The biggest lake in Europe offers the biggest set of exciting things to see and do for thrills enthusiasts, leisure aficionados, and culture vultures outside of Budapest. Towns around the lake have enjoyed a booming business catering to tourists’ desire to swim, sail, hike, and enjoy therapeutic mineral hot baths. The cities in the area are also very rich in cultural attractions as well as lovely vineyards and amazing wine cellars! Lake Balaton is 50 miles southwest of Budapest.
How to get there
By train: from Budapest Déli and Budapest Keleti to Lake Balaton; with stops at Siófok, Balatonföldvár and Fonyód (journey time: between 2.5 and 4 hours)