Despite the cold, photographers working at Balaton have gone straight out to capture the sudden onset of winter. We pick out 20 pictures to showcase snowy scenes around the lake.
Most people wouldn’t think that life at Lake Balaton can be just as exciting in winter as it is in summer. Sure, the days around the water are slower this time of year, but Zala, Veszprém, and Somogy Counties all show a side of theirs that is definitely worth putting on some more layers and brave the cold. Hikes, culture, skating, wine, and beigli, the inevitable sweet treat of Christmas in Hungary – these are only a few of the things no one should miss at Lake Balaton in winter.
Years ago, this time of the year usually meant that the hospitality industry of the area would freeze just like the lake itself – however, many of them stay open all through the seasons these days. We rounded up 34 restaurants where we can stop by through our wintertime Balaton-adventures: wine-bistros, gastro-pubs, hidden apartment-restaurants, and even the hidden cellar of an aristocrat’s castle are among them.
The recently opened ice rink and saunas in Szigliget’s beach are already becoming popular among the locals who were quick to try them. The residents of Szigliget have been organizing a Christmas-tree celebration and a New Year’s Splash in Lake Balaton for years, and they weren’t holding back now either. After all of this, who dares to say that there’s nothing to do at Lake Balaton in winter?