Undeniably, in general, the most popular tourist destination in Hungary is its capital, Budapest. However, despite the small size of Hungary, there are still plenty of interesting destinations to visit or maybe even consider moving to.
This time, Uswitch has compiled a list of lakeside town and city destinations in Europe so that you can enjoy both the fun provided by the water nearby and indulge in the historic and entertaining experiences the local town has to offer.
“For many, waterfront living is a dream come true. The beautiful scenery is reason enough to purchase a waterfront property, but there are also the added advantages of tranquillity, privacy, and an abundance of wildlife to observe. What’s more, these locations also tend to have cleaner air, as well as a host of psychological benefits, including reduced stress, anxiety, and depression,” the website writes.
In order to determine the best lakeside town, Uswitch created a points-based system to rank them by factors such as average weather in the area, temperature of the water, the number of restaurants per 1,000 inhabitants, and the area of green space in the vicinity.
Two of the top three places went to Italy, with the first place awarded to Lake Bolsena with a total score of 88.89 out of 100. Lake St. Croix took second place from France, with an overall score of 83.26, and the last place on the podium goes to the popular Lake Garda in Italy, with a little over 80.82 points.
Lake Neusiedl in Austria took fifth place with a total score of 75.92, and while, unfortunately, due to construction in the area, the Hungarian Lake Fertő is currently closed to visitors, it will definitely be worth a visit once the construction work is finished.
Finally, in ninth position is Keszthely, a tourist destination already popular thanks to the beautiful Festetics Palace and the closeness of the Hungarian Sea, aka Lake Balaton.
“Despite having much less sunlight than competing lake cities, this gorgeous settlement boasts temperatures of over 26°C, as well as the second-highest lake temperatures,” Uswitch justified it only being in the TOP 10.
However, if you are travelling to Hungary, consider visiting Keszthely since it is home to one of the most visited historic buildings in Hungary.
The Baroque-style Festetics Palace today serves as a museum and exhibition place offering six permanent exhibitions in five buildings.
Additionally, one of the most remarkable parts of the Festetics Castle is its 42-hectare park, which is a strictly protected area. Every year, approximately 70,000 flowers are planted in its garden. Moreover, this large, protected area is also home to one of the largest bird parks in Hungary which recently reopened in March.
Not only that, but Keszthely has also been featured in the Netflix original series Shadow and Bone, as well as several other Hungarian locations which needed little to no alteration to fit the aesthetics of the show.
If you like Balaton and Hungarian culture, you are in luck – according to Origo, the exhibition of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory has been reopened in the renovated Abbey Gallery at the famous Benedictine monastery, the Tihany Abbey.
In total, 300 square metres of interior was renovated on two levels, and the surrounding area of the abbey was also refashioned, taking up 2,650 square metres and giving place to a total of 14 thousand plants.
Source: Sokszinuvidek.24.hu, Uswitch.com, Origo.hu