Lake Balaton is alive and well in autumn. Here’s how to enjoy it to the fullest this season.
Find a guesthouse with a roaring fire
Many guesthouses at Lake Balaton stay open in autumn and the ones with fireplaces, such as Zsóka Fogadója in Szentantalfa, Fürjes Udvarház in Vászoly or Babérliget Guesthouse in Polány, are the best for relaxation after a long day spent hiking and drinking wine.
Take an active sporty break
Some hotels around Lake Balaton are either situated in an environment perfect for sport or they put an emphasis on an active lifestyle – look for these if you need any motivation to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Splash around at a pleasant spa
Relax and heal in the warm thermal waters at some of the best spas Lake Balaton has to offer, located in Hévíz, Zalakaros and Kehidakustány.
Savour champagne from its producer
Balaton might be rich in winemaking regions, but wine isn’t the only thing made from grapes here – more and more producers are venturing into producing champagne.
Sip heartwarming Olaszriesling
Olaszriesling is the most common variety of wine at Balaton. Amazing examples can be found around the various winemaking regions of the area, perfect for autumn evenings.
Autumn is a season when only the quality restaurants of Lake Balaton stay open. Visit Kistücsök on the south shore or Neked Főztem on the north, for a satisfying meal.
Enjoy the Indian summer on a terrace
The Indian summer is perfect for great hikes and relaxation on the terraces of autumn-opening restaurants, such as newbie Taberna Infinito on Szent György-hegy or the remodelled St Orban in Badacsony.
Eat quality Hungarian cuisine
Hungarian cuisine and autumn go together well. Visit Zománc in Vászoly or János Vendéglő in Siófok for traditional domestic dishes of excellent quality.
Spoil yourself with a tasty dessert
Some confectioneries stay open after summer, and they feel cosier now that the crowds are gone. Villa Gréta in Siófok on the south shore and Mónisüti in Gyenesdiás on the north are both perfect for sweet bites.
Sit by church ruins and ponder
The church ruins of Balaton will not only take you back in time, but they are also ideal places for contemplation. You can find them mostly on the north shore, at Salföld, Dörgicse and Somogyvár.
Visit exhibitions around the lake
There are plenty of permanent and temporary exhibitions around the lake to keep you busy even on a rainy day. Both Dubniczay Palace in Veszprém and Kogart in Tihany have exciting artwork on display this autumn.
Climb the solitary hills of Lake Balaton
The solitary hills of Lake Balaton, like Badacsony, Gulács, Csobánc or Hegyesd, are all perfect for an autumnal hike. The view from the top will be a great reward for your efforts.