Badacsony Wine Region: The volcanic hills on the northern shore, the most eye-catching being the table-shaped Badacsony, are famous for their refreshing white wines and breathtaking views. The rich, volcanic soil is perfect for growing wine. Balatonboglár Wine Region: The whites and champagne dominate in this region, the red grapes popularity has been increasing recently, especially Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Balatonfüred-Csopak Wine Region: The area around Balatonfüred and the nearby village of Csopak, is famed for crisp and dry white wines, but this wine region produces quality red wines, such as Merlot and Cabernet as well. It is worth visiting the wine regions during the harvest season. Almost every settlements celebrate the harvest and organise programs, the most popular event in this period is the Badacsony Harvest, which is held in every September.
Balatonfüred has many marinas, three lidos, a string of carbonated mineral water springs and beautiful listed buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. You will also find many fine restaurants and cafés here. The largest Auqapark in this region is situated in Balatonfüred.
The ‘Pearl of the Balaton’ is just 10 kilometres across the gulf from Balatonfüred. The Benedictine abbey dominates the skyline and the Tihany peninsula was declared Hungary’s first national park in 1952. To escape the crowds, walk inland to the Belsõ-tó (Inner Lake) a volcanic crater filled with calm fresh water and surrounded by grasslands, vineyards, orchards and fragrant lavender fields. Tihany Tourinform:
Situated on the southern tip of Lake Balaton, 5 kilometres inland from Keszthely, the lake (Gyógy-tó) dates back to a very early geological period. As a biologically active thermal bath its water is very special and significant. This settlement is good choise to take part in active tourism as cycling and nord walking. Hévíz is at its best in winter: you can immerse yourself in steamy, hot water, utterly impervious to any snow or rain that might fall.
The flatter southern shore is famous for its summer party capital Siófok. The 17 kilometre-long beach hosts a summer-long water festival. In winter there is still plenty to do, from walking to yachting to enjoying the endless nightlife possibilities. This place is also packed with nightclubs, discos and bars.
Balaton Uplands National Park was founded in 1997 and extends over 57,000 hectares from Lake Balaton’s western tip as far as Tihany. Its natural resources and unique fauna and flora make the park one of the most significant sites in the region. The last attractions of the region are the Lake-Cave Visitor Center in Tapolca and the Lavender House in Tihany.
Balatonboglár is situated on the south shore of Lake Balaton. This region is famous for its wine and champagne. The most dominant grape of the region is Olaszrizling, Chardonnay and Sárgamuskotály. In the end of the 20th century the red grapes appeared in the region and it has became more and more popular. Visit the sorrundings: www.balatonboglar.hu/Galeria/3d-panorama
Castle of Szigliget is situated on the northern shore of Lake Balaton and open to the public throughout the year. The Castle was founded in 1260-1262 and is still standing proud with its rich history. Tourinform Office (it operates in summer): 8264 Szigliget, Kossuth u. 17. +36 70 371 53 46 [email protected]
Sports fans and wine lovers alert: VinCE Balaton and Blue Ribbon sailing competiton at Lake Balaton Balatonfüred offer a memorable summer weekend. VinCE Balaton wine and gastro promenade and the prestigious long distance sailing competition, Kékszalag (Blue Ribbon) join their forces and welcome visitors from 14 to 17 July 2016 in Balatonfüred.
B my Lake opens its gates on 24 August and brings you the biggest and most influential acts in contemporary techno, tech-house, minimal and house music, supported by unique visual and sound elements. Despite the immense demand for the festival, it will be preserving its „boutique” features that made it so popular since its first edition. B my Lake is yet again bringing an insane line-up to Hungary’s „festival capital” Zamárdi, a must-see town, boasting an amazing panorama and wonderful lakeside location, merely 110 km’s away from Budapest.
Main square and stage of the Castle of Veszprém, this lovely town just a few kilometres north from Lake Balaton hosts this cultural and music festival. Classic music, jazz, opera - almost all genres will be repsresented! Also Rosé Riesling and Jazz Days will be part of the event.
Magic ambience created by the small villages of the Balaton Uplands area characterize this summer series of events, where courtyards, hidden valleys, old village houses host events from concerts to theater performances and artisan markets. Művészetek Völgye (Valley of Arts Festival) is a special program series between July 22 and 31st July in Kapolcs and its surroundings.
Bands play, fans laze in the sun by the shore of Lake Balaton between 24-27 August, and dance the night away to great electronic music. The most renovned performer of Beach Festival will be Hurts, but almost all kind of music styles will be represented on the 3-day long party event.
This is a romantic cave lake. Here visitors can row little boats along a partially-subterranean river, fed by thermal springs and visit an 18th century water mill that is now a hotel. A new attraction waits for the guests called Cave Lake Visitor Center, which was built in 2015.
The Festetics Castle was built by György Festetics in 1745 in Keszthely and it is one of the largest and most beautifully restored buildings in Hungary. Each of the 101 rooms has its original furniture. It gives place for various events. Example of baroque architecture, it is called Helikon Palace Museum, which is situated in the northwestern corner of Lake Balaton. It has been renovated recently, but during this time it is allowed to visit by the guests. The palace is a museum and also takes part in conference tourism. An arboretum is located nearby and gives you an unforgettable experience with its collection of large chestnut, black pine trees, and thousands of summer flowers and a fantastic fountain.
The Tihany Abbey is a Benedictine monastery established at Tihany in the Kingdom of Hungary in 1055. The Foundation Letter is a very important language memory of Hungary. Its patrons are the Virgin Mary and Saint Aignan of Orleans. The church itself was rebuilt in Baroque style in 1754 and still functions today. There are frequent organ concerts in the abbey church during the summer. The viewpoint next to this lovely church is one of the best in the area.
The Lavender House Visitor Center presents the Tihany Peninsula in a manner that provides special entertainment for young and old alike. We will introduce you to the once-raging volcano fires and the harmony of the landscape that was shaped as a result of it. We will show you the centuries-long co-existence of people and nature along with the emblematic culture that developed from it: lavender production.
The varied range of obstacles suspended by ropes between old-growth threes of Zamárdi Kalandpark and the zipwire routes, spread over a 1 square mile area offer a sporty and exciting leisure opportunity for both children and adults. The most popular activities of the Challenge Park (Kalandpark) are the four zipwire courses.
Balaton cross-swimming: This program is a tradition in Hungary. The 2015 Pek-Snack Lake Balaton cross swimming competition is planned to take place on Saturday 4 july in this year. The competition starting point is the Révfülöp port and the finishing point is the Platan beach in Balatonboglár. The distance is 5,200 metres. Participants are able to start swimming anytime between 8.00-14.00 hour. You can read more info here: www.balaton-atuszas.hu/eng/informaciok
The bike road network around the Lake Balaton is more than 200 km long. The stage is easy, only the East and the North shore is hilly, the other side is flat. This bike tour is well recommend for every cyclist with average experience and perfect for families and seniors. You can plan your trip on this website: www.bikemap.net/hu/route/543314-balatonkor/ Round the lake bike races are more and more popular in Hungary. You can find a lot of alternative cycling paths wait for the tourists, for example in the west region. The number of the bicycle-friendly bistros and restaurants is rising around the Balaton, where you can have a fresh beverage or take a nap under the trees in the afternoon. You have an opportunity to rent a bike in many settlements.
The Szent György-hegy is one of the most spectecular volcanic hill in Tapolca Basin. It has basalt stones, vineyards and vine cellars. The Natur trail takes you to the 414 meter high summit along the probably most well-known and most wonderful sight of the hill, the "basalt organ pipes". Distance: 4 km Difference in elevation: 200 m Length: 2 hours
The beaches around the Lake open from May to the end of September. Many of the beaches provide water sports activities, such as kayaking, waterskiing, puddle boating or surfing. All of the beaches around Balaton have to observe certain requirements to ensure the safety of the people. Therefore before each season the water quality and all of the facilities are carefully sampled and checked. We have collected for you the greatest beaches around the lake: North shore: Balatonfüred Eszterházy beach Balatonfüred Kisfaludy beach Zánka: Erzsébet Tábor Zánka Községi strand Csopak strand Vonyarcvashegy: Lidó Strand Keszthely Helikon beach Alsóörs Strand Gyenesdiási Diási Játékstrandot Balatongyöröki Községi Strandot South Shore: Siófok : Nagystrand Balatonlelle Napfény beach (It includes experience baths) Fonyód: Bélatelepi beach Községi Strand (the longest sandy beach around the lake) Balatonszemesen: Berzsenyi úti szabad strand Balatonbogláron: Platán strand Balatonberény: Községi Strand (the most bike-friendly beach in 2015)
The area of 56 997 hectares of the Balaton Uplands National Park mainly consists of these six landscape protection areas: Kis-Balaton, Keszthely Hills, Tapolca Basin, Káli Basin, Pécsely Basin and Tihany Peninsula. Among its regions Kis-Balaton is also protected by the international Ramsar Convention, serving the protection of wetland habitats. Tihany Peninsula – as a recognition of its outstanding geological values and the work of nature conservation in that region – was awarded of European Diploma in 2003. The Natura 2000 areas, covering partly the National Park and going beyond its area ensure the possibility of the conservation of habitats, plant and animal species which are of European importance. The initiative of Bakony–Balaton Geopark – the area of which covers partly the National Park – sets the aim of interpreting the geological, natural and cultural values and awakening the consciousness of their social significance. The Bakony–Balaton Geopark became member of the European Geoparks Network and the Global Geoparks Network – assisted by UNESCO in 2012.
Sunbathing and relaxing daytime and partying in the night: this is what PLÁZS Siófok offers. The renewed location offers a 2000 sqm sandy beach, terrace with deckchairs, pool, street workout equipment or a beach library. Sport programmes will also be held, and of course many concerts and parties await visitors until the end of August.
The Borcsa Étterem opened its gates in 1984 and situated in one of the most beautiful promenade around the Lake Balaton. The menu is filled with some meaty hungarian dishes supplemented by pizzas and ice cream. The upper level of the restaurant resembles a cruise ship. Here you can also enjoy Kronenburg beer specialties.
At Bacchus you can enjoy a great dinner in an atmospheric rustic hotel restaurant. The mesu contains the traditional dishes of the Zala County, fishes of the Lake Balaton and game specialties and wines from the region. The hotel has a wine cellar as well, where wine tastings are organised.
You should not miss this place, when you are near at hand. When you first enter to the restaurant you can feel yourself in the past. The mood and the design transport you to an old time. It is a really cosy place, the personal is very friendly and nice. You have to try the home made craft beer, the wine from the region, and the meats from the oven. In the evenings you can enjoy the life music.
The owner of the restaurant always makes culinary "study trips" to the foreign countries to catch new inspirations. During these gastronomic journey he makes conversations with the owners of the restaurants. The Kistücsök offers regional and season dishes to the guests. If you are interested in wines, this is your place, because, it has a wine cellar with more than 300 various wine arts and it offers wine tasting programms as well.
If you want to try the new wave gastronomy called beach food, which has been improved recently around the Lake Balaton, you are suggested to visit this cosy place. It offers hamburgers, hot dogs, pizzas and sandwiches, such as Balcsi Bagel or Waterdog. You should not forget to taste the cakes and wines from the region.
Mala Garden Hotel’s restaurant in Siófok offers an exotic atmosphere matching the hotel’s design, where guests can marvel at the magnificent view overlooking Lake Balaton all year round. The international cuisine and the menu is accordingly a composition of Far Eastern, Malay and Thai dishes and flavours, but devoted followers of healthy diets will not be left disappointed either with the wide variety of salads and fish dishes that await them. For those after Hungarian flavours, a number of traditional recipes are revived. Each room of Mala Garden Hotel**** Superior Siófok has been designed with minimalist and modern Balinese architecture in focus, combining harmony, design and luxury.
Hévíz-Balaton Airport is situated at Sármellék about 20 kilometres from Keszthely at the south-western tip of Lake Balaton. Since May 2005, FlyBalaton has been operating international flights to German, Danish, Swiss and UK destinations. Taxis are available at the airport. Taxi Hévíz + 36 83 340 333 www.taxiheviz.com Premium Transfer offers transfer for €8. You can easily reach Lake Balaton by train from Budapest. Budapest Airport is located 16 kilometres south east of Budapest. Go to Déli or Kelenföld train stations to catch a train.
You can order a taxi or minibus to get around Lake Balaton. Hévíz Taxi +36 83 340 333 www.taxiheviz.com Keszthely Taxi + 36 20 419 49 98 www.taxikeszthely.hu Balatonfüred Taxi +36 30 275 31 58 [email protected] www.furedtaxi.hu Balatonfüred Taxi +36 30 751 75 18 www.fureditaxis.hu/taxis.html Siófok Taxi: + 36 84 317 713 www.siofoktaxi.hu/contact_eng.html [email protected]
You can find pharmacies in the resorts around Lake Balaton. Siófok: Korányi Patika 8600 Siófok, Korányi S. u. 14. Tel: +36 84 316 079 Régi gyógyszertár: 8600 Siófok, Fő u. 202. Tel.: +36 84 310 041 Fax: +36 84 310 041 Balatonfüred Marina Gyógyszertár 8230 Balatonfüred, Széchenyi út 55. (TESCO) +36 87 580 063 Aranycsillag Gyógyszertár 8230, Balatonfüred, Zsigmond u. 1. +36 87 788 360 Keszthely Park Gyógyszertár 8360, Keszthely, Kossuth Lajos u. 64. +36 87 788 360 Ezüstsirály Gyógyszertár 8360, Keszthely Sopron u. 2. +36 83 314 549