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New harbour for Balatonfüred with ferry season in full swing

A blue ribbon day at Balatonfüred, with the unveiling of a new harbour, Kékszalag, capable of accommodating some 140 sailing boats.

Fri, 17 Jun 2022


Boats to sail between Balatonakali and Balatonszemes – with free service for locals

Get on board for the new boat service between Balatonakali and Balatonszemes this summer – running from Friday to Sunday.

Wed, 4 May 2022


Giro d’Italia cycle race roadshow rolls by Balaton

Think pink! The Giro d’Italia cycle race and its road show will be running through Badacsony, Tihany and Balatonfüred this Sunday afternoon, 8 May.

Wed, 13 Apr 2022


Richie Hawtin and Sven Väth confirmed for B my Lake stage at Balaton Sound

Catch big-name international DJs at Balaton Sound this year, which is merging with B my Lake this summer between 29 June and 2 July.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022


Wizz Air to fly out of Hévíz-Balaton airport from June

Off the radar for many years, Hévíz-Balaton at Sármellék is now back in the frame with the news that Hungarian budget carrier Wizz Air will be using the airport for Dortmund flights from this June.

Sat, 26 Mar 2022


B my Lake festival to run at same time and place as Balaton Sound

There's an electroclash of music festivals at Balaton this year, as B my Lake and Balaton Sound now combine at the Zamárdi site from late June. Full line-up details expected soon!

Tue, 15 Mar 2022


The widow of the nation – Mrs Sándor Petőfi, the wife and muse who inspired Hungary’s hero of 1848

The woman behind the legend, Sándor Petőfi's wife, Júlia Szendrey, was as revolutionary as her husband, independent, talented and a published author in her own right. Yet her story is barely told...

Wed, 9 Mar 2022


Main streets in Balatonfüred to be made car-free

The main Balaton resort of Balatonfüred will welcome more pedestrians and cyclists this summer after banning traffic from key streets in the town centre, widening pavements and restaurant terraces.

Thu, 24 Feb 2022


Mel Gibson tries wines in Csopak and dines in Veszprém

Oscar winner Mel Gibson nipped into the Jásdi Winery in Csopak for a crafty glass of wine and dined at the Fricska restaurant in Veszprém while taking a break from filming The Continental in Hungary.

Fri, 18 Feb 2022


Star DJs Paul Kalkbrenner and Martin Garrix confirmed for Balaton Sound 2022

Paul Kalkbrenner, Martin Garrix and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike all to perform at Balaton Sound 2022, along with Becky Hill, Timmy Trumpet and Marshmello.

Thu, 3 Feb 2022

sights & culture

Best decorative wine cellars around Balaton’s vineyards

Take a winter tour of historic wine cellars around Lake Balaton, each with their own unique decoration and quaint architectural solutions.

Tue, 1 Feb 2022


New lookout tower offers panoramas of Balaton on four levels

Climb the four levels of the new lookout tower outside Balatonberény for views of monadnocks, Szigliget Castle and even the Tihany peninsula on a clear day.

Tue, 25 Jan 2022


Winter at Lake Balaton – see our photos of icy waters and fiery sunsets

Even without a blanket of snow, Lake Balaton can be magical in winter, sunset flooding the barren landscape and wildlife taking to the freezing waters in search of sustenance.

Tue, 18 Jan 2022


150 years of ice sailing on Lake Balaton

Some winters, the ice on Lake Balaton is thick enough for adapted sailboats to race across the surface. The first attempt took place 150 years ago – we look back at this heroic sporting tradition.

Fri, 14 Jan 2022


New video shows Balaton freezing but ice not thick enough for skaters

Skate ye not. A new time-lapse video posted onto a police website shows the dangers of the thin ice currently on the surface of Lake Balaton, with strict fines imposed for anyone who ventures onto it.

Wed, 12 Jan 2022


Take part in Skating Night around Balaton!

Get your skates on when Saturday, 22 January comes around as ice rinks around Balaton will be opening late, offering special prices and laying on special events!

Mon, 10 Jan 2022

Mon, 13 Dec 2021


Where cuisine and cycling dovetail – new book ‘How to cook at Lake Balaton’ combines chefs’ tips and day trips

Just published, ‘How to cook at Lake Balaton’ showcases the stellar cuisine, cultural highlights and key chefs for visitors to this year-round destination – with particular tips for cyclists!

Fri, 10 Dec 2021

sights & culture

Rare historic finds discovered in Tihany – expert study awaits on remains of András I

Experts are confident that remains discovered at the Benedictine Abbey of Tihany are the bones of András I, who ruled Hungary in the 11th century.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021


Diana Krall, James Blunt and Ana Moura to appear at VeszprémFest 2022

Book your tickets now for Diana Krall, James Blunt and Ana Moura, all to appear at VeszprémFest 2022, due to take place between 11-16 July.

Fri, 27 Aug 2021


Balatonfüred to host SUP World Championships

One of the world's fastest-growing sports, SUP now has its own world championships – and the 2021 edition is coming to Balatonfüred 9-12 September.

Thu, 19 Aug 2021


Best new terrace spots around Lake Balaton

Check out these top terrace spots around Lake Balaton while the summer sun is still upon us – from pulled pork at Balatonakali to fine wines at Figula Borkert.

Fri, 13 Aug 2021


5 great new places on Balaton’s south shore

Hey, it's still summer! Check out these great new places along Balaton's south shore, from Helka craft beers on the 'Földvár waterfront to vegan treats in Siófok.

Fri, 23 Jul 2021


English-language horseback riding experience launches near Balaton

In the beautiful countryside around Káptalantóti, Finns Sonja Mäkinen and Aime Kuusela offer English-language tuition at Riding in Hungary, no previous experience required!

Thu, 1 Jul 2021


Food trucks to roll around Balaton this summer

It's going to be a bumper summer around Balaton this year for food trucks, with festivals and events galore, and thousands of visitors to cater for.