The bike route circling the lake, officially known as the Balaton Cycling Route, is a system of cycle paths enabling active holidaymakers to bike around Hungary’s largest lake. Construction of the system of cycle paths started in 1993. Today, it has various additional routes and only a part of the route is actual cycle paths: the rest are low-traffic public roads suitable for cycling, running close to or, at times, a bit farther away from the lake itself. But don’t worry, each section is full of attractions.
For those on vacation and for sports fans
Only your stamina and the length of the breaks between two cycling sessions determine how many days you should allow for cycling around the lake. The distance – with uphill parts found mostly along the northern coast – can either be seen as a performance tour of two to three days or, if you’d also like to rest in-between, you can complete it in one or two weeks with lots of rest, slipping in a few beach days or other activities as well. Most people complete the tour in four to five days. This allows you to ride 40-70 kilometres a day and you can rest during the hottest period of the day, around noon.
The Zero Kilometre Stone, which is the beginning and the end of the route, is situated in Balatonalmádi. Since this is a round trip, you can join anywhere. You can even decide to start the adventure at a different location each year so that you can visit different sights each time. There is such a vast amount of sights and attractions during this 200-kilometre trip that you surely won’t have enough time and energy to see them all. On the bright side, you can return and repeat the tour for years without getting bored of Balaton.