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Balaton for Families - 5 days



How long it takes?
5 days
Best vehicle choice for this plan:
car
public transport
bicycle
This region is famous for:
Baths, Spas  and Beaches
Castles, Forts, Palaces
Culture and monuments
Natural values
Balaton
Families
Day 1
Sümeg Castle

The largest and most intact castle in Hungary, a popular tourist destination not only because of its sheer scale, but also its various events, activities and services. The path to the gate is up a steep slope, so we recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes. The exhibitions on the castle’s history, together with the castle games and the exciting horse shows, give you an idea of what life was like in the fortress, which was built at the end of the 13th century. Every generation will find the castle chapel, the prison exhibition and the smithy interesting, and the visit to the castle will be like an interactive history lesson for children. Visit the medieval adventure park at the foot of the castle for even more fun.

Festetics Palace

The Baroque-style building in the centre of Keszthely is one of the most beautiful palaces in the country. Construction began in the 18th century, with the palace reaching its current size by the 1880s. Its colourful park is the most significant feat of landscaping in Central Europe, so be sure to take a walk either before or after visiting the inside of the building. The Helikon Palace Museum is an exhibition that gives visitors a picture of what life was like for aristocrats and the luxurious life of the Festetics family. The palace is home to the only intact aristocratic private library remaining in Hungary, which escaped the ravages of World War II in an astonishing turn of events worthy of the silver screen. Certain scenes of the movie Kincsem were also filmed in the palace.

Zobori Adventure Park

The adventure park in Zalaszabar offers fun for all ages: the youngest members of the family can try the indoor slide house, the water playground and indoor play centre, while the others will enjoy the escape room, the 4DX cinema, the 3D Exojet simulator and the VR zone. With the help of state-of-the-art technology, you can experience what it is like to ride on the most famous rollercoasters in the world, fly a fighter jet or drive a racing car.

Day 2
Tapolca Lake Cave Visitor Centre

The Lake Cave discovered in 1903 is merely a short section of the sprawling cave system under the town. Even children will find the interactive exhibition of the Visitor Centre exciting, with its ‘stone-feeling point’ and crawling cave, and you can also learn about the animals that lived in the Bakony Hills in ancient times. You can then paddle a boat on a 180-metre-long section of the lake under the ground in crystal-clear water. Suggestion: once you are back on the surface, enjoy a short walk to the Mediterranean Malom Lake, where you will see colourful fish zigzagging through the water.

Szigliget Castle

One of the most beautiful castles in the Balaton Uplands was built 750 years ago. It resisted all attempts at invasion by the Ottoman army, but was burnt down due to lightning and then destroyed by the Habsburgs. The renovation of the castle was completed in 2020: it now has more interactive elements, an exhibition and a covered space as well. The exhibitions present what the daily life of a medieval castle was like, from the smithy through the prison tower to the armoury.

Folly Arboretum and Winery

The first special trees and plants in the arboretum in Badacsonyörs were planted by Dr Gyula Folly on his family estate. Today, a fourth generation of gardeners tend to the hundreds of established trees, whose huge canopies provide visitors with cool shade even in summer; the panoramic view is also beautiful. The arboretum is an ideal place for a family outing, with its playground with wooden toys, a grill terrace and a winery.

Day 3
Church and Museum of the Benedictine Abbey of Tihany, Lavender House Visitor Centre

The abbey, founded almost 1,000 years ago, is the world-famous symbol of the Tihany Peninsula. Once you have finished at the church of the monastery founded by (Saint) Andrew I of Hungary, walk down into the undercroft, where you will find the tomb of the abbey’s founder. It only takes 10 minutes to reach Belső-tó and the Lavender House, where you will find an interactive exhibition on how Tihany Peninsula was formed and learn about lavender growing. The gift shop, the tea shop, the craft shop and the experience garden all focus primarily on the lavender.

Balaton Bobsled Leisure Park

You can spend a whole day in the park in Balatonfűzfő. There are two bobsled tracks, covering a total of 1.5 km, and which will surely raise your adrenaline levels with the tunnel and the 360° turn on the track. Facilities at the leisure park also include a fitness area, a forest playground and several adventure trails for all ages. You can also test your skills in paintball and archery, and don’t miss the zipline in the Serpa Adventure Park either.

A walk in Balatonfüred

Your visit to the centre of the town will take you back in time, with its Classicist buildings from the Reform Era, beautiful parks and cobblestoned streets. You can practically see actress Lujza Blaha or writer Mór Jókai walking around the town. After you have visited the Vaszary Villa, the Anna Grand Hotel and the Round Church, why not take a stroll on the Tagore Promenade and allow the many statues and plaques to tell you the history of the town. Lake Balaton’s best-known promenade is named after the famed Indian poet and Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. Many celebrities have followed the example of planting trees here set by the great artist. The shaded promenade is also called the main street of Lake Balaton, and is full of cafés, restaurants and ice-cream shops.

Day 4
Walk around Veszprém

The Castle District in Veszprém towers above the medieval, crooked little streets of the town, with a profusion of museums, palaces, galleries and churches, from the Fire Tower to the north peak of the castle, where the statues of Saint Stephen and Blessed Gisela watch over the town. Visit the Dubniczay Palace, the Saint Michael Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Gisela Chapel, but make sure you also have time for the Salesianum, located in the recently renovated Bíró-Giczey House, which was built in the 18th century. It is definitely worth a visit for its halls decorated with Baroque wall paintings, a liturgical exhibition and a violin maker’s demonstration workshop.

Veszprém Zoo

The sprawling area of the zoo is home to several exotic species and animals that are considered zoological rarities. Children love the Chimpanzee World with its climbing trees, the African Savannah enclosure and the Dino Park, where young children can learn about prehistoric life through interactive workshops.

Day 5
Sphere Lookout

There is a lookout tower standing on top of Castle Hill in Balatonboglár and reigning over the land, officially called the Xantus János Lookout Tower. The view from this aluminium sphere – which has a diameter of 15 metres and stands at a height of 165 metres – is amazing in any direction, but the monadnocks on the north shore are best viewed at sunset.

Balatonboglár Adventure Park

Just a minute’s walk away, you will find an adventure park that will entertain all the family, with a wooden castle playground, a 10-metre-high climbing wall, a 580-metre-long bobsled track and archery. The adventure park has been designed to offer fun for all ages.

Gránit Thermal Bath

The recently renovated bath in Zalakaros has a 25,000 m2 area of water, and offers unforgettable fun and experiences for both young and old. You’ll be spoilt for choice from the many features of the thermal bath, which include fun and thermal pools, a slide park and various wellness services. While grandparents enjoy the peace and quiet in the Healing Centre, the little ones can go wild in the fun pools in the two-storey Kids’ World.

During your visit

Wine
Olaszrizling is a dry white wine, found in every Hungarian wine region, but the finest examples of the variety grow in the vineyards of Csopak, and on Szent György Hill in the Badacsony wine region. You can taste the character of the terroir in its bitter almond aftertaste. It is used to make light wines fermented in the tank, which are a frequent ingredient used in spritzers, a popular drink in Hungary, while the Olaszrizling fermented in barrels makes a full-bodied wine to accompany gastronomic dishes and is a premium product.
Gastronomy
Catfish paprikash, which is traditionally made from wels catfish, is listed on the menus of restaurants around Lake Balaton as a specialty. It is a dish you really must taste while you are at the lake. The boneless fish is traditionally served with noodles with sheep’s cottage cheese, sour cream and bacon (cottage cheese noodles) and fried, diced bacon, accompanied by full-bodied white wines.

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