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For your information the airport at Balaton is situated about 12 km from the centre of the city.
The largest lake in the Centre of Europe, Lake Balaton is 80 kilometres long by 15 kilometres wide. Packed with recreational facilities, the lake known as the Hungarian Sea provides Hungary with a popular summer holiday destination. Its next door neighbours are the healing thermal spas of Zalakaros and Europe’s largest natural thermal lake of Heviz.
Balaton’s beginnings, as a recreational tourist area, occurred during the days of Roman occupation. Spas were constructed along Lake Balaton during the 18th century and enjoyed by the bourgeois classes.
When planning a visit to Balaton, it is wise to consider what it is that is sought from this holiday. Visitors tend to head to the lake in their droves during the long summer months. During August, the lake’s temperature is often experienced at a welcoming 25 degrees centigrade. There is generally a wide range of activities on the lake to keep the family occupied from water skiing to kayaking. A popular alternative is to visit during the winter for a spot of ice fishing when the lake freezes over.
For a more relaxing style of holiday in the region, why not treat yourself to a ride aboard a passenger boat – it’s the best way to travel! Touring the towns and villages along the lake is easily done by road but doing it by boat takes some beating although this mode of transport cannot be rushed, so is best enjoyed when plenty of time is available! Ferries are on offer too for transporting your car across.
While the south shore of the lake is fairly built up, north of the lake is generally less so and is where to go to explore the protected area of the Tihany peninsula. Travel a little further inland and you hit the Balaton vineyards and one or two opportunities to taste the local produce. Lake Balaton is home to the four wine regions of Badacsony, Balatonboglar, Balatonfelvidek and Balatonfured-Csopak. As you can imagine, the countryside surrounding the lake is packed with cellars, press houses and ample opportunity to test out the Hungarian grape! Well known local wine houses include those of Chapel Hill and Konyari.
How about something a little different? Ever since the year 2000, thousands of arts lovers head over to Balaton for its excellent festival, the ‘Valley of Arts’. Lasting for ten days, the events held in the Kali Valley include those to do with the performing arts, in essence, theatre, cinema and music. The festival, which is held in Kapolcs every July/August attracts artists far and wide, from all over Hungary as well as receiving much international recognition. To see the size of the festival today, it is difficult to imagine, the Valley of Arts began its life as a minimal affair by a small collection of local artists.
Bird lovers head over to Lake Balaton for the protected reed bed habitat at swampy Kis-Balaton. Thousands of birds can be watched from Kanyavari Island and additionally the tower hide at Pap Island. It is required that you book in advance and gain a pass for your stay.
Hiring a car for this trip is an excellent move. The towns and villages are as diverse as they are plentiful and so a fair bit of travelling can be required before settling in the favoured spots. Aside from the various towns and villages that surround the lake, why not take a drive over to the city of Budapest. The journey from Lake Balaton to the capital generally takes an easy one hour and fifteen minutes.
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Sármellék (Balaton) International Airport
is situated to the west of lake Balaton in the tiny village of Sarmellek.
12 kilometres from the airport is the main train station, Balatonszentgyorgy.
Additionally, a shuttle bus to Sarmellek station is available to and from the airport. Look out for the Zalavolan bus which stops at many regional cities and villages. For details ask at the airport tourist information desk.