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Keszthely - the capital of Balaton

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A May 2011 trip to Keszthely by fizzytom

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Quote: Writing and reviews covering a couple of days in the town of Keszthely at the far western point of Lake Balaton

A Boat Trip on Balaton

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The Helka Photo, Keszthely, Hungary
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I keep visiting Balaton in the off season; my first visit was in September 2003, my second in mid-May 2010. Balaton can be windy at the best of times and storms can close in rapidly. Having not been able to hit the water first time round, I didn’t want to miss out the second time. Fortunately in May boat trips were running from Keszthely and even though the water looked a little choppy I was determined to set sail. There were two boat berthed alongside the pier but there was nobody around but we found an old guy selling tickets from a little wooden cabin near the entrance to the esplanade. We booked for the next sailing and paid up in advance. We were told to go to the pier ten minutes bef...Read More

Morzsaz Onkiszolgalo Etterem

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Restaurant | "Dinner Made Easy in Keszthely"

Morzsaz Onkiszolgalo Etterem Photo, Keszthely, Hungary
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Lunchtimes when travelling in central Europe can be a bone of contention. The best value is generally to be had from eating your main meal then and you can get great deals on set menus. Many people tend to take a proper lunch break; you don’t really get the sandwich-at-the-desk culture you get in Britain. If a place is full of workers having lunch, you know it’ll be good. My travelling companion, however, prefers to eat his main meal in the evening and while I prefer to eat mine in the middle of the day, I don’t always feel like doing that in hot weather. On a quiet Sunday in Keszthely, just before the season proper was due to start, we were looking for somewhere for a light lunch. We did...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2011

Morzsaz Onkiszolgalo Etterem
Rakoczi Ter 12
Keszthely, Hungary

Margareta Etterem

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Restaurant | "Delicious food at great prices"

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I am usually loathe to go with guidebook recommendations for restaurants; places could be under new ownership, the menu might have changed and, besides, I find it more fun to find places myself. There are times, though, that the guidebook comes in useful and given that, in the part of the world we tend to travel to, many restaurants are closed on a Sunday evening, it's good to have an idea of where to head for to avoid disappointment. We had arrived in Keszthely late morning on a Sunday and had a late lunch at a look and point cafeteria in the student area, avoiding those restaurants in the town centre that we thought we might be eating at in the evening. (Once on a Sunday night in a small...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2011

Margareta Etterem
Bercsényi Utca 60
Keszthely 8360
06 83 314-882

Keszthely - an overview

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Faded Grandeur in Keszthely Photo, Keszthely, Hungary
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Down at the westernmost tip of the lake, Keszthely (pronounced Kest-hay) is the second largest town (after Siofok) on Balaton and has a reputation for being the cultural centre of the Balaton region. I had imagined an elegant spa resort with lots of attractive and well maintained eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings so my first impressions were not good; it probably didn't help that it was raining and the whole of the main town square was being dug up. It also didn't help that it was a Sunday and the tourist season hadn't officially opened. Balaton has a short, fairly rigid season though Keszthely manages to fare better than most because it's a university town. We arrive...Read More

Festetics Palace

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Attraction | "Festetics' Folly"

Festetics Palace Photo, Keszthely, Hungary
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The Festetics Palace is one of the three largest country houses in Hungary (since this fact appears in all the tourist literature relating to the palace and to the west Balaton region in general, I feel duty bound to repeat it here). Its name comes from the wealthy family that commissioned the building of the palace in 1745 and who contributed so much to the town and the wider region. The Festetics counts were progressive men: Kristof Festetics was the founder of a hospital, Pal Festetics established a school in the Keszthely and, in 1797, Count Gyorgy Festetics opened an Agricultural University, Europe's first agricultural college, the Georgikon (this has now moved premises but there is a museum dedi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 4, 2011

Festetics Palace
Pollack Mihály tér 3
Keszthely, Hungary

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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