There are only a few places in Hungary, where you will find hot water above the ground. We have plenty of thermal water, but it rarely flows on the surface. An exception to this is the stream that drains the water from Lake Hévíz to Kis-Balaton. The water in Hévíz Stream is just as clean and hot, and is full of fish just like in summer, but presents an even more mystical sight. The steaming water and the frosty rime on the bank create a real fantasy world. You will definitely enjoy the mystical experience as you glide with your boat into the fog that covers the surface of the water. The steaming water heats up the bottom of the kayaks, so you will be in no danger of catching the cold either. The water is still full of purple water lilies and green plants. But be aware of the concrete locks that tend to just pop up suddenly in the fog. You may even be lucky enough to spy a kingfisher. After an hour of paddling, you get to the Northern Cross Channel: this is were you should turn back. Though the current is not very strong, you may want to calculate half an hour or a bit more for the return journey. The Hévíz Drain itself crosses a nature conservation area, so if you want to enter, you’ll need to apply for a permit with the Balaton Uplands National Park Directorate. We advise you to book your place on a tour weeks ahead, because the number of seats is limited and they get booked up fast. If you still have strength and time left, visit the stupa and the golden Buddha statue in Zalaszántó, and if you are lucky, you may even be able to hear some of the roaring and bellowing of the rutting deer.