Keszthely owns the proud title of being “the Capital of Balaton“. The Festetics Castle is the third biggest and the most beautifully renovated castles of Hungary. In the main season it can be also visited at night. “The town of museums” can offer sights for the lovers of history and art as well: in the Balaton Museum, Georgikon Grange Museum, Doll Museum, Marzipan Museum, Wine Museum and Panoptikum. The small streets and the pedestrianised area of the inner city with a number of small shops and restaurants offer fun environment to all looking for entertainment The Wednesday and Saturday fairs are also very popular.
- Festetics castle and park
- Cart museum
- Model railway exhibition
- Hunting trophy exhibition
- Georgikon Manor museum,
- Doll museum with traditional costumes,
- Snail parliament
- Marzipan Museum and confectionery
- Balaton Museum
- Radio and TV museum
- Pedestrian and shopping street
- Islandbath and mole
- Main square
- Franciscan church
- Indoor swimming pool
Our region is rich in thermal water: our world-famous lake is the spa of Hévíz with its beautiful water-lilies, the biggest natural thermal lake in Europe. Really popular are the spas in Kehidakustány, Zalakaros, Zalaszentgrót, Gelse and Zalaegerszeg with thermal-, sport- and fun baths. The AquaCity in Zalaegerszeg gives a great relaxation and amusement for the entire family.
Ruins facing the lake
The former castles, still standing proudly on mountain peaks even in their ruins, are silent witnesses of stormy centuries. Rezi, Tátika, Szigliget and the recently revived castle of Sümeg: they all have their own legends and myths. Walking on their walls, you can enjoy the picturesque view of the surrounding hills or even of the Lake Balaton.
Balaton Uplands National Park
The magical world of Balaton Uplands National Park is waiting for you. Spy upon the birdlife of Kis-Balaton marshland. Come to know more about the life of mysterious buffalo in Kápolnapuszta. Row on the fascinating lake of Tapolca Cave and inhale the healthy air of the cave in the meantime. On the Szent György Hill and Badacsony you can admire the giant basalt organs.
To whet your appetite, we list some of the interesting places which are worth visiting:
Thermal lake and spa
Carillon on the Town hall
Kis-Balaton Exhibition Centre and water playground (Zalavár)
Basilica ruins, Memorial of Cirill-Metód (Zalavár)
Kányavári island with teaching trails
Buffalo preserve (Balatonmagyaród)
Ruins of Valcum
Csillagvár (Star Castle)
Stupa, Buddhist temple
Göcsej Village Museum
Szent Mihály Chapel
Afrika Museum and Safari Park
Statue of the little queen
Szegedy Róza house
External and internal lake
Promenade and mole, Rózsakert
Kossuth Lajos pump-room
That is not all, what our region offers. On the spot we can help planning your holiday with further ideas: programmes, sights, trips, etc.
Map of the West-Balaton region (jpg)