The hilly northern shore is known for its wine cellars, winding hiking trails and a continuously growing and evolving gastro‑scene. The southern shore, on the other hand, is the choice of many for its sprawling shallow beaches and vibrant array of festivals.
Touring the North
The northern shore of Lake Balaton offers a varied landscape of hills and valleys, secluded small villages and vineyard after vineyard – the perfect choice for relaxation close to nature. The more outdoorsy type will love the hiking trails guiding the tourists to lookout points and a range of other local attractions. And what could be a better conclusion of a long, delightfully exhausting walk than a glass of delicious local wine and some equally exquisite local dish? Rest assured, the local restaurants won’t disappoint.
In the summer, the northern shore offers a multitude of cultural and musical programmes. The past years these have more and more bitten into the autumn and, lately, even into the winter months.
The most popular of these are the Paloznak Jazz Picnic and the Valley of Arts, but let us not forget about the nearly 200‑year‑old tradition of the Belle of the Anna-ball in Balatonfüred and the annual Veszprém Fest, which features a line‑up of headline‑act names of classical and jazz music year to year.