When we hear the name Balaton, most of us think of the lake itself. But Balaton as a region holds much more than just the Hungarian sea. Here are 10 reasons why you should not forget about Balaton even during the winter months.
Of course, when there are sub-zero temperatures outside, it is not the beach and the waves we dream about. There are many more things that Balaton can provide us with if we open our eyes. Check out these recommendations, and you might find something you want to try this winter.
It is one of the most popular winter sports and programme alternatives for the cold days. Even though the lake itself is not always safe enough to go ice skating on, there are a number of ice skating rinks in the vicinity of Balaton. If you love sliding along on the ice, do not hesitate to go.
In the Síaréna (ski arena) in Eplény, snow cannons are used to provide the necessary snow for skiing. If you decide to visit the arena, it is important to note that from this season on, you cannot pay with cash but only by card.
Nothing is better than a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate in this freezing cold weather – especially if you have just finished at the skating rink. Get warm in a cute patisserie while relaxing with a slice of cake of your choice. Here is a list of the best patisseries around Lake Balaton, compiled by Szallas.hu.
Veszprém is one of the most well-known towns in the region. If you are there, do not forget to visit the town’s Óváros Square. There are a number of authentic shops, like Wine & Vinyl, where you can buy wine and vinyl – obviously. You can also visit the newly opened Füge Fagyiudvar, Kedvencem Wok & Bar, and Pekedli.
The “valley of volcanos”, as Badacsony’s official website calls the region, is famous for its amazing wine. If you are an oenophile, this region is the perfect choice for you. Check out this page to see all the alternatives available.
If the weather is not too cold, you can go for a cycling tour around Lake Balaton. However, do not forget that if you want to stop and eat or drink something, many places are not open at this time. Do check the restaurants and bars you would want to stop by before setting off.
Have you ever thought about living right by Lake Balaton, say, in winter? Have you ever dreamed about experiencing one of the calmest atmospheres in the country? Now your dream can become a reality. Rent a small weekend house and rest as much as you need to.
If you are a fan of staying fit even during winter, we are sure you would love hiking there. For example, the Szent György Hill Basalt Organs Trail is a circular route that is almost 4 km long. It might not sound like too much, but when it is zero degrees Celsius out there, every step is harder to take.
Thermal baths and Balaton? The perfect combination. Héviz is one of the most popular thermal baths in Europe. Book a place or two in Thermal Hévíz Health Spa and Hotel and forget any problem of yours that has ever existed.
Whether you are more interested in trying some exquisite wines, going sightseeing or visiting museums, you will find the perfect choice. From Siófok and Keszthely to Balatonfüred and Tihany, there are countless beautiful places waiting for you to discover them.
Source: badacsony.com, Szallas.hu