Hungary Journals

Touring Lake Balaton

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A May 2011 trip to Hungary by fizzytom

Tihany at Balaton Photo, Hungary, Europe More Photos
Quote: Reviews and writings from several trips to Balaton, 2003 and 2011

Tihany - Balaton's Little Treasure

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Tihany at Balaton Photo, Hungary, Europe
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We visited Tihany in mid-May, before the tourist season proper gets underway, and we were grateful for having done so as it meant that for much of the time we were able to explore the countryside without seeing another soul. Although there is some development on the peninsula (most notably the village which is also called Tihany), it's largely unspoiled and the scenery and nature combine to attract walkers, fishing fans, cyclists and photographers. In Tihany village there are a couple of manmade visitor attractions but the great outdoors is what primarily draws tourists to Tihany. The tourist office is a good place to start and you can pick up a double-sided map of Tihany. One ...Read More

Friday night at Lake Balaton

Overview

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The lake itself - it's huge, beautiful and not to be missed. In season and at weekends, there is sailing and other water sports. There are beach areas for bathing and it is a great spot for fishing.

Quick Tips:

In the off-season, do your research before you pick somewhere to stay. Many places shut down for the winter, and even by September, you will find many facilites shut down.

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Hotel Tiffany

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Hotel

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Arriving without accommodation in Balatonlelle, we were cheerful to see lots of houses displaying the "sobe" (rooms to let) sign. However, possibly because October is the off-season, many of these turned out to be securely locked up with no signs of life. Our only option seemed to be to investigate Hotel Tiffany, a slightly down-at-heel place close to the railway station but set off the road amongst trees. The hotel caters mainly to German oldies on package tours, and the receptionist spoke no English, but was quite happy to converse, in very friendly fashion, in German. She didn't mind us asking to see the room before we decided and was generally helpful all around. We pai...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 16, 2005

Hotel Tiffany
Vas Megyei Önkormányzat Családi Üdülője
Balatonlelle, Hungary
+36 (85) 554-060

Rocco Etterem es Pizzeria

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Restaurant

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Rocco is really a tale of two restaurants depending on the time of year you visit. We visited in September just as the season was drawing to an end although the windy weather may have kept people away that night. From the outside the place didn't look much - dreary net curtains and dim lights were all you could really see. We tried to find somewhere else instead but many places had already closed for the season and so we made our way back to Rocco. What a surprise to go in and find the place lively and buzzing with only a few tables free. Admittedly it was quite dull inside, the decor was a bit drab although it was homely and cosy. Lack of Hungarian was no problem, the menu was also in English (tho...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2006

Rocco Etterem es Pizzeria
Kossuth Lajos Utca 3
Balatonlelle, Hungary 8638
06 85 354-552

The Lake...you can't miss it!

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My first glimpse of Lake Balaton, the biggest freshwater lake in Europe was from the window of the train from Budapest. Your first view is breathtaking and the amazement doesn't stop. We were there on a very windy and rather cloudy day but that just seemed to make it more beautiful. The train follows the line of the lake for much of its journey south and it allows you to appreciate how vast it is and how varied life around the lake is. We passed through small villages, holiday parks and larger towns. In parts, the lake is lined with holiday homes - tiny wooden houses, painted all the colours of the rainbow, each sitting in it's own neatly trimmed garden plot. Once we'd arrived in Balat...Read More