Zita Lara



Lake Balaton was a popular tourist destination in the Czech Republic during the socialist era. At present it isn’t as popular as it was, which is a pity. It has something to offer. You might be surprised by the clean coastline, ornate streets, the rich floral decoration that starts at the first town house and ends with the last city column.

Lake Balaton is not just about swimming and cycling. There are many places of interest in the area, such as lavender Tihany, one of the nicest small towns I saw last year. Enterprising Hungarians thought that they could improve their offer for tourists and began to grow lavender. It turned out perfect. During the lavender celebrations (but also at other times of the year), you can buy traditional and unconventional lavender products, such as soap, shampoo, liqueur, and great lavender ice cream. Moreover, it is a beautiful old town with interesting monuments and folk architecture.

Near the lake or on the way to and from Lake Balaton you will find other places of interest such as the town of Keszthely with the Festetics castle, the Hévíz spa with the deepest thermal lake in Europe and the UNESCO-listed Pannonhalma Abbey.

Published: 30. 1. 2020