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Lake Balaton


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Hungary's favorite summertime retreat!

Lake Balaton is Central Europe's largest lake, offering 120 miles of shoreline, bright waters, and a host of activities.

Primarily a summer destination, Balaton is an easy one hour drive from Budapest. With such a vast shoreline, Balaton offers something for everyone with natural reserves and wetlands, a wine region, sailing, thermal baths, musical performances, a variety of sport activities and of course its famous shallow, warm waters to relax in. We recommend staying in Balatonfüred, a charming Baroque town that, with its promenades and tree-lined avenues, is the quieter counterpart to the brash party capital of Siofok across the water.

Just down the coast from Balatonfüred, the Tihany Peninsula nearly bisects the lake. Centered around an 11th century abbey that was rebuilt in the Baroque style in the 18th century, Tinhany offers some of the best views of the lake, and is a popular destination for the wealthy, who have made it into Hungary's richest village. From the Abbey, be sure to take advantage of Tinhany's famous echo. For travelers in Hungary looking for a few days of fun and sun, or even just a few quiet days by the water, this is the place to be.

What we love about Lake Balaton

Norbert

Budapest City Host & Central Europe Destination Expert

As Balaton occupies about 99% of my heart, it's hard to give a specific reason why I love it. Honestly, I don't think there was a year ever since I was born when I didn't go to the lake at least for a couple of days in the summer. To me, Lake Balaton means peace, endless nights at the beach, family, lángos, teenage love - this list could go on forever. I definitely see it as my second, if not first, home.

Bettina

Central Europe Team Leader

Hot summer days, ice cream, fried fish, friends and family you love, jumping into the lake to cool down, enjoying the sun, relaxing. Summertime at Lake Balaton is one of the sweetest memories that everybody treasures all year round, and we invite you to also experience this when visiting Hungary. With our guidance, you will have an amazing time!

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Lake Balaton

Spend some time in Lake Balaton on a tour that takes in other cities in Hungary and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Lake Balaton and other destinations throughout Hungary and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Where to stay in Lake Balaton

Modern Heritage Hotel
One of the oldest hotels in Balatonfüred, this one has truly a lot to share with visitors. The location is perfect and the staff very welcoming.
Stylish Boutique Hotel
Perfect choice for guests who would like to enjoy a bit more privacy in a beautiful setting quite close to the lake.

Things to do in Lake Balaton

For those in Budapest looking to escape the summer heat, Lake Balaton is an ideal place to cool down. The lake and its surroundings offer a variety of outdoor activities including swimming, canoeing and sailing. The most interesting part of the lake from a sightseeing and historical perspective is the Tihany peninsula and we can arrange a private guided tour there. If the weather is cooperating you do not want to miss taking a dip in the lake's blue waters.

Tihany Peninsula Private Day Trip from Balatonfured
Private Sunset Sailing Excursion

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Lake Balaton

How long should I stay at Lake Balaton?
We recommend spending two days at Lake Balaton, to have time to enjoy the beach, historic places, and even the Tihany Peninsula (with some potential wine tasting).
What are Lake Balaton's best beaches?
One of the largest beaches on Lake Balaton's north coast, Kisfaludy is relatively cheap, and offers "adventure pools" with waterslides. The family-friendly Eszterházy beach, by the Tagore Promenade, has a beautiful panorama of the Tihany Peninsula, and some "adventure pools" itself.
What are Lake Balaton's must-see sights?
Balatonfüred is one of Lake Balaton's most beautiful towns, thanks in part to its baroque buildings and 19th century mansions. A relaxing walk to its main square and the Tagore Promenade is a good way to recharge the soul. Swim in Lake Balaton, and sail on its waters. We also recommend making a day trip to the Tihany Peninsula, which nearly cuts the lake in half, either on your own, or with a private guide we can provide.
How can I get local currency?
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There is only one exchange place in Balatonfüred. It is located at Tesco, 55 Széchenyi Street. It is open every day from 9 am - 9 pm.
ATMs in Balatonfüred (there are more):
2 Gyógy tér (OTP Bank)
55 Széchenyi Street (Erste Bank)

We recommend taking out money at a bank ATM, such as OTP Bank's machine at 2 Gyógy tér. By the Tesco at 55 Széchenyi Street, you can use Erste Bank's ATM, or exchange money from 9 AM to 9 PM.
What are typical prices at Lake Balaton?
A simple lunch with drink costs around $6, and a three-course dinner would put you back around $25. Beach entrance fees are around $3-5.
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