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Beautiful natural scenery, watersports and historic landmarks are some of the features of a vacation at Lake Balaton. This is central Europe's largest freshwater lake and the region encompasses hills, mountains and lakeside towns and resorts. Hike through the landscape, take a boat cruise across the water and tour a splendid 18th-century Baroque palace.
The lake stretches for approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) and there are many beaches along its shoreline where you can relax and swim. In addition to swimming there are lots of other water-based activities here, including sailing, surfing, waterskiing and wakeboarding. Stay active when you are back on dry land by cycling along lake-side paths that extend for more than 124 miles (200 kilometers) around the body of water.
Carve out some time to tour the lake’s towns and villages. Explore Balatonfüred on the lake's northern shore. Visit museums housed in old villas, drink from a mineral spring well and walk along the Tagore Promenade. Go to Tihany, located on the Tihany Peninsula for its medieval Benedictine abbey. Nearby is a geyser field.
Journey to Keszthely on the western shore to see the majestic Festetics Palace, an 18th-century masterpiece built for a noble family. Enjoy the party atmosphere at Siófok, the biggest town on the lake. Refresh your body in nearby Heviz, a town famed for its spas.
Take advantage of the lake’s scenic backdrop with some outdoor adventures. Hike through the Balaton Upland National Park, see the large basalt columns of the Káli Basin and try bird watching in the Kis Balaton wetlands area. Among the species you might see are white-tailed eagles and ospreys. In winter, go ice skating, ice sailing and ice windsurfing when the lake freezes over.
Reach Lake Balaton by driving from Budapest, a journey that can take up to 2 hours, depending on which part of the lake you are visiting. There are also train services from the Hungarian capital to several historical and picturesque destinations around the lake.
Situated in Balatonfured, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tagore Sétány and Round Temple. Jókai Memorial Museum and Balaton Uplands National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Siofok, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Marina Siofok and Golden Shore. Tihany Abbey is 11.9 mi (19.2 km) away.
Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to Jókai Memorial Museum, Round Temple, and Tagore Sétány. Local attractions also include Visszhang-hegy and Open-air Folk Museum.
Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Calvinist Protestant Church, Balatonalmadi Beach, and Granary Wine Museum. Somlyo Hill Viewpoint and Balaton Uplands National Park are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated on the beach, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jókai Memorial Museum and Round Temple. Tagore Sétány and Balaton Uplands National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marina Siofok, Siófok Protestant Church, and Golden Shore. Silver Shore is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.
Situated on the beach, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Balatonalmadi Beach, Granary Wine Museum, and Calvinist Protestant Church. Somlyo Hill Viewpoint and Balaton Uplands National Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated on the beach, this pension is within 3 mi (5 km) of Silver Shore, Marina Siofok, and Siófok Protestant Church. Golden Shore is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.