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Lake Balaton

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Full-Day Private Tour around Lake Balaton from Budapest by Car with lunch
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Artic Hungary - frozen Balaton

I visited Lake Balaton several times but I have never seen this face of Mother Nature! It was completely frozen! A M A Z I N G ! ! ! A must to see!!!!!!!!!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 February 2017
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Nice place to visit for one day but not longer. Plan when to visit as everything closes after 23 August, we visited in September & it was like a ghost town, nothing was open at all! Not one coffee shop or restaurant. Very attractive location & maybe in the season it would be very busy, possibly even too busy, but... More 

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Budapest
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

I visited Lake Balaton several times but I have never seen this face of Mother Nature! It was completely frozen! A M A Z I N G ! ! ! A must to see!!!!!!!!!!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I worked at Balaton when I was younger and then the area was different, tourists as well. However time is changing, people and generations, too, and hopefully everything is developing. Balaton is still the inner sea of the country and target of many tourists from inland or neighbour countries. Still beautiful in each season, and everybody can find their own... More 

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Thank Evalynn B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Came here for the Balaton Sound festival which deserves another review in its own right but the lake itself is superb. We found a pedal boat guy renting these cheaply so took a nice paddle out. Great views especially sunset in the evening Good few places to eat and drink too! Can see why its very popular

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Thank S M
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Renting a car and driving up to Lake Balaton in Hungary would be worthwhile plan if planning a trip to Budapest. It's a about 1.5 hours drive away. It's around 73kms long spreading its beautiful views throughout its route. Throughout the route there are entry points into the lake, with benches surrounding the steps like a private BBQ or fishing... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

About three hours drive from Budapest, lake Balaton is a popular holiday destination for Hungarians and international visitors. Especially popular among families with kids, maybe because of the shallow waters, possibly cheaper holidays. I was simply underwhelmed. Not really my cup of tea.

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Thank Belka2014
kolkata
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Had a lot about the place but sumhow didnt like it much.... good for small kids. Water level is quiet low. Nice for few hrs....

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

You can easily spend the day here chilling out while the kids amuse themselves in the Lake or in the park. The chimney cake is amazing and must be tried when you see them walking around selling it fresh. If the heat is a concern then go after 4pm when it's cooler and cheaper too.

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Thank RobSevens1275
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Take a bath in the lake, sunbathe, eat some fish, watch old people passing by. This is most of what you can do here. Try renting a boat and go sailing on the lake.

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Thank George F
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Really nice lake. The water was pretty warm (July 2016 during the balaton sound festival). It is perfect for stand up paddle ! We totally recommand this place !!

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