2017. 08. 10 - 12.
Where do you start from?
You may have heard about the greatest lake of Hungary. Great enough to give you anything you look for from a peaceful chilling weekend through gastronomic adventures to big parties.
The freshwater lake is quite shallow, perfect for some water fun with friends and children or hire a paddle boat. Beaches all over are mostly renewed, fully equipped and the quality of water is excellent. The inner waters though are deep enough for sailing, so Balaton is also a popular sailing spot in Middle-Europe.
You should not miss on the northern shore the town of culture, Balatonfüred, a place for concerts and open-air theatres all summer long. The promenade on the lakeside is one of the most beautiful around the Balaton. Tihany is also a must-see spot with its church on the top of the hill, the panorama view and the curvy romantic streets with restaurants and folklore shops. The hill and town of Badacsony is mainly about the white wines, but also a popular hiking spot and has a nice beach also. Szigliget is beloved for its citadel ruins and the view from up there. These hills are the part of the Balaton Uplands National Park, along with the spectacular Káli Basin.
At the western peak of the lake, you won't only find the source of health in the largest natural biologically active thermal water lake of the world in Hévíz, but also one of the three largest baroque palaces of the country, the Festetics Palace in Keszthely. If you like great contrasts, after the grandeur and elegance of the palace, don't miss out on the area's tiny jungle, the Little Balaton. It's paradise for endangered plants and for 250 species of birds.
The southern shore highlights are Siófok with its vibrating night life and Zamárdi, for its Adventure Park and great beach, home for several music festivals during the summer season. Fonyód has the longest sandy beach of Lake Balaton and from its harbour you can reach Badacsony by ships.
Biking trails all around the coastline ready to take you around the lake across small towns and beautiful landscapes with some breath-taking panoramas.