Summer has finally arrived in Hungary, with daily maximums around 30 °C. However, the European Union’s highest inflation resulted in significant price rises regarding spas, baths and beaches everywhere in the country. Free beaches are rare but not impossible to find, even at popular destinations like Lake Balaton. Eduline collected some of the most well-known ones.
In Balatonfenyves, several beaches do not require an entrance ticket. For example, on the Csalogány beach, you can play volleyball and use a playground for kids apart from enjoying the pleasures offered by the ‘Hungarian Sea’. Furthermore, the beach has a restaurant with traditional Balaton dishes from lángos to hake (hekk). Moreover, in István Király Street, there is a 40-metre-long beach segment where you can bathe without paying. Here is a photo from the Csalogány beach with the Badacsony on the other side of the lake, famous for its wines:
The city’s central beach is the longest free beach of Lake Balaton, stretching 3 kilometres. You can play volleyball and basketball there, kids may use the playground, and you can take pedalos to the water. The view is astonishing since it is in front of the Tihany peninsula.
Do you want to avoid crowds? If so, you should go to Balatonlelle, where multiple beaches are free, including the Western free beach, the Szirom köz free beach and the Határ út free beach.
According to eduline.hu, there are free beach segments in Balatonakarattya, Balatonberény, Balatonboglár, Balatonfenyves, Balatonkenese, Balatonőszöd and Balatonmáriafürdő. Check them out on strand.hu.
Leaving Lake Balaton, there are several other beaches, for example, at the Danube River for free. First, there is the Szigetcsép beach on the RSD (Ráckevei-Soroksári Duna). Compared to Balaton beaches, it is quite small. But there is a volleyball and football ground, and a restaurant. Here is a couple of photos:
The sandy beach of Dunabogdány is available without a ticket during the entire summer season. There are plenty of trees so you can hide from the scorching sun. Moreover, you can find two restaurants there, play football and volleyball at the beach.
The renewed Postás beach is the first legal beach of the picturesque small Hungarian village at the gate of the Danube bend, North of Budapest. It is sandy, providing a comfortable place to chill out. However, there is not too much shadow, and the water deepens quickly.
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