Over 2000 years ago the curative properties of the Hungarian thermal waters were discovered and the first baths were built in present day Budapest. Many of the Hungary’s most beautiful thermal baths were built in the 1500s by the occupying Ottoman Turks. They brought to Hungary the traditional Ottoman Hammam and built hundreds of baths on the sites of healing springs.

In the 1800s the Omorovicza family, Stephen’s ancestors, commissioned one of the most famous architects in Hungarian history, Miklos Ybl, to build the beautiful Raz spa in the capital, Budapest, on the site of a medieval healing spring.