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Roaming through history of a thousand years


The Balaton region’s thousand-year history is reminiscent of the meeting of cultures. If you are interested in history, a long list of museums, abbeys, fortresses and castles await discovery in the area!

The region is proud to host numerous important historic monuments: the bone relics of the Bavarian princess Gisela, wife of the state founder Saint Stephen I, are housed in the archbishop’s palace in Veszprém, while the copy of the oldest written text monument containing Hungarian words, the founding charter of the monastery in Latin, is kept in the Benedictine Abbey of Tihany.

Visit Sümeg and Szigliget

If you also want to admire our medieval fortresses from the inside – those that put the troops of the Ottoman Turks to the test – visit Sümeg and Szigliget, too. If the family is interested in a cultural programme, visit the Salesianum located in the main courtyard of Veszprém Castle, where numerous programmes and liturgical exhibitions, a medicinal herb garden, a violin making demonstration workshop and a children’s activity corner also await those who are eager to immerse themselves in a bygone age!

Vaszary Villa in Balatonfüred

Balatonfüred had become a fashionable summer holiday destination by the end of the 18th century. If you would also like to learn about the region through the arts, first visit the Vaszary Villa in Balatonfüred. Nearly fifty masterpieces from the collection of the Hungarian National Gallery are on display here.

Balaton Museum of Keszthely

Are you interested in the history of Lake Balaton? The Balaton Museum of Keszthely preserves displays and promotes the region’s natural treasures. An interactive exhibition named Amazon House Visitor Centre, which presents the trips of the aristocracy, is located here as well. Visitor centres presenting boating and sailing through interactive media are located in Balatonfüred and Balatonföldvár. You can learn interesting facts about the formation of the Tihany Peninsula and its biosphere in the Lavender House, while the Georgikon Manor Museum of Keszthely presents the history of local agriculture on over two hectares.

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