELIX.RO<br />

FELIXSPA.COM/<br />

TEL.: +40 259 318 445<br />

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HOTEL TERMAL<br />

In 2003 renovated middle-class hotel with 58<br />

single, 114 double rooms and 6 suites.<br />

HOTEL.TERMAL@TURISMFELIX.RO<br />

FELIXSPA.COM/<br />

TEL.: +40 259 318 298<br />

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HOTEL NUFARUL<br />

Renovated in 2004, the comfortable 3 star<br />

hotel features 6 single, 70 double rooms and<br />

2 suites.<br />

HOTEL.NUFARUL@TURISMFELIX.RO<br />

FELIXSPA.COM/<br />

TEL.: +40 259 318 142<br />

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HOTEL POIENITA<br />

The hotel is located about 500 meters from<br />

the city center. 14 single and 140 double<br />

rooms spread over 5 floors.<br />

HOTEL.POIENITA@TURISMFELIX.RO<br />

FELIXSPA.COM/<br />

TEL.: +40 259 318 175<br />

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HOTEL MURES**<br />

HOTEL.MURES@TURISMFELIX.RO<br />

FELIXSPA.COM/<br />

TEL.: +40 259 318 405<br />

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ORADEA<br />

<strong>Oradea</strong> or Großwardein is the capital city of Bihor County. The<br />

city is divided into 16 districts and has about 200,000<br />

inhabitants. Through the city flows the Crisu Repede River.<br />

<strong>Oradea</strong> is located 13 km from the Hungarian border.


GREEK CATHOLIC BISHOP PALACE<br />

The impressive building was completed in<br />

1903 by architect Rimanoczy Kalman. After a<br />

troubled past, it is now back in the<br />

possession of the Greek-Catholic diocese.<br />

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ORADEA FORTRESS<br />

The fortress was built in the years<br />

1114-1131. Later, in the years 1750 - 1789<br />

the bastion was restored.<br />

The <strong>Oradea</strong> fortress has a pentagonal<br />

ground plan, with massive outer walls<br />

surrounded by a moat and five bastions.<br />

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ST. MARIA ASCENSION CATHEDRAL<br />

The Catholic St. Maria Ascencion Cathedral<br />

is the largest Baroque church in <strong>Romania</strong>.<br />

The Cathedral was built in 1752-1780. Since<br />

1991, it bears the honorary title of Basilica<br />

Minor, which was awarded to her by Pope<br />

John Paul II.<br />

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THE CITY HALL<br />

PALACE OF THE BLACK EAGLE<br />

The Town Hall was built in 1903 and lies on<br />

the banks of the Crisu Repede River.<br />

The Black Eagle Palace and the Arcade is<br />

one of the most important buildings of the<br />

city. The impressive glass window was<br />

created in 1909 by K. Neumann.<br />

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MONASTERY OF THE HOLY CROSS<br />

Just a few kilometers from the city center of<br />

<strong>Oradea</strong> you find the impressive Monastery of<br />

the Holy Cross (Mănăstirea Ortodoxa<br />

Înălţarea Sfintei Cruci) on the Strada Facliei.<br />

A visit to the Monasterey is an absolute must<br />

if you are staying in <strong>Oradea</strong>.<br />

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MOON CHURCH<br />

The Orthodox Church with the Moon was<br />

built 1784-1790 after plans by Jakob Edler.<br />

In 1793, a mechanism was installed by the<br />

watchmaker George Rueppe indicating the<br />

phases of the moon.<br />

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STATE THEATRE<br />

The Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer<br />

built this impressive Palace of Culture in only<br />

15 months.<br />

The State Theatre was built from 1899 to<br />

1900. The entrance is flanked by the<br />

Goddesses of Tragedy and Comedy.<br />

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8<br />

INFORMATION<br />

In the Information section you can find the addresses of<br />

<strong>Romania</strong>n tourism offices worldwide, as well as some maps<br />

and overviews. In addition, here are the sources of information<br />

and reference data.


OVERVIEW<br />

Here are some maps and views of <strong>Felix</strong>bad and <strong>Oradea</strong>. For more<br />

information, please contact your local <strong>Romania</strong>n National Tourist<br />

Office.<br />

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GOOGLE EARTH VIEW OF BAILE FELIX.<br />

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TOURISM MAP OF BAILE FELIX<br />

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MAP DATED 1617 OF “VARADINUM” COMMONLY KNOWN AS GROSS-WARDEIN<br />

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TOURIST OFFICES<br />

The list of <strong>Romania</strong>n tourism offices worldwide. If you are planning a<br />

trip to <strong>Romania</strong>, please trust to these agents.<br />

You will receive valuable tips for your trip and one or the other inside<br />

information.<br />

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AUSTRIA<br />

<strong>Romania</strong>n Tourist Office<br />

Opera Ring 1, R Staircase,<br />

Floor 4, Door 404<br />

1010 Vienna<br />

Tel: +43 (1) 317-31-57<br />

Fax: +43 (1) 317-31-574<br />

E-mail: Rumaenien@aon.at<br />

www.rumaenien-info.at<br />

FRANCE<br />

Office de Tourisme de Roumanie<br />

7, Rue Gaillon<br />

75002 Paris<br />

Tel: +33 (1) 40-20-99-33<br />

Fax: +33 (1) 40-20 99-43<br />

E-mail: info@GuideRoumanie.com<br />

www.GuideRoumanie.com<br />

GERMANY<br />

<strong>Romania</strong>n Tourist Office<br />

Reinhardtstraße 47<br />

10117 Berlin<br />

Tel: +49 (30) 400-55-904<br />

Fax: +49 (30) 400-55-906<br />

E-mail: info@rumaenien-tourismus.de<br />

www.rumaenien-tourismus.de<br />

GREAT BRITAIN<br />

<strong>Romania</strong>n Tourist Office<br />

12 Harley Street<br />

London<br />

W1G 9PG<br />

Tel: +44 (207) 224-36-92<br />

E-mail: romaniatravel@btconnect.com<br />

www.<strong>Romania</strong>Tourism.com<br />

ITALY<br />

Turismo della <strong>Romania</strong><br />

Via Torino 95, Galleria Esedra<br />

00184 Rome<br />

Tel: +39 (6) 488-02-67<br />

Fax: +39 (6) 4898-62-81<br />

E-mail: office@romania.it<br />

www.<strong>Romania</strong>.it<br />

POLAND<br />

Ośrodek informacji Turystycznej Rumunii<br />

Krakowskie Przedmieście 47/51<br />

00-071 Warszawa<br />

Tel / fax: +48 (22) 826-40-10<br />

E-mail: info.rumunia@wp.pl<br />

RUSSIA<br />

<strong>Romania</strong>n Tourist Office<br />

Masfilmovskaya Street 35,<br />

Office 313<br />

119330, Moscow<br />

Tel: +7 (499) 143-87-65<br />

Fax: +7 (499) 143-86-72<br />

E-mail: info@romaniatravel.ru<br />

www.<strong>Romania</strong>Travel.ru<br />

SPAIN<br />

<strong>Romania</strong>n Tourist Office<br />

Calle Alcántara 49-51<br />

28006 Madrid<br />

Tel: +34 (91) 401-42-68<br />

Fax: +34 (91) 402-71-83<br />

E-mail: oficina@RumaniaTour.com<br />

marina@rumaniatour.com<br />

www.RumaniaTour.com<br />

USA<br />

<strong>Romania</strong>n Tourist Office<br />

355 Lexington Avenue, 8th Floor<br />

New York<br />

NY 10017<br />

Tel / Fax: +1 (212) 545-8484<br />

E-mail: Info@<strong>Romania</strong>Tourism.com<br />

www.<strong>Romania</strong>Tourism.com<br />


<br />

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AT THE END<br />

This book was written with the support of the <strong>Romania</strong>n tourism<br />

office in Vienna and the local on-site assistance in <strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong>.<br />

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FINALLY<br />

<strong>Oradea</strong> and <strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong> are only a few kilometers from the Hungarian border. Coming<br />

from Austria, you drive almost continuously on highways and are able to reach the resort<br />

very comfortable. The friendliness of the hotel staff, the expertise and the courtesy of the<br />

medical staff was very impressive. The City of <strong>Oradea</strong> is a jewel with many stately<br />

buildings, a great downtown with cafes and shops and an interesting cultural offer.<br />

Rudolf J. Strutz<br />

Author & Photographer<br />

What also particularly striking is the possibility to beautify his medical stay with<br />

excursions and events that are organized by the hotel.<br />

The staff of the Hotel International extend our special thanks. Because of the friendly<br />

and professional support of management and staff, specially the help of Cornelia Botez<br />

and Dir. Florian Serac, it was possible to realize this book in a short time.<br />

SOURCES<br />

History of <strong>Baile</strong> <strong>Felix</strong> and treatments at the spa: Wikipedia, Varadinum Historic Map:<br />

Wikimedia, maps and satellite images: Google Maps and Google Earth. Address<br />

material of the hotels and overview maps: SC Turism <strong>Felix</strong> SA<br />

TEXTS<br />

German and english version: Rudolf J. Strutz<br />

<strong>Romania</strong>n Version: Vlad E. Anitei und Dr. Simion Giurca<br />

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