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What to do at Lake Balaton when it's raining

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  • Chilembu Krisztina

12/1/2018 5:46 PM

From interactive museums and wine tastings to culinary delights and spa sessions, there’s plenty to do around Lake Balaton even when it’s raining cats and dogs.

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Hévíz Lake Spa

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8380 Hévíz, Dr. Schulhof Vilmos sétány 1.

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The world’s largest natural-spring lake is renowned for its healing waters, which you can enjoy even in the bad weather. Afterwards you can sample the hot tub or try a sauna session.

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Festetics Palace

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8360 Keszthely, Kastély utca 1.

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The country’s largest palace offers a whole day's worth of attractions, such as an 18-room exhibition about how noble dynasties lived, an awe-inspiring library and a carriage exhibit.

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Balaton Museum

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8360 Keszthely, Múzeum utca 2.

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Balaton Museum awaits visitors with an interactive exhibition featuring archaeological finds, ship mock-ups, bathing suits and more.

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Tapolca Cave Lake

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8300 Tapolca, Kisfaludy Sándor utca 3.

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You can row through the extensive system of caves below the settlement. Just make sure to book your visit ahead as it can get pretty busy at the visitor centre.

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Csigó-malom - Stílus Galéria

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8286 Gyulakeszi, Kossuth Lajos utca 109.

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Stílus Galéria is a shop and exhibition space with a selection of antiques, including furniture, clothes, porcelain and valuable vintage treasure.

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Szigliget beach

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8264 Szigliget, Soponyai út

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Szigliget beach is open every season: when it’s cold, you can use the sauna, when it’s very cold, you can use the ice rink. If you are truly adventurous, you can cool down in the lake after your sauna session.

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Gyógynövény-völgy

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8251 Zánka, Fő utca 3-7.

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Gyógynövény-völgy in Zánka grows about 500 kinds of herbs on its grounds. You can warm up with herb wines and teas in the buffet.

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Tihany Abbey

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8237 Tihany, I. András tér 1.

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Join one of the tours that will take you to places otherwise closed to the public such as the Baroque sacristy, the monastery’s herb garden and the monk’s chapel – keep in mind that you have to book five days ahead.

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Levendula Ház Visitor Center

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8237 Tihany, Major utca 67.

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Levendula Ház in Tihany showcases the origin of the peninsula, its flora and fauna, and, of course, its lavender. You can shop for lavender essential oils, soaps, bathing salts and syrups in the gift shop.

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KOGART Tihany

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8237 Tihany, Kossuth Lajos utca 10.

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Besides the permanent exhibition showcasing the work of sculptor Miklós Boros, KOGART also has exciting temporary displays.

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Vitorlás Restaurant and "Vitorlázeum" Sailing Museum

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8230 Balatonfüred, Tagore sétány 1.

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Balatonfüred’s Sailing Museum offers an interactive exhibition where you can learn how to make knots and see what a storm is like on Balaton thanks to the storm simulator.

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Karolina Café

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8230, Balatonfüred, Zákonyi Ferenc utca 4.

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The mix of homemade cookies, family recipes and views of Lake Balaton makes Karolina a great destination. Make sure to try their iconic metre-long gingerbread.

There are two Bergmann confectioneries in Balatonfüred, and both are perfect choices on a rainy day. Pair their cream cake with a cup of warming alcoholic coffee.

Arácsi, a bit further from the centre, is known for its Cremeschnitte and its pies. Enjoy a sweet bite amid the books of this cosy little spot.

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Jásdi Wine Cellar

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8229 Csopak, Arany János utca 2.

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Jásdi Wine Terrace is open all year round and it’s one of the Balaton spots you can’t miss. Go for their Olaszriesling, and don’t forget to enjoy the view while sipping your wine.

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Modern Art Gallery - Vass László Collection

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8200 Veszprém, Vár utca 3-7.

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Located at Veszprém Castle, the Vass László Collection is one of the largest of its kind in the country, showcasing the works of contemporary artists.

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Veszprém Castle Dungeon

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8200 Veszprém, Vár utca 19.

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This exhibition at Veszprém Castle focuses on 17th-century dungeons and the prisoners held in its cells.

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Attila József Memorial House

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8624 Balatonszárszó, József Attila utca 7.

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Attila József was a revered Hungarian poet with a tragic story – you can learn more about him at this exhibition in Balatonszárszó.

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Galerius Adventure Spa and Wellness Centre

17/18

8600 Siófok-Szabadifürdő, Szent László utca 183.

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There are plenty of options to choose from at this spa, including various saunas, a hot tub and a giant slide.

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Kistücsök Restaurant

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8636 Balatonszemes, Bajcsy Zsilinszky út 25.

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Kistücsök offers seasonal and simple dishes made with local ingredients. It’s often hard to snag a free table, as the place is quite popular.

Márga Bistro builds on the excellent wines of Szent Donát Manor – besides the creations on your plate, you can also enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Lake Balaton here.

Visit Mi a kő in Káli Basin to enjoy contemporary art and local flavours.

Neked Főztem’s latest addition smokes meats and is always searching for the best local ingredients.

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