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Bük is a village in Vas County, Hungary.

The village is first mentioned in charters in 1271 with the name: Byk . The church had been built in the 12th century, so the village is even older. In 1461 the name
of the village is Poss. Vinchefalwa Byk. The name corresponds the old Vinczlófalva-Bik, which is now called Felső-Bükk. In the 15th century there were three Bik villages. The Büki Family was the landowner. Their descendants are the Mankóbüki Horváth and the Felsőbüki Nagy families. Pál Felsőbüki Nagy was a famous member of the Hungarian House of Representatives in the 19th century. Another notable landowners were the Counts Cseszneky who bought Alsóbük in the 16th century.


In the autumn of 1957, an investigation was made to establish the presence of oil in the region, but a hot water spring was found. The town built a bath in 1962. Later the water became a medical water and a new bath was erected in 1972 for all year use of the hot water baths. Around the bath several camp site, hotel, boutique, pension and restaruant were built and in 1992 the recreation park was opened as well. Today the bath in Bük is the second largest medicinal bath in Hungary. One of the most well known hotel in Bük is the Birdland Resort & Spa, which was awarded as the Best Hungarian Wellness Hotel in 2007.

Árpád age church
The church was devoted to the patricine of St Caliman, built in the 13th century. Later restored in gothic style (in 1408), and its tower was rebuilt in 1658. Between 1732 and 1757 the whole church building was renewed in barocque style. The murals are from this period. The virgin Mary Column is from the 18th century.

Old palace of the Felsőbüki Family
The old palace of the Felsőbüki Family was founded around 1790 by Pál Felsőbüki Nagy. Originally it was formed in the so called coptic style. Later, in 1880 it was renewed in eclectic style.

18-hole championship golf course
The 7 ponds located on the course is home to 100 different species of local birds

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