Hostels on the North coast of Lake Balaton
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jul 11, 2012 2:58 AM Last Post By: hunventure
May 22, 2012 3:43 PM
Hostels on the North coast of Lake BalatonMy friend and I are going to Budapest on 13/7/12. We plan to stay there for the first three nights and then take a trip to Lake Balaton. We want to visit the north side but are struggling to find hostels. I read on a thread that the only hostel on the north side is Hullam Hostel, Revulop. Surely this can't be right? We're not to fussed on where we go. The only thing that is important is being as close to Budapest as possible, so that train ride isn't too long. Any thoughts, advice, or ideas folks?
May 23, 2012 5:08 PM
1That's right, the only hostel at Balaton Lake is Hullám Hostel. It's scandal but the Hungarian laws don't let you open a real hostel. So if you want to stay in hostel, choice Hullám. If you don't care about the place you stay, try a "zimmer frei" guesthouse. A private room cannot be more than 15 euros.
Révfülöp is the gate of the Káli Basin, my favourite part of Hungary.
Jul 5, 2012 8:18 AM
2How is your final decision, I will visit lake Balaton in mid-August, too. Also looking for accomodation, do you think it worth staying two nights?
Jul 11, 2012 2:58 AM
3There's a lot to do around the Balaton Lake. The only hostel is Hullám but it's never full as far as I know. Great one day excursions are:
The Tihany Peninsula: it's a magnificent part of the lake with a nice chapel on the top and traditional houses in the village. The beach is not the best but there are 2 smaller lakes on the peninsula.
Káli Basin: it has a beautiful landscape with great vineyards, traditional houses and 200 years old wine cells. The 800 years old ruin of a church in the forest around Salföld is mysterious. Best to bike around.
Badacsony: great hiking possibilities to the top of this old volcano with stops at ancient wine cells. Great panorama! The village of Badacsony has a good atmosphere with restaurants and bars. Beaches are great!
Tapolca: It's a nice town with a great cave what you can boat around. Highly recommended. The castle of Csobánc is a plus. If you are at the Balaton Lake on the first week of August, don't miss the 'Művészetek Völgye' or 'Valley of Arts' in small villages as Kapolcs and Taliándörögd. This festival with concerts, activities, handicraft workshops, etc. is one of the best festival of Hungary. And the landscape is marvelous.
Keszthely: The town is nice but the most beutiful part is its renessaince castle in the heart of the town. Iz has a small but nice park, a rich museum. Don't miss the Marzipan Museum in the neighbourhood.
It's only the northern shore of the lake and it's minimum a 5 days trip without sunbathing on one of the beaches with sipping a fröccs.
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