Lake Balaton aka. Hungary’s ‘Sea’
Considered continental Europe’s largest lake getting its water from the Zala River, with Swiss-like scenery, this is where many Hungarians choose to spend their sunny summers. Lake Balaton is turf to historical fortresses, underwater caves, wineries, picturesque towns, and breathtaking landscapes.
Here are some must-visit areas north and south of Balaton!
Sitting by the northern shore of Lake Balaton, the quieter side, stand soulful waterside towns like Balatonfüred, Keszthely, and Tihany.
Keszthely is home to Festetics Palace, a Baroque architectural gem surrounded by greenery and fountains, this opulent palace is well worth the stop.
Another baroque masterpiece, the Benedictine Abbey Church, can be found in Tihany. King Andrew I’s church crowns the hill and is considered a dominant feature of the town.
Besides exploring Hungary’s architecture, the northern side is home to Tapolca Lake Caves, where you can sit on a boat and discover nature’s art, submerged under the town’s streets!
Heading towards the south-side of this turquoise lake Siófok is the place to visit! In this town stands a 45-meter-high Water Tower symbolizing the largest city in the area. The tower offers a birds-eye view of the region’s dazzling panorama, making a spectacular backdrop to any photo!
July is usually a loud season for the southern shore of Balaton since the town Zamárdi is the heart of the Balaton Sound Music Festival!
Fun fact, Fonyód is another waterside town and is renowned for its mineral water which is bottled by the Croatian company Jana.