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What to do at Lake Balaton when it's raining

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Saturday, December 1, 2018 — Krisztina Chilembu

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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.

Relax at Hévíz

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Hévíz Lake Spa

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.

Visit Festetics Palace

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Festetics Palace

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.

Get to know Balaton history

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Balaton Museum

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.

Row through Tapolca Cave Lake

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Tapolca Cave Lake

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.

Hunt for treasure at Csigó Malom

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi - We Love Balaton

Csigó-malom - Stílus Galéria

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.

Enjoy a sauna session on the beach

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi - We Love Balaton

Szigliget beach

8264 Szigliget, Soponyai út

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.

Taste herbs at Gyógynövény-völgy

Photo: László Mudra - We Love Balaton


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.

Explore the secrets of Tihany Abbey

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Tihany Abbey

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.

Learn more about lavender

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Levendula Ház Visitor Center

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.

See spectacular artwork at KOGART

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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.

Learn more about sailing

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi - We Love Balaton

Vitorlás Restaurant and "Vitorlázeum" Sailing Museum


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.

Get to know Balatonfüred’s sweet side

Photo: László Mudra - We Love Balaton

Karolina Café

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.

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi - We Love Balaton

Bergmann Confectionery - Petőfi Sándor Street

8230 Balatonfüred, Petőfi Sándor utca 64.
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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.

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi - We Love Balaton

Arácsi Confectionery

8230 Balatonfüred, Arácsi út 132.
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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.

Taste the wines of István Jásdi

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Jásdi Wine Cellar

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.

See contemporary paintings

Photo: Csongor Kripolszky - We Love Balaton

Modern Art Gallery - Vass László Collection


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.

See castle dungeons

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi - We Love Balaton

Veszprém Castle Dungeon

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.

Learn more about a tragic literary figure

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Attila József Memorial House

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.

Enjoy a sauna session at Galerius Spa

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Galerius Adventure Spa and Wellness Centre

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.

Eat at one of Balaton’s top restaurants

Photo: Alexandra Heim - We Love Balaton

Kistücsök Restaurant

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.

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi - We Love Balaton

MÁRGA Bistro

8229 Csopak, Szitahegyi utca 28.
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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.

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi - We Love Balaton

Mi a kő - The House of Káli-medence's Wines


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

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi - We Love Balaton

Neked Főztem – Balatonfüred

8230 Balatonfüred, Aranyhíd sétány 8.
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Neked Főztem’s latest addition smokes meats and is always searching for the best local ingredients.

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