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Places to survive heat of the summer

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Where to go, when weather gets hot? Here we give you some useful tips, where are the best places to cool yourselves down in Hungary.

Lake Balaton


Obvious, the lakes are good choices to have a cool splash in the day. Lake Balaton is the largest, and it gets warm very easily. Because of the shallow water, it’s very popular for those with children, but it’s also usual for adults to sitting around in the lake and talking.

Lake Tisza is known for the water sports, because it is the only lake where motorboats not prohibited. The water is much cooler than Balaton’s, and the shores are more natural, which means there are not everywhere stairs to get in to the water.

Lake Velence is the perfect place for swimming, but you will find all the good beach stuff you may need from wakeboard, to beach-ball, from good food, to evening concerts.

Lake Fertő is just partly in Hungary. It also has shallow water with fine muddy bottom. All these lakes are freshwaters and they are clean and safe for all. You will find first aid offices and storm warning systems almost everywhere.

There are also some smaller lakes in the country worth a visit, for example Lake Rukkel, Délegyház Plage, Waterworld Park next to Budapest, Lake Mályi next to Miskolc, Lake Palatinus next to Esztergom, Lake Deseda next to Kaposvár, Lake Szelidi next to Dunapataj, the Domony Valley next to Gödöllő.

If you looking for something unique, visit the cave-lake of Miskolctapolca. It’s a cave system filled with water you can bath in. It also has a large outdoor plage for sunbathing.


There’re some parts of the rivers where you can swim, but not everywhere. If you wish to swim in the Danube, you have to go to Ráckeve, where’s the best free plage. Important: never go in the water where you see the sign “Fürdeni tilos!”, which means swimming is forbidden. This is mostly because of the water quality or the water’s unpredictable flow or depth.


Beside the natural waters there are plenty of artificial plages and outdoor bathes everywhere, where you can swim and have fun in experience-pools, play volley ball or soccer on sandy courts or just tanning on the sun beside a cold drink. Every larger town has its own bath or waterpark, you can easily find the closest on the internet.

In the capital, the top 6 open air bathes are the following: Csepeli, Palatinus, Rómia, Dagály, Csillaghegyi and the AquaWorld. Plus 1: the Danubius Thermal Spa has outdoor section too. We have to mention the Aquapark in Mogyoród, which is very popular and is close to Budapest.

Saint Stephen Cave
No water please

If you don’t want to get wet, but need something against the heat you can have some rest in air conditioned cafés and bars or go to guided cave tours in Aggtelek, Balatonederics, Abaliget in the Mecsek Hills or Pálvölgy cave and Szemlő Hill cave in Budapest. Visiting the cave-hospital in the Buda Castle is also quite interesting tour to take. Please note that in most caves the temperature is around 10° Celsius. Don’t get cold in the summer!

City Parks and palace gardens have a nice ambience. You can sit in the shade of hundred years old trees with your book or laptop and leave the worries behind.

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