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Balaton Uplands National Park - the greenness of Lake Balaton!

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Discover the quieter, greener side of life near Lake Balaton. Observe a great crested grebe as it goes about its daily business, wander in the gentle hills, pet ancient breeds of Hungarian domestic animals.

Did you know …

– “You can move a huge rock in the Sea of Stones at Szentbékkálla?
– You can walk in fragrant lavender meadows on the Tihany Peninsula?
– You can pet tame buff alo and enjoy bird watching at Kis-Balaton?
– You can clamber through the exciting branches of Csodabogyós Cave at Balatonederics?
– You can climb extinct volcanoes in the Tapolca Basin?

Demonstration sites and Nature trails

Hegyestu (Monoszló, Tel.: +36 30/620-4082) – lavish panorama from the top of a basalt volcano, with a path in its onetime crater. Ideal starting point for exploring the Káli Basin. Open: all year from 9 a.m. until sunset.

Salföld Manor Salföld, Tel.: +36 30/939-0770) – ancient type domestic animals, herb garden, exhibition of landscape photographs, carriage riding. Open: 15th March – 30th April and 1st September – 15th November: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1st May – 31st August: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kotsy Water Mill (Zalaszántó, Tel.: +36 30/256-6727) – relics from the age of mills, functioning milling machines.Open: 15th March to 15th October: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Csodabogyós Cave (Balatonederics, Tel.: +36 30/306-6050, +36 30/237-3759) – underground adventures, not only for adults! all year by appointment: www.csodabogyos.hu

Buffalo Reserve, (Kápolnapuszta, Tel.: +36 30/287-0249) – a fantastic site at Kis-Balaton, with wallowing buff alo, exhibitions and picnic places. Open: 1st April – 31st October: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., 1st November – 31st March: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Szentgál-kolik (Szentgál, www.szentgali-kolik.hu, Tel: +36 70/382-8595,+36 30/639-5554) overall cave tour inside the hill.Open: 15th March – 31st October by appointment.

Lake Cave of Tapolca (Tel.: +36 87/412-579) – boating under the ground. Open: 15th March to 30th June, and 1st September to 31st October: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1st July to 31st August: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., 1st November – 14th March: Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m