With a 592 km2 surface area, this lake is the biggest in Central Europe. It is very popular beach attraction and the major resorts around the lake are Balatonfüred, Siófok and Keszthely. One another resort town on the southern shore, Zamárdi, has been the site of the Balaton Sound, a notable techno music festival since 2007. The peak tourist season extends from June until the end of August and lake area provides action for multiple tastes.
Location: András tér 1, Tihany, Veszprém County
This lovely Benedictine monastery lies on the northern shore of the Lake Balaton. Founded 1055, it is one of the oldest Hungarian monasteries and the burial place of king Andrew I of Hungary. The surroundings of the abbey offers a breath-taking panorama with the sparkling water surface of the Balaton. The abbey hosts classical music concerts throughout the year.
Festetic Palace of Keszthely
Location: Keszthely, Zala County
This Baroque palace is a remarkable historical sight. Its construction started in 1745 and lasted over a century. Notable spot of the building is its former dining room, being now a concert hall, with its beautiful stucco decorations. Permanent exhibitions are included the famous Helikon library with more than 80.000 library units.
Baradla Cave (UNESCO)
Location: Aggtelek, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County
This pictoresque cave system is known for its beautiful stalactite formations and is part of the Aggtelek National Park. It is a part of the Aggtelek Karst and extends more than 25.5 kilometres (15.8 mi) and includes the 5.3 kilometres (3.3 mi) Domica cave.
Guided tours are organised from Aggtelek, cave’s natural entrance. Baradla, with other caves of the Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst, was declared as a s UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995
Location: Gödöllő, Pest County
The royal palace of Gödöllő is a gorgeus structure, second largest Baroque castle in the world and most noble example of Hungarian architecture. Surrounded by an enormous park and gardens, and a tour of the royal apartments, there are also the Baroque theater and a charming Catholic church among the attractions. The visitor service units are situated on the ground floor with a classy café and a gift shop.
Gellért Thermal Bath
Location: Kelenhegyi út 4, Budapest
For relaxation-seeking mind, this popular spa offers many kind of treatment. It has artsy atmosphere made by Art Nouveau furnishing, mosaics, stained glass windows and sculptures. The medicinal spring of spa has known since the 13th century.
Location: 9th district, Budapest
Formerly known as Insula leporum (Island of Hares), this 2,5 kilometres long and 500 metres wide island on the Danube River is one of the most idyllic sites of Budapest. The island spans the area between the Margaret Bridge (south) and the Árpád Bridge (north).
Notable eye-catchers are the Palatinus water park for open-air swimming, the Japanese garden with the fish pond, the Zenélő kút pavilion and the Zenélő szökőkút music fountain.
House of Terror
Location: Andrássy út 60, Budapest
This museum houses exhibition concerning the tragic part of the Hungarian history, related to the Fascist and Communist regimes regimes in 20th century.
Exhibition shows With regard to communism and fascism, the exhibition contains material on the nation’s relationships to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. It also contains exhibits related to Hungarian Fascist Arrow Cross Party. Much of the information and the exhibits is in Hungarian, but each room has an information sheet in English. Audio guides in English and German are also available.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
Location: Szent István tér 1, Budapest
This Neoclassical pearl among the Hungarian religious buildings has completed in 1905 and it is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest at 96 metres.
The basilica has played an active role in the musical community since its consecration, and in the past century the it has been home to choral music, classical music as well as contemporary musical performances. The Basilica choir performs often in different parts of Europe as well as at home. In the summer months they perform every Sunday. During these months a visitor can see performances from many distinguished Hungarian and foreign organ players alike.
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