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Waterfronts in Hungary that deserve more recognition – Part 2

Waterfronts in Hungary that deserve more recognition – Part 2

Here is part 2 of the article about beautiful waterfronts in Hungary that deserve more recognition. As it has been already mentioned in part 1, Szeretlekmagyarorszá assembled a list of 13 waterfronts in Hungary that are not so well-known, even though they are beautiful places to be. The list aims to encourage travellers to think beyond the Lake Balaton when it comes to a waterfront trip in Hungary.

Lake Tisza

Lake Tisza is the largest artificial lake in Hungary that is located in Heves county. As part of the ongoing Tisza River flood control project, the Tisza Dam was built in 1973. It was filled by the 1990s, resulting in a 127 km² lake. The lake has an average depth of 1.3 m, and it contains 43 km² of small islands. Following the reservoir’s completion, the lake became a popular holiday destination among Hungarians, since it compared favourably with the crowded and expensive Lake Balaton.


The arboretum in Vácrátót

Many brooks and small lakes can be found in the arboretum in Vácrátót. Visitors can feel like they are walking in a fairytale forest. The botanical garden shows its different side each season. The variety of aster flowers, the spectacular graminaceous plants and the flamingo flowers in the greenhouse are all worth seeing even in January.



The Tihany peninsula is a favourite travel destination in Hungary mainly due to the famous Tihany echo and the Benedictine Tihany Abbey. However, the peninsula has less well-known parts that offer exceptional experiences for visitors. On the East side of the peninsula, there are many caves carved into the basalt rocks that are called Barátlakások.


These caves were created by Basilian monks who used to live in these cave houses in the 10th century. This area also offers a spectacular view of Lake Balaton.


One small village, three rivers. Panyola is a village located in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, in the Northern region of the Great Hungarian Plain. Panyola has an area of 12.23 km2, and it has a population of 642 people. The village lies on the bank of the river Szamos, but the river Túr and the river Tisza also flow through the area. These three streams together built the landscape. Panyola is famous for its pálinka.


The riverbank in Leányfalu

Leányfalu is a riverside village in Pest county. It is located North of Szentendre, between the branch of the Small Danube and the spurs of the Visegrád Hills. Many people were said to be inspired by the quiet and peaceful riverbank of Leányfalu. Within this area, the riverbank of the Danube has many forms: there are boardwalks, gravelly or sandy beaches, or a line-up of huge trees cast their shadows along the river.

Lake Hévíz

Lake Hévíz is located in Hévíz, Hungary, near the Western end of Lake Balaton. Hévíz is situated 8 kilometres from the city of Keszthely. Lake Hévíz is the largest thermal lake in the world that people can bath in. The area of the lake is 47,500 m2. The flow of water is powerful and the water in the lake is wholly replenished every 72 hours. The thermal water of the lake is beneficial for people suffering from rheumatic diseases or locomotor disorders. The are has a thriving health tourism industry.

Photo: Wikicommons by Hévízi Turisztikai Np. Kft


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