Travel guide to Lake Balaton


Local name

Travel preparation


Best time to visit

The Balaton Lake is nicest in spring and summer, where you can bathe in the lake or sail on in. But the place is also worth visiting during the rest of the year. Even though the lake is iced in winter, you can still watch the beautiful scenery around it. It can get very cold in winter, though.

Local conditions


Time zone

When it is 12.00 in Britain it is 13.00 by the Balaton Lake

Culture and entertainment

A visit in Balatonfüred by the Balaton Lake is always entertaining. The place is famous for its warm, healing springs. It you are culturally interested, you should visit Székesfehérvár, which is located between the lake and Budapest. In Székesfehérvár the town hall is a baroque building form the 17the century. You can also see the Zichy Paladset and the Ruin Garden, which is a sort of open-air museum.

Accommodation / Hotel

There are lots of hotels around the southern part of the Balaton Lake, and they come in all price ranges, but the large hotel chains are dominant. Around the northern part of the lake there is not as much tourism and thus fewer hotels. But you can easily find accommodation. Book your hotel in Lake Balaton here

Local transport



It is easy to get a taxi by the Balaton Lake. By the large tourist resorts they go by taximeter, otherwise settle the price with the chauffeur.

Other transport

There are good bus connections from the Balaton Lake to the rest of Hungary. Trains go to the mountainous areas and a special train takes a beautiful trip around the Balaton Lake. Watch for the MÁV trains.

Special conditions

East of Balatonfüred is the Badacsony region, where you can do beautiful hikes. The area is also famous for its wine production.
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