Cosier in autumn, Lake Balaton hides tranquil sights well worth discovering.
Noszlopy Gáspár Lookout Tower
Named after a hero of the Hungarian Revolution of 1849-49, this structure towers 400 metres above the landscape, providing a view from Várpalota to Fonyód. Nearby Hidegkút is a lovely village, so it’s worth to take a walk through its streets before heading to the lookout tower.
Tapolcai-medence is rich in solitary hillocks such as Tóti-hegy, Csobánc, Hegyesd, Haláp or Gulács. The hike up to the top is adventurous and you can easily get lost, but once you are at the top, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view.
Historic Cistercian Library
This ridge has a unique flora and an exciting hiking trail about an hour’s drive away from Keszthely. You’ll have to climb ladders along the way, but stay away if there’s been any rain because it can become very dangerous.
Parish Church of Sümeg
Sümeg Parish Church has been termed the Hungarian Sistine Chapel. Baroque frescos by Franz Anton Maulbertsch cover the entire interior of a building that was finished during the reign of Maria Theresa. You can admire the paintings individually here.
Rezi Castle and Study Trail
Although Rezi Castle was of no military importance, local nobles always held it in high esteem. Built in the 1200s, the fortress had lost its function by the 1600s. It’s been a ruin ever since. Sitting on a 427-metre-high cliff, Rezi Castle has been open to visitors since its renovation at the turn of the new millennium.
Ruins of Szent András Church
Slap in the middle of nowhere, the ruins of this Árpád-era church will take you back 1,000 years. It’s best to visit on overcast, moody days: standing amid the old rocks really feels like being in a time warp.
Szent László Monastery ruins – Somogyvár
Somogyvár is a historically important location. King Szent László founded the Saint Giles Monastery here, which is now named after the monarch himself. The settlement used to be a religious, administrative and intellectual centre of the region. Today, a visitor centre awaits sightseers at the ruins.
Fekete-hegy is located near Köveskál: from there you can follow a trail marked with a yellow triangle to reach the hill. At the top, a lookout tower provides a fine view of the Káli Basin. The lakes on the hill are natural wonders. It’s still a mystery how these were formed. It’s best to come on rainy days because that’s when they are at their most beautiful.
Töreki Lakes Study Trail
This hidden study trail near Siófok is unbelievably green. The chain of lakes is a natural paradise of endless silence and tranquillity. The study trail goes along the lakes and there’s even a small lookout tower to climb.