Family fun at Balaton
Looking for a child-friendly destination with something for all the family? Lake Balaton is the perfect spot, offering plenty of fun-packed activities to keep the kids busy and opportunities for the grown-ups to relax. With an average depth of just two-three metres, the summertime water is warm as toast, and the gently sloping beaches of the southern shore represent a reassuringly safe playground.
This is a youngsters’ paradise. While the toddlers paddle and splash in the shallow water, the older children can shoot down waterslides, take to a pedalo, try their luck at fishing, join a game of volleyball or have a bash at wakeboarding, windsurfing or other watersports. Siófok
is the liveliest spot. Away from the lake’s edge, water-babies might head for the massive aqua-park at Zalaegerszeg
, complete with wave machines and a 300m-long artificial river, or for the more sedate pleasures to be enjoyed at the family-friendly spas of Zalakaros
. At Tapolca
, you can even go for a boat ride on a subterranean cave lake!
There is a host of options for those who’d prefer to keep their feet dry, too. The varied landscape and bounteous wildlife provide a beautiful backdrop during a horse-riding tour or a day’s cycling. The Kápolnapuszta Reserve
in the Balaton Uplands National Park
is home to the traditional Hungarian buffalo – first brought over by ancient Asiatic tribes – and plays a vital role in the survival of the species. At Keszthely
, the girls can wander around the Doll Museum
while the boys revel in more bloodthirsty attractions at the Torture Museum
. Alternatively, how about exploring the castles at Nagyvázsony, Sümeg or Szigliget, before watching displays of jousting and archery, and guzzling a medieval banquet?
All this comes at a price to suit the tightest of budgets. There is an abundance of affordable accommodation
, from all-inclusive hotel packages to self-catering villas and apartments.
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