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The 10 best museums to visit at Lake Balaton


  • Póli Emma

3/5/2019 11:54 AM

Offering interactive and innovative exhibitions, the best museums around Lake Balaton provide plenty to keep you occupied on rainy days.

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Amazon House Visitor Center


8360 Keszthely, Kastély utca 11.

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This 18th-century building in Keszthely houses an exhibition about the traveling habits of the Hungarian nobility with an abundance of items you can interact with, making any visit a truly engaging experience.

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Balaton Museum


8360 Keszthely, Múzeum utca 2.

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Also located in Keszthely, the Balaton Museum is the official institution dealing with local history, with exhibitions that will help you learn everything there is to know about how Balaton developed through the ages.

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Egry József Museum


8261 Badacsony, Egry sétány 12.

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Dedicated to Hungarian painter József Egry, a key Balaton painter, this Badacsony museum is a great stop for lovers of art. You can see Egry’s ethereal Balaton depictions as well as learn more about his life within the framework of the permanent exhibition.

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Festetics Palace


8360 Keszthely, Kastély utca 1.

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A must-see sight, Festetics Palace in Keszthely offers attractions worth a whole day’s visit, including a spectacular library, an extensive exhibition on the lifestyles of the nobility, another exhibition of carriages and more.

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8237 Tihany, Kossuth Lajos utca 10.

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Located in Tihany, this exhibition space puts on outstanding contemporary exhibitions, along with a permanent one showcasing one of the greatest Hungarian sculptors of the 20th century, Miklós Borsos, who spent his summers on the lakeshore.

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Levendula Ház Visitor Center


8237 Tihany, Major utca 67.

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The Levendula Ház focuses on the surrounding Tihany Peninsula with an interactive exhibition. The Visitor Centre also has a wide selection of lavender products made from the area’s treasured plant.

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Pannon Observatory


8427 Bakonybél, Szent Gellért tér 9.

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The observatory at Bakonybél is a professionally equipped centre where, thanks to lack of light pollution, visitors can get closer to the stars. It is also an adventure park with an interactive exhibition allowing you to understand a bit more about the night sky.

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Veszprém Castle Dungeon


8200 Veszprém, Vár utca 19.

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The cells at Veszprém Castle Dungeon offer a haunting look into the lives of its former inhabitants.

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Vitorlás Restaurant and "Vitorlázeum" Sailing Museum


8230 Balatonfüred, Tagore sétány 1.

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Visit this museum in Balatonfüred if you are interested in the history of sailing. The storm simulator is the most popular part of the exhibition, letting you experience what a storm feels like on the waters of Lake Balaton.

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8230 Balatonfüred, Honvéd utca 2-4.

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Balatonfüred’s outstanding exhibition space brings the best of the arts to the shores of Lake Balaton, with temporary exhibitions showcasing the works of distinguished artists.

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