There are so many things to see and do at Lake Balaton that it’s sometimes hard to pick the right one. If you’re not sure where to go, these 15 attractions are always a solid choice.
Badacsony towers over Lake Balaton, a volcanic hill popular with hikers – but it’s also so much more than that: it’s the home of excellent vineyards and offers outstanding culinary delights. Not to mention, of course, the view from the top.
Atop Csobánc hill once stood a castle of historic importance during the 1700s. Now there are only ruins, but the area has a special atmosphere, and a view that’s worth the climb.
A trip to the most visited palace in the country is also a trip back in time. From a beautiful library to multiple exhibitions, this Baroque landmark in Keszthely offers attractions that will keep you occupied throughout a whole day.
Balatonboglár’s rather unique globe-cum-lookout tower is one you can’t miss if you're in the area. Although the view is pretty spectacular, the iron structure itself merits investigation.
Balatonföldvár History of Sailing Visitor Center
A lookout tower and an exhibition space in one, the History of Sailing Visitor Centre in Balatonföldvár is a great spot to visit if you're with the kids as they can play with a wind machine and get to know about sailing ships.
An iconic Balaton spot, the basalt columns of Hegyestű on the north shore offer an easy hike and a unique view. There’s also a geological exhibition site and an outdoor stone collection nearby if you want to learn more about the area.
Kis-Balaton is a lively nature reserve at the western edge of Lake Balaton. Its marshes have a rich bird population, making it the perfect spot for ornithology as well as lovely walks in peaceful surroundings.
Szentbékkálla Stone Field
The Szentbékkálla Stone Field (also known as Kőtenger) is a unique natural site: spread out across a plain, it features rocks of all shapes and sizes that used to sit on what was the bed of the Pannonian Sea. This sea of stones is a nice spot for a hike which you can reach after a 15-minute walk from Szentbékkálla.
Castle of Szigliget
Szigliget Castle is one of the most emblematic sights in the region. Currently under renovation, this 750-year-old fortress is a multi-faceted destination with exciting exhibitions, open-air concerts and a stellar view.
Tagore Promenade in Balatonfüred
Balatonfüred’s famous Tagore Promenade is lined with restaurants, cafés and ice-cream parlours along the shore of Lake Balaton. It’s a lively, buzzing spot by the marina, and although it gets crowded, you really can’t visit Balatonfüred without stopping by.
The iconic two towers of Tihany offer a magical view along with intriguing exhibitions. Of great historic value, the monastery here dating back nearly 1,000 years, the abbey runs its own confectionery, creating desserts from the lavender that surrounds this sacred site. They even make lavender beer...!
Old Lavender Field
The Old Lavender Field of Tihany is a hidden gem: in June, when lavender is in bloom, the landscape is a mass of fragrant purple. Various products are made from the blossoms, from oils to beers, which you can try and purchase around Tihany.
Fire Lookout Tower
Walking through the cobblestoned streets of Veszprém’s Castle District is like travelling back in time. There are plenty of other attractions nearby, too, such as the Fire Lookout Tower and the exhibition space at Dubniczay Palace.
Villa Romana Baláca
Located north of Csopak, the Villa Romana Baláca exhibition site is a unique set of ruins dating back to ancient Pannonia, and the Roman presence in the region. The most spectacular features are the mosaics, but there are also everyday objects and statues on display.
A rather rare sight in the Balaton region, Zalaszántó’s Stupa is temple symbolising the spirit and wisdom of Buddha as well as peace, happiness and enlightenment. Visiting the Stupa is free of charge, and a one-of-a-kind experience.