Sunday, 12 June 2016

Magic of Lake Balaton and Gluten-Free Options



Lake Balaton, without doubt, is the most popular summer destination in Hungary. It is a freshwater lake, and also the largest lake in Central Europe, popular among mostly Hungarian, Austrian and German people, as it's a nice budget destination. It's also an amazing wine region! 

The lake is "divided" into two - the northern and the southern shore. Personally, I prefer the southern one: as the northern shore is fringed by mountains, you have a much more amazing view from here! There are also lovely villages and resort towns on the southern shore.
The most visited resort towns must be Siófok (the capital of Balaton), Balatonfüred (both kind of party towns), Keszthely with its castle, and Zamárdi with one of Hungary's largest electronic music festivals, Balaton Sound. Other popular destinations include two of my favourite places, a volcanic mountain called Badacsony, and the town of lavender, Tihany. 



Balaton means a lot to me. I've spent lots of time here, and all our family vacations take place around the lake. I absolutely love hopping on a train in Budapest, and spending hours arriving to our destination, but admiring the wonderful view of the lake at the same time. It's the excitment as we roll into the train station, the smell of summer, and all the happy faces around us. It's playing badminton on the street. It's wearing bikinis and flipflops in the street, eating hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and cotton candy. It's barbecue parties and playing cards at night, good laughs. It's the neighbour saying "Guten Morgen!" when you have brekfast on the porch. It's the sound of train whistles during the day.


NORTH SHORE

Balatonalmádi



Balatonfüred
In Balatonfüred, there's a little district called SunCity. It's a party town, with lovely houses built only for this purpose, nice clubs and bars. You can walk around the place for free, and you can rent any house in there. It also has a water park, and the beach is also popular. 



Gluten-free options:Csirke Csülök Vendéglő
Hotel Marina
Ice cream at Füredi Korzó Fagyizó
Cakes at Karolina Kávéház

Tihany
I've already written a lot about Tihany, as it's one of my favourite towns around the lake. Here you can read my post.





Gluten-free options:Ice cream at Levendula Fagyizó (my favourite!)
Ice cream at Péntek Cukrászda


Révfülöp




Gluten-free options:Gomba Étterem

Keszthely
One of my favourite Hungarian palaces must be Festetics in Keszthely. One can easily spend long hours admiring the place and all its museums, but even just walking around its park is wonderful.
The best spa of Hungary, Hévíz, is also easily accessible from Keszthely.




Gluten-free options:Ice cream at the entrance of the park



SOUTH SHORE

Siófok
The capital of Balaton, I've already written about Siófok here. It's very busy during the night, as there are hundreds of clubs and bars in the centre. During the day, it's full of tourists admiring the attractions of the city, lots of people on the beach, building sand castles or surfing.





Balatonboglár
My favourite southern destination of all! I'm in love with its lovely streets, the beaches and the hill with the viewpoint. I've already written about Balatonboglár here.







Other gluten-free options around the lake:
Balatonlelle - Nádfedeles Halsütöde
Balatonszemes - Szinbád Hotel
Csopak - Andi Grillkert
Vonyarcvashegy - Hotel Zenit
Zamárdi - Hotel Wellamarin
Zamárdi - Mauro Étterem

Do you have a favourite lake?


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