Keszthely, Lake Balaton © Judith Duk
Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Europe and the premier vacation region in Hungary. Lining both shores of its 48-mile (77km) stretch are many towns and resorts, and the north and south shores are distinctly different in character offering something for everyone.
The south shore is thronged by a string of characterless resorts and high-rise buildings where crowds of young people congregate for a hedonistic holiday of sun and fun. Besides pretty beaches and good swimming, there is numerous land and water based activities, and at night the discos pulsate until the early hours. Siófok is the largest and busiest resort that dominates the southern shore during the summer months, but is completely dead in winter.
By contrast the northern shore has limited waterfront development due to its deeper, colder waters and reed beds; its attractions are of an historical and cultural nature rather than activity-centred. Although there are resorts here, it is a destination for those travellers looking for less ostentatious showiness, rather more in the way of scenery, interesting towns and sights, and mineral spas, complemented by the fine wines from the nearby hills of Badacsony. The oldest and most popular spa resort is Balantonfüred, with an easygoing sophistication and relaxed atmosphere. Jutting out into the lake and almost joining the northern and southern shores is the Tihany Peninsula, which has an old Benedictine Abbey in the quaint town and is surrounded by a nature reserve, which many consider to be the most beautiful place on the lake. To the west and marking the end of the northern shore is the interesting town of Keszthely.
Lake Balaton being one of the Europe's largest freshwater bodies attracts a respectful amount of tourist every year. Lake Balaton attracts visitors from North America, Australia, and other European countries. Finding vacation rentals in the adjacent towns of Siofok, Balatonfured and Keszthely the oldest town in the Balaton region of Hungary.
Lake Balaton has been a popular recreation area since the Roman times when the aristocracy built villas and set up health spas here. It was also a famous winegrowing region and the graceful rolling hills, cool water and warm sunshine still provide the perfect setting and climate for both vacations and vineyards.
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Hiking in the northern hills. Exploring wine cellars. A well worn trail is the climb up Badacsony Hill, which is peppered with small wine growers selling their wines by the glass and bottle. Much of it is mediocre but you may find some gems. Treat it like a pub crawl and have fun. ...
Lake Balaton can be accessed by flying to nearby Sármellék International Airport, although better flight connections are available through Budapest International Airport (120km away). Budapest is very well connected to other European cities by a large selection of traditional carriers and budget airlines offering low cost flights. If you are interested in airline tickets you can log on to almost any travel site for more information on the best flights, rates and travel tips.